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Taxation: Income Tax

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Asked by Lord Marlesford

The Financial Services Secretary to the Treasury (Lord Myners): The changes to the income tax structure announced at the Budget were based on a full assessment of a variety of factors including international comparisons of income tax and social security contributions.

Taxation: Inheritance Tax

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Asked by Lord Inglewood



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The Financial Services Secretary to the Treasury (Lord Myners): The following table shows the number of claims for conditional exemption from inheritance tax for chattels and the values designated as exempt. The values designated relate only to claims where exemption was granted.

Claims for chattels to be conditionally exempt from inheritance tax
Year of designationClaims processedValue designated (£ millions)

1997-98

61

82

1998-99

73

82

1999-00

49

33

2000-01

23

53

2001-02

24

17

2002-03

27

26

2003-04

20

19

2004-05

16

30

2005-06

20

222

2006-07

18

62

2007-08

14

47

2008-09

14

79

The figures provided include the historically associated contents of historic houses as well as cases where chattels have been granted conditional exemption in their own right.

Terrorism

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Asked by Baroness Warsi

The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State, Home Office (Lord West of Spithead): Further to my reply of 23 March to Baroness Neville-Jones the checking process of the data included in the proposed report has now been completed. The publication has now been pre-announced on the UK Statistical Authorities release calendar. The statistical bulletin will be published at 9.30 on 13 May 2009 with a statistical press conference at 9.00 preceding publication.

Terrorism Act: Section 44 Powers

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Asked by Lord Warner

The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State, Home Office (Lord West of Spithead): Section 44 of the Terrorism Act 2000 provides that a police constable in

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uniform may stop a vehicle in an authorised stop-and-search area and search the vehicle, the driver of the vehicle, a passenger in the vehicle and anything in or on the vehicle or carried by the driver or a passenger. Section 45 of the Terrorism Act 2000 provides that the power conferred by Section 44 may be exercised only for the purpose of searching for articles of a kind which could be used in connection with terrorism and that it may be exercised whether or not the constable has grounds for suspecting the presence of the articles of that kind.

The Practice Advice On Stop and Search 2006 advises that a form must be completed at all stops and that the constable must provide the person stopped with a copy of the completed form.

In November 2008 the National Policing Improvement Agency issued to all police forces revised operational guidance on Section 44 stop and search.

United Nations: Olympics

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Asked by Lord Moynihan

Lord Davies of Oldham: The Government welcome increased collaboration between International Olympic Committee (IOC) and United Nations (UN) agencies in working to support peace, development and the achievement of the millennium development goals. Achieving these goals can only be realised through the co-operation of international and national organisations, including programmes such as the London 2012 international inspiration programme, led by UK Sport and delivered in conjunction with the British Council and UNICEF. International inspiration has been endorsed by the IOC.

Asked by Lord Moynihan

Lord Davies of Oldham: With UK Sport, the British Council and UNICEF, we have established the London 2012 international inspiration programme to deliver the promise made to the International Olympic Committee (IOC) in July 2005 to inspire a generation of children and young people around the world through sport. The programme has been endorsed by the IOC.

The international inspiration programme, which started in October 2007, has already engaged 1 million young people and trained over 48,000 teachers, coaches and community leaders in PE and sport during its first year's work.



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We will continue to encourage the IOC to work closely with United Nations agencies to help promote the use of sport in helping to achieve wider development objectives.

Waste Management

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Asked by Baroness Warsi

The Minister of State, Department of Energy and Climate Change & Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Lord Hunt of Kings Heath): The amendment to Section 46 of the Environmental Protection

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Act, made through the Climate Change Act 2008, provides a single point of reference in legislation for local authorities. Since it was a clarification of published policy and not a new measure, consultation and development of an impact assessment were not deemed necessary.

Young Offenders: High Down Prison

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Asked by Baroness Stern

The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State, Ministry of Justice (Lord Bach): HMP High Down received a budget allocation of £23 million for the financial year 2009-10. The budget allocation for High Down is allocated towards the costs of all who are accommodated at the prison.


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