Mr. Maude: To ask the hon. Member for Gosport, representing the Speakers Committee on the Electoral Commission how many individual domestic air flights were undertaken within Great Britain by representatives of the Electoral Commission in the most recent year for which figures are available; and at what cost. 
Mr. Maude: To ask the hon. Member for Gosport, representing the Speakers Committee on the Electoral Commission what the estimated (a) set-up costs and (b) yearly running costs of the Electoral Commissions new offices in (i) Exeter, (ii) York and (iii) Coventry are. 
These costs break down as: (i) Exeter: £11,400, (ii) York: £11,500 and (iii) Coventry: £47,300. In addition, £43,600 was incurred on costs that are not directly attributable to the individual offices, including the combined joint recruitment process for staff and costs of head office staff in facilitating the set-up of the offices.
Mr. Maude: To ask the hon. Member for Gosport, representing the Speakers Committee on the Electoral Commission how many reviews of electoral regulation the Electoral Commission has conducted or commenced since July 2007; and in which areas. 
(i) A review of the legislative framework for Returning Officers election accounts and the accounting arrangements operated by Returning Officers at the National Assembly for Wales elections in 2007.
(ii) An examination of key issues relating to the regulation of elections in the United Kingdom, including the legal framework for running elections, the system of funding elections and measures for ensuring accountability of electoral administrators.
I am informed that the report of the aforementioned first of the reviews listed was published in March 2008 and that the reports of the others will be published later this year. In addition, the Commission will be publishing reports on the administration of the following elections by the end of July 2008:
May 2008 local elections in England;
May 2008 local elections in Wales; and
May 2008 elections for the Mayor of London and the London Assembly.
(a) answered 29 per cent. of 113 ordinary written questions within five sitting days.
(b) answered 57 per cent. of seven named day questions on the day specified.
(a) answered 48 per cent. of 166 ordinary written questions within five sitting days.
(b) answered 89 per cent. of 18 named day questions on the day specified.
(a) answered 57 per cent. of 223 ordinary written questions within five sitting days.
(b) answered 71 per cent. of 35 named day questions on the day specified.
Susan Kramer: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how much he expects to spend on his Department's child care voucher scheme in each of the next five years; and if he will make a statement. 
Angela Eagle: HM Treasury pays up to £40 per week to staff depending on eligibility. The annual budgeted cost for the voucher scheme is £180,000 and annual spend based on historic usage is likely to be unchanged for the next five years.
IS Agency Staff
Comprehensive Spending Review website
Participation Agreement with SPRINT (SCC & Dataserv)
Technical support and minor enhancements to Learning Management System (Docent)
Microsoft Enterprise agreements
Data Link between Trevelyan House and 1HGR
Technical Refresh of television service
Data circuit from London-Norwich
Crystal software maintenance
Firewall design and support
Intranet information architecture survey
Data circuit from London-Leeds
Business continuity, Cryptos
Apple Mac support service
Storage Area Network
COINS Infrastructure and Servers
Content Management System
AEP Net Remote
Hard Disk Encryption
Data Centre Servers (DCW)
SalesLogix Support, Maintenance and Development
Bond Auction Capture System
Straight through processing (STP) tool support and maintenance
IT Service management tool and licences
Service Desk software system upgrade
Corporate software licensing agreement
Modernised features for the core trading system
Data centre & recovery work space services
Spreadsheet Management Tool support & maintenance
Hardware goods and warranties
Installation and managed provision of IPVPN network connections
Supply and installation of video conferencing equipment and associated network connections including support and maintenance services.
Bob Spink: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what estimate he has made of the average pay per hour worked by (a) permanent and (b) temporary staff in his Department in the last period for which figures are available, broken down by pay band. 
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Mr. Frank Field: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will review salary negotiations for public sector employees in organisations within his Department's responsibility to reflect the rise in the consumer price index to a point above three per cent. 
Angela Eagle: The Government's pay policy is guided by the following principles. Public sector pay settlements should be consistent with maintaining the necessary levels of recruitment, retention and staff engagement needed to support service delivery; ensuring that total pay bills represent value for money and are affordable within departments' overall expenditure plans; and consistent with the achievement of the inflation target. Timing of pay decisions for a particular workforce depends on pay-setting arrangements for that workforce.
Treasury Ministers are committed to answering parliamentary questions promptly wherever possible. In the 2004-05, 2005-06 and 2006-07 parliamentary sessions, 79 per cent., 75 per cent. and 71 per cent. respectively of
the named day questions we received were answered on the day nominated by the questioner. In the same three sessions, 84 per cent., 80 per cent. and 83 per cent. of ordinary written questions were answered within a working week of tabling (as provided for in Erskine May, Twenty-third edition, page 342). The corresponding figures for named day questions and ordinary written questions in 2007-08 to date are 60 per cent. and 73 per cent.
Mr. Hoban: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many staff in (a) his Department and (b) its agencies (i) are classified as Government communicators and (ii) have access to the Government communication network. 
Angela Eagle: The number of press officer posts in the Treasury and its agencies, OGD, OGCbs and DMOremains constant at 13 full-time equivalents. All have access to the Government communication network.
Mr. Betts: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will estimate the additional yield of an income tax rate of (a) 50 per cent. on taxable incomes exceeding £250,000 per annum and (b) 45 per cent. on taxable incomes exceeding £250,000 per annum. 
Justine Greening: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer pursuant to the answer of 2 June 2008, Official Report, columns 713-15W, on departmental standards, what the scope was of the Gateway review undertaken in 2005 on the OGC project Postal Services. 
The scope of the OGC Gateway 1 Review was to confirm that the business case was robustthat in principle it met business need, was affordable, achievable; that appropriate options were explored and that it was likely to achieve value for money.
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