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In addition to the aforementioned contracts, the Treasury utilises pan-Government Framework Agreements for consultancy services.

The current and forecast total value of each contract can be provided only at disproportionate cost and is commercially sensitive.

EC Trade

Mr. Clifton-Brown: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer (1) what percentage of total goods exported from the UK were exported to the EU in each of the last 10 years; [180269]

(2) what percentage of total UK trade was with the EU in the latest year for which figures are available; and if he will make a statement. [180270]

Jane Kennedy: Data relating to UK trade with both EU and non-EU countries is published in the Overseas Trade Statistics by HM Revenue and Customs, which is available in the Library of the House and via

EU External Trade: Israel

Richard Burden: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer on how many occasions since January 2007 HM Revenue and Customs intercepted goods produced in Israeli settlements in the West Bank being imported to the UK claiming the preferences of the EU-Israeli Association Agreement; and what steps have been taken in consequence. [179256]

Jane Kennedy: Since January 2007, there have been 202 occasions where claims to preference for goods produced in Israeli settlements in the West Bank and imported into the United Kingdom have been rejected. These goods were confirmed as incorrectly claiming a preferential rate of duty under the EU/Israel Association Agreement. A demand for the full rate of import duty was sent to every importer concerned.


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European Union Solidarity Fund

Mr. Paice: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how much the UK has (a) contributed to and (b) received from the EU Solidarity Fund in each of the last 10 years. [180144]

Angela Eagle: The United Kingdom makes its contributions to the EC Budget as a whole and not to individual spending programmes or funds within it. Figures for the United Kingdom’s gross contribution, after taking account of the UK abatement, to the EC Budget in 2006 can be found in table 3 (page 47) of the European Community Finances White Paper (Cm 7090) published on 22 May 2007. This table also gives an estimate of this figure for 2007.

The EU Solidarity Fund (EUSF) was established in November 2002. Last year the UK applied to the fund following the severe flooding experienced across the country in the summer. The application has been approved by the European Commission which has announced that it will propose that the UK be awarded a grant in the region of €160 million.

Immigrants: Russia

Mr. Hands: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what recent estimate he has made of the numbers of
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Russian nationals living in (a) London and (b) the UK. [180311]

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

Letter from Karen Dunnell, dated 22 January 2008:


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Table 1: Number and percentage of the e lectorate q ualifying through European Union citizenship, and number and percentage of the e lectorate q ualifying through British, Irish, or Commonwealth Citizenship, London boroughs, 1 December 2006
London borough Electorate q ualifying through European Union citizenship( 1,2) Percentage of e lectorate q ualifying through European Union citizenship( 1,2) Electorate q ualifying through British, Irish, or Commonwealth citizenship( 1) Percentage of e lectorate q ualifying through British, Irish, or Commonwealth citizenship( 1)

City of London

404

7

5,684

93

Barking and Dagenham

3,115

3

119,950

97

Barnet

10,623

5

210,254

95

Bexley

1,923

1

170,775

99

Brent

15,275

8

177,801

92

Bromley

4,720

2

229,228

98

Camden

12,987

9

133,766

91

Croydon

6,939

3

236,725

97

Ealing

16,737

8

204,785

92

Enfield

7,743

4

192,099

96

Greenwich

7,031

4

157,276

96

Hackney

9,201

7

128,149

93

Hammersmith and Fulham

12,510

10

107,283

90

Haringey

12,985

8

144,712

92

Harrow

5,721

3

159,580

97

Havering

1,506

1

177,475

99

Hillingdon

5,167

3

181,987

97

Hounslow

8,926

5

154,262

95

Islington

8,603

7

116,019

93

Kensington and Chelsea

16,058

16

85,741

84

Kingston Upon Thames

4,806

4

103,231

96

Lambeth

15,951

8

192,087

92

Lewisham

7,487

4

170,635

96

Merton

8,641

6

129,611

94

Newham

12,840

7

172,927

93

Redbridge

2,045

1

183,533

99

Richmond Upon Thames

5,983

5

119,803

95

Southwark

11,807

6

182,150

94

Sutton

3,042

2

131,359

98

Tower Hamlets

9,156

6

141,120

94

Waltham Forest

10,051

6

158,439

94

Wandsworth

15,144

7

204,016

93

Westminster

17,989

13

121,523

87

(1) These data are as reported by each London borough to ONS.
(2) Excludes British and Irish citizens, and also Maltese and Cypriot citizens who qualify as Commonwealth citizens.
Source:
Office for National Statistics

Northern Rock

Dr. Cable: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what provisions he has made for the accounting of (a) the loans advanced to Northern Rock and (b) the guarantees made for deposits held within Northern Rock within the national accounts; and if he will make a statement. [180032]

Angela Eagle: The loan from the Bank of England to Northern Rock will be shown as an asset of the bank and a liability of the company in the national accounts.

I refer the hon. Gentleman to the letters the Chancellor sent to the chairs of the Public Accounts Committee and the Treasury Select Committee on 11 October 2007, which the provisions of the Government’s guarantee arrangements explain and which are available in the House Library.

Revenue and Customs: Databases

Mr. Hoban: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what personal data held by HM Revenue and Customs has been copied to compact disc for transfer to external agencies since 15 December 2007. [180247]

Jane Kennedy: Following the child benefit data loss incident HMRC have introduced more stringent controls which require that transfers of bulk data on removable media only take place where there is adequate security protection. The transfer of personal data only takes place when it is essential to do so due to a business critical need or in order to meet the Department’s legal obligations.

Mr. Hoban: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer whether data of individuals’ records held by HM Revenue and Customs has been transferred without encryption between HM Revenue and Customs and external agencies since 15 December 2007. [180434]

Jane Kennedy: Following the child benefit data loss incident, HMRC have introduced more stringent controls which require that transfers of customer data only take place with adequate security protection.

For more detail on the changes made, I refer the hon. Member to Kieran Poynter’s interim report that was published on 17 December 2007 and is available in the Library of the House.


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