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Finance: Afghanistan

Mark Pritchard: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will take steps to monitor financial transactions between Afghan individuals in the United Kingdom and (a) Afghanistan and (b) Dubai. [185344]

Angela Eagle: The Money Laundering Regulations 2007 require relevant persons (including banks and money service bureaus) to identify and verify the identity of their customers and to monitor their transactions.

Any suspicious transactions, including suspicious transactions with Afghanistan and Dubai should be reported through the appropriate channels to the Serious Organised Crime Agency.

The ED Wire Transfer Regulations impose similar obligations in respect of electronic transfers of funds.

Financial Services: Disadvantaged

Jim Dobbin: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what plans he has to ensure that financial advice is made available to those who are financially excluded. [186549]

Angela Eagle: The Government recognise the importance of readily available, specialist money advice to ensure that financially excluded people have access to the help and support they need to deal with financial distress, should it arise. The Government have established a £47.5 million money advice project in the current spending period, administered by BERR, to increase the availability of free face-to-face money advice in areas of high financial exclusion.

The Government’s recent action plan for financial inclusion announces that the Government will continue to support BERR’s face-to-face money advice initiative with funding of £76 million in 2008-11.

In addition, the Government have asked Otto Thoresen to report on the feasibility of a national approach to the delivery of generic financial advice. Generic Advice is basic financial guidance, tailored to the individual’s own circumstances. It will be of particular benefit to those most vulnerable to the consequences of poor financial decisions—including the financially excluded and people on low incomes. The Thoresen review is due to report shortly.

Fossil Fuel Levy: Scotland

Mr. Ingram: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many meetings have taken place between his Department and the Scottish Executive to discuss the transfer of the Fossil Fuel Levy to the Consolidated Fund; and when those meetings took place. [186637]


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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 Government’s practice to provide details of all such meetings.

Frontiers: Security

Damian Green: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how much Her Majesty’s Customs and Revenue and its predecessors spent on border security and enforcement in each of the last three financial years. [186412]

Jane Kennedy: HM Revenue and Customs undertakes a range of activities at the border, including security and enforcement, regulatory, fiscal and trade facilitation. Resources are deployed according to risk and officers are trained to, and may discharge any or all of these functions. Security and, enforcement is an intrinsic part of HMRC’s frontier work. No assessment has been made of the spend on purely security activity and it is not possible, or sensible in terms of proving meaningful information, to extract these costs.

Fuels: Prices

Mr. Jim Cunningham: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what steps the Government has taken to ensure the competitiveness of the British haulage industry in respect of fuel prices. [185628]

Angela Eagle: Policies have been put in place to support the road haulage industry including a freeze of lorry vehicle excise duty since 2001, the extension of the Reduced Pollution Certificate scheme and the forthcoming graduated fixed penalty and deposit scheme.

Budget 2007 also announced the tripling of spending on enforcement through targeted checks and the recent pre-Budget report announced a further £2 million. We also look forward to receiving the conclusions from the Freight Data Feasibility Study, an outcome of the Haulage Industry Task Group.

The Government set out their policy on fuel duty in the last Budget based on the UK seeking to reduce polluting emissions and fund public services. By 2010 main fuel duty rates will still remain 11 per cent. lower in real terms than they were in 1999.

Graduates: Unemployed

Mr. Willetts: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer pursuant to the answer to the hon. Member for Ribble Valley of 4 February 2008, Official Report, column 860W, (1) if he will provide comparable figures for the number of unemployed university graduates for each year from 1997 to 2002; [186044]

(2) if he will provide comparable figures for the number of unemployed people aged 16 years and over in each year from 1997 to 2002. [186005]

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


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Letter from Karen Dunnell, dated 18 February 2008:

Unemployed( 1) population aged 16 plus—three months ending June each year, 1997-2002 United Kingdom, not seasonally adjusted
Thousand
Total Graduates( 2)

1997

2,013

137

1999

1,695

128

2001

1,408

115

2002

1,456

145

(1) According to the ILO (International Labour Organisation) definition of unemployed, i.e. those who are without a job, are available to start work in the next two weeks, who want a job and have been seeking a job in the last four weeks or are waiting to start a job already obtained.
(2) Those who hold qualifications to degree level or higher.
Notes:
1. It should be noted that the estimates:
are grossed to population estimates consistent with those published in spring 2003 which are significantly lower than the latest population estimates as used in the Labour Market Statistics.
2. Comparable data not available for 1998 and 2000.
Source:
ONS Labour Force Survey (LFS)

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Households

Chris Grayling: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what estimate he has made of the number of households of (a) married couples, (b) cohabiting couples and (c) lone parents with dependent children in each year since 1990. [185882]

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 February 2008:

Table 1: Number of UK families wit h dependent children by type
Thousand
Family type 1997 1998 1999 2000 2001 2002 2003 2004 2005 2006 2007

Married couples

5,105

4,914

4,799

4,742

4,703

4,633

4,653

4,585

4,557

Cohabiting couples

589

713

799

800

806

866

870

913

919

Lone parents

1,611

1,746

1,760

1,825

1,817

1,869

1,884

1,864

1,860

Source:
LFS quarterly data, April to June, not seasonally adjusted.

Immigrants: Age

Andrew Rosindell: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what the average age was of immigrants to the UK in 2007. [186905]

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 February 2008:

Immigration

Andrew Rosindell: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer from which 10 countries the greatest number of migrants entered the UK in 2007. [186932]

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 February 2008:

Itis Holdings

Robert Neill: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what payments his Department and its agencies has made to Itis Holdings in the last 36 months. [183269]


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Jane Kennedy: Neither the Treasury or any of its agencies have made any payments to Itis Holdings in the past three years.

Landfill Tax

Sarah Teather: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how much was raised by landfill tax between January 2005 and December 2007; how much he expects to raise from landfill tax in 2008; and how the money is being used. [185606]

Angela Eagle: Latest landfill tax receipts are published by HM Revenue and Customs at:

Forecast landfill tax receipts for 2007-08 and 2008-09 are published in Table B8 of the 2007 pre-Budget report and Comprehensive Spending Review available at:

Landfill tax was introduced alongside a 0.2 percentage point reduction in the main rate of employers national insurance contributions.

Budget 2007 announced that the additional tax revenue from business as a result of the increase in the landfill tax escalator will be recycled to business through reductions in corporation tax announced in the Budget.

Landfill Tax: Greater London

Mr. Evennett: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how much each local authority in London paid in landfill tax in each of the last five years. [186144]

Angela Eagle: It is not possible using landfill tax receipts data to determine how much revenue is received from local authorities. This is because registered landfill site operators pay the tax to HM Revenue and Customs and pass on the cost to their customers through the disposal charges they set. The origin of the landfilled waste is not recorded on the tax return.


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