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Departmental Data Protection

Mr. Vara: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what percentage of contractors and suppliers to (a) his Department and (b) its agencies has reported compliance with the Government's security standards following publication of the report, Data Handling Procedures in Government, and the accompanying document, Cross-departmental Actions: Mandatory Minimum Action, on 25 June 2008. [245330]

Angela Eagle: The information requested is as follows:

(a) All suppliers to The Treasury that are required to handle relevant data have been contacted and made aware of the Government's security standards. All have been assessed as having policies and procedures that are compliant with those standards.

(b) The UK DMO have identified all the suppliers involved in data handling procedures. All of these suppliers (100 per cent.) have been assessed as appropriate to comply with the Government's security standards.

Mr. Vara: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many contracts (a) his Department and (b) its agencies have which allow contractors to store personal data of UK citizens overseas; for which contracts this applies; in which countries the data for each contract is held; and how many people have their data stored overseas in the case of each such contract. [245351]

Angela Eagle: The Treasury has one supplier that stores personal data abroad. The contractor provides travel agency services under a pan-Government framework owned by OGCbuying.solutions and the data are stored in the USA under a safe harbour agreement.

The Debt Management Office holds one contract that it manages on behalf of the Treasury, which allows the storage of personal data of UK citizens overseas. This contract is for the Gilt Registration Service and states that personal data must be kept within the European Economic Area (EEA). Currently all these data are stored within the UK.

Mr. Vara: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer when his Department appointed a senior information risk owner in accordance with the report, Data Handling Procedures in Government and the accompanying document Cross-departmental Actions: Mandatory Minimum Action; and what grade the person holds within the Department. [245371]

Angela Eagle: HM Treasury's senior information risk owner is a range G (equivalent to Grade 3) and has held the responsibility since December 2007.

Departmental Energy

Gordon Banks: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what steps his Department is taking to reduce the amount of energy it wastes. [244603]

Angela Eagle: The Treasury is committed to improving energy efficiency of the Department's estate and reducing energy use year on year. Measures taken over the last year that have led to improvements in energy efficiency include adjustment of lighting system controls, switching
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to daytime cleaning, reducing the need for lighting after hours, and adjusting the temperature when heating is turned on.

Detailed information on the Treasury energy consumption by building can be found in HM Treasury annual report 2007-08.

Departmental Equality

Philip Davies: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what information his Department holds on the (a) sex, (b) ethnicity, (c) age, (d) disability, (e) sexual orientation and (f) religion or belief of its staff; and what assessment he has made of his Department’s performance against its targets relating to diversity in its workforce. [246016]

Angela Eagle: The Treasury holds the following information on the (a) sex, (b) ethnicity, (c) age, (d) disability of its employees:

In September 2007 the Treasury began collecting diversity-monitoring data on sexual orientation and the religion or belief of employees.

The Treasury reports, to the Cabinet Office, on the Department’s performance against its targets relating to diversity in its work force 2005-08 and has set new diversity targets for 2009-11.

Departmental Furniture

Mrs. Moon: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how much was spent by his Department on furniture made by (a) British firms, (b) Remploy and (c) overseas firms in each year since 2000. [244356]

Angela Eagle: For information on the country of origin of furniture products purchased by the Department, I refer to the answer given to the hon. Member on 18 December 2006, Official Report, column 1552W by the former Financial Secretary (Mr. Healey). A search of the Department’s accounting records failed to reveal any payments having been made to Remploy since 2002-03. Information on payments prior to that date could be provided only at disproportionate costs due to the introduction of a new accounting system.

Departmental Marketing

Mr. Hoban: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many complaints about advertisements sponsored or funded by his Department were made to the Advertising Standards Authority (ASA) in each year from 1997 to 2008; and how many of these were upheld by the ASA in each year. [246642]

Angela Eagle: There have been no complaints made about advertisements sponsored or funded by the Treasury in each year from 1997 to 2008.


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Departmental Ministerial Policy Advisors

Mr. Tyrie: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what expert advisers have been commissioned by his Department and its agencies since 1997; on what topic each was commissioned; and whether the advisers so appointed made a declaration of political activity in each case. [246660]

Angela Eagle: Details of expert advisers appointed by the Treasury may be found where appropriate on its website. Advisers commissioned by Treasury are expected to comply with the Nolan Principles. Where appropriate, advisers have made a declaration of political activity. The Debt Management Office has appointed no expert advisers.

Departmental Telephone Services

Mike Penning: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many telephone numbers for which callers are charged at the rate applicable to 0845 numbers are used by (a) his Department and (b) its Executive agencies for public access to services. [246982]

Angela Eagle: HM Treasury does not use 0845 numbers.

The UK Debt Management Office has 17 0845 telephone numbers that appear on its website and are therefore generally available for use by callers. Their purpose is business continuity-related.

Departmental Work Experience

Mr. Hoban: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many individuals have worked in his Department on (a) paid and (b) unpaid work experience or internships in each of the last three years; on average how many hours a week were worked by such people in each year; what types of work each was involved in; what proportion were in full-time education; what proportion did not complete their set period of work experience; and how much those who received remuneration were paid on average per week in each year. [242123]

Angela Eagle: The number of paid work experience and internship placements offered in each of the last three years is as follows:

Number of placements Average weekly remuneration (£)

2006-07

37

313

2007-08

27

322

2008-09

34

335


Placement students work on average 36 hours per week and are all involved in work related to economics. It is not possible to state how many were in full-time education or how many did not complete their period of work experience.

Information on unpaid work experience is not recorded centrally and cannot therefore be provided.


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Derbyshire Offshore

Sir John Butterfill: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what steps have been taken by the Financial Services Authority to safeguard depositors in the Derbyshire Building Society’s Isle of Man subsidiary. [246802]

Ian Pearson: I refer the hon. Gentleman to the answer I gave my hon. Friend the Member for Great Grimsby (Mr. Mitchell) on 26 November 2008, Official Report, column 1902W.

Economic Situation: EC Countries

Dr. Kumar: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what measures he is taking to establish close working practices with EU partners in order to facilitate co-operative efforts to overcome the economic downturn. [244665]

Ian Pearson: The Chancellor of the Exchequer and Treasury Ministers attend regular meetings of EU Ministers, including the Council of Economic and Finance Ministers (ECOFIN). These discussions cover a wide range of issues including discussion of co-ordination among EU member states.

Equitable Life

Mr. Hoyle: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer for what reasons he has not responded to the Ombudsman's report on Equitable Life; and when he expects to do so. [246164]

Ian Pearson: I refer my hon. Friend to the answer given on 11 December 2008, Official Report, column 261W.

EU Budget

Bob Spink: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what the total gross amount paid to the EU budget was by each EU member state in the last year for which figures are available. [246688]

Ian Pearson: Details of each member state's gross contributions, after taking account of the UK abatement, can be found Tables 2A (euro) and 2B (sterling) (pages 48 and 50) of the 2008 European Community Finances White Paper (Cm 7462) published on 10 September 2008.

Bob Spink: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will make it his policy to reduce the level of the UK’s net contribution to the EU budget until the level of UK debt is reduced to below the average of EU countries; and if he will make a statement. [246689]

Ian Pearson: The Government are committed to radical reform of the EU budget, including the common agricultural policy as set out in “Global Europe: vision for a 21(st) century budget” published on 19 June 2008.


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EU Grants and Loans

Justine Greening: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what estimate he has made of the (a) monetary value and (b) quantity of loans funded from the European Investment Bank made to UK companies in (i) November 2008 and (ii) December 2008; and what estimate he has made of the value and quantity of such loans in (A) January 2009 and (B) February 2009. [246765]

Ian Pearson: The European Investment Bank (EIB) publishes data and status information on individual loans on its public website (www.eib.org). The status of a loan can fall into one of three stages: (1) under appraisal; (2) approved by the Board of Directors of the EIB; and (3) signed by borrower and the EIB.

Based on information that is available in the public domain:

Looking forward, based again on information that is currently publicly available:

The exact timing of the approval and signature stages is subject to the conclusion of confidential negotiations between the EIB and borrower.

Excise Duties: Alcoholic Drinks

Mr. Hunt: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer (1) what estimate he has made of the effect on the price of (a) a pint of beer, (b) a bottle of wine and (c) a bottle of spirits of the measures announced in the pre-Budget report 2008 in each year to 2011-12; [240865]

(2) what economic (a) assumptions and (b) formula his Department uses to calculate the effects of alcohol duty on the price of a (i) pint of beer, (ii) bottle of wine and (iii) bottle of spirits. [240866]

Angela Eagle: The effect of the PBR 2008 measures on the price of a pint of beer, a 75cl bottle of wine and a 70cl bottle of spirits is estimated to be:

Pence

Beer Wine Spirits

2008-09

-1

+ 1

-12

2009-10(1)

-1

+2

-11

2009-10(2)

+3

+ 14

+28

2010-11

+4

+15

+29

2011-12

+4

+ 15

+31

(1) April to December. (2) January to March.

These estimates are based on HM Treasury's projections of retail price inflation and the producer prices index as well as average prices and strengths calculated using market data. They include VAT and duty measures.


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The calculation of the expected effect of changes in duty rate on consumer demand for excise goods assumes that any change in duty is passed on in full to consumers. See paragraph A.2.3 of the Financial Statement and Budget Report (FSBR) 2008. Website address:

The following formulae are used to measure the effect of alcohol duty on typical items of alcohol:


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