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Clear Line of Sight Project

Mr. Letwin: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what progress his Department is making on the Clear Line of Sight project; and if he will make a statement. [175208]

Andy Burnham: The Government announced in the "Governance of Britain" Green Paper (Cm7170) in July that it would simplify its reporting to Parliament by bringing together the processes for planning, parliamentary approval and reporting of public spending on to a more consistent basis, in line with the fiscal rules. The Government made clear that they would consult widely on the detailed changes needed to effect this major reform, which is designed to make the system of government finance easier to understand and operate and improve government's accountability to Parliament.

The process of preliminary research and analysis needed to deliver a successful outcome to the project is now well under way, and the Government very much welcome the involvement of representatives from Parliament, the National Audit Office and the Financial Reporting Advisory Board, as well as from across government.

Customs Officers: Training

Justine Greening: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how much was spent on training and staff development of HM Revenue and Customs customs officers in each year since 2000; and if he will make a statement. [174550]

Jane Kennedy: There is no separate group of staff identified as “customs officers”. The external costs of training and staff development for the Customs and Excise department are shown below for 2001-02 to 2004-05; figures for 2000-01 are not available without incurring disproportionate cost.

£000

2001-02

7,490

2002-03

6,585

2003-04

5,718

2004-05

5,751


Following the merger with former Inland Revenue, producing HM Revenue and Customs (but excluding the Valuation Office Agency), the corresponding total training and staff development costs for 2005-06 and 2006-07 were:

£000

2005-06

9,147

2006-07

8,984


Departmental Aviation

Mr. Hayes: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how much was spent by his Department on international flights in each year since 1997. [174533]


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Angela Eagle: Since 1999 the Government have published a list of all overseas travel by Cabinet Ministers costing over £500. Information for the last financial year was published on 25 July 2007. Details for the current financial year will be published as soon as possible after the end of the financial year. From next year, the list will include details of overseas visits undertaken by all Ministers. All ministerial travel is undertaken in accordance with the “Ministerial Code”.

Information in respect of flights taken by officials could be provided only at disproportionate cost.

Departmental Computers

James Brokenshire: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what records are kept by his Department of attempted hacking or suspected cyber attacks or other malicious computer security breaches committed against his Department’s computer systems. [174429]

Angela Eagle: HM Treasury keeps operational logs of firewall and anti-virus activity. All suspected breaches or hacking attempts are investigated.

Departmental Data Protection

Mr. Philip Hammond: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer on how many occasions compact discs containing unencrypted confidential data have been sent out by his Department in the last 12 month period for which figures are available. [168210]

Dr. Cable: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many electronic databases within his Department contain (a) names, (b) addresses, (c) bank details and (d) other personal information on members of the public. [169710]

Jane Kennedy: On 20 November the Chancellor announced an independent review of HMRC's data handling procedures to be conducted by Kieran Poynter, the chair of Pricewaterhouse Coopers.

The interim report was published yesterday and is available in the Library of the House.


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Mr. Amess: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what mechanisms are in place to ensure that information kept by (a) his Department and (b) its agencies is (i) accurate and up-to-date and (ii) kept securely. [169420]

Jane Kennedy: HMRC, including the Valuation Office Agency has in place a range of measures to ensure its information is both accurate and up to date and kept securely.

On 20 November the Chancellor announced an independent review of HMRC's data handling procedures to be conducted by Kieran Poynter, the chair of PricewaterhouseCoopers.

The interim report was published yesterday and is available in the Library of the House.

Drug Seizures

Mr. Ruffley: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many seizures of (a) methamphetamine, (b) cannabis, (c) cocaine and (d) heroin have been made by HM Revenue and Customs in each year since 1997; and what the total quantity seized of each substance was. [166843]

Angela Eagle: The following table shows the number of seizures and quantities of heroin, cocaine and cannabis seized by HM Revenue and Customs in each of the years since 1997.

Methamphetamine was reclassified as a Class A drug on the 18 January 2007, prior to this HMRC did not collect seizure data on methamphetamine. No seizures of methamphetamine were made in the period 18 January 2007 to 31 March 2007.

When the Serious Organised Crime Agency (SOCA) became operational on 1 April 2006, primacy for the resources associated with the investigation of class A drugs cases transferred to SOCA. Details of services relating to this activity are included in SOCA's Annual Report (2005-06) available online at:

Financial year Cannabis (KGs) Cannabis (Number of seizures) Cocaine (KGs) Cocaine (Number of seizures) Heroin (KGs) Heroin (Number of seizures)

2006-07(1)

62,966

4,244

2,368

1,165

527

60

2005-06

41,611

3,234

5,798

1,176

1,507

61

2004-05

57,504

3,359

8,606

1,093

1,613

79

2003-04

57,617

3,470

(2)20,727

1,169

1,626

87

2002-03

59,035

4,454

8,767

1,181

2,069

52

2001-02

67,061

4,170

6,075

1,655

1,489

83

2000-01

41,776.

n/a

7,420

n/a

2,043

n/a

1999-2000

77,853

n/a

2,525

n/a

2,707

n/a

1998-99(3)

62,028

3,540

594

1997-98

80,380

2,356

1,821

(1 )When the Serious Organised Crime Agency (SOCA) became operational on 1 April cases transferred to SOCA. (2) The large quantity of cocaine seized in this year is due to the culmination of several long running operations. (3) For financial years 1997-98, 1998-99 the drugs statistics published gave the total number of seizures for cocaine, heroin, cannabis and synthetic drugs. The total amount of seizures made in 1997-98 were 7,796 and for 1998-99 7,738.

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For financial year 1999-2000 the drugs statistics published in the Annual Report gave the total number of drugs seized in value (£ million). The weight of drugs seized during this financial year is reflected in the table. For financial year 2000-01 the drugs statistics published in the Annual Report gave the total number of drugs seized by weight only.

Employment: Greater London

Mr. Boris Johnson: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many (a) 16, (b) 17, (c) 18, (d) 19, (e) 20, (f) 21, (g) 22, (h) 23 and (i) 24 year old (i) women and (ii) men were in employment but not receiving education or training in each London borough in each of the last 10 years. [169823]

Angela Eagle: The information requested falls within the responsibility of the National Statistician, who has been asked to reply.

Letter from Karen Dunnell, dated 18 December 2007:

Enterprise Management Incentives

Mr. Hoban: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what the average market value was of share options exercised under the Enterprise Management Incentive scheme in each year since 2001-02. [162967]

Angela Eagle: The Enterprise Management Incentives scheme was introduced in Finance Act 2000, and offers generous tax-advantaged share options to help small, higher risk independent trading companies recruit and retain the high calibre people they need to grow and succeed. EMI is open to qualifying companies or groups with gross assets not exceeding £30 million.

The following table shows the average market value of shares acquired per employee exercising EMI share options during each of the years 2001-02 to 2005-06 together with the numbers of those employees. The figures in the above table include the average gain as well as average market value since it is only the gain which is relieved of income tax and NICS under EMI.

Tax year Number of employees exercising EMI share options Average market value of shares acquired (£) Average amount paid for shares acquired (£) Average gain on exercise (£)

2001-02

400

33,000

9,000

24,000

2002-03

1,300

41,000

7,000

34,000

2003-04

2,100

49,000

8,000

41,000

2004-05

4,600

49,000

8,000

41,000

2005-06

6,100

59,000

10,000

49,000

Note: Averages are per employee.

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Exports

Mr. David Hamilton: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what the value of goods and services exported overseas from (a) Scotland and (b) the UK was in each of the last 10 years for which figures are available. [174147]

Jane Kennedy: The information is as follows.

Value of goods exported( 1) from the UK, 1997 to 2006
Value of goods exported (£ million)
Total UK exports Exports from Scotland( 2)

1997

171,779

15,395

1998

164,247

17,575

1999

166,318

17,615

2000

187,159

20,228

2001

189,376

16,686

2002

186,978

15,616

2003

188,382

13,200

2004

190,548

11,932

2005

211,756

12,661

2006

243,821

13,460

(1) Exports refer to both EU and non-EU destined goods
(2 )Exports from Scotland based on Regional Trade Statistics methodology
Note:
Data on services are not available on a comparable basis. Figures for the UK are available from the Office for National Statistics (ONS) and data for Scottish service exports are available from the Scottish Executive.
Source:
HM Revenue and Customs, Regional Trade Statistics

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