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(a) the Treasury has made 44 sets of regulations, and amended 52 existing regulations, in many cases revoking provisions of those existing regulations in the process; and
(b) the Treasury has revoked eight sets of regulations in their entirety.
The Treasurys Simplification Plan 2006 outlined 22 simplification measures including a regulatory reform order (RRO) to enable the FSA to make minor changes to its consultation procedures on guidance and make the variation of permissions (VOP) process less time consuming, resulting in savings of between £7.5 and £9.3 million per year for business.
Mr. Philip Hammond: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer (1) if he will place in the Library copies of the last 12 editions of the staff magazines for his Department and each of its agencies; 
Angela Eagle [holding answer 23 October 2007]: I refer the hon. Member to the answer given by my right hon. Friend, the former Financial Secretary to the Treasury (John Healey) on 5 February 2007, Official Report, column 737W.
David Tredinnick: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what estimate he has made of the annual cost to the Exchequer of low value consignment relief made available to businesses based in the Channel Islands for the import into the United Kingdom of food supplements and herbal remedies; and if he will make a statement. 
Mr. Hoban: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer which of the parties to the tripartite agreement are to carry out a review of their actions during the recent international financial market turbulence. 
need to review how the [tripartite] framework has operated and put in place whatever practical improvements are needed.
The Financial Services Authority and the Bank of England have announced that they will be reviewing the lessons. The Chancellor has announced his intention to evaluate options in the light of these reviews and to publish proposals in the new year.
Mr. Hancock: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what factors underlie changes in the quantities of class A drugs (a) seized by HM Revenue and Customs and (b) reaching UK streets in each year since 2003-04; and if he will make a statement. 
(a) There are a wide variety of factors that can underlie change in the quantities of Class A drugs
seized each year. These include the volume of Class A drugs being targeted on the UK by traffickers, changes in the tactics and opening of new drug routes by traffickers in response to law enforcement activity, and volumes of production in source countries. Since 2003-04, HM Revenue and Customs have seized the following quantities of drugs.
The figures for 2006-07 represent the results of HM Revenue & Customs (HMRC) activity at the UK frontier. They do not include seizures made in those areas of the Department that were transferred to the Serious Organised Crime Agency (SOCA) on 1 April 2006, such as investigation and intelligence relating to Class 'A' drugs.
(b) Factors influencing the quantities of drugs reaching the streets will include demand and law enforcement effectiveness. The creation of SOCA in 2006, and the work to improve police capability on protective services are important here and the Government are currently consulting on a new national drugs strategy.
Mr. Willetts: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many estates which were charged inheritance tax were the estates of widows or widowers in each year since 1997; and of these how many were valued as being between the value of the inheritance tax lower threshold and twice the value of the inheritance tax lower threshold. 
Andrew George: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many people in (a) St. Ives, Cornwall, (b) West Cornwall and Isles of Scilly constituency of St Ives, (c) Cornwall and (d) the UK earn the minimum wage; and what percentage of the population in work each figure represents. 
As National Statistician, I have been asked to reply to your recent Parliamentary Question asking the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many people earn the minimum wage in (a) St Ives, Cornwall, (b) West Cornwall and Isles of Scilly
constituency of St Ives, (c) Cornwall and (d) the UK; and what percentage of the population in work each figure represents. (161878)
Estimates for the number of jobs paid at the national minimum wage in the UK are not available. However, I attach a table showing estimates of the number of jobs, and percentage of the UK workforce, who were paid less than the national minimum wage in April 2006 in the UK. I also attach a table showing the number of jobs earning less than the national minimum wage by Government Office Region. This is the lowest geographical breakdown available for estimates of the number of jobs paid below the national minimum wage.
The Annual Survey of Hours and Earnings (ASHE), carried out in April each year, is the most comprehensive source of earnings information in the United Kingdom. It is a one per cent sample of all employees who are members of pay-as-you-earn (PAYE) schemes.
A guide to measuring low pay and associated articles can be found on the National Statistics website at:
|Number of jobs paid below the national minimum wage, UK|
|Number (T housand)||Percentage|
|Estimates of UK jobs paid below minimum wage by Government Office Region, 2006|
|Government office region||Thousand||Percentage|
|(1 )2006 data are for those aged 16 and over.|
Annual Survey of Hours and Earnings, Office for National Statistics.
Kitty Ussher: I refer the hon. Member to the letter sent by the Chancellor to the Chairman of both the Treasury Select Committee and the Public Accounts Committee on 20 September 2007, a copy of which was placed in the Library of the House.
Mr. Hoban: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer by what mechanism he has calculated the amount to be paid by Northern Rock for the guarantee given by the Government to that companys depositors. 
Kitty Ussher [holding answer 16 October 2007]: The Chancellor has written to the Public Accounts Committee to explain the provision of the Governments guarantee arrangements as set out on 20 September and how these were extended on 9 October. Both letters confirmed the provision of a loan facility by the Bank of England.
Mr. Waterson: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will make it his policy to ensure that the purchaser of Northern Rock plc fully funds the existing and future liabilities of the employees' pension schemes. 
Mr. Waterson: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what estimate he and his officials have made of the maximum potential liability of (a) the Government and (b) the Bank of England for Northern Rock employees' pensions if Northern Rock plc (i) enters administration, (ii) is taken into public ownership by the Bank of England and (iii) is sold at a discount to its net asset value. 
Kitty Ussher: At the request of the company the Government have put in place guarantee arrangements to protect certain deposits in and certain uncollaterlised wholesale borrowing by Northern Rock plc. and the Bank of England is providing loan facilities. These arrangements will allow the company to continue to pursue all its strategic options.
The Government fully recognise the important contribution and work that the foundation has carried out to improve the conditions of people disadvantaged by age, infirmity, poverty or other circumstances, especially in the North East. At the request of the company the Government have put in place guarantee arrangements to protect deposits in Northern Rock plc and the Bank of England is providing loan facilities. These arrangements will allow the company to continue to pursue all its strategic options.
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