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On 12 January the Secretary of State for Business and Enterprise announced a package of measures to address the cash flow, credit and capital needs of businesses. This is an important element of wider Real Help for Business that provides targeted Government support to businesses. Further specific support was announced on 27 January aimed at freeing up lending of more than £2 billion for the automotive industry. Information about these measures is available through Business Link at
BERR is engaging with SME business representative bodies and UK banks about the issues affecting business during current economic difficulties, specifically through regular meetings of Small Business and Small Business Finance Forum.
Mrs. Spelman: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how much stamp duty was paid on average by purchasers of (a) a Right to Buy purchase council house, (b) a Right to Acquire purchase, (c) a Social HomeBuy purchase of the full equity and (d) a First Time Buyer Initiative purchase in the most recent period for which figures are available. 
Yvette Cooper: The latest estimates of current receipts for the UK are published in table C6 of the Financial Statement and Budget Report (HC 407). We do not hold information on the aggregate amount of taxation raised in England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland.
Angela Eagle: The main source of information for international comparisons of income tax and social security contributions in OECD economies are publications produced annually by the Centre for Tax Policy and Administration (CTPA) of the OECD in particular the OECD Tax Database and the OECD Taxing Wages.
Jeff Ennis: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what his estimate is of the average time taken by HM Revenue and Customs to (a) register small and medium-sized enterprises in the construction industry and (b) issue a unique taxpayer reference number. 
Mr. Timms: HM Revenue and Customs currently register the vast majority of Construction Industry scheme applications for individuals within six to seven working days. The unique taxpayer reference number is then dispatched to individuals via an automated process within the next seven working days.
Mr. Stewart Jackson: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer with reference to the answer to the hon. Member for Castle Point of 23 June 2009, Official Report, column 129W, on trade unions, what office facilities are provided for the exclusive use of each of the recognised trade union in (a) his Department, (b) the Crown Estate, (c) HM Revenue and Customs and (d) the Valuation Office Agency; and what the notional monetary value of such provision is. 
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Mr. Stewart Jackson: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer pursuant to the answer to the hon. Member for Brentwood and Ongar of 9 February 2009, Official Report, column 1629W, on the Valuation Office: overseas visits, if he will place in the Library a copy of the presentation and handouts presented by the representative of the Valuation Office Agency at the Australian Valuer General, Registrar General and Surveyor General's Conference in Adelaide. 
Mr. Timms: A copy of the presentation, made by a representative of the Valuation Office Agency, is available to view online at the Government of Australia Department for Transport, Energy and Infrastructure website at
Mr. Stewart Jackson: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer pursuant to the answer to the hon. Member for Brentwood and Ongar of 9 February 2009, Official Report, column 1629W, on the Valuation Office: overseas visits, if he will place in the Library a copy of the presentation and handouts presented by the representative of the Valuation Office Agency at the Mass Appraisal Valuation Symposium in Toronto. 
Mr. Stewart Jackson: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will place in the Library a copy of the presentation and handouts on (a) practical problems in the valuation of non-residential properties and (b) steps for a successful revaluation presented by the representative of the Valuation Office Agency at the International Property Tax Institute in Pretoria in March 2009. 
Mr. Stewart Jackson: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer pursuant to the answer to the hon. Member for Brentwood and Ongar of 9 February 2009, Official Report, column 1629W, on the Valuation Office: overseas visits, what seminars officials of the Valuation Office Agency attended during the visit to the Gartner's Symposium/IT(xpo) in Cannes. 
Angela Eagle: One person visited Cannes to attend the Gartner's Symposium/IT (xpo). Attendance at Symposiums and conferences provides benefit to both the Agency and the individual, particularly in terms of keeping them abreast of developments and innovation in IT.
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Mastermind Interview: Ian Livingstone, CEO, BT
The end of the line for IT Organisations/Type Z IT and what it could mean for you
The Future of Government is no Government
Autonomy: Solution Provider Session
Designing the IT Organisation for Maximum Effectiveness
Mastermind Interview: Contradictions and Balance: Business is IT and IT is Business
The Futuristic CIO
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Mr. Stewart Jackson: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will place in the Library a copy of the presentation and handouts presented by the representative of the Valuation Office Agency at the European Valuation Standards 2009 conference held in Warsaw on 1 April 2009. 
Grant Shapps: To ask the Prime Minister (1) whether 10 Downing Street is equipped with an air conditioning system with an output greater than 250kW; and whether the air conditioning system in 10 Downing Street has been inspected under the Energy Performance of Buildings (Certificates and Inspections) (England and Wales) Regulations 2007; 
(2) how much has been spent on carrying out inspections of air conditioning systems within 10 Downing Street in accordance with the Energy Performance of Buildings (Certificates and Inspections) (England and Wales) Regulations 2007 since the Regulations came into force. 
The Prime Minister: I refer the hon. Member to the answer given to him by my hon. Friend the Parliamentary Secretary for the Cabinet Office (Kevin Brennan) on 30 April 2009, Official Report, column 1462W.
Mr. Hands: To ask the Prime Minister on how many occasions political events have been hosted at 10 Downing Street in each year since 1997; which organisation hosted each such event; and how much each such organisation was charged for each such event. 
The Prime Minister: As was the practice under previous Administrations and in accordance with the ministerial code, I have hosted a number of political events at Downing street. The costs for these events are met by the Labour party. Information on official and charity receptions held at 10 Downing street is published by means of an annual list as soon as it is ready at the end of the financial year.
Mr. Dai Davies: To ask the Prime Minister if he will hold a reception at 10 Downing Street to celebrate the victory of the England womens cricket team in the womens cricket World Cup tournament in Australia. 
Mr. Amess: To ask the Prime Minister to whom Damian McBride reported in the post he occupied before his recent resignation; what performance reporting procedures applied to him; what his job description was; what (a) pay band and (b) pay range he was in; and if he will make a statement. 
Mr. Dai Davies: To ask the Prime Minister on what date Damian McBride was appointed as a special adviser; what criteria were used in the selection procedures to fill the post; what reasons Mr. McBride provided for his resignation; and if he will make a statement. 
The Prime Minister: Special advisers are appointed under terms and conditions set out in the Model Contract for Special Advisers. Since 2003, the Government have published on an annual basis the names and overall cost of special advisers and the number in each pay band. Updated information will be published in the usual way.
To ask the Prime Minister when he was first informed of the activities of Damian McBride that led to his departure from his office; whether he requested
Mr. McBride's resignation; whether Mr. McBride will be subject to disciplinary proceedings; whether Mr. McBride will receive financial compensation; what discussions he has had with (a) the Cabinet Secretary, (b) Cabinet colleagues and (c) others about the departure of Mr. McBride; and if he will make a statement. 
Mr. Dai Davies: To ask the Prime Minister how many emails to (a) governmental and (b) non-governmental recipients were sent by Damian McBride from his Government email account between 1 September 2008 and 11 April 2009. 
Mr. Maude: To ask the Prime Minister (1) if he will install Pretty Good Privacy encryption software and an associated email address to enable members of the public to correspond with Downing Street securely; 
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