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Mr. Jim Cunningham: To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what discussions the Government has had with other governments on the non-publication of the results of the recent presidential election in Zimbabwe. 
Meg Munn: My right hon. Friend the Prime Minister, my right hon. Friend the Foreign Secretary and my noble Friend Lord Malloch-Brown have held regular substantive and frank discussions with African and other leaders about the non-publication of the recent presidential election results and the unacceptable level of political violence in Zimbabwe. In addition our embassies and high commissions are engaging in dialogue with key interlocutors in the region and beyond. We have and will continue to seek out opportunities to raise the issue of the urgent situation in Zimbabwe through and in the margins of multilateral fora including the EU and the UN.
Meg Munn: Government officials are carefully monitoring the current situation in Zimbabwe, paying close attention to the extent of human rights violations. Our facts are cross checked and ascertained through direct contact with victims and non-governmental organisations who corroborate statements and facts. As a consequence we can confirm there have been at least 456 victims of post election violence reported to date and we are also aware of hundreds of displaced civilians. We have repeatedly raised our condemnation of these abuses with the Government of Zimbabwe and states in the region.
Jane Kennedy: The number of complaints accepted by the Adjudicators Office for investigation, and the number finalised each year are published in the adjudicators annual report. Reports for each of the last five years are available on the adjudicators website:
Mr. Graham Stuart: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many complaints have been received about the Adjudicators Office in each of the last five years; and if he will make a statement. 
Where a complaint is made against the handling of a complaint by the Adjudicator's Office, the adjudicator will attempt to resolve the complaint directly with the complainant. Where agreement cannot be reached, the complainant may refer the matter to the parliamentary and health services ombudsman.
Mr. Graham Stuart: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how long on average the Adjudicators Office took to (a) respond to a complaint and (b) successfully deal with a complaint in the latest period for which figures are available; and if he will make a statement. 
Jane Kennedy: During 2007-08 the adjudicator took on average 8.98 working days to make their initial response to a complainant. The average time taken to finalise an investigation during the same period was 23.44 weeks.
Jane Kennedy: In 2006-07 the cost of the Adjudicators Office was £2.48 million. This figure was given in written evidence to the Treasury Committee on 15 January 2008 by Mr. Simon Oakes, the head of the Adjudicators Office. The figure includes an apportionment for accommodation and other services provided directly by HMRC, and is therefore higher than the £1.99 million quoted in the annual report for 2006-07.
Mr. Hands: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what contracts were awarded by his Department to Bird and Bird solicitors in each year since 2005; and what the (a) value and (b) duration of each such contract was. 
Angela Eagle: I refer the hon. Lady to the answer I gave the hon. Member for Mid-Dorset and North Poole (Annette Brooke) on 13 March 2008, Official Report, column 535W. I also refer the hon. Lady to the answer I gave the hon. Member for Stroud (Mr. Drew) on 7 January 2008, Official Report, column 306W. The Chancellor announced in Budget 2008 that the Government would maintain the tax-free mileage allowance (AMAPs) rates and thresholds at current levels.
Greg Clark: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what payments the Crown Estate made to Weber Shandwick Public Affairs in each of the last five years; and on what date and for what purpose the payments were made in each case. 
Angela Eagle: The Crown Estate employed Weber Shandwick for corporate PR advice as well as general communications support on a number of property development projects for their central London urban portfolio. The primary focus of Weber Shandwick's work here was community consultation.
Mr. Redwood: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what steps his Department has taken to reduce its energy consumption in the last 12 months; and what his Department's expenditure on energy was in (a) the most recent 12 month period for which figures are available and (b) the immediately preceding 12 months. 
Danny Alexander: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer (1) what his most recent estimate is of the unfunded liability in present value terms of each public sector pension scheme for which his Department is responsible; and on what assumptions for (a) discount and (b) longevity the estimate is based; 
(3) what the (a) rate and (b) cost was of employer contributions for each public sector pension scheme for which his Department has responsibility in each year since 1990-91; and if he will make a statement; 
(4) what the effect on his Department's expenditure would be of increasing the employee contribution to each pension scheme for which his Department is responsible by one per cent.; and if he will make a statement. 
Sammy Wilson: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how much (a) the Assets Recovery Agency and (b) HM Revenue and Customs recovered from those involved in fuel laundering in Northern Ireland in each of the last three years. 
Angela Eagle: The nature of civil recovery proceedings is such that it is not possible to quantify the exact value of assets recovered in relation to specific forms of criminality, although the Assets Recovery Agency has recovered assets from individuals whose criminality is believed to include fuel smuggling.
|(1) Proceeds of fuel laundering.|
(2) Proceeds of fuel laundering, with prosecution for laundering plant pending.
Two, convicted in August 2006 and January 2008, have received suspended sentences
One, convicted in January 2008, is awaiting sentencing.
Criminal investigation and prosecution for hydrocarbon oils offences form only one part of HMRC's overall approach to tackling oils fraud, together with the investigation/prosecution of wider oils excise offences, combined with a strong regulatory control system and the civil penalties regime.
Angela Eagle: The shadow price of carbon (SPC) is used to value the expected increase or decrease in emissions of greenhouse gas emissions resulting from a proposed policy. The SPC reflects the damage costs of climate change caused by each additional tonne of greenhouse gas emittedconverted into carbon dioxide equivalent (CO2e) for ease of comparison. Supplementary guidance to the Green Book has been published, and the SPC should be used in all policy and project appraisals across government with significant effects on carbon emissions.
The value of the SPC is dependent upon the year the carbon is abated/emitted and rises over time to account for observed (and assumed) inflation, and at 2 per cent. a year to account for rising damage costs from higher greenhouse gas concentrations. The SPC in 2008 is £26.50 per tonne of CO2e.
Mr. Stephen O'Brien: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer whether his Department provides health or social care services out of public funds, with reference to the Statement by the Minister of State, Department of Health, in the Health and Social Care Bill Committee, of 17th January 2008, Official Report, column 327. 
Jane Kennedy: Since the creation of the RCPO and HMRC in 2005, 863 cases of direct tax and VAT evasion have been successfully prosecuted and a further 1361 settled under Civil Investigation of Fraud proceedings. Separate figures for income tax evasion are not available. Cases of less serious income tax evasion are resolved through inquiries, but HMRC does not keep records of this.
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