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Mr. Carmichael: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer (1) what the results of the consultation on banknote issue arrangements in Scotland and Northern Ireland were; and if he will make a statement; 
(4) when he last met (a) representative bodies from (i) Scotland and (ii) Northern Ireland note-issuing banks and (b) the Bank of England to discuss the consultation on banknote issue arrangements in Scotland and Northern Ireland. 
Angela Eagle: Treasury Ministers and officials have meetings with a wide variety of organisations in the public and private sectors as part of the process of policy development and delivery. As was the case with previous Administrations, it is not the Governments practice to provide details of all such meetings.
As part of the consultation document on financial stability and depositor protection released last week, the Government reaffirmed their intentions to legislate to strengthen the arrangements underpinning banknote issuance by commercial banks in Scotland and Northern Ireland. It also plans to bring the law in Scotland relating to the treatment of cheques into line with that in the rest of the United Kingdom. The Government intend to take forward these proposals within the legislation on banking reform provided it remains appropriate in light of the consultation launched last week.
Jeremy Corbyn: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer (1) how many child benefit payments have been backdated by more than three months from the date of the initial application in each of the last three years; 
Mr. Evennett: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what estimate he has made of the number of children living in each European country for whom UK child benefit was received by a parent resident in the London Borough of Bexley in the most recent period for which figures are available. 
Mr. Hoban: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer whether (a) his Department and (b) the Poynter Review has been able to conclude whether the two data discs missing from HM Revenue and Customs were posted. 
Jane Kennedy: As my right hon. Friend the Chancellor outlined in his statement of 17 December on publication of Kieran Poynters interim report, 17 December 2007, Official Report, column 612W, the Poynter Review remains ongoing and the final report is expected during the first half of 2008.
To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many payments of child tax credit have been made since their introduction; and how many
have involved overpayment because of a failure by HM Revenue and Customs to record the return of an annual declaration. 
Jane Kennedy: Information on the numbers of families benefiting from tax credits, and payments of entitlement, are available in table 1.1 of the HMRC publication Child and Working Tax Credits. Finalised Annual Awards. 2005-06, for the years 2003-04, 2004-05 and 2005-06. This publication is available on the HMRC website at:
Angela Eagle: The estimated cost of the new 50p coin design is approximately £15,000 which includes, under the terms of the public competition, a £5,000 fee to the artist that submitted the final design.
|(1) Figures given are for the staff costs of the Crown Estates Communication Department.|
(2) In 2003-04, the Crown Estates first Corporate Responsibility Report was published, and the costs given in the aforementioned answer for 2003-04, 2004-05, 2005-06 and 2006-07 include costs for both the Annual Report and the Corporate Responsibility Report.
Mr. Carmichael: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many external contracts the Crown Estate had with public relations companies in each of the last 10 years; and what the cost of those contracts was. 
|Number of contracts||Total amount (£000)|
Mr. Carmichael: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what the value was of applications made to the Crown Estate's research committee for research proposals in each of the last five years; how many applications were made in each year; what the value of research funding allocated was; and how many applications were successful in each year. 
Angela Eagle: The Crown Estate does not have a research committee and it does not invite open applications for research, rather areas of research are decided by The Crown Estate through discussions with industry.
Danny Alexander: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what estimate he has made of the value of unsecured debt owed by individuals in the UK in each year since 1990, broken down by income decile of debtors. 
As National Statistician I have been asked to reply to your question on what estimate has been made of the value of unsecured debt owed by individuals in the UK in each year since 1990, broken down by income decile of debtors. (184505)
The ONS do not publish explicitly data on unsecured debt of individuals and it has been assumed that this is the equivalent to consumer credit.
Data on consumer credit are published in Table 3.2B of Financial Statistics. Table A below shows total consumer credit split by credit cards or other and Table B shows total consumer credit split by type of lender.
These data are not available by income decile of debtors.
|Table A: total consumer credit split by type of lending|
|Credit cards||Other||Total consumer credit|
| Source s:|
National Statistics and Bank of England
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