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The departmental figures for the years from 2001-02 to 2003-04 relate to national research programme expenditure. They do not include the part of the research and development allocations made annually at that time to NHS providers and spent on dementia research. That information was not collected prior to 2004-05.
The national research network on dementia and neurodegenerative disease, funded by the department's National Institute for Health Research, was launched in August 2006. Its first year costs are included in the department's aggregate expenditure figure for 2005-06.
What is the estimated net annual cost to the Revenue, assuming no behavioural change, of charging no stamp duty on the first £200,000 of domestic property purchases and (a) 5 per cent, or (b) 6 per cent on the excess over £200,000. [HL2491]
Lord Davies of Oldham: The estimated costs of moving from current tax rates and thresholds for residential transactions in 2008-09, to the tax rates and thresholds in the Question, are given in the table below:
|New tax rates and thresholds||Estimated Cost of moving to new tax rates and thresholds in 2008-09 (£ billion)|
The Minister of State, Foreign and Commonwealth Office (Lord Malloch-Brown): We are concerned by reports that Israel plans to build in the settlement of Givat Zeev. We have raised our concerns about these latest reports with the Israeli Ministry of Foreign Affairs and stressed that we see this as unhelpful, particularly when Israelis and Palestinians should be focusing on full implementation of their obligations under phase one of the road map, which include freezing all settlement activity, including natural growth.
As my right honourable friend the Foreign Secretary has stated, the UK believes that all Israeli settlements anywhere in the Occupied Palestinian Territories are illegal under international law. We believe they are a serious impediment to a negotiated two-state solution.
What representations they have made to the Government of Israel regarding their approval of a resumption of construction of 750 house units in the West Bank settlement of Givat Zeev, given the status of the expansion of that settlement under the road map. [HL2620]
The Minister of State, Foreign and Commonwealth Office (Lord Malloch-Brown): We are concerned by reports that Israel plans to build in the settlement of Givat Zeev. We have raised our concerns about these latest reports with the Israeli Ministry of Foreign Affairs and stressed that we see this as unhelpful particularly when Israelis and Palestinians should be focusing on full implementation of their obligations under the road map, which include freezing all settlement activity.
|Year||Expenditure in £ millions|
Further to the Written Answer by Lord Rooker on 3 March (WA 159) concerning the post of chair of the Bill of Rights Forum, whether Lord Maginnis of Drumglass and Lord Laird were treated with equality when not appointed to that post. [HL2323]
Further to the Written Answer by Lord Rooker on 6 March (WA 189) concerning the Northern Ireland Human Rights Forum and the meaning of the word significant, who makes the judgment as to a potential adverse impact in relation to any of the categories set out in Section 75 of the Northern Ireland Act 1998; and how that judgment is made. [HL2406]
Lord Rooker: I refer the noble Lord to my Written Answer of 10 March 2008 (Official Report, col. WA 213). Evidence is gathered through a variety of means, including public consultation where appropriate, and analysed to inform the judgment as to a potential adverse impact on equality.
Lord Davies of Oldham: Northern Rock operates on an arm's-length basis from Government as a commercial entity. It publishes its audited reports and accounts on a regular basis in accordance with statutory reporting requirements.
Northern Rock has certain commercial arrangements with Granite, namely wholesale deposit bank accounts, swap agreements and an agreement to provide services. Northern Rock is liable to Granite in respect of these arrangements in the same way as it is liable to any other commercial counterparty. However, it is not liable for any of the bonds issued by Granite and those bonds are not covered by the HMT guarantee arrangements.
Whether Granite, or any associated company or entity, has any right to make a call on Northern Rock or its proprietors for any asset or any financing from Northern Rock; and, if so, in what circumstances. [HL2334]
Lord Davies of Oldham: Northern Rock is contractually obliged to provide certain services to Granite. Northern Rock also has interest rate swap contracts with Granite, and holds some funds on account for Granite. Northern Rock is liable to Granite for these arrangements in the same way it is liable to any other commercial counterparty. Northern Rock has no liability to make good losses on the Granite bonds, and the bonds are not secured on Northern Rock's assets.
The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State, Home Office (Lord West of Spithead): This information is not available as passport applicants are not asked what nationality status they wish to have in their passport; this is determined by the Identity and Passport Service and recorded on the personal details page of the passport. The Identity and Passport Service cannot change the status that applicants hold under the British Nationality Act 1981 and British subjects who qualify to become British citizens must apply for registration to the Border and Immigration Agency.
Lord West of Spithead: The Identity and Passport Service does not record statistics distinguishing between the different forms of British nationality recorded in passports. The total numbers of passports issued from the Belfast office over the past 10 complete calendar years are shown in the attached table.
Lord West of Spithead: The Identity and Passport Service (IPS) does not hold statistics distinguishing between passports issued to British citizens and those issued to British subjects. The information could only be obtained from individual records and the cost would be disproportionate. The total number of passports issued by IPS and currently valid is estimated at 48,080,000 (an exact figure cannot be given because passports lost and stolen may not immediately be replaced). This figure does not include British passports issued outside the UK by Foreign and Commonwealth Office consular posts.
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