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Mr. Loughton: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what the proceeds have been from the landfill tax in each of the last five financial years; how much of this has gone to (a) the Exchequer and (b) community projects; and what figures are estimated for the current year. 
Mr. Timms: Total landfill tax receipts net of credits claimed in respect of contributions to environmental bodies, for each financial year since the introduction of the tax on 1 October 1996, are as follows.
The revenue raised from landfill tax is general Government revenue not earmarked for particular purposes. However, funding is available through the Landfill Tax Environmental Bodies Credit Scheme to support projects which achieve lasting community and environmental benefits and advance more sustainable waste management practices. Under the scheme, landfill site operators who are registered for landfill tax may claim tax credits to the value of 90 per cent. of any contribution they make to an approved environmental body, subject to an overall cap of 20 per cent. of their annual tax liability, in each 'contribution year'.Total credits claimed in respect of contributions to the scheme, for each financial year since the introduction of the tax are as follows.
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Mr. Loughton: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will list the independent environmental trusts which have benefited the proceeds of the landfill tax in each of the last five years in each local authority area in England and Wales. 
Mr. Timms: Information about which environmental bodies have received contributions under the Landfill Tax Environmental Bodies Credit Scheme is a matter for the Regulator for the scheme, ENTRUST. I have therefore asked them to provide such data as they hold and will place a copy of their response in the Library.
Mr. Timms: The amount of excise duty raised on road fuels for the last five years is published in Table K2 of "HM Customs and Excise Annual Report 1998-1999". The estimated amount of VAT raised on road fuels can be calculated from the amount of household expenditure on petrol and derv. This is shown in Table 6.1 of "Consumer Trends", published by the Office for National Statistics.
Sir Teddy Taylor: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what estimate he has made of the impact of the fall in the value of the euro on the cost of the UK's contributions to the EU; and if he will make a statement. 
Dr. Lynne Jones: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will list documents and publications produced by the Treasury, Bank of England and associated public bodies that are available at sub-post offices. 
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Mr. Opik: To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what percentage of the Northern Ireland Structural Funds Plan 2000-06 will be allocated to nature conservation projects; how much of this will be allocated to (a) projects relating to the Draft Northern Ireland Biodiversity Strategy and (b) the protection and restoration of Northern Ireland's Natura 2000 network; and if he will make a statement. 
Mr. Ingram: Negotiations on the Northern Ireland Structural Funds 2000-06 and the Community Support Framework are ongoing with the European Commission and allocations to specific areas of spend will not be known until Programme Complements have been determined by the yet-to-be-appointed Monitoring Committees. The information requested is therefore not available.
Consideration is being given to including in the Structural Funds Plan measures for environmental enhancement which could embrace projects to benefit both biodiversity and Northern Ireland's Natura 2000 network.
Mr. William Ross: To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what were the total sums spent in each financial year, up to 30 April in the current year, on the Saville Inquiry into the events in Londonderry on 30 January 1972, broken down into (a) salaries of staff, (b) travel and subsistence, (c) accommodation, (d) hearing and witness costs, (e) fees to solicitors representing those killed and others, (f) fees to barristers representing those killed and others, (g) IT and communications and (h) miscellaneous, including general office expenditure. 
Mr. Ingram: Expenditure on the Bloody Sunday Inquiry is summarised in the table, broken down into the subheadings requested. Figures are currently available only up to the end of the financial year (31 March 2000) and not the end of April as requested. The figures for moneys paid to solicitors and barristers cannot readily be
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|Travel and Subsistence||10,436||155,892||182,768||349,096|
|Hearing and Witness Costs||0||268,532||613,969||882,501|
|Payments to lawyers representing families of the dead and wounded||0||432,319||2,429,490||2,861,809|
|Payments to other lawyers, including Counsel to the Inquiry||0||3,555,268||5,852,692||9,407,960|
|IT and communications||0||1,078,586||1,511,023||2,589,609|
|Miscellaneous, including general office expenditure||2,505||45,238||239,591||287,334|
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Dr. David Clark: To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what was the average percentage increase in salaries of non-industrial civil servants, excluding members of the senior Civil Service, in his Department for 1999-2000; and to what extent the pay awards were staged. 
Mr. Mandelson: The headline pay settlement for 1999-2000 in the Northern Ireland Office was 2.5 per cent. on the pay bill and, with the additional funds from staff turnover, staff in post received performance-related increases averaging 3.62 per cent. The increases were not staged.
Mr. Ingram: Following the recent announcement by Harland and Wolff of a conditional order for up to six Roll on/Roll off passenger vessels, the Company and the Government remain in close contact on a number of detailed matters arising from that business. The Government will continue to assist Harland and Wolff in whatever way they can to safeguard employment and skills at the Belfast shipyard and to help it seek out profitable new work there. Ministers and Departments in Northern Ireland have, in recent weeks, had a series of meetings with the company, trades unions and others to discuss current shipbuilding issues and the way ahead for the shipyard. That important work will continue.
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