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Jane Kennedy: Information on the number of items of child pornographic material seized by HM Revenue and Customs in the financial years 2005-06 and 2006-07 appears at page 73 and page 78 of their respective annual reports.
VAT is not chargeable on work carried out in the course of the construction of new housing. A reduced rate of VAT of 5 per cent. is
available for the installation of external cladding on existing houses if the primary purpose of the work is to insulate the walls. The standard rate of VAT of 17.5 per cent. generally applies to all other installations of external cladding.
Lembit Öpik: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer (1) whether he plans to apply a reduced rate of VAT for the installation of (a) double or triple glazing and (b) energy efficient boilers; and if he will make a statement; 
(2) whether he plans to apply a reduced rate of VAT on retail sales of (a) energy efficient lightbulbs, (b) insulation and (c) other energy saving products for self installation; and if he will make a statement. 
Jane Kennedy: The availability of VAT reduced rates is governed by the European VAT agreements, signed by successive governments. The Government is making the case at EU level for more widespread application of reduced VAT rates to energy-saving and energy efficient products.
Where reduced rates are available under European VAT rules, these have been applied where they provide the most cost-effective and well-targeted support for the Governments environmental objectives. For example, a 5 per cent. reduced rate applies to the installation of boilers that are designed to be fuelled solely by wood, straw and other vegetal matter; and to certain grant-funded installations of other boilers and heating appliances.
Mike Penning: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what estimate he has made of the tax revenue collected from vulture funds registered in the UK in each of the last six years; and if he will make a statement. Jane Kennedy: The information requested is not available.
Jon Trickett: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer (1) if he will make a statement on the interaction of refunded work expenses and the assessment of a persons eligibility for working tax credits; 
(3) what procedures are in place to assist people who wish to claim tax credits based on their yearly earnings but also have refunded expenses detailed on their P60s which may be misinterpreted as income. 
Jane Kennedy: When claiming the child and working tax credits, individuals generally have to report all income of a tax year which is taken into account for income tax purposes, including earnings and taxable expenses from employment. However, individuals are entitled to deduct from their employment income for tax credit purposes the amount of those expenses that are allowable for tax purposes.
Mr. Willetts: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how many (a) apprenticeships and (b) advanced apprenticeships there were in (i) her Department and (ii) the agencies for which she is responsible in the most recent year for which figures are available. 
Jim Fitzpatrick: The central Department and its agencies had fewer than five apprenticeship schemes (a) during 2007. In line with our policy, the Department cannot provide the actual figure as we would like to protect the identities of the individual(s) concerned.
Norman Baker: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport (1) how many additional households in and around the Chiltern Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty will be overflown by flights at 3,000 feet as a result of the Luton Airport flight path changes proposed by National Air Traffic Services; 
(2) what estimate her Department has made of the number of people living in the Chiltern Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty who will be affected adversely by the proposed National Air Traffic Services changes to Luton Airport flight paths; and if she will make a statement; 
(4) what environmental guidance her Department has provided to the National Air Traffic Services and the Civil Aviation Authority on the protection of the tranquillity of the Chilterns Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty during the current consultation on the Luton, Heathrow and Stansted airport flight paths. 
Airspace planning and regulation is the responsibility of the independent. Civil Aviation Authority (CAA). The process for making changes to airspace is governed by the CAAs Airspace Change Process. Under this process it is for airspace change sponsors to develop and consult upon proposals. Detailed guidance is given on what impacts are to be taken into account, how they should be measured and who should be consulted.
Informed by the consultation, the airspace change sponsor will submit the proposal to the CAAs Directorate of Airspace Policy for assessment against regulatory requirements. In determining whether to accept or reject a proposal, the CAAs process reflects
the Secretary of States Directions and Guidance to the CAA on the exercise of its statutory duties and environmental objectives.
(6) if her Department will publish the details of the model agreed with National Air Traffic Services for estimating aircraft emissions in respect of the Terminal Control North proposed changes to airspace; 
Jim Fitzpatrick: These are operational matters for NATS, the air navigation service provider, in connection with their ongoing Terminal Control North airspace change consultation under the terms of the independent Civil Aviation Authority's Airspace Change Process. I refer the hon. Member to my answer to his questions today (UIN 205327). I have re-directed other appropriate matters to the chief executive of NATS.
(3) what assessment her Department has made of the viability of alternating the location of aircraft stacks for Stansted in order to achieve a more equitable distribution of related noise disturbance; 
Airspace planning and regulation is the responsibility of the independent Civil Aviation Authority (CAA). The process for making changes to airspace is governed by the CAAs Airspace Change Process. Under this process it is for airspace change sponsors, for example NATS, to develop and consult upon proposals. Detailed CAA guidance (CAP 725) is given on what impacts are to be taken into account, advice on methods to assess the relative impact of changes and who should be consulted. This guidance is available on the CAAs website.
Informed by the consultation, the airspace change sponsor will submit the proposal to the CAAs Directorate of Airspace Policy for assessment against regulatory requirements. In determining whether to accept or reject a proposal, the CAAs process reflects the Secretary of States Directions and Guidance to the CAA on the exercise of its statutory duties and environmental objectives. This includes guidance on taking into account the impacts of routes both over heavily populated areas and over rural areas.
Mr. Steen: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport if she will review the funding arrangements of the national bus concessionary fares scheme to ensure that local authorities are not required to meet any local shortfall; and what methodology was used to calculate the grant to travel concession authorities in 2008-09 for the scheme. 
Ms Rosie Winterton: We have no immediate plans to review the current funding arrangements for concessionary travel and remain confident that there is sufficient funding in aggregate to meet the costs of the statutory minimum concession. We will of course be monitoring the impact of the new concession closely.
From 2008-09 the Government are providing additional funding for the new England-wide statutory concession of £212 million, £217 million and £223 million through a special grant. The Department consulted local authorities and others on funding in autumn 2007. Over 200 responses were received. The special grant distribution option chosen was the most popular. The Government are confident that the extra funding is sufficient to meet the total cost to local authorities, as it is based on generous assumptions around fares, pass take-up, extra journeys and additional costs.
James Brokenshire: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport whether any officials in (a) her Department and (b) its agencies were disciplined or dismissed for (i) breaches of data protection requirements and (ii) inappropriate use of personal or sensitive data in each of the last three years for which figures are available. 
|(b) Agencies 2005-07|
|(1) The Department is unable to provide figures in these instances as fewer than five instances were recorded. In these circumstances, information is withheld in the interests of protection of individuals identities. Note: For the same reason, rather than report on 2005, 2006 and 2007 individually, the data has been suppressed into a single period, "2005-07".|
Julia Goldsworthy: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport pursuant to the answer of 16 May 2008, Official Report, columns 1840-41W, on the Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency: correspondence, how many complaints her Department has received about items going missing in the post. 
|(1) The 2008 figure is for January to March.|
Mr. Goodwill: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport (1) what the average fine imposed for the offence of driving without insurance was in the latest period for which figures are available; 
(2) how many people aged (a) under 20, (b) 21 to 30, (c) 31 to 40, (d) 41 to 50 (e) 51 to 60, (f) 61 to 70, (g) 71 to 80 and (h) over 80 years were convicted for driving without insurance in the last three years for which figures are available. 
Jim Fitzpatrick: Available information taken from the Court Proceedings Database held by the Ministry of Justice relates to the offence of 'use of a motor vehicle uninsured against third party risks'. In 2006 (latest available) the average fine imposed for the offence was £185.
|Findings of guilt at all courts for offences of using motor vehicle uninsured against third party risks( 1) , by age group of offender, England and Wales, 2004-06|
|Number of offences|
|All ages||10 to 20||21 to 30( 2)||31 to 40||41- to 50||51 to 60||61 to 70||71- to 0||81 and over|
|(1) Offence under section 143(2) Road Traffic Act 1988. (2) Default age of 25 recorded when age not known. Notes: 1. It is known that for some police force areas, the reporting of court proceedings in particular those relating to summary motoring offences, may be less than complete. 2. Every effort is made to ensure that the figures presented are accurate and complete. However, it is important to note that these data have been extracted from large administrative data systems generated by the courts and police forces. As a consequence, care should be taken to ensure data collection processes and their limitations are taken into account when these data are used.|
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