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(a) Allocated up to £81.2 million, comprising: up to £22.5 million for the marine energy proving fund; up to £10 million for the green villages, towns and cities challenge; up to £6 million renewable construction materials; up to £6 million for 'smart grid' innovation; up to £6 million for geothermal energy; up to £4 million for pay as you save pilots; up to £1.7 million for the
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Whitehall district heating scheme; up to £25 million towards the UK innovation investment fund. The Energy White paper and low-carbon industrial strategy have more detail on these allocations.

(b) These programmes have just been announced, so no money has been spent yet.

Alan Simpson: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer pursuant to the oral statement of 22 April 2009, Official Report, column 248 on the 2009 Budget, if he will allocate a proportion of the £405 million in support of low-carbon energy production and advanced green manufacturing to phase 2 of the low-carbon buildings programme. [286728]

Sarah McCarthy-Fry: £45 million of the £405 million has been made available to the low-carbon building programme. This funding has enabled phase two to be extended from 1 July 2009 until 30 April 2011 with a budget of £30 million. The extension will continue to provide grant funding to charitable, community groups and public-sector organisation projects.

Euro Steering Committee

Mr. Maude: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will place in the Library a copy of the minutes of the meeting of the euro steering committee of 6 June 2007. [287359]

Mr. Timms: The Government's policy on membership of the single currency remains unchanged. It remains as set out by the previous Chancellor in his statement to the House of Commons in October 1997, and again in his statement on the five tests assessment in June 2003.

Financial Services: City of London

Mr. Dai Davies: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how much has been paid to City investment banks for advice on restructuring the financial sector in the last 12 months; and how many employees of such banks have been seconded to his Department to work on that restructuring. [279350]

Sarah McCarthy-Fry: The Treasury's accounting system does not separately identify spending with investments banks. The following table shows spending with companies in 2008-09 that are known to be investment banks, but this may not represent a complete list.

Organisation £ 000

Deutsche Bank

41

Citigroup

1,922

Credit Suisse

6,365

Morgan Stanley

1,501


The figures are provisional as they form part of the Treasury's resource account, which is subject to audit by the Comptroller and Auditor General. The majority of the sums listed relate to advice given to the Treasury on financial stability measures. Under a number of agreements with financial institutions, certain fees are recoverable and the sums listed do not therefore represent a net cost to the Treasury.


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No record could be found of staff being seconded from the organisations listed to work on restructuring of the financial sector.

Financial Services: Regulation

Harry Cohen: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will bring forward proposals to ensure that non-executive directors of banks and other financial institutions are not appointed by those bodies. [286629]

Sarah McCarthy-Fry: Company directors are accountable to shareholders for the execution of their duties under the Companies Act 2006. Shareholders are responsible for holding directors accountable for their performance and stewardship and decide whether to appoint or reappoint directors. The function of non-executive directors in banks and other financial institutions is being considered by Sir David Walker as part of his review of bank corporate governance. Sir David's consultation paper was published on 16 July 2009 and the Government will consider its recommendations carefully.

Imports

Dr. Starkey: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many consignments of goods were imported into the UK from Israeli settlements in the occupied Palestinian territory in the last 12 months for which figures are available. [287171]

Mr. Timms: The information is not available. The Israeli settlements in the occupied Palestinian territories do not have a separate country of origin code from which HMRC can identify the imports concerned. Importers can only declare Israel or the occupied Palestinian territory as the country of origin on customs import declarations.

Dr. Starkey: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what estimate he has made of the monetary value of goods exported from the UK to Israeli settlements in the occupied Palestinian territory in the last 12 months for which figures are available. [287172]

Mr. Timms: No estimate has been made. The Israeli settlements in the occupied Palestinian territories do not have a separate country code. Consequently, it is not possible for HMRC to identify the exports concerned. Exporters can only declare Israel or the occupied Palestinian territories as the country of destination on the customs export declaration.

Insurance: Motor Vehicles

Mrs. Riordan: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what recent assessment he has made of the merits of preventing car insurance companies under-settling claims through the practice of early settlement. [287060]

Sarah McCarthy-Fry: I refer the hon. Member to the answer given to her by the Economic Secretary to the Treasury on 11 June 2009, Official Report, column 979W.


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Members: Correspondence

Ann Winterton: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer when he plans to respond to the letter of 10 February 2009, ref 5/04229/2009, on banking bonuses from the hon. Member for Congleton on behalf of her constituent Mr. Pete Dobson. [280713]

Sarah McCarthy-Fry: A reply has been sent to the hon. Member.

Mr. Winnick: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer when the chief executive of HM Revenue and Customs plans to reply to the letter from the hon. Member for Walsall, North of 16 June 2009 on a constituent, case reference 1685132723. [287041]

Mr. Timms: The chief executive of HM Revenue and Customs will arrange for a reply to be sent to him no later than the week commencing 27 July 2009.

Nuclear Power: Costs

Alan Simpson: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what estimate he has made of the average cost to households of Exchequer funding and allowances schemes provided for the nuclear industry in respect of (a) the production of nuclear energy and (b) nuclear waste disposal in each of the last three years. [278405]

Mr. Kidney: I have been asked to reply.

(a) There is no Exchequer funding and allowances schemes provided for the nuclear industry in respect of the production of nuclear energy.

(b) The Nuclear Decommissioning Authority's mission to clean up and decommissioning the civil public nuclear legacy sites, which includes two operational Magnox nuclear power stations, is publicly funded through a mixture of direct government funding and commercial income from the remaining operational units on the legacy sites. The cost of delivering the NDA's mission is some £2.9 billion a year. The cost of the production of nuclear energy at the NDA's Oldbury and Wylfa sites is met through the income generated, with the balance used to offset the cost to the taxpayer of decommissioning the legacy.

In addition, as part of British Energy's financial restructuring in 2005, the Government took responsibility for British Energy's historic nuclear fuel liabilities managed by BNFL (now managed by NDA) at an average cost of some £200 million per annum for the first 10 years, and falling thereafter, until 2029. The Nuclear Liabilities Fund has also made payments related to the cost of nuclear waste disposal and decommissioning of £3.5 million in the year to 31 March 2009.

Pay: North East

Mr. Hepburn: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what the average earnings of people of working age was in (a) Jarrow constituency, (b) South Tyneside and (c) the North East in each year since 1997. [286344]

Angela E. Smith: I have been asked to reply.


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The information requested falls within the responsibility of the UK Statistics Authority. I have asked the authority to reply.

Letter from Karen Dunnell, dated July 2009:

Median gross weekly pay for full-time employee jobs( a)
£

Jarrow parliamentary constituency South Tyneside local authority North East

1997

(**)290.4

(*)289.7

299.4

1998

(**)314.3

(*)314.7

302.4

1999

(**)324.3

(*)313.5

314.0

2000

(*)325.3

(*)335.7

329.3

2001

(**)350.9

(*)351.0

333.7

2002

(*)338.7

(*)325.6

344.8

2003

(*)314.4

(*)331.4

348.4

2004(b)

(**)335.3

(*)379.7

372.9

2004(c)

(**)368.3

(*)380.5

370.2

2005

(*)371.4

(*)369.7

383.7

2006(d)

(**)386.1

(*)383.8

398.1

2006(e)

(**)384.5

(*)384.9

394.8

2007

(*)382.8

(*)382.7

404.3

2008

(**)401.1

(*)408.5

420.6



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Median gross weekly pay for part-time employee jobs( a)
£

Jarrow parliamentary constituency South Tyneside local authority North East

1997

x-

(**)82.2

83.5

1998

x-

x-

84.6

1999

x-

(**)92.4

91.4

2000

x-

(**)90.3

95.0

2001

x-

(**)99.1

100.4

2002

x-

(**)109.2

110.8

2003

x-

(**)104.5

116.1

2004(b)

x-

(**)122.4

123.8

2004(c)

x-

(**)119.1

122.0

2005

x-

(**)125.7

127.3

2006(d)

(**)119.2

(**)105.3

132.8

2006(e)

x-

(**)107.6

132.9

2007

x-

(**)126.1

138.4

2008

(**)127.0

(**)140.7

143.0

Notes:
(a) Employees on adult rates whose pay for the survey pay-period was not affected by absence.
(b) 2004 results excluding supplementary survey for comparison with 2003.
(c) 2004 results including supplementary surveys designed to improve
(d )2006 results with methodology consistent with 2005.
(e )2006 results with methodology consistent with 2007.
Guide to quality
The Coefficient of Variation (CV) indicates the quality of a figure, the smaller the CV value the higher the quality. The true value is likely to lie within +/- twice the CV-for example, for an average of 200 with a CV of 5 per cent. we would expect the population average to be within the range 180 to 220.
Key:
CV <= 5%
* CV > 5% and <= 10%
** CV > 10% and <= 20%
X CV > 20%
Source:
Annual Survey of Hours and Earnings (ASHE), Office for National Statistics. 1997 to 2008

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