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Mrs. Spelman: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer with reference to the answer to the hon. Member for Bromley and Chislehurst of 22 June 2009, Official Report, column 662W, on council tax: valuation, whether the council tax banding support tool will be linked with the Valuation Office Agency's Geographical Information System; and whether the tool utilises (a) dwellingcode and value significant code data and (b) analysis derived from the Automated Valuation Model. 
An automated selection process within the banding support tool identifies properties which are closely comparable to a given subject property. This process makes use of (a) dwelling house code data (i.e. property details), which includes value significant code data; but not (b) analysis derived from the VOA's Automated Valuation Models.
Mrs. Spelman: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer with reference to the answer of 3 November 2009, Official Report, column 840W, on council tax: valuation, how many times the Valuation Office Agency has reduced the council tax banding of a dwelling due to the presence of a nearby Traveller encampment in the last 12 months. 
Mr. Graham Stuart:
To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many (a) away days and (b) conferences that took place outside the Crown Estate's buildings
attended by civil servants in the Crown Estate there have been since 2005; and what the cost was of each. 
Mr. Redwood: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what estimate he has made of the likely level of financial exposure of the Royal Bank of Scotland and Lloyds Banking Group to Dubai World debt. 
Sarah McCarthy-Fry: In line with its Investment Mandate, agreed with Treasury, and the Institutional Shareholders' Committee Statement of Principles, UKFI acts as an engaged and informed institutional shareholder for the banks in which Government have shareholdings.
Mr. Philip Hammond: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what assessment he has made of the effect of the introduction of a new independent body to undertake fiscal forecasts on interest rates. 
Ian Pearson: As announced in the pre-Budget report, the Government have introduced a Fiscal Responsibility Bill to enhance the fiscal framework put in place in 1997, by increasing Parliament's role in debating and approving the Government's medium-term fiscal plans.
Mr. Hoyle: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what representations his Department has made to Sir John Chadwick in respect of the (a) methods by which the Equitable Life compensation scheme is to be administered and (b) criteria by which compensation is to be awarded. 
Mr. Byrne [holding answer 14 December 2009]: The Government's response to Sir John Chadwick's interim report of June 2009, in which he invited comments on the specific issues he should address in carrying out his work, was published by Sir John along with other representations made to him in August 2009. The document can be viewed on his website at:
The Government's representations with regard to his interim report of August 2009, in which he invited comment on his proposals on approaching the assessment of relative loss he should adopt, will be published shortly and will be available at:
Sarah McCarthy-Fry: The Government will shortly consult on an extension to the end of 2012 of its flagship home energy efficiency programme, the Carbon Emissions Reduction Target (CERT), from its current end date of April 2011. During its current 2008-11 phase, CERT will drive an estimated £3.2 billion investment in home insulation and other energy saving measures to meet a target of 185 MtCO2 lifetime savings. The new 21-month target will be at least as ambitious as the current scheme on a pro rata basis.
reduced rates of VAT (5 per cent.) for the professional installation of certain energy saving products within residential properties, including insulation,
a stamp duty relief for new zero-carbon homes, and
the Landlords Energy Savings Allowance, which offers an incentive of up to £1,500 per dwelling for landlords investing in installing specified energy saving items.
Mr. Timms: The information requested is not available, however the information on the number of taxpayers paying income tax on their pension income by constituency can be found in table 3.15 "Income and tax by Parliamentary Constituency" available at:
Any inference from the information in table 3.15 should take into account the confidence intervals in table 3.15a "Income and tax by Parliamentary Constituency. Confidence Intervals", available at the above web address.
John Battle: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what his estimate is of the income tax receipts to the Exchequer from pension income in the latest year for which figures are available; and if he will make a statement. 
Mr. Timms: The estimate of income tax from all pension income in 2009-10 is £12.1 billion. This figure is based on the 2006-07 Survey of Personal Incomes projected forward to 2009-10 in line with the 2009 pre-Budget report.
Chloe Smith: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what discussions he has had with the Chancellor of the Exchequer on co-ordination of progress in the achievement of Public Service Agreement targets by Government departments. 
Mr. Byrne [holding answer 9 December 2009]: The Chief Secretary to the Treasury has ministerial responsibility for public service reform, delivery and performance, including public service agreements (PSAs).
Within the Treasury, the Prime Minister's Delivery Unit (PMDU) co-ordinates, monitors and reports on progress in relation to the achievement of PSAs. The PMDU reports jointly to the Prime Minister and to the
Chancellor and works closely with Downing Street, HM Treasury, the Cabinet Office and a range of other Departments.
As part of their ministerial responsibilities, the Chief Secretary to the Treasury and the Chancellor have ongoing discussions on the co-ordination of progress in the achievement of PSAs by Government Departments.
Norman Baker: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what assessment he has made of the merits of introducing an essential user rebate system for UK road hauliers; and what estimate he has made of the cost of such a rebate if by this means diesel costs to UK road hauliers were reduced in effect to the EU average. 
Sarah McCarthy-Fry: EU law does not allow for a reduced fuel duty rate just for hauliers. A reduced rate for commercial vehicles would be allowable. However, this would have significant Exchequer costs and in this time of fiscal consolidation such expenditure and fiscal risk would not be appropriate. The difficulties of such a proposal (given that fuel duty is charged on supplies) would lead to significant complexity and administrative costs for Government and industry, and risk fraud and evasion.
Mr. Tom Clarke: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what steps he plans to take to ensure that changes in the opening times at tax enquiry centres do not adversely affect (a) pensioners, (b) people with disabilities and (c) other vulnerable groups less likely to use the internet or the telephone. 
Mr. Timms: I refer the right hon. Gentleman to the answer I gave the hon. Member for Yeovil (Mr. Laws) on 14 December 2009, Official Report, column 855W. An Equality Impact Assessment of changes to Enquiry Centre opening hours will be published prior to any changes being made.
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