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The total number of accounts opened and vouchers issued in each constituency can be found within the constituency statistics. Information about each year's media expenditure can be found in the relevant statistical reports. The value of contributions to accounts by country can be found in the detailed distributional analysis.
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 was the case with previous Administrations, it is not the Government's practice to provide details of all such meetings.
David T.C. Davies: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many Christmas trees were purchased by his Department and its agencies in each of the last five years; what the cost was of those trees in each year; from where the trees were sourced; what account was taken of the sustainability of the sources of the trees; and by what process the trees were disposed of. 
Sarah McCarthy-Fry: One tree is supplied each year by the PFI provider for the offices at 1 Horse Guards Road at no direct cost to the department. In each of the past three years, the Department's office in Norwich has purchased one tree, sourced from a local forest, at a cost of approximately £150 each year. The tree is subsequently recycled.
Mr. Paice: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what estimate he has made of the monetary value of the contribution to Climate Change Levy receipts to the Carbon Trust from the (a) horticulture, (b) pig and (c) poultry industry since 2001. 
Sarah McCarthy-Fry: In general, the Government do not hypothecate revenue. Income from taxes and other revenues are pooled in the consolidated fund so that spending can be prioritised across the range of Government activities in the most efficient way.
When the Climate Change Levy package was introduced in 2001 some revenue was notionally hypothecated to help establish the Carbon Trust-an independent body now sponsored by the Department of Energy and Climate Change (DECC). It is primarily grant-funded by DECC and the Devolved Administrations, and in 2008-09 also received grant funding from the Department for Environment, Food and Rural affairs, and the Foreign and Commonwealth Office.
Jenny Willott: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many and what proportion of invoices submitted to his Department have been paid within 10 days in each month since October 2008; and if he will make a statement. 
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Mr. Graham Stuart: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer (1) how many (a) away days and (b) conferences that took place outside the Public Works Loan Board's buildings attended by civil servants in the Public Works Loan Board there have been since 2005; and what the cost was of each; 
(2) how many (a) away days and (b) conferences that took place outside the Debt Management Office's buildings attended by civil servants in that Office there have been since 2005; and what the cost was of each. 
Ian Pearson: No central records are held on Debt Management Office (including the Public Works Loan Board which is an operational unit of the DMO) away days and attendance at conferences. This information could be obtained only at a disproportionate cost.
Mr. Graham Stuart: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many (a) away days and (b) conferences that took place outside his Department's building attended by civil servants in his Department there have been since 2005; and what the cost was of each. 
Mr. MacNeil: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what (a) written correspondence, (b) electronic correspondence, (c) meetings and (d) other communications he has had with the Secretary of State for Scotland on (i) the Scottish economy and (ii) road fuel duty taxation in 2008-09. 
Adam Afriyie: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer on what pay band his Department's Chief Information Officer (CIO) is employed; whether the CIO is employed on a fixed-term or permanent contract; and what the size is of the budget for which the CIO is responsible in the period 2009-10. 
Sarah McCarthy-Fry: The Chief Information Officer (CIO) for the Treasury Group is employed on a permanent contract at senior civil service pay band 1. The budgets allocated to work related to these CIO responsibilities in 2008-09 total £20 million (rounded to the nearest £5 million).
Mr. Drew: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how much his Department has spent on external legal advice in respect of (a) the Assets Protection Scheme, (b) bank bail outs, (c) the merger of HBOS and Lloyds TSB and (d) the Northern Rock rescue; and if he will make a statement. 
Sarah McCarthy-Fry: I refer the hon. Gentleman to the NAO report 'Maintaining financial stability across the United Kingdom's banking system', published in December (page 24, figure 7) which is available at:
http://www.nao.org.uk/publications/0910/uk banking system.aspx
Sarah McCarthy-Fry: The Department uses a call-off process from any appropriate Collaborative Framework Agreement, or competitive tendering, to procure external legal services from solicitors' firms. For external counsel, the Department uses the Panel and nomination procedures approved by the Attorney-General, details of which are set out on the website of the Attorney-General's Office.
1. The Community Emissions Trading Scheme (Allocation of Allowances for Payment) (Amendment) Regulations 2008 (SI 2008/1939), which came into force on 12 August 2008, inserted regulation 9B into the Community Emissions Trading Scheme (Allocation of Allowances for Payment) Regulations 2008 (SI 2008/1825) which created an offence of breach of regulation 9A (wrongful disclosure).
(i) Article 5: Breach of a freezing prohibition in article 4.
(ii) Article 7: Knowingly or recklessly providing false information in relation to licenses.
(iii) Article 11: Liability of officers of bodies corporate.
(i) Regulation 13: Prohibition against financing designated enterprises.
(ii) Regulation 14: Prohibition against creating a joint venture.
4. The Terrorism (United Nations Measures) Order 2009 (SI 2009/1747), which came into force on 10 August 2009, created the following offences, in relation to financial sanctions imposed on persons for reasons in relation to terrorism:
(i) Article 10: Freezing funds and economic resources of a restricted person.
(ii) Article 11: Making funds or financial services available to a restricted person.
(iii) Article 12: Making funds or financial services available for the benefit of a restricted person.
(iv) Article 13: Making economic resources available to a restricted person.
(v) Article 14: Making economic resources available for the benefit of a restricted person.
(vi) Article 16: Circumventing prohibitions etc.
5. To ensure the effective transposition of the Payment Services Directive (2007/64/EC) (in force on 1 November 2009) by the Payment Services Regulations ("PSR") (SI 2009/209), the following offences in Part 9 of the PSR were created:
(i) Regulation 110: Prohibition on provision of payment services by persons other than payment service providers.
(ii) Regulation 111: False claims to be a payment service provider or exempt.
(iii) Regulation 113: Contravention of regulation 49(2) (disclosure of charges and rate for currency conversion) or regulation 50(2) (disclosure of charge for use of payment instrument).
(iv) Regulation 114: Misleading the FSA or the OFT.
(v) Regulation 116: Liability of officers of bodies corporate etc.
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