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budgetary statement, set out in the Red Book 2000, as it affects public expenditure in the United Kingdom following his discussions with the European Commission and ECOFIN about the Opinion of the Council under Regulation EC No. 1466/97 and Article 99EC. 
Miss Melanie Johnson: Fiscal policy in the UK is designed to deliver sound public finances and to help ensure economic stability and sustainable investment in public services. The Budget statement will be delivered in the normal way on Wednesday 7 March.
Mr. Edwards: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will estimate the change in revenue to the Exchequer in the financial year 2001-02 as a result of (a) raising the upper earnings limit on employee national insurance contributions to the threshold of the higher rate of Income tax, (b) removing the upper earnings limit on employee national insurance contributions, (c) extending the 10 per cent. rate of income tax band to £7,272 per year of gross income and implementing it as a restricted allowance, restricted to the basic rate of 22 per cent. and (d) extending the 10 per cent. rate of income tax band to £10,052, and implementing it as a restricted allowance, restricted to the basic rate of 22 per cent. assuming the personal allowance is £7,272. 
Dawn Primarolo: Estimates for the effects of raising and abolishing the upper earnings limit were given to my hon. Friend in my answer to him on 29 November 2000, Official Report, column 591W. Without further details I am unable to provide an answer to the final two parts of my hon. Friend's question.
Mr. Paul Marsden: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many people have been prosecuted for smuggling CITES listed (a) animal species and (b) reptiles into the United Kingdom for each year since 1992. 
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Mr. Alasdair Morgan: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how much he estimates the Treasury will have saved in the 2000-01 financial year through the withdrawal of the married couples allowance. 
Dr. Starkey: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what the time limit set out in the EU-Israel Association Agreement is for responses from the Israeli authorities to requests for documentation of origin as part of the verification exercise being carried out by Her Majesty's Customs and Excise. 
Mr. Grieve: To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland (1) when her Department was first informed of the projected visit to Scotland of the Irish Taoiseach to unveil a memorial at Carfin on 11 February; 
(3) what discussions (a) she and (b) her predecessor had with the hon. Member for Motherwell and Wishaw (Mr. Roy) prior to his writing to the Irish Consul in Edinburgh urging the Irish Taoiseach to cancel his visit to Scotland on 11 February, concerning the contents of that letter; 
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(5) when her Department was first informed of the content and nature of the letter written by the hon. Member for Motherwell and Wishaw (Mr. Roy) urging the Irish Taoiseach to cancel his visit to Scotland on 11 February; 
(6) what consultations took place between her Department and (a) the Scottish Executive and (b) the Irish Government concerning the planned visit to Scotland of the Irish Taoiseach to unveil a memorial at Carfin on 11 February; and when such consultations first took place. 
Mrs. Liddell: My Department was not involved in preparations for the visit of the Irish Taoiseach planned for 11 February, nor was it consulted by my hon. Friend the Member for Motherwell and Wishaw (Mr. Roy) or by the Irish authorities before the decision was taken to cancel that visit. I received a letter of invitation to the ceremony at Carfin on Friday 2 February, and I learned of the Irish decision to cancel the visit from news reports on Thursday 8 February.
Mr. David Marshall: To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland when she will answer the Question from the hon. Member for Glasgow, Shettleston Reference Number 146986 tabled for answer on 22 January. 
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for her will relinquish their posts when the next general election is called. 
Mr. Cox: To ask the Secretary of State for International Development if she will list the material and financial assistance her Department has given to the Government of India for specific use in Gujarat State following the recent earthquake. 
Mr. Mullin: As my right hon. Friend the Secretary of State announced in the House on 29 January 2001, Official Report, columns 21-22, the Department for International Development has allocated a total of £10 million to support this emergency relief effort without reducing our spending in other parts of India. The table summarises the allocation of funds spent to date.
We dispatched a 69-person search and rescue team who rescued six people and supported the Russian Ministry of Emergency for the provision of 75 search and rescue personnel who rescued 17 people. In addition we arranged for numerous relief items including tents, other shelter items, medical supplies and blankets to be transported to the region.
Our assessment and liaison team continues to work closely with the Indian authorities and the operational agencies to provide invaluable information on the remaining needs to enable appropriate allocation of the remaining funds.
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|UK search and rescue (SAR)||Sixty-nine strong team/equipment||265,000|
|Russian Ministry of Emergency||SAR/tents/blankets||200,000|
|UK tent lift (Red Cross--IFRC and Save the Children Fund--SCF)||Tents/plastic sheeting||504,545|
|UK trauma kit lift (World Health Organisation--(WHO)||Trauma kits/additional items||429,837|
|Indian blankets (SCF)||--||255,172|
|IFRC||Tents, blankets and non-food||750,000|
|Oxfam||Water and sanitation (watsan)||1,000,000|
|UNICEF||Watsan, re-establish schools, school kits||1,000,000|
|WHO||Medical, watsan, epidemiological survey||430,000|
|UNDP||Transitional recovery work||450,000|
|CARE||Shelter and care centres||500,000|
|SCF||Shelter, blankets and water containers||450,000|
|Christian Aid||Shelter, blankets and essential non-food||350,000|
|Help Age International||Medicare units, shelter, blankets and food||200,000|
|ADRA UK||Hygiene kits, blankets and linen||115,000|
|Food for the hungry||Shelter, blankets, toilets and medicine||51,950|
|BAPS Swaminarayan Sanstha||Medical supplies, water, food, shelter, clothes||250,000|
|Handicap International||Injury treatment, therapy and rehabilitation||200,000|
|World Food Programme||Food||600,000|
|DFID Local Disbursement||Relief items to cover needs as identified||500,000|
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