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Mr. Harper: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what conclusions his Department has reached in fulfilment of its duty under section 3.111 of the statutory code of practice of the disability equality duty. 
Angela Eagle: In fulfilment of the duty under section 3.111 of the statutory code of practice of the disability equality duty the Treasury will publish a report, in 2009, when it publishes its Single Equality Scheme. The Single Equality Scheme will amalgamate the Treasury's three current equality schemes on (race, disability and gender).
Bob Spink: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will make it his policy to ensure that those temporary and permanent employees at the same grade in his Department who are paid at an hourly rate are paid at the same rate. 
To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer (1) on which dates the (a) Chief Secretary to the Treasury, (b) Financial Secretary to the Treasury, (c) Minister of State at the Treasury, (d) Economic Secretary to the Treasury, (e) Exchequer Secretary to the Treasury and (f) the Financial Services Secretary (A) last met the President of the European Commission and (B) spoke to the President of the European Commission; and
whether the UKs prospective membership of the Euro was discussed on each occasion; 
Ian Pearson: Treasury Ministers discuss a wide range of issues with their counterparts in other countries, as well as the European Commission. The Governments policy on membership of the single currency is unchanged. It remains as set out by the Chancellor in his statement to the House of Commons in October 1997, and again in the Chancellors statement on the five tests assessment in June 2003.
Bob Spink: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what discussions his Department has had with the European Commission on possible UK membership of the European single currency in the last two years. 
Ian Pearson: Treasury Ministers discuss a wide range of issues with their counterparts in other countries, as well as the European Commission. The Government's policy on membership of the single currency in unchanged. It remains as set out by the Chancellor in his statement to the House of Commons in October 1997, and again in the Chancellor's statement on the five tests assessment in June 2003.
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Robert Key: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many tonnes of gold have been sold from UK reserves in each year since May 1997; what revenue was received from sales in each year; and if he will estimate the revenue which each sale would have generated at current gold prices. 
Ian Pearson: 395 tonnes of gold have been sold since 1997: 75 tonnes in 1999; 150 tonnes in 2000; 130 tonnes in 2001; and 40 tonnes in 2002. The date of, the amount of gold sold and the allotment price at each of the 17 gold auctions is set out in the following table.
The total proceeds from the sales were around US$3.5 billion. At the morning fix on 15 December 2008 the total value of this gold was US$10.5 billion. The gold sales between July 1999 and March 2002 reflected a prudent decision to reduce over-exposure to a single asset in the net reserves portfolio.
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Mr. Meacher: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what the (a) average and the marginal rate of income tax is for each man who is a single earner with a wife and two children with earnings of (i) £10,000 a year and (ii) within each £5,000 band above £10,000 up to £200,000; how many such persons are in each income band announced in the Pre-Budget Report 2008; and how much such a person in each income band will have (A) as additional income and (B) to pay in tax and duties as a consequence of the measures. 
The effect of tax measures announced in the PBR by income band is provided in the Government's response to the Treasury Select Committee's Thirteenth Report for 2007-08, Budget measures and Low Income Households, available at:
Mr. Frank Field: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many individual taxpayers affected by the withdrawal of the 10 pence starting rate for income tax will pay more income tax than they did before the withdrawal of the rate when the steps announced in (a) Budgets 2007 and 2008, (b) the Chancellor's statement dated 13 May, on income tax and (c) the Pre-Budget Report 2008 are taken into account. 
Mr. Timms [holding answer 11 December 2008]: The personal tax measures announced by the Chancellor in the 2008 pre-Budget report will permanently reduce the number of households paying more net tax as a result of the Budget 2007 direct tax and benefit changes from 5.3 million originally to 500,000 in 2011-12. The 13 May increase in personal allowances for this year reduced the number of households paying more net tax from these changes to 1.1 million in 2008-09.
To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer pursuant to his comments of 15 December 2008, Official Report, column 856, in the debate on the
Queen's Speech, when the Bank of England base rate was last at 17 per cent. 
Sir Michael Spicer: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer (1) when he plans to reply to the letter from the hon. Member for West Worcestershire, dated 31 October 2008, on savings (PO reference: 1/62564/2008); 
(2) when he plans to reply to the letter from the hon. Member for West Worcestershire of 28 October 2008 on financial protection for individuals invested in the Icelandic bank, Kaupthing Singer and Friedlander; 
Ian Pearson: On 8 October this year, the Government announced a comprehensive package of measures to support stability of the financial system, protect ordinary savers, depositors, businesses and borrowers, and to safeguard the interests of the taxpayer.
These include agreements to make available affordable products during this period of global turbulence in financial markets, help individuals struggling with their mortgage payments stay in their homes and support the expansion of financial capability initiatives.
Clare Short: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer when the Paymaster-General plans to reply to the letter from the hon. Member for Birmingham, Ladywood of 24 September 2008 sent on behalf of Asghar Khan, a constituent. 
Ian Pearson: The right hon. Lady's letter was addressed to the Paymaster General at the Cabinet Office. The Treasury has obtained a copy of the letter from the right hon. Lady's office and a Treasury Minister will write to her about this matter as soon as possible.
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