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The environmental signals provided by vehicle excise duty will help deliver reductions in CO2 emissions. For example, the number of vehicles in the three lowest CO2 emission graduated VED bands is forecast to grow significantly in the longer term in part due to VED reform.
Angela Eagle [holding answer 25 February 2008]: As announced by Northern Rock on 26 November 2007, the company agreed to cover certain expenses in connection with the indicative proposal from the Virgin consortium. Paying such expenses is standard as part of bidding processes of this nature.
Mr. Philip Hammond: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what the quality rating of Northern Rock mortgage security is (a) within Northern Rock and not otherwise committed, (b) within Northern Rock and committed to the Bank of England and (c) committed to the Granite Master Trust. 
Dr. Cable: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what assessment he has made of the impact of loans advanced to Northern Rock on the Governments (a) public sector borrowing requirement and (b) sustainable debt rule; and if he will make a statement. 
Yvette Cooper: Northern Rock liabilities classified to the public sector are temporary, backed by significant assets, and do not represent any meaningful measure of fiscal sustainability. The code for fiscal stability, underpinned by legislation passed by this House, provides for such situations.
A copy of a letter from the Chancellor of the Exchequer to the hon. Member for Twickenham (Dr. Cable) on 20 February clarifying the relationship between Northern Rock and Granite has been placed in the House Library.
Danny Alexander: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer pursuant to the answer of 21 February 2008, Official Report, column 1020W, on Now Let's Talk Money, what funding his Department plans to provide to the campaign in each year from 2008-09 onwards. 
Angela Eagle [holding answer 28 February 2008]: The Government have announced that the continuing 'Now Let's Talk Money' campaign will be delivered through the new "Financial inclusion champions" initiative in 2008-11. The Government have allocated £12 million to the Department for Work and Pensions to deliver the "Financial inclusion champions" initiative in 2008-11. This funding will be profiled as £4 million in 2008-09, £4 million in 2009-10 and £4 million in 2010-11.
Angela Eagle: The Government have already set out their commitment to link the basic state pension to earnings in the next Parliament. A decision to bring forward that link would require additional spending on state pensions over and above the reform package set out in the May 2006 White Paper and agreed in the Pensions Act 2007.
Mr. Jeremy Browne: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what response his Department has made to the conclusion of the 2002 Sandler Review that the use of money from the inherited estate of with-profit funds to write new business distorts competition; and if he will make a statement. 
The Financial Services Authority (FSA) is responsible for the regulation of life insurance and the inherited estate. The Financial Services and Markets Act 2000 requires the FSA to have regard to seven principles of good regulation including the
desirability of facilitating competition between those it regulates and the need to minimise the adverse effects on competition that may arise from anything done in the discharge of its functions. The FSA made major changes to the way it regulates after its With Profits Review but, following consultation, it found that Sandler's specific recommendations in this area were not practical because of possible incompatibility with EU law and the potential impact on the mutuals sector.
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(2) what forecasts he has made of population density in Bridgend in (a) 2031 and (b) 2056 based on statistics from the (i) Government Actuary Department and (ii) the Office of National Statistics. 
The National Statistician has been asked to reply to your questions concerning population density:
To ask Mr. Chancellor of the Exchequer, what the population density of (a) Bridgend, (b) Wales, (c) England and (d) the UK was in each year since 1995 (191158)
To ask Mr. Chancellor of the Exchequer, what forecasts he has made of population density in Bridgend in (a) 2031 and (b) 2056 based on statistics from the (i) Government Actuaries Department and (ii) the office for National Statistics.
I am replying in her absence.
The table below shows population density figures calculated for each mid-year estimate from 1995 to 2006 for the areas requested. Mid-2006 are the latest population density estimates available.
Subnational population projections within Wales are a matter for the Welsh Assembly Government. They advise that Population projections are not currently published at local authority level for Wales. Projections are available at regional level. The Welsh Assembly Government plan to publish population projections at local authority level in summer 2008.
|Population density for mid-year estimates 1995 to 2006|
|Persons per square kilometre|
Office for National Statistics
General Register Office for Scotland and Northern Ireland Statistics and Research Agency
Stewart Hosie: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will estimate Government borrowing since 1997 when calculated in line with the latest international financial reporting standards on the recording of private public partnership liabilities. 
Angela Eagle: Public sector net borrowing (PSNB) is assessed using National Accounts data compiled by the independent Office for National Statistics. The Government announced at Budget 2007 to move to International Financial Reporting Standards (IFRS) for the annual resource accounts of public bodies from 2008-09. It is too early to say what implications the IFRS based accounting guidance for public private partnerships might have for PSNB.
David T.C. Davies: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many HM Revenue and Customs employees were paid (a) over £60,000 and (b) over £100,000 per annum, inclusive of bonuses, in the most recent financial year for which figures are available. 
HMRCs headcount was 92,238 at 1 November 2007. Information provided has been based on number of staff who, were paid at the annual rate of (a) £60,000 to £99,999 and (b) £100,000 and over on this date.
|Number of staff|
Jane Kennedy: At 1 February 2008 around 4,500 HM Revenue and Customs staff members were employed in Tax Credit Office (TCO). This figure includes part time staff and is equivalent to around 3,950 full time staff.
David Taylor: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what assessment he has made of the likely effect on revenue from amusement machine licence duty of bingo club closures in the last 12 months. 
An updated forecast of total betting and gaming duties, which includes amusement machine
licence duty receipts, will be published in the Financial Statement and Budget Report.
Angela Eagle: The Government consider all relevant factors when establishing and maintaining fair regimes for the gambling taxes. The Chancellor keeps all taxes under review and decisions about gambling taxation are made each year at Budget alongside all other tax decisions.
Mr. Marshall: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what advice his Department has received on the similarities between the taxation of bingo played in licensed clubs and the tax treatment of player-to-player poker in casinos. 
Angela Eagle: Treasury Ministers and officials receive representations from a wide range of organisations and individuals 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 representations.
Lynne Jones: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what assessment he has made of the fairness of the tax regime applying to bingo as compared with that which applies to other forms of gambling. 
Angela Eagle: The average effective rate of taxation applied to bingo is comparable to the average effective rate of taxation that applies to other forms of gambling such as casino gaming, gaming machines and the lottery.
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