Previous Section Index Home Page

26 Oct 2009 : Column 76W—continued


VAT

Gordon Banks: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer (1) what consultation HM Revenue and Customs undertook with businesses prior to the decision to phase out paper-based value added tax returns; [295188]

(2) what estimate he has made of the number of posts in HM Revenue and Customs which will no longer be required as a result of the decision to phase out paper-based value added tax returns; [295189]

(3) whether HM Revenue and Customs assessed effects on costs of small businesses of the phasing out of paper-based value added tax returns. [295380]


26 Oct 2009 : Column 77W

Mr. Timms: In addition to consultations carried out as part of Lord Carter's review of HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) Online Services, published at Budget 2006, HMRC conducted a 12 week consultation-concluding on 3 July 2009-on the draft regulations to implement the phasing out of paper-based VAT returns.

HMRC's estimate of the benefits from phasing out paper VAT returns is subject to periodic updating. The staff saving is currently estimated at 26 full-time equivalent staff posts, but this does not include certain areas where the business change effect is still being evaluated.

Very small businesses that are already registered for VAT will not be affected by the proposal to phase out paper VAT returns from 1 April 2010, but any business registering on or after 1 April 2010 will not have the option of making paper based VAT returns. The Impact Assessment undertaken does not differentiate between different sized businesses.

Research has shown that internet use is highest among new businesses and projections indicate that by 2010 internet usage among new businesses will be almost universal.

Energy and Climate Change

Carbon Trust: Bedfordshire

Nadine Dorries: To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what funding the Carbon Trust has provided for (a) local authorities, (b) NHS bodies, (c) higher and further education institutions and (d) other public bodies in (i) Mid Bedfordshire constituency and (ii) Bedfordshire in the last 12 months. [295409]

Joan Ruddock: The Carbon Trust have advised me that at this time it is not possible to provide a comprehensive funding breakdown at a constituency level. However, the total value of carbon management and energy efficiency advice services provided by the Carbon Trust to the public sector in Bedfordshire to date is approximately £202,500, of which £37,500 was in the last 12 months.

Christmas

Mr. Prisk: To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change how many Christmas functions arranged by his Department (a) he and (b) officials of his Department (i) hosted and (ii) attended in 2008; and if he will make a statement. [295449]

Joan Ruddock: (a) There were no Christmas functions arranged by the Department that my right hon. Friend the Secretary of State attended.

(b) This information could be obtained only at disproportionate cost.

Climate Change

Norman Baker: To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what assessment the Government has made of the effects on climate change of (a) black carbon and (b) improvements in air quality. [292139]

Joan Ruddock [holding answer 12 October 2009]: Research reported in the intergovernmental panel on climate change's fourth assessment report suggest a
26 Oct 2009 : Column 78W
small, but significant, total warming effect since 1750 from black carbon emitted into the atmosphere by fossil fuel (the main source), biofuel and biomass burning. This effect is estimated to be the equivalent of about one seventh of the total climate warming effect from long lived greenhouse gases. There is also an additional but smaller warming effect due to the deposition of black carbon on surface snow and ice. Recent work by the Met Office Hadley Centre, funded by DECC, suggests black carbon emissions have potentially the second largest warming influence on climate, after greenhouse gases.

The "Air Quality and Climate Change: A UK Perspective, 2007" report by the Air Quality Expert Group considered the effects of air pollutants on air quality and climate change. Improvements in air quality will have a complex influence on climate change, as some pollutants have a direct or indirect warming effect while aerosol emissions other than black carbon have a cooling effect.

Members: Correspondence

Sir Michael Spicer: To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change when the Under-Secretary of State expects to reply to the letter from the hon. Member for West Worcestershire, dated 16 June 2009, on climate change. [293846]

Joan Ruddock [holding answer 15 October 2009]: I replied to the hon. Member for West Worcestershire on 23 October and apologise for the unacceptable delay.

Lynne Jones: To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change for what reasons letters sent from Ministers in his Department to the hon. Member for Birmingham, Selly Oak dated 5 March (ref. DM/117961) and 3 February 2009 (ref. PM/111604) were printed on one side of each sheet of paper only; if he will make it his Department's policy to use two-sided printing for its correspondence; and whether he has made an estimate of the potential savings in respect of paper use consequent on the implementation of such a policy. [293873]

Joan Ruddock: The Department uses duplex (two-sided) printers, and the default setting is for two-sided use. Following older convention, a proportion of letters from my Department has been sent single-sided. However, we are implementing a policy of all correspondence being printed on two-sided paper for the future. We estimate this will lead to a monthly saving of £10.50 in paper costs.

Monitor Group: Meetings

Gregory Barker: To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change whether his Department has had discussions with the Monitor Group. [294648]

Joan Ruddock [holding answer 20 October 2009]: No.

Power Failures: Bexley

Mr. Evennett: To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what discussions his Department has had with (a) EDF Energy and (b) Ofgem on the power cuts across Bexley and North West Kent in July 2009. [295183]


26 Oct 2009 : Column 79W

Mr. Kidney: Officials from the Department were in regular contact with EDF Energy during the incident to track progress with supply restoration. Following the incident discussions are ongoing to assess compliance with statutory duties and to explore options to prevent a reoccurrence.

Ofgem has informed officials about the impact on regulatory performance targets and the handling of compensation claims for the incident.

Renewable Energy

Charles Hendry: To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what the evidential basis is for each assumption underlying the determination in the Low Carbon Transition Plan that energy demand will remain at 370TWh in 2020. [294376]

Joan Ruddock [holding answer 20 October 2009]: The projections used in the Low Carbon Transition Plan are produced using the DECC Energy Model. This uses the latest assumptions of economic growth, fuel prices, estimated policy impacts and elasticities of demand.

The energy demand of 370 TWh relates to electricity demand. In the baseline scenario, electricity demand is projected to increase by 53 TWh between now and 2020 but policies announced in the Low Carbon Transition
26 Oct 2009 : Column 80W
Plan are estimated to save 54 TWh in 2020. These projections use economic growth assumptions consistent with the 2009 Budget and fossil fuel price assumptions published by DECC.

Justice

Coroners: Armed forces

Mr. Ingram: To ask the Secretary of State for Justice for each member of the armed forces killed in action overseas in respect of whom the inquest has not started, when (a) the body was repatriated and (b) the inquest is expected to begin. [295336] [Official Report, 14 January 2010, Vol. 503, c. 9-14MC.]

Bridget Prentice: The following table shows the dates on which service personnel fatalities were repatriated, and the current position regarding the resumption of inquests which have been opened and adjourned pending service inquiries or other investigations. On 27 October my hon. Friend the Minister for the Armed Forces (Bill Rammell) and I will make the latest in the series of quarterly statements to the House about the inquests of service personnel and others who have died overseas.


26 Oct 2009 : Column 81W

26 Oct 2009 : Column 82W

26 Oct 2009 : Column 83W

26 Oct 2009 : Column 84W
Repatriation dates and inquest resumption dates where known for service personnel who (i) died on active service overseas or (ii) died in England of wounds sustained on active service overseas; and whose inquest resumption is pending. Inquests touching all these service personnel have been opened.
Name of the deceased Date of death Date of repatriation Inquest resumption date where this has been set

Corporal Mike Gilyeat

30 May 2007

8.June 2007

27 October 2009

Private Aaron McClure

23 August 2007

31 August 2007

(tbc). 12 September 2009

Private Robert Foster

23 August 2007

31 August 2007

(tbc). 12 September 2009

Private John Thrumble

23 August 2007

31 August 2007

(tbc). 12 September

Aircraftsman Christopher Bridge

30 August 2007

7 September.2007

7-8 December 2009

Lance Corporal Sarah Holmes

14 October 2007

L/Cpl Holmes died in England

3 November 2009

Sergeant John Battersby

20 November 2007

26 November 2007

Inquest resumed 17 August 2009, adjourned 21 August 2009 to 7 September 12.09

Trooper Lee Fitzsimmons

20 November 2007

26 November 2007

Inquest resumed 17 August 2009, adjourned 21 August 2009 to 7 September 2009

Sergeant Lee Johnson

8 December 2007

17 December 2007

-

Guardsman Stephen Ferguson

9 December 2007

Gdsmn Ferguson died in England

-

Senior Aircraftsman Graham Livingstone

13 April 20 08

18 April 20 08

10-11 November 2009

Senior Aircraftsman Gary Thompson

13April 20 08

18 April 20 08

10-11 November 2009

Trooper James Thompson

19 May 2008

26 May 2008

5 November 2009

Corporal Sarah Bryant

17 June 2008

23 June 2008

-

Corporal Sean Reeve

17 June 2008

23 June 2008

-

Lance Corporal Richard Larkin

17 June 2008

23 June 2008

-

Trooper Paul Stout

17 June 2008

23 June 2008

-

Warrant Officer 2 Michael Williams

24 June 2008

30 June 2008

-

Lance Corporal James Johnson

28 June 2008

7 July 2008

-

Lance Corporal Kenneth Rowe

24 July 2008

28 July 2008

12 November 2009

Signaller Wayne Bland

11 August 2008

18 August 2008

-

Ranger Justin James Cupples

4 September.2008

12 September.2008

18 November 2009

Lance Corporal Nicky Mason

13 September.2008

19 September.2008

18 December 2009

Lance Corporal David Wilson

4 December 2008

11 December 2008

-

Corporal Lee Churcher

11 December 2008

17 December 2008

-

Marine Damian Davies

12 December 2008

18 December 2008

-

Sergeant John Manuel

12 December 2008

18 December 2008

-

Corporal Marc Birch

12 December 2008

18 December 2008

-

Lance Corporal Steven "Jamie" Fellows

12 December 2008

18 December 2008

-

Lieutenant Aaron Lewis

15 December 2008

18 December 2008

-

Rifleman Stuart Nash

17 December 2008

22 December 2008

-

Corporal Robert Deering

21 December 2008

30 December 2008

-

Serjeant Chris Reed

1 January 2009

7 January 2009

-

Marine Travis Mackin

11 January 2009

20 January 2009

-

Captain Tom Sawyer

14 January 2009

20 January 2009

-

Corporal Danny Winter

14 January 2009

20 January 2009

-

Acting Corporal Richard Robinson

17 January 2009

24 January 2009

-

Corporal Daniel Nield

30 January 2009

3 February.09

-

Private Ryan Wrathall

12 February 2009

19 February 2009

-

Marine Darren Smith

14 February 2009

24 February

-

Lance Corporal Stephen Kingscott

16 February

24 February

23 October 2009

Marine Michael Laski

25. February

Mne Laski died in England

-

Lance Corporal Christopher Harkett

14 March 2009

21 March 2009

-

Corporal Dean John

15 March 2009

21 March 2009

-

Corporal Graeme Stiff

15 March 2009

21 March 2009

-

Lance Sergeant Tobie Fasfous

28 April 20 09

5 May 2009

-

Corporal Sean Binnie

7 May 2009

13 May 2009

-

Rifleman Adrian Sheldon

7 May 2009

13 May 2009

-

Sergeant Ben Ross

7 May 2009

13 May 2009

27 November 2009

Corporal Kumar Pun

7 May 2009

13 May 2009

27 November 2009

Lieutenant Mark Evison

12 May 2009

Lt Evison died in England

-

Marine Jason Mackie

14 May 2009

22 May 2009

-

Fusilier Petero Suesue

22 May 2009

29 May 2009

2 December 2009

Sapper Jordan Rossi

23 May 2009

29 May 2009

-

Lance Corporal Robert Richards

27 May 2009

L/Cpl Richards died in England

-

Lance Corporal Kieron Hill

28 May 2009

1 June 2009

-

Lance Corporal Nigel Moffett

30 May 2009

5 June 2009

-

Corporal Steven Bolger

30 May 2009

5 June 2009

-

Rifleman Cyrus Thatcher

2 June 2009

5 June 2009

-

Private Robert McLaren

11 June 2009

16 June 2009

-

Lieutenant Paul Mervis

12 June 2009

16 June 2009

-

Major Sean Birchall

19 June 2009

26 June 2009

-

Lieutenant Colonel Rupert Thomeloe

1 July 2009

6 July 2009

-

Trooper Joshua Hammond

1 July 2009

6 July 2009

-

Lance Corporal David Dennis

4 July 2009

10 July 2009

-

Trooper Robert Laws

4 July 2009

10 July 2009

-

Lance Corporal Dane Elson

5 July 2009

10 July 2009

-

Captain Ben Babington-Browne

6 July 2009

10 July 2009

-

Trooper Christopher Whiteside

7 July 2009

10 July 2009

-

Rifleman Daniel Hume

9 July 2009

14 July 2009

-

Private John Brackpool

9 July 2009

14 July 2009

-

Corporal Lee Scott

10 July 2009

14 July 2009

-

Corporal Jonathan Home

10 July 2009

14 July 2009

-

Rifleman William Aldridge

10 July 2009

14 July 2009

-

Rifleman James Backhouse

10 July 2009

14 July 2009

-

Rifleman Joseph Murphy

10 July 2009

14 July 2009

-

Rifleman Daniel Simpson

10 July 2009

14 July 2009

-

Rifleman Aminiasi Toge

16 July 2009

28 July 2009

-

Corporal Joseph Etchells

19 July 2009

28 July 2009

-

Captain Daniel Shepherd

20 July 2009

28 July 2009

-

Guardsman Christopher King

22 July 2009

28 July 2009

-

Bombardier Craig Hopson

25 July 2009

30 July 2009

-

Trooper Philip Lawrence

27 July 2009

30 July 2009

-

Warrant Officer 2 Sean Upton

27 July 2009

30 July 2009

-

Craftsman Anthony Lombardi

4 August 2009

7 August 2009

-

Corporal Kevin Mulligan

6 August 2009

13 August 2009

-

Lance Corporal Dale Hopkins

6 August 2009

13 August 2009

-

Private Kyle Adams

6 August 2009

13 August 2009

-

Private Jason Williams

8 August 2009

13 August 2009

-

Captain Mark Hale

13 August 2009

18 August 2009

-

Rifleman Daniel Wild

13 August 2009

18 August 2009

-

Lance Bombardier Matthew Hatton

13 August 2009

18 August 2009

-

Sergeant Simon Valentine

15 August 2009

21 August 2009

-

Private Richard Hunt

15 August 2009

Pte Hunt died in England

-

Lance Corporal James Fullarton

16 August 2009

21 August 2009

-

Fusilier Simon Annis

16 August 2009

21 August 2009

-

Fusilier Louis Carter

16 August 2009

21 August 2009

-

Serjeant Paul McAleese

20 August 2009

27 August 2009

-

Private Johnathon Young

20 August 2009

27 August 2009

-

Fusilier Shaun Bush

25 August 2009

Fus Bush died in England

-

Sergeant Lee Houltram

29 August 2009

4 September 2009

-

Sergeant Stuart Millar

31 August 2009

4 September 2009

-

Private Kevin Elliott

31 August 2009

4 September 2009

-

Lance Corporal Richard Brandon

2 September 2009

10 September 2009

-

Private Gavin Elliott

3 September 2009

10 September 2009

-

Trooper Brett Hall

16 September 2009

Tpr Hall died in England

-

Corporal John Harrison

9 September 2009

17 September 2009

-

Kingsman Jason Dunn-Bridgeman

13 September 2009

17 September 2009

-

Acting Serjeant Stuart McGrath

16 September 2009

24 September 2009

-

Acting Sergeant Michael Lockett MC

21 September 2009

29 September 2009

-

Private James Prosser

27 September 2009

1 October 2009

-

Acting Corporal Marcin Wojtak

1 October 2009

9 October 2009

-

Guardsman Jamie Janes

5 October 2009

9 October 2009

-

Lance Corporal James Hill

8 October 2009

15 October 2009

-


Next Section Index Home Page