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Angela Eagle: HM Treasury's Publishing Unit which comprises of 14 staff are responsible for various aspects of the publishing process including branding, web publishing, design and print production. Branding activity accounts for a small percentage of the unit's role.
James Duddridge: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will place in the Library a copy of the names and addresses of each organisation that supplied goods and services to his Department in 2007-08, based on the purchase order data held in the Department's financial database. 
Angela Eagle: Treasurys most recent recruitment for independent non-executive directors was in summer 2008. Three non-executive directors were appointed following an open competition involving the independent Office of the Civil Service Commissioners.
Of undisputed integrity and standing, and of sufficient authority to command the respect of HMT Ministers and officials
A leader: Chair, CEO or head of function in a major organisation; or a relevant area of public/voluntary sector; or a relevant area of public policy involving strategy development
With an interest in the wider public policy debate and in economic and financial policy in particular
With a strong, demonstrable commitment to diversity
Between the Non-Executive Board Members, we are also seeking to replace existing expertise from Non-Executives who are reaching the end of their terms:
A proven ability to lead and communicate change
Experience in financial management and risk management. Previous experience on audit committees would also be advantageous.
Extensive experience and expertise in a field relating to Treasurys remit and in particular the Financial Services sector
Norman Lamb: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many secondees have worked in his Department since 1 January 2005; from which organisation each was seconded; in which section of his Department each was employed while at the Department; and for what periods each worked at the Department. 
David Taylor: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many people were seconded from the private sector to (a) HM Revenue and Customs, (b) the Office of Government Commerce and (c) OGC Buying Solutions in (i) 2005, (ii) 2006, (iii) 2007 and (iv) 2008. 
Angela Eagle: There have been seven secondments from the private sector to HMRC in 2008 and two to OGC. Information for earlier years is not available. There was one such secondment to OGCbuying.solutions in 2005, two in 2006, none in 2007 and one in 2008.
Norman Baker: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer (1) for what reason light goods vehicles with lower emissions ratings do not fall into a lower vehicle excise duty band than similar vehicles with higher emissions; 
Angela Eagle: Comprehensive data on the carbon dioxide emissions of light goods vehicles are unavailable, and therefore vehicle excise duty for these vehicles cannot be differentiated by carbon dioxide emission levels at this time.
Mr. Hague: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what assessment he has made of the implications for UK financial institutions of the decision by the United States Administration to ban Iran from undertaking U-turn financial transactions involving US financial institutions. 
Ian Pearson: The U-turn licence enabled Iranian entities to have indirect access to the US financial systemincluding through UK financial institutions. Revocation of that licence will mean financial institutions worldwide can no longer route payments for the benefit of Iran through the US.
We are not aware that UK financial institutions made any significant use of the U-turn licence, and therefore we expect the US decision to close the U-turn licence will have limited implications for UK financial institutions.
Ian Pearson: The Financial Services Authority (FSA) is an independent non-governmental body, given statutory powers by the Financial Services and Markets Act 2000. It is a company limited by guarantee, operationally independent of Government and funded entirely by the firms it regulates.
This statutory independence means that the Government do not have any control over the day-to-day running of the organisation, but it falls within the policy field for which the Treasury is responsible. The FSA is accountable to Parliament, the Treasury, the public and industry in a number of ways including the requirement for the FSA to publish an annual report on the discharge of its functions and the extent to which its regulatory objectives have been met.
However, a number of recent reports have examined the importance of innovative and knowledge-based sectors to the UK economy, including the Gowers Review of Intellectual Property (December 2006), the Sainsbury Review (October 2007), the Treasurys Economics Paper No. 1, Intangible Investment and Britains Productivity (October 2007), the Creative Britain strategy document (February 2008), and the DIUS White Paper Innovation Nation (March 2008).
Ian Pearson: On 8 October, the Treasury used powers under the Banking (Special Provisions) Act 2008 to transfer Kaupthing Singer and Friedlanders Kaupthing Edge deposit business to ING Direct. These depositors are now customers of ING Direct.
Mr. Carmichael: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what discussions his Department has had with (a) the Isle of Man authorities and (b) Kaupthing, Singer and Friedlander Bank (Isle of Man) on the bank releasing the funds held within it. 
Treasury Ministers and officials have meetings and discussions with a wide variety of organisations in the public and private sectors as 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 and discussions.
Mr. Timms: The Valuation Office Agency keeps the Department for Communities and Local Government regularly informed on empty property rates, from its perspective of keeping rating lists up to date, but is not itself undertaking a review.
Angela Eagle: Details on the Office of Government Commerces DEL budget for the next three financial years are set out in HM Treasury Annual Report 2007-08 (CM 7408). Approval for changes to the 2008-09 provision will be sought through the supply process.
OGCbuying.solutions is a trading fund set up under the Government Trading Funds Act 1973 and is therefore dependant on the funds it earns, and consequently receives no central budget for its operations. This means that Buying Solutions must cover its expenditure completely through sales to its customers. While Buying Solutions undertakes rigorous financial planning, its expenditure is off-set by its income earned.
Angela Eagle: PAS 2050 is a voluntary standard to assess the life cycle greenhouse gas emissions, GHG, in products (i.e. goods and services). Its development was co-sponsored by DEFRA and the Carbon Trust in response to demand from business. PAS 2050 is a method designed to enable businesses to carbon footprint their goods or services, to know where in their supply chain their greenhouse gas emissions occur, and then work to reduce them.
The Government are fully committed to reducing greenhouse gas emissions in public procurement. Quick wins product standards have been mandated for many categories of goods and services. Government Departments are currently working with the Carbon Disclosure Project, a not-for-profit organisation dedicated to understanding the carbon emissions associated with supply chains, on pilots that will provide information to Departments about the overall carbon emissions of suppliers to Government.
Mr. Kidney: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what guidance he has given the Centre of Expertise for Sustainable Procurement regarding the use of whole-life costing in public sector procurement. 
Angela Eagle: The Centre of Expertise for Sustainable Procurement uses the guidance published in HM Treasury The Green Book: Appraisal and Evaluation in Central Government, which states that whole life costing (WLC) must be applied in all public sector procurement as part of ensuring value for money solutions.
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