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**Jenny Willott:**
To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how much was paid in sick pay to staff in * (a)* his Department, * (b)* its agencies and * (c)* the non-departmental bodies for which it has responsibility in each of the last five years; what proportion of the annual staffing expenditure of each body this represented in each year; and if he will make a statement. [216084]

**Angela Eagle:**
In respect of the Treasury, the Office of Government Commerce and Debt Management, sick absence is recorded separately on the payroll but information relating to sick pay is not available.

For OGC Buying Solutions, the information is given in the following table.

Period | Amount paid in sick pay (£) | Proportion of the annual staffing expenditure (Percentage) |

**Mr. MacNeil:**
To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what the cost of overseas visits by each Minister in his Department has been since 1997. [214652]

**Angela Eagle:**
Since 1999 the Government have published the total cost of all overseas travel by Ministers and a list of all overseas travel by Cabinet Ministers costing over £500. Information for the last financial year was published on 25 July 2007, * Official Report,* column 1112W. Details for the financial year 2007-08 will be published before the summer recess and will include details of overseas visits undertaken by all Ministers. All ministerial travel is undertaken in accordance with the “Ministerial Code”.

Information in respect of overseas visits by all Ministers for the period 1997-1999 could be provided only at disproportionate cost.

**Dr. Richard Taylor:**
To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer which road transport organisations receive rebates of fuel duty; and if he will make a statement. [215505]

**Angela Eagle:**
No road transport organisations receive rebates of main road fuel duty. However, rebated gas oil—often known as red diesel—can be used in agriculture and certain vehicles that are exclusively used off-road. This includes road construction vehicles, digging machines, mobile cranes works trucks, snow clearing machines and gritters.

Red diesel is subject to a duty rate of 9.69p per litre, in comparison to the rate that is applied to main road fuels of 50.35p per litre.

**Justine Greening:**
To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer (1) what estimate he has made of the change in revenue from vehicle excise duty resulting from the change in the effective registration date for band F vehicles from 23 March 2006 to 1 March 2001 set out on page 122 of the Budget 2008 Red Book; what estimate he has made of the number of vehicles affected; and if he will make a statement; [204170]

(2) how much and what proportion of the projected increase in revenue from vehicle excise duty by 2010-11 noted in table 1.2, page 9 of the Budget 2008 Red Book is accounted for by the move of the qualifying registration date for new cars in band F from 23 March 2006 to 1 March 2001; and if he will make a statement; [204172]

(3) on what date he decided that those vehicles registered after 1 March 2001 and falling within vehicle excise duty band F would fall within new bank K in 2009-10 and new band L in 2010-11; and if he will make a statement. [204173]

**Angela Eagle:**
Budget 2008 announced reforms of the graduated vehicle excise duty structure to strengthen the environmental incentive to develop and purchase fuel-efficient cars.

This includes cars that emit over 225 grams per kilometre, but were purchased after March 2001 and up until March 2006. For historical reasons, these cars pay only £210, while others that emit the same amount, but were purchased from April 2006, pay £400. The Budget included policy to move them to the band appropriate to their emissions levels, but in order to reduce the additional tax paid by these cars in one individual year, it was decided at Budget 2008 that this would be staggered, so that—rather than moving immediately to their correct band, paying £415 or £440 in 2009—these cars would move to Band K in 2009, paying only £300, before moving to their correct band in 2010, paying either £430 or £455 annually.

There are estimated to be around 3.8 million cars in Band F in total in 2007-08—including all cars that emit over 186 grams per kilometre of carbon dioxide and were purchased between 2001 and March 2006, and all cars that emit between 186 g/km and 225 g/km and were purchased since March 2006. It is estimated that in 2008-09 there would be around 1.1 million cars (about 3.8 per cent. of all cars) in Band F that were registered before 2006 and emit 226 g/km or more, but this figure would be expected to fall in future years. No estimate has been made of the revenue impact of including this category of cars within their correct emissions band.

**Justine Greening:**
To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer (1) what estimate he has made of the number of motorists who will be liable for vehicle excise duty at * (a)* a higher, * (b)* a lower and * (c) *the same rate in 2010-11 compared with 2007-08 following the entry into force of the rates announced in Budget 2008; and if he will make a statement; [204171]

(2) what proportion of Band C cars on which vehicle excise duty (VED) was payable in * (a)* 2007-08 and * (b)* 2008-09 will be liable for (i) a higher rate, (ii) a lower rate and (iii) the same rate of vehicle excise duty in (A) 2009-10 and (B) 2010-11; and if he will make a statement; [207086]

(3) what estimate he has made of the proportion of motorists who pay vehicle excise duty (VED) on a Band F car and will pay * (a)* a higher rate, * (b)* a lower rate and * (c)* the same rate of VED on the same car in (i) 2008-09, (ii) 2009-10 and (iii) 2010-11; and if he will make a statement; [207061]

(4) what proportion of Band G cars on which vehicle excise duty (VED) was payable in * (a) *2007-08 and * (b)*

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2008-09 will be liable for (i) a higher rate, (ii) a lower rate and (iii) the same rate of VED in (A) 2009-10 and (B) 2010-11; and if he will make a statement; [207062]

(5) what proportion of Band F cars on which vehicle excise duty (VED) was payable in 2007-08 will be liable for * (a)* a higher rate, * (b)* a lower rate and * (c)* the same rate of VED in (i) 2009-10 and (ii) 2010-11; and if he will make a statement; [207063]

(6) what proportion of Band D cars on which vehicle excise duty (VED) was payable in * (a)* 2007-08 and * (b)* 2008-09 will be liable for (i) a higher rate, (ii) a lower rate and (iii) the same rate of VED in (A) 2009-10 and (B) 2010-11; and if he will make a statement; [207064]

(7) what proportion of Band E cars on which vehicle excise duty (VED) was payable in * (a)* 2007-08 and * (b)* 2008-09 will be liable for (i) a higher rate, (ii) a lower rate and (iii) the same rate of VED in (A) 2009-10 and (B) 2010-11; and if he will make a statement; [207065]

(8) pursuant to the Financial Secretary’s statement of 14 May 2008, * Official Report*, column 1471, on vehicle excise duty, what methodology his Department used to estimate that a third of drivers would be better off in 2009-10; what assessment his Department has made of the proportion of drivers who will be no worse off in 2009-10; and if he will make a statement. [207308]

**Angela Eagle:**
As a result of the Vehicle Excise Duty reforms announced at Budget 2008, in 2009-10, it is estimated that within the 13 new bands, a third of cars will be better off in real terms, and in total, approximately 55 per cent. of cars will be no worse off.

This figure was estimated by looking at the forecast number of cars within graduated VED in 2009-10—taking into account all vehicles on the road by the end of that financial year (2009-10). The level of VED due in 2009-10 was then compared with the amount that would have been paid in 2008-09 in real terms.

The tables present both the total stock forecast to be in each new VED band in 2009-10 and 2010-11, and also the estimated percentage of cars within each new band that will: pay less, pay the same or pay more in real terms, compared with the previous system.

The stock forecasts are based on DVLA data that was available at the time of the Budget. The Government have not calculated similar figures comparing 2009-10 and 2010-11 rates with those in 2007-08.

2009-10 | |||||

Percentage | |||||

Band | C O 2 (g/km) | 2009-10 | Pay less | Pay the same | Pay more |

2010-11 | |||||

Percentage | |||||

Band | C O 2 (g/km) | 2010-11 | Pay less | Pay the same | Pay more |

^{(1)} Denotes those where the number of cars is forecast to increase in 2010—not because the overall number of more polluting cars is forecast to increase—but because cars that currently emit these levels of carbon dioxide will for the first time be placed in their correct band. |

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