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Michael Gove: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many laser pens and laser measuring devices the Valuation Office Agency has purchased in the last 36 months; and what the cost has been. 
Mr. Timms: The Valuation Office Agency (VOA) has laser measuring devices, but not laser pens. These are available to staff carrying out property inspections as part of the work of the VOA. The company that provides the laser measuring devices also supplies other items and services to the VOA, which are invoiced together. Therefore, a breakdown of the cost of laser measuring devices could be provided only at disproportionate cost.
Michael Gove: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will list the property attributes and data that the HM Revenue and Customs stamp taxes provides to the Valuation Office Agency in relation to domestic dwellings to assist with council tax valuations and revaluations. 
Ed Balls: The data which Her Majesty's Revenue and Customs stamp taxes supplies to the Valuation Office Agency is the information included in the land transaction return, which is prescribed by the Stamp Duty Land Tax (Administration) Regulations 2003 (S.I. 2003/2837).
Michael Gove: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many photographic identity cards have been issued to staff of the Valuation Office Agency to assist in carrying out valuations of property. 
Mr. Timms: The responsibility for issuing photographic identity cards lies with local offices across the Valuation Office Agency. The data on numbers issued are not held centrally and cannot be obtained without incurring disproportionate costs.
David Simpson: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many people in his Department have been allowed to work from home for part of the week in the last 12 months; and if he will make a statement on his Departments policy on home working. 
David Simpson: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many people granted (a) temporary part-time, (b) temporary full-time, (c) permanent part-time and (d) permanent full-time contracts of employment in his Department in each of the last three years were (i) male, (ii) female, (iii) registered disabled and (iv) aged 55 years or over. 
To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer whether his Department uses the categorisation
mission critical in relation to departmental projects; and if he will make a statement. 
John Healey: The categorisation mission critical is used by Government in relation to departmental projects. The definition of mission critical programmes or projects is published in the NAO report Delivering Successful IT enabled Business Change (November 2006) and is used to define those that are (A) essential to the successful delivery of a major legislative requirement, a PSA target, or a major policy initiative announced and owned by the Prime Minister or a Cabinet Minister; or (B) if the programme or project is not successful there are catastrophic implications for the delivery of a key public service, national security or the internal operation of a public sector operation.
Mr. Hoban: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many redundancies there were from his Department in (a) 2002-03 and (b) 2006-07; and what the total amount was of compensation payments made in each year. 
John Healey: There were no redundancies in the Treasury in 2002-03. The data for 2006-07 are as follows. The costs of compulsory early severance or early retirement are determined according to the Civil Service Compensation Scheme.
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Mrs. Moon: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what discussions he has had with representative groups about the transition support programme announced in Aiming High for Disabled Children: Better Support for Families. 
Ed Balls: Treasury Ministers and officials have meetings with a wide range of organisations in the public and private sectors as part of the process of policy development and delivery. As was the case with previous Administrations, it is not the Governments practice to provide details of all such meetings.
The disabled children review consulted on a wide range of policy options, including support at transition to adulthood, with voluntary sector representatives, providers, professionals, local government, disabled children and young people and their parents, MPs, and academics, through:
responses to the Children and Young People review Call for Evidence in 2006;
joint HM Treasury and Department for Education and Skills seminars in July and October 2006;
a series of parliamentary hearings held in July 2006;
engagement with the disabled childrens pathfinder childrens trusts; and
visits to local authorities and specific providers.
Rosie Cooper: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many people aged 24 years of age or under were considered to be economically inactive in West Lancashire in each of the last 10 years. 
As National Statistician, I have been asked to reply to your recent Parliamentary Question asking how many people aged 24 years of age or under were considered to be economically inactive in west Lancashire in each of the last 10 years. (144967)
The Office for National Statistics (ONS) compiles statistics of inactivity from the annual local area Labour Force Survey LFS and the Annual Population Survey (APS) following International Labour Organisation Definitions.
The attached table shows the number of economically inactive persons, aged 16 to 24, resident in the West Lancashire constituency, from the annual local area LFS for the 12-month periods ending in February from 1997 to 2004 and from the APS for the 12-month periods ending in March from 2005 to 2006, These numbers are also expressed as a percentage of the total population in that age group.
As these estimates are for a subset of the population in a small geographical area, they are based on very small sample sizes, and are therefore subject to large margins of uncertainty. In this case, the sample sizes are not sufficient to give an accurate estimate of even the direction of the change over the period.
|Table 1: Economic inactivity in 16 to 24 year olds in West Lancashire parliamentary constituency|
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1. Estimates are subject to sampling variability,
2. Changes in the estimates over time should be treated with caution,
Annual local area Labour Force Survey; Annual Population Survey.
Mr. Allen: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what (a) internal evaluations and (b) external research the Treasury has (i) undertaken and (ii) commissioned on the effects of investment in early intervention with families as opposed to public spending on the consequences of not providing such early intervention; and if he will make a statement. 
The Treasury undertakes and commissions a wide range of evaluations. Most recently, the Children and Young Peoples Review conducted an extensive examination of the existing literature on spending on early intervention activity and preventative support, consulting practitioners, academics and commissioners of services. The reviews
public Call for Evidence attracted more than a 100 responses, details can be found at:
Aiming High for Children: Supporting Families highlights evidence from the United States that prevention and early intervention can represent a cost-effective response by public services. The conclusions of the review place a new emphasis on building childrens resilience through improving attainment in education, good social and emotional skills and positive parenting. This analysis will be supported by significant investment over the next spending period in universal services, such as schools, health services and Sure Start childrens centres. These all have a crucial role to play in focusing support on prevention and early intervention. New investment includes:
£340 million additional funding for Sure Start childrens centres, child care and early years by 2010-11;
building on the Every Child a Reader scheme to help narrow attainment gaps by providing an average of 10 hours, one to one teacher-led tuition for 300,000 under-attaining pupils a year in English and 300,000 in Maths by 2010-11;
funding so that by 2010-11 schools can offer two hours of free extended activities a week during term time, with two weeks a year of part-time holiday provision for children eligible for free school meals;
faster roll-out to all schools of the successful Social and Emotional Aspects of Learning programme;
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