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Mr. Hoban: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer with reference to the answer of 5 November 2008, Official Report, column 541W, on departmental ICT, whether any of the IT projects were discontinued as a result of the Gateway review process. 
Angela Eagle: None of the HMT IT projects were discontinued as a result of the Gateway‚"Ę review process. The Gateway process is intended to provide independent expert advice to the senior responsible owner of a programme/project on achieving successful delivery; it is not designed to recommend the cancellation of projects.
Mr. Hoban: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer with reference to the answer of 27 October 2008, Official Report, columns 778-80W, on departmental ICT, what the (a) expected completion date and (b) estimated cost of each of the projects was at its outset. 
|Department||IT Project||Estimated c ost at outset (£)||Estimated completion date at outset|
Common Infrastructure Management ToolsImplementation of single toolset and process for systems management across multiple networks. Confidential and restricted including deployment of software/upgrades and security patches.
Grant Shapps: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many special advisers were employed in his Department at each pay band on 30 November 2008; and what his Departments expenditure on special advisers was in 2007-08. 
Alan Duncan: 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 10 days of receipt by (a) his Department and (b) the agencies for which his Department is responsible in (i) 2006-07 and (ii) 2007-08; and if he will make a statement. 
Mr. Hoban: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer with reference to the answer of 27 October 2008, Official Report, column 780W, on departmental temporary employment, how many staff were recruited through each company in each year; and how long on average staff recruited through these companies worked for the Department in each year. 
the Government does not propose a euro assessment to be initiated at the time of this budget.
Andrew Rosindell: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what the (a) remit and (b) primary objective of the review relating to Crown Dependencies and Overseas Territories announced in the Pre-Budget Report 2008 is. 
Ian Pearson: The Chancellor has asked Michael Foot to conduct an independent review of the long-term opportunities and challenges facing the British Crown Dependencies and Overseas Territories as financial centres, which have been brought into focus by recent financial and economic events. All Crown Dependencies and Overseas Territories with financial centres are in scope for the review. This covers the Channel Islands, Isle of Man, Bermuda, Cayman Islands, Gibraltar, Turks and Caicos Islands, British Virgin Islands, and Anguilla.
The Review's objective is to consider how Crown Dependencies and Overseas Territories, whose economic models place a significant reliance on financial services, can respond in the long term to the new conditions created by the stressed economic circumstances of recent months. The terms of reference for the review have been posted on the Treasury website.
Ian Pearson: Chart 2.3 (page 17) of the 2008 European Community Finances White Paper (Cm 7462) shows the respective member states percentage shares of financing the 2008 EC Budget. The equivalent shares for the 2009 and 2010 EC Budgets will be included in the 2009 and 2010 White Papers respectively.
Ian Pearson: Exchange rate assumptions are just one of a number of factors which are taken into account, and which inter-relate with each other, in putting together each forecast of UK contributions to the EC Budget. Figures for UK net contributions to the EC Budget are published twice each year in the Budget and the pre-Budget report (PBR) and latest estimates of these for the period 2007-08 to 2010-11 were included in Table B16 (page 210) of the PBR (Cm 7484) published on 24 November 2008.
Mr. Francois: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what steps he is taking to mitigate the possible effects of foreign exchange movements on the level of the UKs financial contribution to the EU; and if he will make a statement. 
Angela Eagle: The UK Trade Information website contains information on the amount of alcohol duty revenue received by HM Revenue and Customs in cash terms. Deflating by RPI, revenue in 2008-09 prices, to the nearest £10 million, has been estimated as:
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|Total revenue from alcohol duty (Percentage)|
To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will estimate the cost to the Treasury of extending the reduced rate of duty on beer for beer from singleton breweries that produce (a) 50,000 hectolitres, (b) 100,000
hectolitres, (c) 150,000 hectolitres and (d) 200,000 hectolitres per year. 
Mr. Hunt: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what his estimate is of the cost to the Exchequer of the industrial buildings allowance in each of the last five years; what percentage of such expenditure was accounted for by the construction of new hotels; and if he will make a statement. 
Mr. Timms: The average annual value of IBA relief claimed by businesses was approximately £2.2 billion per annum between 2003 and 2005. The cost of this to the Exchequer is estimated to be approximately £600 million per annum.
Businesses with a primary activity operating hotels during this period accounted for, on average, an estimated £180 million per annum; with an estimated cost to the Exchequer of £45 million to £50 million per year.
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