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Departmental Sick Leave

Jenny Willott: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what the average duration of single periods of sick leave taken by staff in (a) his Department, (b) its agencies and (c) the non-departmental bodies for which it has responsibility was in each of the last five years; and if he will make a statement. [216102]

Angela Eagle: Data for 2004, 2005, 2006-07 for the Treasury and its agencies can be found on the civil service website:

Information relating to the Treasury, the Office of Government Commerce (OGC), OGC Buying Solutions and Debt Management Office for 2007-08 is not yet available but will be published later in the year. For years prior to 2004 data are not held electronically and could be provided only at disproportionate cost.

Jenny Willott: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer (1) what the average duration of single periods of sick leave taken by staff in (a) his Department, (b) its agencies and (c) the non-departmental bodies for which it has responsibility who gave (i) stress and (ii) mental health and behavioural disorders as the reason for their absence was in each of the last 10 years; and if he will make a statement; [216103]


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(2) how many staff in (a) his Department, (b) its agencies and (c) the non-departmental bodies for which it has responsibility have taken sick days due to (i) stress and (ii) mental health and behavioural disorders in each of the last 10 years; what proportion of staff of each body this represented in each year; and if he will make a statement. [216104]

Angela Eagle: Information for 2004, 2005, 2006-07 for the Treasury and its agencies and can be found on the civil service website:

All three illnesses are grouped together as 'Mental and Behavioural Disorders'

Data for 2007-08 are not yet available but will be published later in the year. For years prior to 2004 data are not held electronically and could be provided only at disproportionate cost.

Mr. Hayes: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many days of sick leave were taken by his Department's employees in each year since 1997. [216700]

Angela Eagle: 7,765 days sick leave were taken in 2002 and 7,073 days in 2003. Data for 2004, 2005, 2006-07 and can be found on the civil service website:

Information for 2007-08 is not yet available but will be published later in the year. For years prior to 2002 data are not held electronically and could be provided only at disproportionate cost.

Financial Action Task Force

Mr. Hague: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer when the Financial Action Task Force's typology study on proliferation financing is expected to be published; what the UK's contribution to the study has been; and if he will place in the Library a copy of the study on publication. [216219]

Kitty Ussher: The Financial Action Task Force's typology study on proliferation financing was agreed at the FATF Plenary meetings in London on 20 June, and is expected to be published shortly via the FATF website. A copy will be placed in the Library on publication.

The UK was one of the 10 FATF member countries represented on the project group which prepared this report. The UK contributed to discussion and drafting by that group, and supplied background information and case study material.

Fuels: Local Authorities

Mr. Swayne: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what representations he has received on the use of red diesel by groundsmen employed by local authorities when driving on public roads between local authority-owned open spaces and recreation grounds; and if he will make a statement. [217130]


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Angela Eagle: The Treasury has not to date received any formal representations on this issue.

Information on the circumstances whereby red diesel can be used in agricultural vehicles on the public road is contained in the Memorandum of Agreement published by HMRC in January this year and available on the HMRC website.

Natural Gas: Prices

Mr. Weir: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what gas price assumptions were used in compiling budget forecasts for each Financial Statement and Budget Report since 1997. [216259]

Angela Eagle: The projections for gas prices, used in the North sea revenues forecast take into account the spot price for gas, long-term contract prices, futures prices and the expected movement in sterling oil prices.

Revenue and Customs: Buildings

Dr. Pugh: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what savings HM Revenue and Customs has made in the last three years through the sale of its buildings. [216750]

Jane Kennedy: HM Revenue and Customs' (HMRC) change programme is designed to consolidate the estate following the merger of Inland Revenue and HM Customs and Excise and to match the accommodation to future business needs. The overall aim of the programme is to provide better service at a lower cost to the taxpayer and although estate savings are important they are not the primary driver.

HMRC has made approximately a total of £69,000 in savings over the last three financial years through the sale of buildings it formerly owned. The savings figure comprises estimated saved costs of annual business rates and utilities. The savings figure relates to savings made through the direct sale of buildings by HMRC. Following the strategic transfer of the estate to the private sector (STEPS) outsourcing deal with Mapeley STEPS Contractor Limited in April 2001, ownership of most of the properties formerly owned by Inland Revenue and HM Customs and Excise transferred to Mapeley and HMRC therefore has minimal buildings left in its ownership to be considered as part of the change programme.

Dr. Pugh: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what savings HM Revenue and Customs has made in the last three years through the termination of leases on buildings it formerly leased. [216752]

Jane Kennedy: HM Revenue and Customs' (HMRC) change programme is designed to consolidate the estate following the merger of Inland Revenue and HM Customs and Excise and to match the accommodation to future business needs. The overall aim of the programme is to provide better service at a lower cost to the taxpayer and although estate savings are important they are not the primary driver.

HMRC has achieved approximately £2,294,000 in savings over the last three financial years through the
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termination of leases it formerly leased. The savings figure comprises annual rent, landlord service charge (where applicable), business rates and utilities. The savings figure given relates to estate savings made following the termination of leases directly held by HMRC and does not reflect any savings made under the strategic transfer of the estate to the private sector (STEPS) outsourcing deal with Mapeley STEPS Contractor Limited in April 2001.

Revenue and Customs: Closures

Mr. Dunne: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many HM Revenue and Customs offices have been closed in each Parliamentary constituency since 1997. [213615]

Jane Kennedy: HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) was formed in April 2005 from the two former revenue departments, Inland Revenue (IR) and HM Customs and Excise (HMCE), in order to achieve synergies and efficiencies through modernisation of its business operations and rationalisation of its estate.

Information on how many HMRC offices have been closed in each parliamentary constituency from 1997 to March 2001 would be available only at disproportionate cost. Details of how many HMRC offices, and previously IR and HMCE offices, that have been closed in each parliamentary constituency since April 2001 has been deposited in the Library of the House. The relevant parliamentary constituency information could not be identified for five early closures as the historic information held could not be matched to constituency parameters.

Revenue and Customs: Manpower

Nick Ainger: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many posts at Grade 6 and above there were in (a) Inland Revenue and (b) HM Customs and Excise before their amalgamation into HM Revenue and Customs; and how many posts at Grade 6 and above there are in HM Revenue and Customs. [216623]

Jane Kennedy: HM Revenue and Customs was created on 18 April 2005. The number of staff in posts at grade 6 and above in Inland Revenue and HM Customs and Excise immediately prior to this was as follows:

On 1 April 2005:

Revenue and Customs: Scotland

Mr. Salmond: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what the staff turnover rate was at each HM Revenue and Customs office in Scotland in each of the last five years. [216804]

Jane Kennedy: The turnover or wastage rate is the number of people leaving the Department as a percentage of the average staff in post.


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HMRC does not hold information on the turnover rate for individual locations in Scotland for the years 2003-04, 2004-05, 2005-06, or 2006-07.

The turnover or wastage rate in the office locations in Scotland for 2007-08 is shown in the following table.

Town Total turnover/wastage (percentage)

Aberdeen

10.6

Ayr

1.4

Bathgate

5.2

Buckie

8.3

Coatbridge

0

Cumbernauld

1.7

Dumbarton

0

Dumfries

7.8

Dundee

4.5

Dunfermline

3.2

Dunoon

0

East Kilbride

4

Edinburgh

3.9

Elgin

0

Falkirk

0

Galashiels

5.9

Glasgow

3.1

Glenrothes

2.4

Grangemouth

3.5

Greenock

3.9

Hamilton

0

Hawick

9.1

Inverness

1.8

Irvine

3.1

Kirkcaldy

0

Lerwick

0

Livingston

7

Motherwell

3.8

Oban

0

Paisley

1.3

Perth

0

Peterhead

10.5

Prestwick

28.6

Rothesay

0

Stirling

9

Ullapool

0

Wick

0

Grand total

3.9


Mr. Salmond: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what the staff absentee rate was at each HM Revenue and Customs office in Scotland in each of the last five years. [216805]

Jane Kennedy: This information is not available centrally and would cost HMRC a disproportionate amount of time and resource to obtain.

Revenue and Customs: Wales

Nick Ainger: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what discussions his Department had with representatives of senior management of the Large Business Service (oils) in HM Revenue and Customs before publishing the proposal to close the HM Revenue and Customs Pembroke Dock office. [216636]


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