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To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer (1) what departmental assets are planned to be sold in each financial year from 2007-08 to 2010-11; what the
(a) description and (b) book value of each such asset is; and what the expected revenue from each such sale is; 
(2) in which financial years since 2001 his Departments outturn for its capital budget at the end of the year was less than planned at the beginning of the year; and what the (a) value and (b) reason for the underspend was in each case. 
Andy Burnham: The Treasury Groups Asset Management Strategy, due to be published in December as part of its response to the 2007 Comprehensive Spending Review, will provide details.
The definitive figures for final provision and provisional outturn are published each year in the Public Expenditure Outturns White Paper. Changes to plans arising in-year are published in Public Expenditure Statistical Analyses, as are differences between provisional and final outturns. The asset disposals referred to have led to underspends against the capital budget in 2001-02, 2002-03, 2004-05 and 2005-06, as follows. See also table 7.6 in the Treasurys 2006-07 annual report and accounts.
|Final provision||Final outturn||Reason for underspend|
Sales of Burtonwood, near Warrington, Ashley House Monck Street, London and Brockley Hill, Stanmore, Middlesex for £74 million, and shareholdings in privatised utilities for £14 million
Sales of 100 Parliament Street for £22 million and of Whitehall Systems to OGCbuying.solutions for £3 million (net of loan advanced)
David Davis: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many civil law suits have been brought against his Department based either wholly or partially on grounds provided by the Human Rights Act 1998; how many were settled out of court, before a court judgment was delivered; and how much such settlements cost the public purse since 1998. 
Angela Eagle: The information requested is not held centrally and could be obtained only at disproportionate cost.
Danny Alexander: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer which buildings occupied by his Department (a) are and (b) are not fully accessible to disabled people; and if he will make a statement. 
Angela Eagle: All the main areas of the Treasury are fully accessible to disabled people.
Norman Baker: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer (1) which companies have contracts to supply his Department with fish; and when those contracts will end; 
(2) what consideration his Department has given to introducing a sustainable seafood procurement policy; 
(3) what quantity of cod from the North Sea or Eastern Baltic was procured by his Department in 2006. 
Fish served in the Treasury restaurant facilities in 1 Horse Guards Road and 100 Parliament Street are supplied by the catering sub-contractor employed by the PFI provider.
Dan Rogerson: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what contingency preparations his Department made for the possibility of a general election in autumn 2007; and what the cost was of those preparations. 
Angela Eagle: I refer the hon. Member to the answer given by the Parliamentary Secretary to the Cabinet Office on 15 October 2007, Official Report, columns 822-23W.
To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many IT contracts were put out to competitive tender by his Department in (a) 2006-07,
(b) 2005-06, (c) 2004-05, (d) 2003-04, (e) 2002-03 and (f) 2001-02; how many companies tendered in each case; and which company won each tender. 
Angela Eagle: The information requested can be provided only at disproportionate cost.
The Treasury awards all contracts in accordance with government procurement rules, which state that all IT contracts in excess of £2,500 should be subject to competition.
Norman Baker: To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer (1) how many websites his Department operates; how many it operated at 1 January 2005; and what the estimated annual cost has been of running his Department's websites in the last five years; 
(2) how many hits the (a) most and (b) least popular website run by his Department has received since 1 January 2007. 
Angela Eagle: The Chancellor's Department currently operates 13 websites. On 1 January 2005 it operated seven websites.
The estimated annual costs are as follows:
|Financial year||Cost (£)|
For further detail, including costs of running the websites in the last five years, I refer the hon. Member to the answers given on:
11 June 2007, Official Report, column 828W
25 July 2006, Official Report, column 1352W
10 October 2005, Official Report, column 285W
24 June 2004, Official Report, column 1470W
14 April 2003, Official Report, column 548W
22 October 2002, Official Report, column 219W.
The HM Treasury departmental website received 2,006,336 unique' visits since 1 January 2007, making it the most popular website run by the Chancellor of the Exchequer's Department.
The Financial Inclusion Taskforce website received the fewest visits with 4,850.
Norman Baker: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many people were employed by his Department on 1 January in each of the last five years; and how many of these staff were (a) permanent employees, (b) temporary staff and (c) contractors. 
Between 1 January 2005 and 1 January 2007, HM Treasury cut around 150 posts as a result of their SR 04 settlement. However, this has been offset by a similar number of posts being transferred into the Treasury as machinery of Government changes in that
period, including responsibility for the Prime Ministers Delivery Unit, the efficiency programme, and corporate services posts from elsewhere in the Treasury Group.
The number of people employed by HM Treasury on 1 January in each of the last five years is as follows:
Figures for contractors staff are not available and could be obtained only at disproportionate cost.
Andrew Selous: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many and what percentage of employees in (a) his Department and (b) each (i) executive agency and (ii) non-departmental public body funded by his Department are above state retirement age. 
Angela Eagle: The information for the Chancellors Departments and agencies is given in the following table.
|Department||Employees||Percentage of total staff|
Based on staff numbers as at 30 September 2006.
The information for non-departmental public bodies is not available.
Mr. Hoban: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what the name is of each special adviser in his Department. 
Angela Eagle: The annual list of special adviser names will be published shortly.
Alan Duncan: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many statutory instruments were laid before Parliament by his Department between 2 May 1997 and 27 June 2007. 
Angela Eagle: Information relating to statutory instruments laid by individual Departments is available on the website of the Office of Public Sector Information:
Mr. Hoban: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer on what dates his Department has breached its (a) resource, (b) near-cash, (c) administration and (d) capital budgets since 2001; what the value of the breach was; and what the reason was for each breach. 
Andy Burnham: None of the Treasurys control totals were breached in the years between 2001-02 and 2006-07. Details of provisional outturn against final control limits are published each year in the Public Expenditure Outturn White Paper. The references for these Command Papers for the years between 2001-02 and 2006-07 inclusive are 5574, 5884, 6293, 6639, 6883 and 7156.
Andrew Selous: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many employees in (a) his Department and (b) each (i) executive agency and (ii) non-departmental public body funded by his Department applied to continue to work beyond state retirement age in the latest year or part thereof for which figures are available; and how many of those applications were successful. 
Angela Eagle: The information for the Chancellor of the Exchequers Departments and Agencies is listed as follows:
|Department||Applied to work beyond state retirement age||Application successful|
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