To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many higher paid public sector posts will require his Department's approval for payment of a salary above a defined level. 
All public sector posts requiring ministerial approval of the appointment where there is a proposal to pay a salary of £150,000 or more will require my approval. In addition, any proposals to make a non-consolidated performance related payment of £50,000 or more to such posts will also require my approval. Detailed guidance on the process for applying for approval will be issued shortly.
For all other public sector appointments, where ministerial approval is not required, the relevant Secretary of State will expect all public organisations within their sectors to publicly justify any appointments on salaries of £150,000 or more as well as the payment of £50,000 or more in non-consolidated performance pay.
In terms of the number of posts requiring Treasury approval, this will depend on demand for senior public sector staff going forward, and the relevant labour market conditions at the time.
To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what estimate he has made of the likely reduction in the number of higher paid public sector posts in the next three years. 
The Government are committed to re-shaping the civil service and "Putting the Frontline First: Smarter Government" announced that Government will modernise civil service structures and reduce the cost of the senior civil service, saving £100 million annually within three years.
Mr. Graham Stuart:
To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many (a) away days and (b) conferences that took place outside HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) buildings attended by civil servants in HMRC there have been since 2005; and what the cost was of each. 
The information requested is not available as HM Revenue and Customs' systems do not separately identify away days and conferences.