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Mr. Prisk: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many Christmas functions (a) he, (b) officials from his Department and (c) officials from its executive agencies (i) hosted and (ii) attended in 2007-08; what the cost to the public purse was; and if he will make a statement. 
Mr. Pickles: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what estimate he has made of gross revenue from council tax, including domestic rates where applicable, in England in each of the next three years. 
Yvette Cooper: Council tax increases are determined annually by local authorities, not by the Government. Council tax projections are based on assumptions made for public finance purposes and are not Government forecasts.
Mr. Hoban: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer pursuant to the Answer of 20 October 2008, Official Report, column 137-8W, on credit, if he will list those meetings with respect to which he thinks it is appropriate to release details; if he will place copies in the Library of the (a) agenda, (b) list of attendees and (c) minutes of each such meeting; and what criteria he applies in determining whether it is appropriate to release such details. 
[holding answer 13 November 2008]: Treasury Ministers and officials meet and correspond
with representatives of the banking sector on a regular basis to discuss a wide range of financial issuesincluding the provision of affordable creditas part of the process of policy development and delivery. As was the case with previous Administrations, it is not the Governments practice to provide details of all such meetings.
The Government remain committed to supporting the provision of affordable credit, which is a central strand of our financial inclusion strategy. We will continue to engage with a wide range of stakeholders to ensure that this issue remains high on the agenda of the banking sector.
Mr. Moore: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer pursuant to the Answer of 1 February 2008, Official Report, column 733W, on the Fairtrade Initiative, how much his Department spent on refreshments for official departmental meetings and engagements in each of the last three financial years; and what percentage of this was spent on Fairtrade products. 
Angela Eagle: Spending on official departmental meetings and engagements in the past three financial years was £499,000 in 2005-06, £394,000 in 2006-07 and £424,000 in 2007-08. While there is no central record of the proportion of Fairtrade products used at departmental meetings and engagements, all tea and coffee offered at such events is certified Fairtrade.
David Simpson: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what assessment he has made of the cost effectiveness of Government-commissioned advertising in the last 12 months relating to matters falling within the remit of his Department. 
Angela Eagle: The majority of advertising undertaken by the Treasury in the last 12 months was for the purposes of recruitment. The advertising is evaluated to ascertain the volume and quality of responses and is used, together with advice from the Departments advertising agency, to ensure the most effective medium is used.
Dr. Cable: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many and what proportion of staff in his Department received bonus payments in each of the last five years; what the total amount of bonuses paid has been; what the largest single payment was in each year; and if he will make a statement. 
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For information on prior years I refer the hon. Member to the answer the then Financial Secretary, my right hon. Friend the Member for Wentworth (John Healey) gave him on 20 June 2007, Official Report, column 1881W.
Jenny Willott: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many civil servants working in his Department and its agencies have pensions with a cash equivalent transfer value of over £1 million. 
Angela Eagle: It is not appropriate to disclose pension information for civil servants other than board members whose details are shown in the remuneration report in annual resource accounts. A copy of the HM Treasurys resource accounts for financial year 2007-08 which includes Debt Management Office (DMO) and OGC can be found in the Library or accessed electronically using the following link:
http://www.hm-treasury.gov.uk/d/annualreportand accounts200708050808.pdf (pages 29-34 refer)
http://online.ogcbuyingsolutions.gov.uk/downloads/tinymce_ uploads/corporatepublications/ARA%2007-08.pdf (refer to page 36).
Mr. Prisk: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what proportion of invoices for goods and services procured from small- and medium-sized businesses were paid within 30 days of receipt by (a) his Department and (b) the agencies for which his Department is responsible in 2007-08; and if he will make a statement. 
Angela Eagle: As the size of suppliers is not identified in the accounting systems of the Treasury and its agencies, the information requested is not available. Data relating to payment performance to all suppliers for the Treasury Group are included in paragraph 48 of the Management Commentary section of the 2007-08 Resource Account (HC 539).
Chris Ruane: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how much his Department has spent on targeted initiatives in (a) inner cities, (b) rural areas and (c) seaside towns in each of the last 16 years. 
There is no centrally held record of where particular departmental initiatives may have been targeted and the cost of obtaining any such information would exceed the disproportionate costs threshold. Details of the Treasury's total spending by region is published
annually in the Country and Regional Analysis section of Public Expenditure Statistical Analyses, the latest edition is HC 489.
The following tables list the codes for the least and most deprived lower super output areas in the principal seaside towns in England, on the overall measure of multiple deprivation and across the seven domains of the Index of Multiple Deprivation 2007. Information on deprivation in Welsh towns can be obtained from the Welsh Assembly Government Statistical Directorate.
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