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Examples of work to support the tourism sector and its productivity include the work we have done with VisitBritain and the Tourism Industry Emergencies Response Group to improve the response to emergencies; the work we have done with local authorities to implement the Good Practice Guide on planning for tourism and the work to firstly prepare and now implement our tourism strategy for 2012 Winning: A Tourism Strategy for 2012 and Beyond.
Justine Greening: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer when he expects to launch his consultation on the replacement of air passenger duty with a tax payable per plane rather than per passenger as outlined in PBRN 24 on 9 October 2007; and if he will make a statement. 
Angela Eagle [holding answer 24 January 2008]: At pre-Budget report 2007 the Chancellor announced the intention to replace air passenger duty with a new duty charged per plane rather than per passenger, on 1 November 2009. The aim of this reform is to send better environmental signals and ensure aviation makes a greater contribution to covering its environmental costs, while continuing to ensure that the aviation industry makes a fair contribution towards the cost of public services.
The pre-Budget report also set out the intention to consult on this issue and I announced to the House by written ministerial statement the publication of a formal consultation document on 31 January 2008, Official Report, column 22WS. This may be viewed on the Treasurys website at:
The Government support credit unions and other third sector lenders through the Financial Inclusion Growth Fund. More than £40 million has been provided to date with a further £38 million committed for the period 2008-09 to 2010-11. This funding will include provision of capital to new lenders. In addition, the UK high street banks have committed to support the development of new third sector lending provision in 25 high priority areas
identified by the Financial Inclusion Taskforce. The Government are currently reviewing credit union legislation to ensure that the sector has a legislative framework that will facilitate its growth and expansion.
Mr. Stephen O'Brien: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many Wikipedia entries have been (a) created and (b) amended (i) by (A) special advisers, (B) Ministers and (C) communications officials and (ii) from IP addresses of (X) special advisers, (Y) Ministers and (Z) communications officials in (aa) his Department and (bb) its agencies since August 2005. 
Angela Eagle: Entries to Wikipedia can be created and amended by an individual from any computer that has access to the internet. Therefore the information requested is not held and could be provided only at disproportionate costs.
Angela Eagle: The following table updates a previous answer given to the hon. Gentleman on 8 October 2007, Official Report, column 218W, to give bonuses paid to staff by Department/agency. Further to the previous answer, the table includes data for National Savings and Investments, OGC Buying Solutions and amended figures for the Office of Government Commerce:
|(1) Data for the Government Actuarys Department are not available for the period 2002-03 to 2005-06.|
(2) Data for HM Revenue and Customs and the Office for National Statistics are not available for 2002-03.
(3) Data for National Savings and Investments are not available for the period 2002-03 to 2004-05.
Angela Eagle: Fuel duty policy is set as part of Chancellors annual Budget decision-making process for consistent application across the United Kingdom and there are no plans to change this approach.
The balance of factors includes the equitability of preferential rates application between regions, the consistency of environmental signalling and the potential administrative burdens. These factors tend to weigh against the case for preferential rates of fuel duty for remote regions of the United Kingdom.
Adam Price: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many Financial Services Authority officials involved in regulating Northern Rock during the last two years (a) have left the organisation, (b) have received bonuses and (c) are on permanent sick leave. 
Angela Eagle: The matters raised in this question are the responsibility of the Financial Services Authority (FSA), whose day-to-day operations are independent from government control and influence. I have asked the chief executive of the FSA to write to the hon. Member on the issue he raises.
Mr. Philip Hammond: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what plans his Department has to make use of data on the National Identity Register when it is established; and what the estimated annual cost to his Department of that use is. 
Angela Eagle: The Treasury will be working with the Home Office prior to the introduction of the National Identity Scheme to establish how identity information held on the proposed National Identity Register might be of assistance. It is too early in the process to establish the detailed costs and benefits.
Angela Eagle: The principal body responsible for the investigation of possible insider dealing and other market abuse is the Financial Services Authority, which looks into any suspicious activity associated with significant stock price movements.
Mrs. May: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many contracts were awarded by his Department and the agencies for which it is responsible to Opinion Leader Research in each year since 1997; and what was (a) the title and purpose, (b) the cost to the public purse and (c) the date of (i) tender, (ii) award, (iii) operation and (iv) completion and report to the Department or agency in each case. 
Angela Eagle: Opinion Leader Research is an approved supplier of research and development services under a framework agreement awarded by HM Revenue and Customs and available for use by other Government Departments. The framework was awarded by using fair and open competition in accordance with the EU procurement directives. Ministers were not involved in the selection process for either the places on the framework agreement nor the individual contracts called-off from that agreement.
For the Treasury's contracts with Opinion Leader Research, I refer to the answers given by the then Financial Secretary (John Healey) to the hon. Member for Fareham (Mr. Hoban) on 4 December 2006, Official Report, column 196W, and to the hon. Member for Rayleigh (Mr. Francois) on 18 June 2007, Official Report, column 1495W.
1. Civil partnership registrationvalue £10,000 excluding VAT. The contract was awarded on 19 May 2005. This work was not tendered as it was within the threshold of the framework whereby competition is not required. The work was completed by 13 July 2005.
2. Utilisation of content on National Statistics websitevalue £37,000 excluding VAT. The work was put out to tender on 25 May 2006. The contract was awarded on 12 June 2006 and the work was completed by 11 September 2006.
None of the other Chancellor's departments or agencies have had any contracts with Opinion Leader Research in the last three years. Information on contracts, if any, with Opinion Leader Research back to 1997 could not be provided without incurring disproportionate cost due to changes of accounting systems in the intervening years.
|Former Inland Revenue and HMRC contracts with Opinion Leader Research|
|Project title||Year||Cost excluding VAT (£)||Date put to tender||Date awarded to OLR||Work carried out (contract start to final payment)||Completed and findings put to the Department|
|(1) Data not held centrally so could not be provided except at disproportionate cost.|
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