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Stephen Hammond: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what the average cost of Pendolino trains per carriage was in 2000; and what expected cost per carriage was used in the high level output statement for planned purchases of Pendolino trains. 
Mr. Tom Harris [holding answer 4 June 2008]: Costs in relation to high level output statement schemes are commercially sensitive pending ongoing negotiations. Costs dating back to 2000 were a matter for the franchisee and leasing company. The Department was not directly involved on this transaction.
Stephen Hammond: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport when she expects the first new inter-city express programme carriages to be (a) ordered, (b) delivered and (c) brought into service. 
Mr. Tom Harris: The initial order for IEP trains is expected to be placed in summer 2009. The first pre-series trains are scheduled to be tested on the East Coast Main Line in 2013, with the first fleet deployed into passenger service from 2015.
Stephen Hammond: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport whether 1,300 new carriages are still expected to be produced under the high level output statement; and whether any of those carriages will be cascaded from other operators. 
The additional capacity will be secured through the procurement of new rolling stock; the procurement of the 1,300 carriages will result in a cascade of existing vehicles which are displaced by new. The 1,300 carriages will be a net addition to the existing fleet.
Mr. Tom Harris: On 9 April 2008 the Secretary of State announced the start of a procurement exercise for the provision of between 900 and 1,300 new carriages for use on the Thameslink programme. It is currently expected that the formal contract to order these new carriages will be signed in summer 2009 with the first new carriages being introduced in to service in early 2012.
Mr. Willetts: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what the average (a) gross debt and (b) gross savings (excluding debt secured on housing) was by (i) 20, (ii) 25, (iii) 30, (iv) 35, (v) 40, (vi) 45, (vii) 50, (viii) 55, (ix) 60, (x) 65 and (xi) over 65 years olds in (A) 1980, (B) 1985, (C) 1990, (D) 1995, (E) 2000, (F) 2005 and (G) 2007, broken down by sex. 
Mike Penning: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many times his Department was held in breach of the Data Protection Act 1998 in each of the last five years; and if he will make a statement. 
Lynne Featherstone: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many and what proportion of his Departments employees are (a) male, (b) female, (c) from an ethnic minority, (d) disabled and (e) not heterosexual; and if he will make a statement. 
Angela Eagle: The figures in the following table are consistent with the data for 30 September 2007 published on the HM Treasury website. A further break down and analysis of the figures can be found on the website:
|Figures as at 30 September 2007|
With regard to (e), the Treasury extended its diversity monitoring processes in September 2007, to collect data on employees who are not heterosexual. It expects to have robust data on what proportion of employees are not heterosexual by April 2009.
Lynne Featherstone: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many and what proportion of employees in his Department who received a performance-related bonus at their last appraisal were (a) male, (b) female, (c) from an ethnic minority, (d) disabled and (e) not heterosexual; and if he will make a statement. 
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The Treasury extended its diversity monitoring processes, in September 2007, to collect data on employees who are not heterosexual and expects to have data, by July 2009, on what proportion of employees who received a performance-related bonus at their last appraisal were not heterosexual.
Stewart Hosie: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how much his Department spent on (a) written consultations, (b) consultation roadshows and (c) stakeholder focus groups in each of the last three years. 
Mr. Philip Hammond: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what meetings were held between Ministers and officials with third-party interest groups on the subject of changes to the system of vehicle excise duty prior to the 2008 Budget. 
Mr. Willetts: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what the average (a) housing wealth and (b) debt secured on housing was by owner-occupiers aged (i) 20, (ii) 25, (iii) 30, (iv) 35, (v) 40, (vi) 45, (vii) 50, (viii) 55, (ix) 60, (x) 65 and (xi) over 65 years old in (A) 1980, (B) 1985, (C) 1990, (D) 1995, (E) 2000, (F) 2005 and (G) 2007. 
Angela Eagle: Data on housing wealth and debt secured on housing are published by the Office for National Statistics on a quarterly and annual basis. However, these data are not disaggregated by age and gender.
Mr. Frank Field: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer on how many occasions a transfer of estate from a deceased to a surviving spouse incurring nil inheritance tax occurred in each of the last 10 years; and what the average length of the preceding marriage was in each year. 
Jane Kennedy: The table shows the estimated number of estates above the inheritance tax threshold in force at the time where a transfer of some or all of the estate was free of tax as a result of spouse relief:
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Mr. Hollobone: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what assessment he has made of recent trends in the mortgage and re-mortgaging market and their effects on the housing market and the wider economy. 
Angela Eagle: The Government last published its assessment of economic prospects in Financial Statement and Budget Report (HC388) 2008, on 12 March, based on all relevant factors. The Government are taking steps to ensure that the effects of the global financial disruption are minimised, and borrowers are treated fairly during this period.
Jim Cousins: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what the total loan to Northern Rock from the Treasury, replacing Bank of England loan, was in 2007-08; what total repayments were made in 2007-08; what the net loans were in 2007-08; and what the range of loan interest rates applying to such loans are. 
Kitty Ussher: As reported in Northern Rock's audited accounts for 2007 published on 31 March 2008 and its latest trading statement of 12 May 2008, the outstanding loan due to the Bank of England has been reduced from £26.9 billion as of 31 December 2007 to £24.1 billion at 31 March 2008.
Yvette Cooper: In the context of the Government's commitments to deliver on the Comprehensive Spending Review, Olympics and Olympic Legacy, and provide a world-class community sports infrastructure, a number of government departments are considering the most efficient and effective way of maximising the impact of investment in sport and physical activity. Findings of this work will be integrated into a number of forthcoming announcements.
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