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Departmental Internet

Mr. Stephen O'Brien: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how much was spent on the most recent redesign and implementation of his departmental website. [200031]

Angela Eagle: In 2004, the website was redesigned to improve navigation and meet accessibility standards at a cost of £22,000 excluding VAT.

Departmental Legislation

Chris Huhne: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what criminal offences have been created by primary legislation sponsored by his Department since July 2007. [198285]

Angela Eagle: Two new offences were created during the relevant period:


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Chris Huhne: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what criminal offences have been abolished by primary legislation sponsored by his Department since May 1997. [198324]

Angela Eagle: The information requested is contained in 13 Finance Acts and could be extracted only at disproportionate cost.

Departmental Listed Buildings

Mr. Pickles: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what applications have been made for listed building consent in relation to Treasury buildings since May 1997. [198924]

Angela Eagle: Three applications have been made for listed building consent for the Treasury building in London. They were all for the Government Offices, Great George Street building and were for: refurbishment of the West End of the building; installation of bronze castings within the kerb of the main entrance ramp; and internal alterations to partitions within the building.

Departmental Manpower

Dan Rogerson: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many (a) permanent civil service posts, (b) permanent non-civil service posts and (c) temporary or agency workers in employment in his Department there were in each month since May 2005. [199848]

Angela Eagle: The latest civil service employment statistics are as published by the Office of National Statistics in the Civil Service Statistics document and tables available at:

and in the HM Treasury annual report and accounts 2006-07 which can be accessed at:

Any further breakdown could be provided only at disproportionate cost.

Departmental Marketing

Mr. Pope: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how much his Department spent on publicity and advertising in 2007-08. [199034]

Angela Eagle: The information requested will be available after the conclusion of the Comptroller and Auditor General's audit of the Department’s resource accounts. Publication of the resource accounts is planned for June.

Departmental Public Participation

Stewart Hosie: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many public consultations his Department has held in the last three years; and how many respondents there were to each. [198677]


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Angela Eagle: A list of the public consultations undertaken by the Treasury since 2000 is available on the Department's website:

61 consultations (which are now closed) have been launched since 1 April 2005 and eight consultations are currently live.

How many respondents there were to each consultation could be provided only at disproportionate cost.

Mrs. May: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what (a) surveys, (b) questionnaires and (c) other services were provided by polling companies for his Department in financial year 2007-08, broken down by company. [200014]

Angela Eagle: Information relating to the details of the services provided by polling organisations is not held centrally and can be obtained only at disproportionate cost.

Departmental Publications

Mr. David Jones: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what guidance is issued to members of his Department on the authorship and publication on the internet of material relating to their official duties; and if he will make a statement. [196749]

Angela Eagle: The Civil Service Code, the Civil Service Management Code and Propriety Guidance on Government Communications, all provide guidance to staff on the publication of material relating to their official duties. Copies of each of these are in the Libraries of the House. They are also available on the Cabinet Office website at:

Departmental Sick Leave

Mr. Hoban: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many days sick leave were taken on average by staff in his Department in each of the last five years. [198956]

Angela Eagle: The latest available data on sickness absence is published at the Cabinet Office statistics website under Analysis of Sickness Absence in the Civil Service at:

Mr. Hoban: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many of his Department’s staff took more than (a) five, (b) 10, (c) 15, (d) 20, (e) 25, (f) 30, (g) 35 and (h) 40 days leave due to stress in each of the last five years, broken down by pay grade. [198980]

Angela Eagle: Information relating to sickness absence by staff of the Treasury are published in the Sickness Absence in the Civil Service FY 2006-07 Report commissioned by the Cabinet Office which is accessible at:


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Departmental Video Conferencing

Norman Baker: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will set a target to increase the use of video-conferencing by his Department to reduce the need to travel to meetings. [195863]

Angela Eagle: The Treasury has 19 video conferencing facilities and is planning to install more. Treasury staff are already actively encouraged to use video-conferencing, instead of travelling to meetings to reduce emissions and save official time.

Exchange Controls: Economic and Monetary Union

Ms Gisela Stuart: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what powers (a) the Government and (b) the European Union has to introduce exchange controls between Sterling and the euro; what his policy is on the introduction of such exchange controls; and if he will make a statement. [198795]

Angela Eagle: The Government's macroeconomic framework includes a monetary policy framework that seeks to deliver low and stable inflation through a symmetric inflation target, not an exchange rate target. By maintaining sound public finances and low inflation the Government contribute to exchange rate stability. This is consistent with their objective of a stable and competitive pound over the medium-term.

The Government remain fully committed to their macroeconomic framework and as part of that they would not choose to exercise any powers that they have through exchange controls. Any exchange controls would have to be consistent with the general prohibition in the EU treaty of restrictions on the movement of capital and payments.

Excise Duties: Alcoholic Drinks

Mr. Jenkins: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer (1) what percentage of the average price of a pint of beer comprised tax in each of the last 10 years; and what percentage it will be in 2008-09; [195531]

(2) what percentage of the average price of a bottle of spirits comprised tax in each of the last 10 years; and what percentage it will be in 2008-09. [195532]

Angela Eagle: Such percentages are dependent on the particular product for which they are calculated and will vary with both the movement in prices and duty rates overtime. Some estimates based on prices included in the RPI can be found in the alcohol fact sheet at

These have not yet been updated with 2007 figures shown in the following table:

Year Retail price (£)( 1) Total tax as a percentage of retail price

On-trade lager (pint)

2007

2.48

28

Off-trade lager four large (440ml) cans

2007

2.83

50

On-trade beer (Bitter) pint

2007

2.28

28

Off-trade whisky 70cl

2007

12.08

60

Off-trade vodka 70cl

2007

10.84

62

(1) Prices relate to April 2007

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Over the last 10 years to 2007, alcoholic drinks became on average 25 per cent. more affordable in the on-trade and 33 per cent. more affordable in the off-trade, relative to consumer incomes. Tax increased by four pence per pint and 55 pence per 70cl bottle of spirits in Budget 2008. The percentage of retail prices that these increases represent in 2008-09 will depend on the industry's pricing decisions.

Mr. Willetts: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer pursuant to the answer of 25 March 2008, Official Report, columns 38-9W, on excise duties: alcoholic drinks, what the underlying trend in alcohol consumption was to which the Answer refers; and what the absolute values for consumption were in each year. [198317]

Angela Eagle: The revenue forecast for alcohol duties reflect the underlying trend in alcohol consumption, as measured by HM Revenue and Customs data on quantities of alcohol products cleared or released for UK consumption. Published estimates of quantities for each drink type are available from the UK Trade Info website:

These historical estimates are used in an econometric model to forecast revenues from alcohol duties, but separate forecasts of quantities are not published. The revenue forecast from spirits, wine and beer and cider duties in 2007-08 and 2008-09 is published in Table C6 of the 2008 Budget report:

Mr. Hoban: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what steps he plans to take to assess the effect of the level of alcohol duty announced in the 2008 Budget on people's consumption of alcohol, broken down by category of consumer. [199006]

Angela Eagle: None. The intention of the increases in alcohol duty announced at Budget was to raise revenue, not to tackle problem drinking. HM Revenue and Customs monitor receipts from alcohol duty. This is broken down by product rather than consumer.

Excise Duties: Motor Vehicles

Norman Baker: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how much was raised from (a) vehicle excise duty and (b) fuel duty in each year since 1997. [199427]

Angela Eagle: I refer the hon. Member to the answer given by my predecessor the hon. Member for Wentworth (John Healey) to the hon. Member for Romford (Andrew Rosindell) on 2 May 2007, Official Report, column 1744W, and the answer I gave to the right hon. Member for Wokingham (Mr. Redwood) on 22 November 2007, Official Report, column 1050W.

The Treasury has published details of tax receipts as a matter of routine in successive pre-Budget and Budget reports. The most recent can be found in Table C6 of the Chancellor's 2008 Budget Report at:


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Justine Greening: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer (1) what the total revenue from Vehicle Excise Duty (VED) was in (a) 2006-07 and (b) 2007-08, broken down by VED bands A to G; [200047]

(2) what the total projected HM Revenue and Customs revenue is from Vehicle Excise Duty (VED) in (a) 2008-09, (b) 2009-10 and (c) 2010-11, broken down by VED bands A to M; and how much of that relates to the (i) standard rate and (ii) first year charge; [200048]

(3) what estimate he has made of likely changes in total carbon dioxide emissions from motor vehicles in (a) 2008-09, (b) 2009-10 and (c) 2010-11, as a result of the changes in rates of vehicle excise duty announced in the Budget 2008. [200051]

Angela Eagle: The Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency (DVLA) administers and collects VED.

Budget 2008 reformed the VED structure to strengthen the environmental incentive to develop and purchase fuel-efficient cars. The reforms take effect from 2009-10 and 2010-11. They are forecast to result in rising carbon savings over time as the number of low carbon cars significantly increases. In 2020 the changes are forecast to deliver carbon savings of 0.16 MtCO2. The role of VED also needs to be considered in the context of the wider range of economic and other measures which influence motorists, such as fuel duty, company car tax, European regulations and the labelling scheme in car showrooms.

The following table shows the total revenue raised from VED bands A-G in 2006-07 and 2007-08. The disaggregated figures for VED revenues by CO2 emissions banding have been estimated by the DVLA based on DFT data. The figures for 2007-08 are provisional and subject to audit.

£ million
2007-08 2006-07

Band A

Band B

16.19

17.35

Band C

531.82

413.15

Band D

518.83

415.29

Band E

450.24

364.57

Band F

791.14

684.02

Band G

75.81

28.68


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