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Corporation Tax: Tax Yields

Greg Clark: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what estimate he has made of corporation tax receipts, excluding North Sea revenues, in (a) 2008-09 and (b) 2009-10. [231240]

Angela Eagle: The latest corporation tax receipt forecasts, excluding North sea revenues, were provided in Budget 2008. Updated forecasts will be provided in the forthcoming 2008 pre-Budget report.

The latest corporation tax receipt figures, including North sea revenues, are available on the latest September 2008 Public Sector Finances press release, which is accessible from:

Credit Rating

Mr. Dai Davies: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will establish an inquiry into the competence of credit rating agencies. [228372]

Ian Pearson: The European Commission finished consulting on a EU-wide registration scheme for credit rating agencies on 5 September, and is due to report on the outcome of this consultation on November 12. We are working internationally to improve the incentives for credit rating agencies to supply more and better information that market participants want and to avoid creating undesirable incentives for investors to over-rely on ratings. However, any approach will need to be internationally agreed as far as possible both given the nature of the ratings system as well as to avoid the possibility of regulatory arbitrage.


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Departmental Disciplinary Proceedings

Mr. Redwood: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what sanctions are available in cases of departmental staff found to have committed disciplinary offences; and how many times each has been used in each of the last three years. [230205]

Angela Eagle: The disciplinary procedure for departmental staff permits managers to impose the following range of disciplinary penalties:

The following penalties were imposed in each of the last three years. The response covers employees of HM Treasury, OGC, OGC Buying Solutions and DMO.

Penalty Number

2008-09 to date

Written Warning

Less than 5 cases

2007-08

Oral Warning

Less than 5 cases

Written Warning

8 cases

Dismissal

Less than 5 cases

2006-07

Oral Warning

Less than 5 cases

Written Warning

Less than 5 cases

Final Warning

Less than 5 cases

Dismissal

Less than 5 cases


Departmental Paper

David Simpson: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what percentage of paper used (a) for photocopying and (b) in printed publications by his Department was from recycled sources in each of the last two years. [220732]

Angela Eagle: All of the paper used for photocopying in the Department in the last two years was made from at least 80 per cent. recycled sources, with over 90 per cent. in the last year from 100 per cent. recycled sources.

From October 2008, all of the paper purchased for printing and photocopying in HM Treasury group will be from 100 per cent. recycled sources.

From March 2008 HM Treasury has used paper that is 100 per cent. recycled on all printed publications. Before this, publications were printed on at least 75 per cent. recycled paper.


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Departmental Procurement

Margaret Moran: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what steps he plans to take to ease the procedures for tendering and procurement between Government departments and (a) social enterprises and (b) small- and medium-sized enterprises. [230228]

Angela Eagle: The Government's policy on SMEs and third sector organisations (including social enterprises) is to encourage and support these organisations to compete for public sector contracts where this is consistent with value for money policy, the UK regulations, the EU treaty principles and the EU procurement directives.

The OGC has developed guidance to help procurers engage with these organisations within the legal and policy framework surrounding public procurement. Budget 2008 asked Anne Glover to lead a committee looking into what further work is needed to remove barriers. The recommendations of that committee will be published in the pre-Budget report.

Departmental Secretarial Staff

Mr. Hands: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer whether his Department provides a separate diary secretary to (a) the Economic Secretary, (b) the Financial Secretary, (c) the Exchequer Secretary and (d) the Minister of State. [230928]

Angela Eagle: Diary secretary functions are performed by the staff of the private offices concerned.

Departmental Security

Chris Huhne: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many security passes have been reported (a) lost and (b) stolen by staff in (i) his Department and (ii) agencies sponsored by his Department in each year since 2001. [228960]

Angela Eagle: The information requested in respect of the Treasury and the DMO is as follows:

Department Year Lost Stolen Total

H M Treasury

2001(1)

2002(1)

2003

125

3

128

2004

17

0

17

2005

34

2

36

2006

46

2

48

2007

74

0

74

2008

76

2

78

2001(1)

2002(1)

2003

11

0

11

2004(1)

2005(1)

2006

2

0

0

2007

0

0

0

2008

3

0

3

(1) HM Treasury figures for 2001 and 2002. DMO figures for 2001, 2002, 2004 and 2005 are not available, other than at disproportionate cost.

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Departmental passes are disabled as soon as they are reported as lost or stolen, and do not contain information that links them to their respective building or organisation.

EU External Trade: Israel

Dr. Starkey: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer whether European Commission officials have on any occasion launched investigations inside Israel to determine whether Israeli importers are correctly applying the 2005 technical arrangement of the EU-Israel Association Agreement with regard to goods being charged at the correct duty. [229916]

Mr. Timms: HM Revenue and Customs are not aware of any investigations having been instigated by the European Commission.

Dr. Starkey: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many requests for information have been raised with the Israeli customs authorities to establish whether consignments have been imported from Israel or Israeli settlements under the 2005 technical arrangement of the EU-Israel Association Agreement in each of the last three years. [229931]

Mr. Timms: The number of requests for information HM Revenue and Customs have raised with the Israeli authorities is as follows:

Number

1 February 2005 to 31 January 2006

13

1 February 2006 to31 January 2007

6

1 February 2007 to 31 January 2008

2


Dr. Starkey: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many requests for information to the Israeli customs authorities under the 2005 technical arrangement regarding the origin of consignments from Israel or Israeli settlements had not been answered within 10 months, in each of the last three years. [229932]

Mr. Timms: The number of HM Revenue and Customs requests for information which have not been answered within 10 months is as follows:

Number

1 February 2005 to 31 January 2006

10

1 February 2006 to 31 January 2007

2

1 February 2007 to 31 January 2008

0


Dr. Starkey: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many requests for information regarding consignments believed to have originated from Israeli settlements have been answered by Israeli customs authorities in each of the last three years; and how many such consignments the Israeli government determined had originated from settlements. [229933]

Mr. Timms: HM Revenue and Customs advise as follows:


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Dr. Starkey: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what steps he is taking to ensure Israeli customs authorities respond to all requests from HM Revenue and Customs made under the 2005 technical arrangement. [229934]

Mr. Timms: The Israeli customs authorities are bound by the requirements of Article 33 of Protocol 4 to the EC—Israel Trade Association Agreement to reply to verification requests within 10 months. HM Revenue and Customs pursues responses to outstanding requests via correspondence with the Israeli authorities.

Dr. Starkey: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he has issued any fines to companies for falsely declaring goods are from Israel when they have originated from illegal Israeli settlements under the 2005 technical arrangement. [229935]

Mr. Timms: No fines have been issued.

Dr. Starkey: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer whether the Israeli customs authorities have provided HM Revenue and Customs with a list of postcodes for Israeli settlements and the corresponding names and addresses of each settlement. [229936]

Mr. Timms: A list of postcodes and names of settlements was supplied to the European Commission by the Israeli customs authorities. This list was subsequently passed to all member states.

Dr. Starkey: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will put in place procedures to record the import of products from illegal Israeli settlements in the occupied Palestinian territory separately from those relating to Israel. [229937]

Mr. Timms: HM Revenue and Customs already keep records of any imports that are from Israeli Settlements and identified as incorrectly claiming Israeli preferential origin.


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