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Mr. Keith Simpson: To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs when the opening sessions of the United Nations General Assembly in 2010 and 2011 are scheduled to take place. 
Mr. Philip Hammond:
To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer pursuant to the answer of 1 June 2009, Official Report, column 50W, on departmental billing, how much his Departments non-departmental public
bodies paid in interest under the Late Payment Commercial Debts (Interest) Act 1998 in the last three years. 
Sarah McCarthy-Fry: The Treasury Group reports all significant personal data security breaches to the Cabinet Office and the Information Commissioners Office. Information on personal data security breaches are published on an annual basis in the Departments annual resource accounts as was announced in the Data Handling Review published on 25 June 2008. The Department has had no personal data security breaches in the last five years.
Additionally, any significant control weaknessesincluding other significant security breaches (of which there have been none during the last five years)are required to be included in the Statement of Internal Control, published within the Departments annual resource accounts.
Mr. Llwyd: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer which of his Department's (a) agencies and (b) non-departmental public bodies have submitted bids for efficiency savings to be used for pay improvements in 2009 pay offers. 
Mr. Oaten: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer (1) if he will consult representatives of the (a) tourism sector and (b) holiday lettings industry on the proposed changes to the Furnished Holiday Lettings Scheme regulations; 
(2) if he will assess the likely effects on (a) the economy of rural and coastal areas and (b) rural tourism businesses of the changes to the Furnished Holiday Lettings Scheme announced in Budget 2009. 
Mr. Timms: The Government announced the withdrawal of the furnished holiday lettings scheme from 2010 at the 2009 Budget. It will bring forward legislation to achieve this aim in the 2010 Finance Bill.
Margaret Moran: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what assessment he has made of the likely effects on IBC Vehicles (General Motors) Luton of the proposed car scrappage scheme; and if he will make a statement. 
Sarah McCarthy-Fry: Through the temporary vehicle scrappage scheme, announced at Budget 2009, a discount of £2,000 will be offered to consumers buying a new vehicle to replace a vehicle more than 10 years old which they have owned for more than twelve months. This discount will be co-funded by Government and manufacturers, with the Government setting aside up to £300 million for the scheme.
Assessments of the impact of the temporary vehicle scrappage scheme on individual manufacturers have not been made and are likely to be commercially confidential. Currently, 38 manufacturers, including General Motors UK, are participating in the scheme. The latest figures suggest that over 74,000 vehicles have been ordered through the scheme.
Mr. Letwin: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer (1) pursuant to the answer of 13 May 2009, Official Report, column 851W, on Landsbanki: Guernsey, whether he has offered the Guernsey authorities a loan with a view to progressing payments to depositors affected by the failure of Landsbanki Guernsey; 
Sarah McCarthy-Fry: Treasury Ministers and officials have meetings and discussions with a wide variety of organisations in the public and private sectors as part of the process of policy development and delivery. As was the case with previous Administrations, the Government do not disclose the outcome or results of all such meetings and discussions.
Grant Shapps: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer pursuant to the answer of 2 June 2009, Official Report, column 413W, on the Lenders Panel, on which dates the panel has met since its creation; and which members attended each meeting. 
Treasury Ministers and officials have meetings with a wide variety of organisations in the public and private sectors as part of the process of policy development and delivery. As has been the case with previous Administrations, it is not the Governments practice to provide details of all such meetings.
Mr. Sanders: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer with reference to the answer to the hon. Member for Dundee, West of 16 April 2007, Official Report, column 422W, on working tax credit, what the evidential basis was for the statement that it is those aged 25 years or over who are most likely to face poorer incentives to work or suffer persistent poverty in work. 
Mr. Timms: Analysis has shown that introduction of the working tax credit halted a sharp fall in the employment rate of people without children at age 25. This analysis was published in March 2008 in Working Tax Credit and Labour Supply: Treasury Economic Working Paper No. 3, available online at:
The Labour Force Survey, conducted by the Office for National Statistics, also shows that while working people experience substantial wage growth up to around age 25, wage growth for those aged 25 and over is much slower. Someone who is still on a low income by the age of 25 or over is therefore more likely to experience persistent poverty.
James Duddridge: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how long on average the Tax Credit Office took to respond to written queries in the latest period for which figures are available; and if he will make a statement. 
Mr. Philip Hammond: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how much was paid out in tax credits to deceased claimants in each of the last three financial years; and how much in such payments has been recovered from the estates of the deceased. 
Mr. Timms: For information about the amount of overpaid tax credits, attributable to deceased claimants up to and including 2006-07, I refer the hon. Member to the answers my predecessor, my right hon. Friend the Member for Liverpool, Wavertree (Jane Kennedy), gave him on 8 October 2007, Official Report, column 244W and on 10 July 2008, Official Report, column 1786W. The equivalent figure for 2007-08 was around £2 million and information for 2008-09 will be available in May 2010. Such overpayments can arise due to the time taken to notify HMRC of a death.
Mrs. Spelman: To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government whether the automated valuation model is used for the purpose of council tax valuations and revaluations in (a) England and (b) Wales. 
(a) Not at present.
(b) This is a matter for the Welsh Assembly Government.
Mrs. Spelman: To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government in what ways the (a) role, (b) powers and (c) funding of economic prosperity boards will differ from those held by local authorities. 
Ms Rosie Winterton: The precise role, powers and funding of an economic prosperity board will be proposed by the group of local authorities wishing to form the board, and will be confirmed in a statutory order made by the Secretary of State. Economic prosperity boards will be required to perform their functions with a view to promoting the economic development and regeneration of their area. They will be funded by their constituent local authorities and will not have precepting or levying powers.
Members of this group will be paid travel and subsistence costs where appropriate apart from the chair who is taking on this position as part of his wider duties as an adviser to the HCA. Remuneration for his role as consultant is currently in negotiation and will be published in due course.
Simon Hughes: To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what guidance his Department provides to (a) local authorities, (b) leaseholders and (c) tenants about the health risks from asbestos in residential property; and if he will make a statement. 
Mr. Ian Austin: The housing health and safety rating system (HHSRS) is a risk based evaluation tool to help local authorities identify and protect against potential risks and hazards to health and safety from any deficiencies identified in dwellings. It was introduced under the Housing Act 2004 and came into effect on 6 April 2006. It applies to all residential properties in England.
The HHSRS assesses 29 categories of housing hazard. Each hazard has a weighting which will help determine whether the property is rated as having category 1 (serious) or category 2 (other) hazards. Asbestos (and manufactured mineral fibres) are one of the hazards.
In February 2006, Housing Health and Safety Rating System: Operating Guidance and Housing Health and Safety Rating System: Enforcement Guidance were published. In May 2006 Housing Health and Safety Rating System: Guidance for Landlords and Property Related Professionals was published.
Bob Spink: To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how many people have (a) received and (b) been refused assistance under the Mortgage Rescue Scheme in (i) Essex and (ii) Castle Point in each month since its inception. 
John Healey: The Mortgage Rescue Scheme has been operational across England since January 2009. As part of the monitoring arrangements for the scheme, headline data for January - April 2009, provided by local authorities operating the scheme and broken down by Government office region, are available on the Departments website, by following the link:
In the current economic conditions, we have acted rapidly to put in place help and support for households struggling with their mortgage at every stage: from free debt advice when problems start, to free support for cases that reach court. Advice is available to all households struggling with their mortgage, with targeted schemes for those in most need.
In the current economic conditions, we have acted rapidly to put in place help and support for households struggling with their mortgage at every stage: from free debt advice when problems start, to free support for cases that reach court. From 1 May, the
Mortgage Rescue Scheme was expanded to include some households in negative equity. Monitoring data are available from:
Joan Ryan: To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how many people have (a) received and (b) been declined assistance under the Mortgage Rescue Scheme in (i) the London Borough of Enfield and (ii) Enfield, North constituency in each month since the scheme was established. 
Grant Shapps: To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how many households in (a) Welwyn Hatfield and (b) Hertfordshire have (i) applied for and (ii) been accepted to the Mortgage Rescue Scheme. 
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