Jenny Willott: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many and what proportion of civil servants in his Department and its agencies are members of the (a) Classic, (b) Classic Plus, (c) Nuvos and (d) Premium civil service pension schemes. 
Mr. Hoban: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer which companies were used by his Department for providing temporary staff in each of the last five years; and what the value of contracts with each such company was in each of those years. 
Dan Rogerson: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what proportion of European Union funding in each region was administered by (a) Government departments, (b) regional development agencies, (c) local authorities and (d) other bodies in the latest period for which information is available. 
Details of total United Kingdom public sector receipts from the EC Budget, i.e. those receipts which pass through Government Departments are given in Table 3.3, page 25, of the 2008 European Community
Finances White Paper (Cm 7462) published on 10 September 2008. An estimate of the expected level of receipts paid direct to the private sector in 2008 is given in paragraph 3.10, page 22 of the White Paper.
Dr. Tony Wright: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will place in the Library the guidance provided by HM Treasury to departments on what they should disclose in their 2008 autumn performance reports. 
Dr. Tony Wright: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will make it his practice to place in the Library copies of the guidance provided by HM Treasury to Departments on what they should disclose in departmental annual reports and autumn performance reports, on each occasion that such guidance is issued. 
Mr. Timms [holding answer 23 October 2008]: During this year, HMRC has made substantial investment in its online filing service for Self-Assessment (SA). HMRCs free software for SA, used by unrepresented individuals, has been redesigned to make it much easier for customers to complete. HMRC has also updated its underpinning IT infrastructure, providing greater capacity, resilience and enhanced management information. This information helps HMRC ensure that peak demands are successfully managed.
Mr. Amess: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what steps he (a) has taken and (b) plans to take in response to recent trends in the rate of inflation; what representations he has received on this issue since July 2008; what steps he took in response to those representations; and if he will make a statement. 
Ian Pearson: The Monetary Policy Committee (MPC) of the Bank of England has operational responsibility for the conduct of monetary policy the Chancellor and other Treasury Ministers receive a wide number of representations on economic and statistical issues. The Government will update their forecasts for the UK and world economies in the forthcoming pre-Budget report as normal, based on all relevant factors.
Mr. Pickles: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what estimate (a) his Department, (b) the Bank of England and (c) the Financial Services Authority has made of the number of local authorities which have deposits in Icelandic-owned banks. 
Ian Pearson [holding answer 13 October 2008]: I refer the hon. Gentleman to the statement made by the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government on 14 October 2008, Official Report, column 35WS.
John Barrett: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer when he plans to reply to the hon. Member for Edinburgh West's letter of 25 July 2008 on his constituents Miss M. Murray and Mr. Stuart Fleming. 
The Government made two announcements regarding the process of making external appointments to the MPC in summer 2007. I refer the hon. Gentleman to the Pre-Budget Report 2007 (cm7227), Chapter 2 paragraphs 2.8 and 2.9, for a description of these changes:
On 19 June 2008, the Chancellor wrote to the Chair of the Treasury Select committee detailing a further set of changes to appointments process. These are described in the Treasury press release on this matter: