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Mr. Hancock: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what account is taken of past quantities of heroin and cocaine seized by HM Revenue and Customs in setting targets for future seizures; for what reason equivalent seizure targets are not set for (a) ecstasy and (b) cannabis; and if he will make a statement 
John McDonnell: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer (1) what quantities of (a) heroin, (b) cocaine, (c) ecstasy and (d) cannabis were seized as a result of HM Revenue and Customs operations in each of the last four years; 
|(1) The targets set for each of the years 2005-06, 2004-05, 2003 -04 were joint targets for the agencies that formed the Concerted Inter-agency Drugs Action group (CIDA). The individual agencies that formed CIDA, including HMRC did not have their own specific targets.|
|(1) When the Serious Organised Crime Agency (SOCA) became operational on 1 April 2006, primacy for, and the resources associated with the investigation of Class A drugs cases transferred to SOCA.|
(2) The large quantity of cocaine seized in this year is due to the culmination of several long running operations.
HMRC's seizure target for 2006-07 was 700kgs for heroin and 2,600kgs for cocaine. In setting the targets for 2007-08 for heroin and cocaine, HM Revenue & Customs used their 2005-06 results and stripped out those seizures that were generated by the area of the Department that transferred to the Serious Organised Crime Agency (SOCA).
Mr. Hancock: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what quantity of (a) heroin, (b) cocaine, (c) ecstasy, (d) cannabis and (e) firearms has been seized by Customs officers in (i) seaports and (ii) airfields in (A) Cornwall, (B) Devon, (C) Dorset, (D) Isle of Wight and (E) Hampshire in (1) 2001, (2) 2002 and (3) in the last year for which records are available; and if he will make a statement. 
Information of seizures by location cannot be disclosed as this would provide information of value to those seeking to circumvent HM Revenue and Customs controls, thereby prejudicing the prevention and detection of crime.
Andrew Mackinlay: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what recent assessment he has made of whether the banking and financial sector of Bermuda is (a) sufficiently transparent and (b) regulated and subject to oversight that meets European and other international norms designed to combat financial and white collar crime; and if he will make a statement. 
Kitty Ussher: In 1999 the United Kingdom and the Caribbean Overseas Territories and Bermuda jointly commissioned an in-depth independent review of financial regulation in those territories. This review, carried out by KPMG and published on 27 October 2000, assessed the extent to which these Overseas Territories comply with international standards and good practice in the way they regulate their financial services sectors.
Bermuda is a member of the Caribbean Financial Action Taskforce and of the Offshore Group of Banking Supervisors, which are both observers bodies to the Financial Action Taskforce. Bermuda is also a member of the Egmont Group, the organisation for sharing information between Financial Intelligence Units. The Bermuda Monetary Authority is a member of the International Organisation of Securities Commissions, which requires members to enter into a memorandum of understanding to mutually share information.
The International Monetary Fund conducted a review of Bermudas financial sector regulation and supervision in early 2003 which is publicly available at www.imf.org/external/pubs/ft/scr/2005/cr0598.pdf and www.imf.org/external/pubs/ft/scr/2005/cr0599.pdf. This describes the financial, regulatory, and supervisory framework as well developed in banking, the key areas of securities regulation, and Anti-Money Laundering/Counter Financing of Terrorism. The Caribbean Financial Action Task Force and the International Monetary Fund are currently undertaking a further assessment of regulation and supervision in Bermuda.
Ben Chapman: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what assessment he has made of the impact of City bonuses on (a) Londons housing market and (b) increases in housing prices in London in the last five years. 
Jane Kennedy: HM Treasury has made no explicit assessment of the impact of City bonuses on Londons housing market. Prospects for the housing market are examined as part of the usual Budget and pre-Budget report forecasting process.
Mr. Lidington: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer when the Chairman of HM Customs and Revenue expects to reply to the letter of 19 July from the hon. Member for Aylesbury on the tax credit case of Mr. and Mrs. D. of Aylesbury (ref. JE875300A); and if he will make a statement. 
John McDonnell: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what the travelling and subsistence costs for mobile detection teams within the detection directorate of HM Revenue and Customs were in each of the last four years. 
Mr. Gauke: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many estates in 2006-07 were not liable to inheritance tax as a consequence of the exemption available for (a) spouses and (b) civil partners. 
John Mann: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what (a) tax and (b) national insurance revenue has been (i) lost and (ii) written off in relation to each professional football club which has entered into administration since 2000. 
Dr. Cable: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer (1) what assessment his Department has made of the suitability of (a) European and (b) non-European candidates for the post of Managing Director of the International Monetary Fund; and if he will make a statement; 
Kitty Ussher: The UK supports an open, transparent and meritocratic process for the selection of the Managing Director of the IMF, with the best candidate for the job selected regardless of nationality. The Chancellor has made this clear to other Finance Ministers both publicly and privately, including at the 9 July meeting of ECOFIN.
In selecting the successor to Rodrigo de Rato, the IMFs Executive Board put in place for the first time a selection process designed to deliver the UKs preferred objectives. This included a clear job description, a public timetable, a month-long nominations period, an interview stageand an invitation for applications from all member countries. All of these steps were followed and by the close of nominations on 31 August two highly credible candidates had been put forward: Dominique Strauss-Kahn of France and Josef Tosovsky of the Czech Republic.
Before determining which of the two candidates to support, the UK compared their qualifications and experience to the job description set out by the Executive Board, available on the IMF website at www.imf.org/external/np/sec/pr/2007/pr07159.htm and concluded that Dominique Strauss-Kahn would be best able to succeed in pushing forward significant reform at the Fund. For this reason, the UK Executive Director supported his candidacy and the UK welcomed Mr. Strauss-Kahns appointment on 28 September.
It is not possible using landfill tax receipts data to determine how much revenue is received from local authorities. This is because registered landfill site operators pay the tax to HM
Revenue and Customs and pass on the cost to their customers through the disposal charges they set. The origin of the landfilled waste is not recorded on the tax return.
Andrew Stunell: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how much landfill tax was hypothecated to local authorities via the Revenue Support Grant Settlements in each of the last four financial years. 
The National Statistician has been asked to reply to your recent Parliamentary Question concerning Gross Value Added (GVA) for Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly in each year since 2004. I am replying in her absence. (156667)
Regional Gross Value Added (GVA) data are produced using the official statistical geographies known as NUTS (Nomenclature of Units for Territorial Statistics). GVA data exist for the NUTS2 region of Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly for the time period 1995-2004. These data were provided in the PQ response Official Report of 16 July 2007, Volume 463, Col 62, which requested Gross Value Added in Cornwall in each year since 1979.
ONS plan to publish regional GVA data up to and including 2006 for NUTS1 regions and 2005 for NUTS2 and NUTS3 regions in December 2007.
Mr. Djanogly: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer (1) what percentage of people in (a) Cambridgeshire and (b) the United Kingdom who have been informed that their National Insurance contributions do not meet the required level to qualify for the basic state pension in each of the last 10 tax years have made voluntary Class 3 National Insurance contributions up to the level required to qualify for the basic state pension; 
(2) what percentage of people in (a) Cambridgeshire and (b) the United Kingdom who hold National Insurance numbers have made National Insurance contributions during each of the last 10 tax years. 
Jane Kennedy [holding answer 8 October 2007]: HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) maintains National Insurance records but does not hold the precise data requested by the hon. Member. In particular data are not held by county of residence.
Each year HMRC tells certain customers where their annual National Insurance contributions do not meet the qualifying level for basic state pension purposes for
a tax year and how to pay the amount of voluntary contributions needed to make good the shortfall.
|1996-97 to 2001-02 year breakdown not available||2002-03||2003-04||2004-05|
|(1) The tax years shown are the years in which the shortfall occurred as opposed to the year in which the notice was issued.|
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