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Steve Webb: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will make it his policy to publish all reports submitted to him by Sir John Chadwick in the course of his work on support for Equitable Life policyholders; and if he will make a statement. 
Ian Pearson [holding answer 2 February 2009]: The Government will report to the House on progress made at regular intervals, and will make Sir John Chadwicks findings public, to the extent consistent with his judgment of the possible impact of his advice on the rights of those involved in the underlying events.
Mr. Cash: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer when the Strategy and Growth Pact came into force; and what information his Department holds on which other EU member states (a) have and (b) have not achieved compliance with the Pact rules to date. 
Ian Pearson: There is no Strategy and Growth Pact. The Stability and Growth Pact fully entered into force on 1 January 1999. The pact was then reformed in 2005. Details on countries' compliance with the pact rules can be found at:
Mr. Cash: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer whether the proposals in the European Commissions Communication for the Spring European Council, COM(09)114, providing for EU-wide supervision over banks and financial services will be brought forward as legislative proposals to which qualified majority voting will apply; and what the legal basis for each proposal will be. 
Mr. Cash: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will place in the Library a copy of his letter of 3 March 2009 to other EU Finance Ministers and the Commission on EU-wide supervision of financial services and banking. 
Mr. Stewart Jackson: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what the (a) timetable and (b) remit is of Sir Michael Bichards review of local public services as part of the Governments operational efficiency programme. 
Sir Michael Bichard is leading the local incentives and empowerment work-strand of the operational efficiency programme, the remit of which was set out as part of the OEP launch prospectus, published in July 2008.
John Penrose: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer when he plans to reply to the letters of 20 October and 18 November 2008 from the hon. Member for Weston-Super-Mare sent on behalf of a constituent, Mr. Mark Templeman. 
Stewart Hosie: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what assessment he has made of the likely effects on (a) the rate of inflation, (b) the value of sterling and (c) the level of bank lending of implementation of a policy of quantitative easing. 
Ian Pearson: The Chancellor has authorised the Monetary Policy Committee (MPC) to use the Asset Purchase Facility for monetary policy purposes. The objectives of the Government's monetary policy framework remain unchanged. The Monetary Policy Committees operational target set by the Government remains at 2 per cent., as measured by the 12-month change in the Consumer Prices Index.
Mr. Drew: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what steps he plans to take to encourage the development of innovations with fewer negative effects on the environment in the automotive industry, with particular reference to companies which have been adversely affected by the recession. 
Angela Eagle: New green investment is vital to ensure that the automotive industry emerges from the current downturn with the skills and technology base needed to be competitive in the global automotive market. The Government announced on 27 January an Automotive Assistance Programme (AAP). This is a temporary programme aimed at unlocking up to £2.3 billion of investment in low carbon initiatives in the UK automotive sector. On 27 February, the Government obtained European Commission clearance for the AAP and on the same day published guidance and criteria for companies wishing to apply for support under the programme. The guidance and application criteria are available on the BERR website:
In addition to the AAP, an industry-wide technology roadmap plotting the pathways to ultra low carbon vehicles is being developed and finalised by the industry-led New Automotive Innovation and Growth Team. The Government are supporting the associated research agenda to accelerate their market introduction through the Technology Strategy Board-led Low Carbon Vehicle Innovation Platform, which will be delivering over £110 million of public sector support.
Further, on 15 January, the Department for Transport announced £250 million to get more ultra low-carbon vehicles on Britains roads, helping motorists to go green by stimulating consumer uptake and helping to reduce emissions from road transport and improve local air quality. Further details of how this money will be spent will be announced later in the year.
Mr. Timms: HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) has established the Government Banking Programme to manage the transition to new banking suppliers including the processing of cheques. As part of the programme, HMRC is also improving the processing of cheques across the HMRC estate.
Mr. Fallon: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer whether the Financial Services Secretary declared an interest in respect of his Gartmore and Nat West pensions to the Permanent Secretary at the time of his negotiations with Royal Bank of Scotland. 
Angela Eagle: In accordance with the Ministerial Code, Lord Myners declared his interests with the Permanent Secretary on appointment to ministerial office. In addition, Lord Myners has declared his interests in the House of Lords Register of Members Interests.
Mr. Timms: Licensed electricity providers are generally eligible to claim enhanced capital allowances (ECAs) when they purchase plant or machinery that qualifies under any of several ECA schemes. One of those schemes, for energy-saving plant or machinery, provides ECAs for numerous technologies, including combined heat and power (CHP) systems. However, the ECA for CHP is not available to companies whose core business is electricity production in so far as they use the CHP to provide power to unknown end users. This proviso was necessary, in terms of the European Law State aid rules, to prevent any sectoral distortion of competition.
Norman Baker: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer (1) what mechanism is used to determine how much each sub-group of lorries should pay in terms of vehicle excise duty and fuel duty, to ensure that the public costs engendered by their use of the road network are covered in accordance with Government policy; 
(2) whether each sub-group of lorries, according to gross permitted vehicle weight and number of axles, covers the costs to the public purse which they cause in using the road network through the taxation they pay. 
Vehicle excise duty rates for lorries are set to reflect notional differences in the relative impact of vehicle weight on the United Kingdoms roads network. The Government do not charge vehicle excise duty on the basis of actual road infrastructure costs.
Mr. Stewart Jackson: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer pursuant to the answer to my hon. Friend the Member for Brentwood and Ongar of 19 January 2009, Official Report, column 1113W, on the Valuation Office: Cole Layer Trumble, whether a copy of the agreement between Cole Layer Trumble/Tyler Technologies and the organisation which acts as the agent of the Valuation Office Agency is held by the Valuation Office Agency; and who the parties to the agreement are. 
Mr. Timms: The Valuation Office Agency does not hold a copy of the agreement. The Agencys IT supplier, Capgemini, manages its own agreement with Cole Layer Trumble/Tyler Technologies. The original agreement was between Cole Layer Trumble and the VOAs previous IT supplier, EDS.
Mr. Stewart Jackson: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer with reference to the Answer to my hon. Friend the Member for Welwyn Hatfield of 24 November 2008, Official Report, column 964W, on the Valuation Office: Rightmove, on what date the new contract was signed between Rightmove.co.uk plc and HM Revenue and Customs, on behalf of the Valuation Office Agency; and what the (a) minimum and (b) maximum length of the new contract is. 
Mr. Timms: No new contract existsan existing contract was extended; I refer the hon. Member to the answer I gave the hon. Member for Brentwood and Ongar (Mr. Pickles) on 2 February 2009, Official Report, columns 904W and 905W.
The cost to the Exchequer represents an equivalent saving to taxpayers in general. It is estimated tentatively that (a) households account for around 70 per cent. of the total, (b) businesses account for around 15 per cent. and (c) other groups account for the remaining 15 per cent.
Miss Begg: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what estimate his Department has made of the amount of money outstanding from tax credit overpayments made in (a) 2003-04 and (b) 2004-05 not arising from fraud on the part of the claimant. 
Information relating to outstanding overpayments, including that arising from fraud on the part of the claimant, of 2003-04 and 2004-05 tax credit awards is contained in part 2, table 11 of the report by the comptroller and auditor general, in the HM Revenue and Customs 2007-08 accounts. The publication is available on the HMRC website at:
Mr. Winnick: To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions if he will arrange for a reply to be sent to the letter of 16 December 2008 from the hon. Member for Walsall, North to the Child Support Agency regarding a constituent, reference CCDBAS12795 and RFA3696328120. 
Kitty Ussher [holding answer 12 February 2009]: The administration of the Child Maintenance and Enforcement Commission is a matter for the Commissioner. He will write to the hon. Member with the information requested.
In reply to your recent Parliamentary Question, the Secretary of State promised a substantive reply from the Child Maintenance Commissioner as the Child Support Agency is now the responsibility of the Child Maintenance and Enforcement Commission.
You asked the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, if he will arrange for a reply to be sent to the letter of 16 December 2008 from the hon. Member for Walsall North to the Child Support Agency regarding a constituent, reference CCDBAS12795 and RFA 3696328120. 
William O'Donnell, the manager of our Falkirk Clerical office, wrote to you on 10 February 2009 in reply to your correspondence of 16 December 2008. In his letter Mr O'Donnell confirms that all child maintenance payments owed to Mrs MacKenzie have now been paid.
I am sorry that Mrs MacKenzie has encountered problems in her dealings with the Agency and trust this letter clarifies the situation.
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