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The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State, Department for Work and Pensions (Lord McKenzie of Luton): My right honourable friend the Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Work and Pensions (Jonathan Shaw) has made the following Ministerial Statement.
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Remploy is due to publish its annual report and accounts in November 2008 giving further details of its performance throughout 2007-08. Copies of the annual report and accounts will be placed in the Libraries of both Houses, when it is published.
On behalf of my right honourable friend the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, I have written to the chairman of Remploy formally approving the provisionally agreed 2008-09 performance and resources agreement between the department and the company. The performance and resources agreement includes targets for the current year. The agreement has been negotiated on behalf of my right honourable friend the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions. The targets for 2008-09 are:
Subject to parliamentary approval of the necessary supplementary estimates, the departmental expenditure limit (DEL) provision for the Scotland DEL will be increased by £329,774,000 (of which £157,206,000 is depreciation) from £27,287,375,000 to £27,459,943,000.
I am announcing today the publication of Delivering a Sustainable Transport System. This document marks the latest milestone in our longer-term planning process, setting out our goals and identifying the various challenges that future transport schemes will need to address.
The publication of Towards a Sustainable Transport System in October 2007 outlined our approach to long-term transport planning. Since then, the department has been undertaking further work and accelerating the process for identifying the strategic national corridors where we face our most immediate transport challenges. The national networks strategy group I announced on 29 October will be focusing on measures to ensure that we make best use of investment in key strategic national corridors and develop these for the longer term. The development of solutions for international networks will also be led by the department. Regions and local authorities will undertake similar work for the remaining networks.
Transport is a critical enabler for the economy and underpins many of the things we regard as important for our quality of life but we are also committed to addressing climate change, both now and for future generations.
I am also announcing today that I am bringing forward over £1 billion of investment in improving our nations transport infrastructure, in particular to tackle bottlenecks and improve access to key international gateways. This comprises an extra £700 million which will be invested in major transport
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Alongside that, £300 million of new government funding will be committed to speeding up the delivery of other key schemes that improve transport links to some of the UKs most important airports and ports, as well as offering more environmentally friendly options for transporting freight. This includes:
Delivery of the A46, A12, A180/A160 and access to Manchester Airport schemes is subject to agreeing regional funding contributions and, with the exception of the A12, the completion of statutory planning processes.
The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State, Department for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform & Cabinet Office (Baroness Vadera): My honourable friend the Parliamentary Secretary, Cabinet Office (Kevin Brennan) has made the following Written Ministerial Statement.
Subject to parliamentary approval of any necessary supplementary estimate, the UK Statistics Authoritys total departmental expenditure limit (DEL) will be increased by £805,000 from £210,060,000 to £210,865,000, and the programme budget will be increased by £805,000.
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The Financial Services Secretary to the Treasury (Lord Myners): My right honourable friend the Financial Secretary to the Treasury (Mr Stephen Timms) has made the following Written Ministerial Statement.
The Chancellor of the Exchequer yesterday announced as part of the Pre-Budget Report a temporary reduction in the standard rate of VAT to 15 per cent from 1 December 2008 to 1 January 2010 when the rate will return to 17.5 per cent.
The Government have taken these steps to provide further support for growth and incomes during the economic downturn. The Governments discretionary fiscal action will deliver support of around 1 per cent of GDP to the economy in total in 2009-10.
However, it is also important that the Government protect the public finances from artificial avoidance seeking to exploit the change in VAT rates where there is no current economic activity. Therefore, the Finance Bill 2009 will contain anti-forestalling legislation to ensure that the announced VAT rate
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Anti-forestalling legislation will apply from today to ensure that, in the circumstances set out below, supplies with a basic time of supply after a VAT rate increase takes effect will be subject to the rate of VAT in force at that time. The provisions are designed to prevent artificial forestalling while being straightforward for business to understand and operate and not affecting genuine commercial transactions. This legislation is not intended to catch the normal commercial activity of providing goods and services.
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