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Mr. Hayes: To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform what advice he has received on the extent to which state aid to the Post Office is permissible under EU law. 
Mr. Thomas: The UK Government already compensate Post Office Ltd for the provision of Services of General Economic Interest (SGEI). The legal base for this is the Community Framework for State Aid in the form of public service compensation. The compensation enables Post Office Ltd to maintain a network beyond its optimum commercial size and provide the services required of it by the Government.
Kitty Ussher: We will be publishing a further consultation on our banking reform proposals shortly, and intend additionally to publish some draft clauses on a consultative basis before the House rises for the summer recess. The Government intend to bring forward the legislation this autumn.
Mr. Hague: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what steps are planned to be taken through the Financial Action Task Force to ensure that certain Iranian banks cannot abuse the international banking system to support proliferation activities and terrorism. 
Kitty Ussher: The Financial Action Task Force (FATF) has expressed concern that the Islamic Republic of Irans lack of a comprehensive regime for anti-money laundering and combating the financing of terrorism (AML/CFT) represents a significant vulnerability within the international financial system. In addition to its role in setting and monitoring standards for AML/CFT in general, the FATF has warned the financial sector of the risks posed by Iran and advised jurisdictions on implementation of the financial provisions of UN Security Council Resolutions relating to Irans nuclear activities.
The FATF issued statements on Iran in October 2007 and February 2008. These statements warn businesses in the financial sector about the heightened risks of money laundering or terrorist financing arising from the deficiencies in Irans AML/CFT regime, and recommend that they apply increased scrutiny and due diligence to transactions associated with Iran. The FATF has also met Iranian authorities to discuss measures to improve Irans AML/CFT regime. The FATF is keeping the risk posed by Iran under review and discussed progress at its meetings in London this month. In response to these FATF statements, HM Treasury has issued advisory notices to UK businesses on the heightened risk of money laundering or terrorist financing from Iran.
At its June 2008 meeting in London, the FATF reaffirmed its public statement of 28 February 2008 regarding the anti-money laundering and countering the financing of terrorism risks posed by Uzbekistan, Iran, Pakistan, Turkmenistan and S√£o Tomé and Principe, and the northern part of Cyprus. It welcomed the actions taken by its members to advise their financial institutions of these risks, and noted it was concerned about the lack of progress by, in particular, Uzbekistan and Iran. The FATF will continue to assess the situation and take further actions in October, as necessary, to protect the international financial system.
The FATF has also produced guidance on implementation of the financial provisions of UN Security Council Resolutions relating to Irans nuclear activities. The FATF published Guidance in July 2007 on Implementing Financial Provisions Of UN Security Council Resolutions To Counter Proliferation Of Weapons Of Mass Destruction, including guidance on implementing targeted asset freezes as required by UNSCR 1747. In October 2007 the FATF published Guidance Regarding The Implementation Of Activity-Based Financial Prohibitions Of United Nations Security Council Resolution 1737; advising jurisdictions on preventive
measures to guard against the use of the financial system to support Irans nuclear programmes.
A new mandate for the FATF has been agreed under the UK presidency which recognises its increased role in combating proliferation finance. The FATF will shortly publish a typology study on proliferation finance, detailing the extent of the threat and the methodologies used by proliferators.
Goldman Sachs was jointly engaged by HM Treasury and the Financial Services Authority to provide financial advice on Northern Rock in September 2007. The Treasury plans to publish information at a later date about the cost of the advice it received in relation to Northern Rock, including financial advice. As the Chancellor informed the chairs of the Treasury Committee and Public Accounts Committee on 11 October 2007, Northern Rock has indemnified the Treasury in respect of certain costs and expenses, including adviser costs.
Robert Neill: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what datasets and property attributes the Valuation Office Agency supplies to Ordnance Survey for the Ordnance Survey MasterMap Address Layer 2 product. 
1: 10 000 Scale Raster
1: 50 000 Scale Colour Raster
1: 250 000 Scale Colour Raster
OS MasterMap¬(r) Topography Layer
OS MasterMap¬(r) Address Layer
OS MasterMap¬(r) Address Layer 2
Code Point¬(r) with Polygons.
David Simpson: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what estimate he has made of the size of the illicit market for (a) cigarettes, (b) spirits, (c) diesel and (d) petrol in Northern Ireland in each of the last two years. 
Angela Eagle: The size of the illicit markets for cigarettes and spirits is not estimated separately for Northern Ireland. Figures for the UK were published by HMRC in Measuring Indirect Tax Losses2007 in October 2007. The two most recent years covered were 2004-05 and 2005-06. This publication is available in the House of Commons Library.
Because of difficulties in measuring cross-border shopping across the border with the Republic of Ireland, it is not possible to produce estimates of the illicit market for Northern Ireland in diesel and petrol. However, estimates of the share of these markets in Northern Ireland that are not UK-duty paid were also published in Measuring Indirect Tax Losses2007. The two most recent years covered were 2004-05 and 2005-06.
David Simpson: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what the estimated total revenue loss was as a result of illegal trading in (a) cigarettes, (b) spirits, (c) diesel, (d) petrol and (e) counterfeit goods in Northern Ireland in each of the last two years. 
Angela Eagle: The total revenue losses as a result of illegal trading in cigarettes and spirits are not estimated separately for Northern Ireland. Figures for the UK were published by HMRC in Measuring Indirect Tax Losses2007 in October 2007. The two most recent years covered were 2004-05 and 2005-06. This publication is available in the House of Commons Library.
Because of difficulties in measuring cross-border shopping across the border with the Republic of Ireland, it is not possible to produce estimates of the total revenue loss as a result of illegal trading in diesel and petrol for Northern Ireland. However, estimates of the share of these markets in Northern Ireland that are non-UK duty paid were also published in Measuring Indirect Tax Losses2007. The two most recent years covered were 2004-05 and 2005-06.
Mr. Stewart Jackson: To ask the Secretary of State for Justice if he will place in the Library representations received in the last 12 months by the East of England Regional Offender Manager in respect of the ClearSprings contract for bail accommodation in Peterborough from (a) Peterborough city council, (b) Cambridgeshire Probation Service and (c) Cambridgeshire Constabulary; and if he will make a statement. 
Mr. Hanson: The East of England Regional Offender Manager advises that he has received no representation from Peterborough city council, Cambridgeshire Probation Service or Cambridgeshire Constabulary in the last 12 months in relation to the ClearSprings contract for bail accommodation in Peterborough.
Robert Neill: To ask the Secretary of State for Justice if he will place in the Library a copy of the guidance issued by his Department to local authorities on health and safety inspections of memorials and the staking of gravestones. 
Bridget Prentice: A joint letter providing guidance on the need for a sensitive and proportionate response to unstable memorials was issued to all burial authorities in March 2007. A copy has been placed in the Library. We are currently considering with the Health and Safety Executive and stakeholders whether any additional guidance in this area would be helpful.
Stewart Hosie: To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how much his Department spent on (a) new capital investment and (b) refurbishment of property in each of the last 10 years, broken down by project. 
Mr. Wills: The information requested has been placed in the Library of the House. The answer only takes account of those bodies that are within the Ministry's accounting boundary. It therefore excludes NDPBs.
Aggregated information on how much was spent on new capital investment and refurbishment of property in each of the last 10 years, broken down by project in each of the past 10 years, is not held centrally by NOMS HQ and the National Probation Service.
Stewart Hosie: To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what the value of the property held by (a) his Department and (b) associated public bodies was at the most recent date for which figures are available. 
The value of property held by (a) the Ministry is £7,154,531,000 and (b) associated public bodies is £3,089,176,062. These figures are taken from
the Ministry of Justice's draft 2007-08 Resource Accounts which are, as yet, still subject to National Audit Office approval.
The Departmental value includes MOJ HQ and NOMS HQ. The NOMS HQ value includes the National Probation Service and Her Majesty's Prison Service estate whose property is held under the NOMS estate and is not disclosed within their individual published accounts.
The associated bodies value is comprised of the Tribunals Service, the Office of the Public Guardian (nil value) and Her Majesty's Courts Service. NDPBs are bodies outside the accounting boundary of the Ministry and have been excluded from this answer.
Mr. Wills: Land and buildings are included in the Ministry of Justice accounts on the basis of professional valuations which are conducted for each property at least once every five years. Each property is indexed annually in the years when a professional valuation has not been carried out.
Mr. Peter Ainsworth: To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many (a) new builds and (b) major refurbishments were completed by his Department for a cost in excess of £0.5 million in (i) 2005-06, (ii) 2006-07 and (iii) 2007-08 to which the Building Research Establishment Environmental Assessment Method or equivalent was applied; how many such buildings were assessed as (A) pass, (B) good, (C) very good and (D) excellent; and if he will make a statement. 
|HMCS||BREAAM registered||Rating A||Rating B||Rating C||Rating D|
|(1) Not known.|
(2) To date.
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