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Mrs. Gillan: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how much revenue from each tax was raised by his Department from receipts in (a) Wales, (b) Scotland, (c) Northern Ireland and (d) England in each of the last five financial years; and how much such revenue was spent in each part of the UK in each such year. 
Mr. Byrne: Figures for tax receipts by tax at the UK level are set out in table C6 of the 2009 Budget Report (HC 407). A breakdown of all taxes by country is not available. Figures on public spending by country are published in Public Expenditure Statistical Analyses (Cm 7630).
Mrs. Gillan: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer when he expects the first compensatory payments to be made in respect of Wales under the Barnett formula following his reconsideration of convergence in spending per head. 
Mr. Byrne: As the Secretary of State for Wales announced to Parliament on 26 November 2009, convergence in spending per head will be assessed in the next spending review although convergence is not currently expected.
Mrs. Gillan: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what criteria his Department uses to determine whether Wales is disproportionately disadvantaged in the allocation of funding under the Barnett formula. 
Mr. Byrne: Identifiable public spending per head in Wales is 14 per cent. above England. Public spending has more than doubled since devolution. The Government will assess spending trends in the next spending review as announced by the Secretary of State for Wales on 26 November.
Mrs. Gillan: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer when he expects the full assessment of the extent of convergence under the Barnett formula in respect of Wales as part of his evaluation of the relative position of Wales in respect of the level of funding allocated to parts of the UK under that formula to be published. 
Mrs. Gillan: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer when he plans to undertake the first evaluation of the relative position of Wales in respect of the level of funding allocated to parts of the UK under the Barnett formula. 
Mr. Liddell-Grainger: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what (a) formal and (b) informal consultations HM Revenue and Customs has run in (i) 2006, (ii) 2007, (iii) 2008 and (iv) 2009; and which HM Revenue and Customs official has had oversight of each such consultation. 
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Mr. Howard: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what discussions he has had with the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport on the effect on the tourism industry of the abolition of (a) the furnished holiday lettings rules and (b) tax relief on furnished holiday lettings. 
Mr. Timms: Treasury Ministers and officials hold 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, it is not the Government's practice to provide details of all such discussions.
Hywel Williams: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer (1) what percentage of the £9 billion disregard for employer national insurance contributions to registered pension schemes in Table A3.1 of the 2009 Budget Red Book is attributable to higher rate taxpayers; 
It is not possible to provide such a breakdown for other components of the overall cost of registered pension scheme tax relief, nor is it possible to provide it for the disregard for employer national insurance contributions to registered pension schemes.
Mike Penning: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what account he takes of the limits on the maximum quantities of (a) cigarettes and (b) hand-rolling tobacco which may be brought into other EU member states by an individual for personal consumption from within the EU in setting the limit on the maximum quantity which may be brought into the UK for personal consumption from other EU member states. 
Under EU law, there are no limits on the quantities of cigarettes and hand rolling tobacco private individuals can buy and take with them
when they travel between EU countries, as long as the products purchased are for personal use and not for resale.
To determine whether these products are for the own use of the traveller, Member States must take account of all relevant factors including the quantity of the products. As such, Member States may lay down guide levels, solely as a form of evidence, which cannot be lower than the following quantities: 800 cigarettes, 1 kg smoking tobacco. These levels are not limits, but simply an indicator that the goods may be intended for a commercial purpose.
Mr. Liddell-Grainger: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer whether his Department has made an assessment of the likely effect on the economy of applying a reduced rate of value added tax to visitor attractions, accommodation and restaurants. 
Mr. Timms: No such assessment has been made. VAT is a broad-based tax on consumer expenditure and reliefs from it have always been strictly limited. Where reduced rates are available, these are applied only where they provide the most well-targeted and cost-effective support for the Government's policy objectives, compared to other measures.
Stephen Williams: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will make an assessment of the merits of amending the rate at which Value Added Tax is charged on equipment for (a) domestic renewable energy production and (b) increasing levels of energy efficiency as a mechanism for encouraging the use of such equipment. 
A value added tax rate of 5 per cent. applies to the domestic installation of certain renewable energy production technologies such as solar panels, wind turbines, air and ground source heat pumps and wood fuelled boilers. However, when such technologies are bought for do-it-yourself installation purposes, the standard VAT rate (currently of 15 per cent.) instead applies.
European VAT agreements do not currently allow a reduced VAT rate for the do-it-yourself installation of renewable energy production technologies or indeed for any products or materials designed to help increase levels of energy efficiency.
To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer with reference to the written ministerial statement of 9 November 2009, Official Report, column 1WS, on
ECOFIN, what political guidelines will be used to determine whether the UK will be required to impose value added tax on postal services. 
Mr. Laws: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will estimate the cost of enabling claimants of the childcare element of the working tax credit to continue to receive it for 12 weeks after they are made redundant; and if he will make a statement. 
Mr. Laws: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many unemployed people were claiming the childcare element of the working tax credit in each of the last 12 months; and if he will make a statement. 
Mr. Timms: The information requested is not available. working tax credit, including the child care element, is generally conditional upon a lone parent, or each member of a couple, working at least 16 hours a week. However, payment may continue for a period of four weeks where the hours a person works fall below 16 hours a week, or if they stop work.
Mr. Hollobone: To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what recent assessment he has made of the effectiveness of his Department's programmes in Afghanistan; and if he will make a statement. 
Mr. Heald: To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what the cost was of maintaining his Department's website in the 2008-09 financial year; and what the forecast cost is of maintaining websites within his responsibility in the 2009-10 financial year. 
Mr. Michael Foster: For the cost of maintaining the Department for International Development's (DFID's) website in 2008-09 I refer the hon. Gentlemen to the answer of 14 January 2009, Official Report, column 832W.
The DFID website is maintained in house from existing resources. The Department is also responsible for the Developments magazine website and the Research4Development websites. Projected costs for these two websites are £566,512.
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