Angela Eagle: All changes to excise duty rates are published at the Budget and where relevant in the pre-Budget report. Historical data on alcohol duty can be found on the UK Trade Information website:
Yvette Cooper: The Treasury does not record which Government-owned assets have been sold in each year. The estimate of annual asset disposal proceeds is made at an aggregate Government level. Details of proceeds raised from the disposal of fixed assets are published in the PBR (Ch. B), Budget (Ch. C) and in Public Expenditure Statistical Analyses (Ch. 5).
Mr. Hoban: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer with reference to the answer of 28 October 2008, Official Report, column 885W, on Government securities, if he will place in the Library a copy of the Governments revised future issuance plans. 
To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what changes he forecasts in levels of gross
domestic product in the South West Region for each of the next three years; and if he will hold discussions with the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government on the effect of such levels on the South West Regional Spatial Strategy. 
Yvette Cooper: The Government do not produce regional GDP data series and do not forecast regional growth rates in the United Kingdom. The ONS produce regional GVA. In terms of GVA at current basic prices, the latest data show that between 2005-06, the south-west grew at 5.4 per cent. compared to the United Kingdom's average growth rate of 5.1 per cent. Data on regional GVA can be accessed publicly via the following link:
Mr. Gregory Campbell: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what estimate he has made of the number of people who will be earning £10,000 or less per annum and paying (a) national insurance contributions and (b) income tax in 2009-10. 
Ian Pearson [holding answer 8 December 2008]: In 2009-10, an estimated 3.7 million people with incomes of £10,000 or less will pay income taxa reduction of 58 per cent. compared to the estimated 8.8 million people in 1997-98. The estimated number of employees and self-employed with earnings of £10,000 or less who will pay national insurance contributions in 2009-10 is around 3.5 million.
Mr. Roger Williams: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what revenue has been generated by national non-domestic rates in each of the last five years (a) nationally and (b) in each region. 
Mr. Stephen O'Brien: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what estimate his Department has made of the revenue that will be generated from the abolition of empty property tax relief in this tax year. 
Mr. Stephen O'Brien: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what recent representations his Department has received on the removal of empty property tax relief for commercial premises; what assessment he has made of the representations; and if he will make a statement. 
Angela Eagle: Treasury Ministers and officials receive representations from a wide range of organisations and individuals 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 Government's practice to provide details of such representations.
Mr. Stephen O'Brien: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what assessment he has made of the effect of recent changes to empty property tax relief on the involvement of developers in regeneration schemes; what representations he has received from developers on this matter; and if he will make a statement. 
On 26 February this year, my colleague, the Minister for Local Government, my right hon. Friend the Member for Wentworth (John Healey) laid a further assessment before the House, alongside the regulations.
Treasury Ministers and officials receive representations from a wide range of organisations and individuals 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 Government's practice to provide details of such representations.
Mr. Meacher: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how much has been spent from the public purse on mitigating the effects of the credit crunch in terms of (a) liquidity provision, (b) loan guarantees, (c) bail-outs, (d) bank recapitalisations, (e) assistance to industry, (f) assistance to the mortgage market, (g) provision for housebuilding, (h) other public works programmes, (i) credit crunch-related tax reductions and (j) other credit crunch-related expenditure; and how much he estimates will be spent on each of these categories in each of the next five years. 
Ian Pearson: Box B3 of the 2008 pre-Budget report discusses the impact on the public finances of the financial stability measures taken by the Government. The Office for National Statistics has yet to rule on how some of the transactions associated with these measures should be classified. Table B5 of the 2008 pre-Budget report sets out the fiscal impact of the measures being taken by the Government to support the economy.
Mr. Maude: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what advice the Office of Government Commerce has provided on the use of break clauses in Government contracts to allow public sector bodies to leave a contract if there is a change of policy as a consequence of a change in the Government. 
Angela Eagle: OGC recommends, in its contractual guidance available on the OGC website, that Departments include a general break clause in their contracts for goods or services as a precautionary measure. In the event that there was a change of policy, as a consequence of a change of Government, this clause provides them with a facility to terminate a contract early, after giving the contractor a period of notice.
Mr. Maude: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer with reference to the answer of 6 November 2008, Official Report, column 680W, on departmental personnel, how many staff within (a) HM Revenue & Customs and (b) the Valuation Office Agency are classified as pre-surplus. 
(a) 2,874 HM Revenue and Customs staff, and
(b) No Valuation Office Agency staff.
Angela Eagle [holding answer 8 December 2008]: The pre-Budget report (PBR) reference to the asset strand of the Operational Efficiency Programme stated that Gerry Grimstone will be working with Departments, agencies, and the Shareholder Executive to consider the potential for alternative business models, commercialisation, new market opportunities and, where appropriate, alternatives to public ownership for a number of Government assets. With respect to the Royal Mint, the PBR stated that this would entail
a study to explore the potential benefits of alternative future models for the Royal Mint.
Mr. Ingram: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer with reference to the Answer given on 26 November 2008, Official Report, column 1918W, on the Scottish Consolidated Fund: fossil fuel levy, whether the funds drawn down from the fossil fuel surplus to the UK Consolidated Fund are ring-fenced for the promotion of renewable energy; and how much has been transferred to the Scottish Executive as Barnett consequentials. 
Yvette Cooper: The funds drawn down from the fossil fuel surplus to the UK Consolidated Fund are used to fund public spending. Public spending plans are set out in spending reviews and the Scottish Executive receives Barnett consequentials in the normal way, including in respect of the promotion of renewable energy.
Jenny Willott: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what his Departments estimate is of the effect on receipts to the Exchequer of increasing the taper rate on tax credits to (a) 46 per cent., (b) 45 per cent., (c) 44 per cent. and (d) 43 per cent. in 2009; what his estimate is of the number of people who would no longer be eligible for tax credits in each case; and if he will make a statement. 
Ian Pearson: The estimated saving, in 2009-10, of increasing the first taper rate of tax credits to the rates requested, is provided in the following table. No account has been taken of possible behavioural effects.
|First taper rate (percentage)
|Effect on expenditure (£ million)
Angela Eagle: I refer the hon. Member to paragraph 5.16 of the pre-Budget report November 2008 Cm 7484 which states, following input from stakeholders, the Governments intention to trial making child care payments that more closely reflect child care costs at the time they were incurred.
Angela Eagle: For information up to and including September 2008 I refer the hon. Member to the answer I gave the hon. Member for Wealden (Charles Hendry) on 27 October 2008, Official Report, column 792W. The number of new claims received by household in October and November 2008 was 125,757 and 113,259 respectively.
Jenny Willott: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many complaints about tax credits have been received by the tax credit office in each of the last 24 months, broken down by mode of communication. 
Ian Pearson: For information up to and including September 2008 I refer the hon. Member to the answer given on 16 October 2008, Official Report, column 2367W, and the answer given to the hon. Member for Inverness, Nairn, Badenoch and Strathspey (Danny Alexander) on 1 May 2008, Official Report, column 634W.
|Number of complainants (approximate)