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Mr. Pickles: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will place in the Library a copy of the Invitation to Tender issued by the Valuation Office Agency in October 2004 on the provision of Access to Property Data. 
Jane Kennedy: The Invitation to Tender was issued in the form of a proposal to potential suppliers. This is available in Appendix 1 of the contract between Her Majestys Revenue and Customs and Rightmove.co.uk Ltd. and I refer the hon. Member to the answer given to the hon. Member for Surrey Heath (Michael Gove) on 10 September 2007, Official Report, column 1969W.
Mr. Pickles: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer pursuant to the answer to the hon. Member for North-East Bedfordshire (Alistair Burt) of 25 July 2007, Official Report, column 1189W, on the Valuation Office: manuals, if he will place in the Library a copy of the Valuation Office Agencys Council Tax Referencing Manual. 
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Jane Kennedy: The VOA has not had any formal meetings, or attended any conferences, in New Zealand in the last 36 months. The International Property Tax Institute (IPTI) was invited to meet with officials in New Zealand to discuss their local property tax system and a member of the VOA attended that meeting in his capacity as a member of the IPTI Advisory Board. IPTI met all the costs involved.
Mr. Pickles: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer pursuant to the answer to the hon. Member for North East Bedfordshire of 24 July 2007, Official Report, column 1020W, on the Valuation Office Agency: visits abroad, what the title of the Lithuania conference was; and if he will place in the Library a copy of the handouts and presentation given by the representatives of the Agency to the conference. 
Jane Kennedy: The title of the conference in Lithuania was Role of Property Taxation-Local Revenue Mobilization. It was a conference organised by the International Property Tax Institute in conjunction with the Institute of Revenues, Rating and Valuation along with the co-operation of the State Enterprise Centre of Registers of Lithuania.
Mr. Todd: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what progress has been made in the explorations by his officials regarding the VAT status of parish meetings referred to in the answer of 26 April 2006, Official Report, column 1174W, on parish councils; and if he will make a statement. 
Jane Kennedy: The VAT status of parish meetings remains under review, including whether any change to the current position would deliver cost-effective benefits that are consistent with the objectives outlined in Strong and Prosperous Communities, the Government White Paper on the future role and structure of local government published in October 2006.
Mr. Lidington: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer (1) pursuant to the written statement of 25 July 2007, Official Report, columns 62-63WS, on tax credit administration, how many households have been written to by HM Revenue and Customs to inform them that their tax credit case is being reviewed; 
(2) what deadline HM Revenue and Customs has adopted for completion of the reviews of the 160,000 tax credit cases described in the written statement of 25 July 2007, Official Report, columns 62-63WS, on tax credit administration. 
Jane Kennedy: HM Revenue and Customs have written to around 175,000 households to advise them that they will be reviewing their tax credits awards from 2003-04 and 2004-05, and to around 75,000 recipients about their 2005-06 awards.
These are cases where new information came to light that reduced tax credit entitlement after the award for that year had been finalised and closed. The vast majority of those affected will not see any impact on their tax credits award and no-one will be worse off as a result of this issue.
The planned programme of work to review these awards has now started and will be completed in three years. The time span reflects the need to put these cases on a sound footing as soon as practicable while ensuring HM Revenue and Customs continues to improve the service it provides to tax credits claimants. The plans include ensuring that those where the overpayment is greatest will be reviewed first, and priority will also be given to those where there is an outstanding query about the overpayment.
Mr. Ellwood: To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform what military goods have been licensed for export to the Channel Islands from the UK in the last three years. 
Mr. Thomas: The Government publish detailed information on export licences issued, including the number of military export licences approved for the Channel Islands, in their Annual and Quarterly Reports on Strategic Export Controls. The Governments Annual Reports, published since 1997, are available from the Libraries of the House and the Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) website at:
Gordon Banks: To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform if he will make a statement on the progress to date of introducing the individual recognition scheme for the Bevin Boys. 
Malcolm Wicks: The application process for the Bevin Boys Veterans Badge was launched on 24 September and the first Badge will be awarded to coincide with the 60th anniversary of the demobilisation of the final Bevin Boys in March 2008. The Badge is available to all survivors who, either through compulsion or on a voluntary basis, worked in the mines under the Bevin Boys scheme rather than serving in the armed forces. The widows of eligible men who died on or after 20 June 2007, the date of introduction, are also eligible. To date, some 600 applications have been received.
Harry Cohen: To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform which Ministers from his Department attended the Defence Systems and Equipment International exhibition in September. 
Mr. Timms: My right hon. Friend the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform, attended the Defence Systems and Equipment International exhibition, as did the Minister for Defence Equipment and Support, and the Minister for Trade Promotion and Investment.
Mr. Pickles: To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform what definition of brownfield land is used for the Regional Development Agencys target on the amount of brownfield land that is reclaimed or redeveloped. 
Mr. Timms: The regional development agencies use the definition of brownfield land as specified in the Core Outputs Technical Note drawn up by the Office of Project Advice and Training (OffPat), which states that brownfield land
includes contaminated, derelict or previously developed land which is or was occupied by a permanent structure (excluding agricultural or forestry buildings), and associated fixed surface infrastructure within the curtilage of the development.
Gordon Banks: To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform what total amount of electricity was generated in (a) Scotland and (b) the UK from landfill gas in each year since its introduction as a fuel for electricity generation. 
|Electricity generated from landfill gas|
Digest of UK Energy Statistics, 2007, Table 7.1.1 and Energy Trends September 2007 pages 16 to 23 and corresponding articles in September 2003, September 2002 and December 2001.
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