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Culture Online

Ms Dari Taylor: To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport when he will publish the Culture Online Vision report. [154138]

Mr. Chris Smith: I am tomorrow publishing the vision for Culture Online, the first stage in the development of the business case for this major new initiative.

The vision sets out how Culture Online could deliver the knowledge and resources of our museums and galleries, libraries and archives, theatres and orchestras, into classrooms and living rooms across the country.

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The next stage in the development of Culture Online will be the production of a full business case, which will be used as the basis for a bid to the Capital Modernisation Fund.

Copies of the report have been placed in the Libraries of both Houses.

Athletics Championships (Funding)

Mr. Greenway: To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what guarantees he has been given by Sport England about the funding of (a) Manchester 2002 and (b) the proposed new athletics facility at Picketts Lock. [152515]

Mr. Chris Smith [holding answer 6 March 2001]: Sport England has made awards from the sports lottery fund totalling £131 million towards the capital costs of venues for Manchester 2002 Commonwealth Games.

In relation to the Lee Valley Stadium, we have established the principle with Sport England that, subject to the details being worked out and a viable application coming forward, the £20 million coming back from the Football Association and up to £40 million which will not now be required for the conversion of Wembley for athletics will be available to fund world-class athletics.

TREASURY

Mothers (London)

Ms Harman: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many mothers in London whose youngest child is under one year are in employment. [152204]

Miss Melanie Johnson [holding answer 8 March 2001]: The information requested falls within the responsibility of the National Statistician. I have asked him to reply.

Letter from John Pullinger to Ms Harriet Harman, dated 14 March 2001:



MRSA

Tony Wright: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what plans he has to instruct hospitals to record on death certificates when MRSA is a cause of death. [146599]

Miss Melanie Johnson: The information requested falls within the responsibility of the National Statistician. I have asked him to reply.

Letter from Len Cook to Tony Wright, dated 14 March 2001:



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Statutory Instruments (Financial Implications)

Mr. Wigley: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what steps he has taken to ensure that statutory instruments which have a financial implication are subject to consultation with his Department before they are laid before Parliament. [147533]

Miss Melanie Johnson [holding answer 26 January 2001]: Certain statutory instruments must have the approval or consent of the Treasury before being made. In other cases, the Treasury is consulted, as necessary, about any financial implications in accordance with the general principles governing the control of public expenditure as set out in "Government Accounting", the guidance on accounting and financial procedures to be followed by Departments. In all cases, it is for the relevant department to ensure that it has sought any necessary approval by the Treasury.

Illness and Pregnancy (Insurance Premiums)

Shona McIsaac: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will estimate the level of insurance premium necessary to provide comprehensive private insurance cover for all the eventualities arising from a pregnancy. [151947]

Mr. Savidge: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what work his Department has undertaken to identify the likely level of insurance premiums necessary to provide comprehensive private insurance cover against chronic illness for families. [151973]

Miss Melanie Johnson [holding answers 13 March 2001]: Insurance companies themselves determine the cost of their products, taking into account information such as their individual claims experience as well as any relevant statistics.

Departmental Expenditure

Mr. Matthew Taylor: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what the estimated (a) resource and (b) capital DEL shortfall is for each Department for financial year 2000-01. [153713]

Mr. Andrew Smith: Provisional outturn for public expenditure will be published in the Public Expenditure Outturn White Paper, as usual, in July.

Mr. Matthew Taylor: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will estimate the change since the pre- Budget report (Cm 4917) in (a) capital and (b) resource spending by each Department resulting from transfers of responsibilities. [153715]

Mr. Andrew Smith: A detailed analysis of changes to spending plans, separately identifying changes due to transfers and classification changes, will be published in Public Expenditure Statistical Analyses 2001-02.

Customs and Excise

Mr. Drew: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will make a statement on the definition of clearance fees used by HM Customs and Excise. [152830]

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Dawn Primarolo [holding answer 9 March 2001]: HM Customs and Excise publishes locally the days and times when their offices are open and the hours when their staff are available to carry out their assigned duties. Where a Customs presence is required outside these times, for example to process a customs declaration on a public holiday, a request is to be made in advance to the local office. Where it is agreed to, it may in certain circumstances, and dependent on the time or place concerned, attract an attendance charge.

The charge reflects the duration of the attendance and the grades of staff needed to carry out the task and is calculated using published rates of charge for attendance. These rates are reviewed annually. Other than the flat rate applicable to private premises, which was amended in 1996, the current rates have remained unchanged since 1993.

Income Tax

Mr. Matthew Taylor: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, pursuant to his answer to the hon. Member for Northavon (Mr. Webb) of 13 February 2001, Official Report, column 104W, on tax rates, what his estimate is of the first year yield of a 50 per cent. income tax rate for gross incomes exceeding £100,000 a year; and what estimate he has made of the proportion of full year capital gains tax yields which are received in the financial year the liability accrues. [151314]

Dawn Primarolo [holding answer 26 February 2001]: None of the capital gains tax yield for 2001-02 is estimated to be received in the same year because capital gains tax liabilities are normally due for payment in the financial year following the tax year for which the liability arises. The first year yield in 2001-02 of a 50 per cent. income tax rate for gross incomes exceeding £100,000 is £1.6 billion. The estimate is based on the Survey of Personal Incomes and is consistent with the March 2001 Budget.

Civil Servants (Salary Increases)

Dr. David Clark: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what the average percentage increase in salaries of non-industrial civil servants, excluding members of the Senior Civil Service, was in his Department for 2000-01. [152788]

Dawn Primarolo: Information on average pay increases for staff outside the Senior Civil Service will be published in the forthcoming Departmental Report for the Chancellor's Departments.

Tax Returns

Mr. Willis: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how much revenue the Treasury received in fines levied for failure to complete individual tax returns by 31 January in each financial year from 1997-98. [148984]

Dawn Primarolo [holding answer 7 February 2001]: Taxpayers filing late under the self-assessment system render themselves liable for penalties. Figures for penalty receipts are accounted for by the Inland Revenue in

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account years ending on the last Friday in October, rather than in financial years. SA penalty receipts for the last three accounts were as follows:

Account£
199818,085,069
199929,360,479
200032,960,556

Neither the Treasury nor the Inland Revenue levies fines for failure to complete individual tax returns by 31 January.


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