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Departmental Planning Permission

Mr. Maude: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what planning applications were made by his Department between May 1997 and May 2001; and for what purpose in each case. [217445]

Angela Eagle: The information is not readily available and could be obtained only at disproportionate cost.

Departmental Procurement

David Simpson: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what his Department's policy is on requesting discounts from its suppliers in return for swift payment of invoices. [220422]

Angela Eagle: The Treasury seeks prompt payment discounts in situations where such a discount will improve the total value for money from the contract; and where the potential saving from such a discount will outweigh the additional contract administration costs necessary to realise the discount.

HM Treasury aim to pay off all valid invoices (including T & S) within 30 days.

Departmental Sick Leave

David Simpson: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many staff in his Department have had five or more periods of sickness absence of less than five days in two or more of the last five years. [218973]

Angela Eagle: The information requested could be obtained only at disproportionate cost.


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Departmental Wastes

Mr. Jenkins: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what steps his Department has taken to reduce the volume of waste produced by it and sent to landfill in each of the last two years. [215886]

Angela Eagle: HM Treasury has a waste strategy that has over the past two years reduced waste sent to landfill, by removing general waste bins and putting recycling facilities in place, and in Rosebery Court introducing composting of organic waste. In 1 Horse Guards Road, since February 2008, food waste has been separated in the staff restaurant and sent to a biogas plant, to generate electricity.

These measures reduced the amount of waste sent to landfill by 33 tonnes from 1 Horse Guards Road in 2007-08. Further offsite sorting by the waste contractor, removing recyclables from the waste will have further reduced the amount sent to landfill, although no figures are available. Data showing annual change in waste sent to landfill are not currently available for Rosebery Court, but the rate has also fallen.

Detailed information on waste arising and recycling information can be found in the HM Treasury annual report 2007-08.

Devolution: Finance

Adam Price: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will conduct a needs-based analysis of Government funding of the devolved administrations. [220048]

Yvette Cooper: The devolved funding arrangements are set out in the ‘Statement of Funding Policy’, which was updated and published by the Treasury in October 2007. Under these arrangements the devolved administrations are able to allocate their block budgets to devolved spending programmes to reflect their own assessment of their priorities and needs.

Economic Stability Team

Mr. Baron: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many (a) civil servants, (b) special advisers and (c) members of the Council of Economic Advisers were members of the Economic Stability team in his Department in each of the last 11 years, broken down by pay grade. [220072]

Angela Eagle: These data are not held centrally and could be provided only at disproportionate costs.

EU Emissions Trading Scheme

Lynne Jones: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what estimate he has made of the revenues that will arise from the auctioning of emissions permits in Phase 111 of the European Emissions Trading Scheme; and if he will make a statement. [219753]

Angela Eagle: The framework for future phases of EU ETS are currently under discussion and as such the final structure for auctioning in future phases has not yet been decided. The revised EU ETS directive is due to be finalised later this year.


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The amount of revenue from auctioning in Phase 111 of the EU emissions trading scheme will be influenced by the market price of carbon at the time of the auctions. The Government do not comment on carbon price, as it would be improper for Government to speculate on how the market will function in the future.

Willie Rennie: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer (1) what plans the Government has for spending revenues raised through the auctioning of allowances from the (a) second and (b) third phase of the EU Emissions Trading Scheme; and if he will make a statement; [219957]

(2) what proportion of the revenues generated by auctioning of allowances from the second phase of the EU Emissions Trading Scheme will be spent on (a) research and development for renewable energy, (b) carbon capture and storage development and (c) energy efficiency improvements. [219958]

Angela Eagle: The framework for future phases of EU ETS is currently under discussion and as such the final structure for auctioning in future phases has not yet been decided. The revised EU ETS directive is due to be finalised later this year.

Any revenue raised through the use of auctioning would be considered part of general revenue streams, and the spending review process ensures that resources are allocated efficiently to deliver Government objectives.

Comprehensive spending review 2007 launched the domestic Environmental Transformation Fund (ETF) of over £400 million. Budget 2008 announced the full allocation of funding under the ETF, including offshore wind, carbon capture components, wave and tidal, hydrogen fuel cells and microgeneration, as well as support for energy efficiency in small businesses, households and the public sector.

EU External Trade: Israel

Tom Levitt: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many proof of origin certificates HM Revenue and Customs has accepted under the 1 February 2005 technical arrangement enabling companies operating inside Israel to maintain trade preferences under the EU-Israel Association Agreement; and what the value of this trade has been. [219744]

Jane Kennedy: Between 1 February 2005 and 30 June 2008 HM Revenue and Customs received 99,757 customs import declarations which were accompanied by proofs of preferential origin issued in Israel. The total value of the trade was £1,350,690,522.

Excise Duties: Alcoholic Drinks

Ben Chapman: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer (1) whether he has made an assessment of the effects on public houses of (a) past and (b) future increases in levels of taxes on alcohol; [218436]

(2) whether he has conducted or evaluated research on the possible relationship between levels of duty on alcohol and the rate of closure of public houses. [218524]


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Angela Eagle: As part of the Budget process, I met representatives from the trade, including the British Beer and Pub Association, to listen to their views on the current situation and the cost pressures in the industry.

As with all tax policy decisions, we will be monitoring the impact of alcohol duty increases on a range of factors.

Excise Duties: Diesel Fuel

Norman Baker: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what estimate he has made of receipts from duty paid on diesel by the rail industry in 2007-08. [216410]

Angela Eagle [holding answer 3 July 2008]: No estimate has been made for 2007-08.

Energy statistics from the Department for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform, available at www.berr.gov.uk, indicate that 654 thousand tonnes (775 million litres) of gas oil ('red diesel') was consumed by the rail industry in 2006.

Applying the duty rate for rebated oils to this figure gives an estimate of revenue in 2006 of approximately £50 million.

Excise Duties: Motor Vehicles

Justine Greening: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer (1) how many people paid vehicle excise duty at the pre-graduated rate in 2007-08 in respect of cars of engine size (a) 1549cc and below and (b) above 1549cc; what estimate his Department has made of the number of vehicles in each category in low-income households; and if he will make a statement; [208268]

(2) what estimate he has made of the number of people who will pay vehicle excise duty (VED) at the pre-graduated rate in 2008-09; how many will pay VED at (a) a lower rate, (b) a higher rate and (c) the same rate in (i) 2009-10 and (ii) 2010-11; and if he will make a statement; [208269]

(3) what estimate he has made of the revenue from vehicle excise duty at the pre-graduated rate from vehicles with engine sizes of (a) 1549cc and below and (b) above 1549cc in (i) 2008-09, (ii) 2009-10 and (iii) 2010-11; and if he will make a statement; [208270]

(4) what estimate he has made of the number of cars with engine sizes (a) 1549cc or below and (b) above 1549cc liable for vehicle excise duty at the pre-graduated rate in (i) 2008-09, (ii) 2009-10 and (iii) 2010-11; and what estimate he has made of the number of cars in each category in low-income households in each year; and if he will make a statement. [208271]

Norman Baker: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many new vehicles were registered in each year from 2001 to 2006, broken down by each of the new vehicle excise duty (VED) bands to be applied to cars registered in those years; what the net tax take will be from the applications of these new bands to those vehicles; and what the net tax take for those vehicles would have been had VED continued to be applied as previously. [210709]


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Mr. Amess: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what the evidential basis was for his statement of 4 June 2008, Official Report, column 765, that the majority of drivers will benefit from the proposed changes to vehicle excise duty; and if he will make a statement. [210664]

Mr. Harper: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer (1) what assessment he has made of the effect of his proposed changes to vehicle excise duty on disabled people; [219729]

(2) what assessment he has made of the likely effect of proposed vehicle excise duty increases on vehicle owners rural areas with limited public transport. [220221]

Angela Eagle: The Budget 2008 included proposed reforms to the system of CO2-based VED, aimed at strengthening the incentive to develop and use cleaner, more fuel-efficient cars. The reforms build on the system of banding by CO2 emissions introduced in 2001 in response to rising concern over the impact of vehicle emissions.

While CO2 emissions from new cars have dropped by 13 per cent. since 1997, overall emissions from road transport still account for over 20 per cent. of the UK's total emissions and it is clear that we must go further to ensure we meet our environmental targets.

Proposed EU targets supported by the Government mean the CO2 emissions of an average new car will need to be cut to 130 grams per kilometre by 2012. In addition, the King review, published alongside the Budget,
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showed that carbon emissions could be reduced by 25 per cent. if motorists shifted to the lowest carbon car within a particular class.

The Budget 2008 reforms to VED will increase the number of bands from seven to 13 in 2009-10. From 2010-11, new cars will be taxed differently in the first year to influence purchasing choices at the point of sale. Overall these measures will ensure that drivers of the lowest emitting cars will benefit from a reduced VED rate and those who drive higher emitting cars will pay more.

The following tables are based on the new VED bands published on page 122 of the Budget Red Book and set out estimates for the number of cars that will sit within each new VED band in both 2009 and 2010. They also show how the amount that these cars pay will compare in real terms to the rate in 2008. Those who are eligible for the higher mobility element of disability living allowance are exempt from VED. In addition, there is also an exemption for organisations that operate passenger vehicles for the benefit of disabled people. In total, over 1.1 million disabled motorists are exempt from VED.

Furthermore, Government continue to support the long established motability scheme, set up by the Government in 1977 to provide disabled people with safe, reliable and affordable cars.

By 2010, 55 per cent. of motorists will pay less or the same in real terms as a result of these reforms. In addition, excluding first rates for new vehicles, the reforms mean that:

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

A

Up to 100

400

0

100

0

B

101-110

217,000

100

0

0

C

111-120

470,000

100

0

0

D

121-130

670,000

100

0

0

E

131-140

2,394,000

100

0

0

F

141-150

3,087,000

100

0.

0

G

151-160

3,256,000

0

100

0

H

161-170

2,400,000

0

50

50

I

171-180

1,785,000

0

0

100

J

181-200

2,577,000

0

0

100

K

201-225

2,550,000

0

0

100

L

226-255

277,000

0

0

100

M

Over 255

311,000

0

0

100

All bands

19,994,400

34

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