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Mr. Hoban: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer (1) pursuant to the answer of 13 December 2007, Official Report, column 809W, on Carbon Markets Expert Group, when invitations will be issued to prospective members of the group; and by what date answers will be requested; 
Angela Eagle: Invitations were issued to 16 prospective members of the group on 19 December 2007, and answers were requested by 5 January 2008. Members have been selected in order to bring experience of a wide range of issues related to carbon markets and emissions trading, including investment banking, trading, brokerage, project credit development, and related professional services. The members are from the following firms:
CEAG (Consilience Energy Advisory Group);
Climate Change Capital;
European Climate Exchange;
Jim Cousins: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what outsourced couriers and postal service providers HM Revenue and Customs has used since 2005-06; and how much was paid to such providers in (a) 2005-06, (b) 2006-07 and (c) 2007-08. 
Amounts rounded to the nearest million.
Mr. Philip Hammond: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what proportion of total mail deliveries made on behalf of his Department and its agencies were carried out by mail carriers employed by HM Revenue and Customs in the last 12 months. 
Angela Eagle [holding answer 3 December 2007]: 68.5 per cent. of official mail deliveries from the Treasury building at 1 Horse Guards road in 2007 were carried out by mail carriers also employed by HM Revenue and Customs.
Mr. Maude: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer whether (a) his Department and (b) HM Revenue and Customs will hold a (i) Christmas pantomime or similar production and (ii) Christmas party in 2007. 
Jane Kennedy: Information on the total number of discrete physical searches that have been conducted for missing data discs is not available centrally and could be provided only at disproportionate cost.
Mr. Hoban: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what estimate his Department has made of the number of discs containing data protected by the Data Protection Act 1998 that were sent to the National Audit Office in the last 12 months. 
Mrs. May: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer for which regulators and inspectorates his Department has had responsibility in each year since 1997; what the budget was of each such body in each year; and what the cost to the public purse was of any restructuring of each such body in each year. 
To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many HM Revenue and Customs staff in (a) total, (b) England, (c) Scotland, (d) Wales, (e) Northern Ireland and (f) each region of England were dismissed because of (i) their attendance record and (ii)
their attendance record on grounds of sickness in each year since 2005. 
Jane Kennedy: The total numbers of HM Revenue and Customs staff dismissed since 1 April 2005 are shown in the following table. Records of the reasons for dismissal are not held centrally and could be obtained only at disproportionate cost.
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Mr. MacNeil: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will consider derogating from EU regulations, as negotiated by the French Government, to enable a reduction in fuel duty in rural areas by three per cent. until 2011, with particular reference to the Scottish islands. 
Mr. Carmichael: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what consideration he has given to implementing a scheme whereby those living in rural and remote areas with extremely high dependence upon cars are allowed preferential rates of fuel duty. 
Angela Eagle: Fuel duty helps the Government meet their objectives of reducing polluting emissions and funding public services. A derogation to alter fuel duty rates in this way would have to be carefully considered in the light of the above objectives as well as administrative and fraud considerations and the Government have no current plans to seek one.
Mr. Willetts: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what the (a) net and (b) gross (i) household and (ii) national savings rate was (A) quarterly and (B) annually in each year for which data is available. 
As National Statistician I have been asked to reply to your question on what (a) the net and (b) the gross rate of (i) household and (ii) national savings was quarterly and annually in each year for which data is available. (171918)
Data for this are shown in the table below. In the UK National Accounts, following international guidelines, the household sector is combined with the non-profit institutions serving households sector (NPISH), and it is not possible to separate the two. Examples of institutions included within the NPISH sector are: charities; trade unions, universities, churches and political parties.
An estimate of a UK national saving ratio is not published but has been derived using UK gross saving and UK gross national income as the denominator.
Quarterly estimates of net saving are not published so only annual estimates are shown back to 1987. Net saving is calculated as gross saving less the consumption of fixed capital.
Data on gross saving, consumption of fixed capital, net saving, and gross and net saving ratios for the households and NPISH sector are shown in Table 1 below annually back to 1987. The household saving ratio is available back to 1948 annually and 1955 quarterly.
Data on gross saving, consumption of fixed capital, net saving, and gross and net saving ratios for the UK are shown in Table 2 below annually back to 1987, data before this time is not available.
|Table 1: Gross and net savings for the household and NPISH sector|
|Gross saving (NSSH)||Consumption of fixed capital (QWLL)||Net saving||Gross saving ratio (RVGL)||Net saving ratio|
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