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Mr. St. Aubyn: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what (a) quantitative and (b) qualitative analytical work Her Majesty's Treasury has commissioned from GGC/NOP since 1 May 1997; and what was (i) the cost of the contract and (ii) the specific nature of the work commissioned. [155661]

Mr. Andrew Smith [holding answer 28 March 2001]: None.

Resource Accounts

Mr. Sheerman: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer on what date the resource accounts for each class for 1999-2000 were laid before Parliament; and from what date in each case copies were available to hon. Members in the Vote Office. [155444]

Mr. Timms [holding answer 29 March 2001]: The dates on which departmental resource accounts were laid before the House of Commons are listed in the table.

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Class reference(6) HC no. Cmd no.(7) Departments Date laid
I182DFEE31 January 2001
I189Teachers Pension Scheme31 January 2001
I155Ofsted25 January 2001
II188NHS Pension Scheme (England and Wales)31 January 2001
II194Department of Health31 January 2001
III5054Department of Environment, Transport and the Regions30 March 2001
III176Ofwat31 January 2001
III184ORR31 January 2001
IV5055Home Office30 March 2001
IV191Charity Commission31 January 2001
V5056Lord Chancellor's Department30 March 2001
V5060Treasury Solicitors30 March 2001
V193Crown Prosecution Service31 January 2001
V134Public Records Office25 January 2001
V198Serious Fraud Office31 January 2001
V199Northern Ireland Court Service31 January 2001
VI4Armed Forces Pension Scheme--MOD13 December 2000
VI50Defence--MOD Consolidated31 January 2001
VII195FCO31 January 2001
VIII116DfID31 January 2001
VIII187DfID--Superannuation Pensions31 January 2001
IX11DTI--Main20 December 2000
IX51ECGD20 December 2000
IX24Ofgem20 December 2000
IX75OFT31 January 2001
IX151Oftel31 January 2001
IX10UK Atomic Energy Authority--DTI20 December 2000
X5057MAFF30 March 2001
X196Forestry Commission31 January 2001
X201Forestry Commission Pension Scheme31 January 2001
X833Intervention Board Executive Agency9 November 2000
XI181DCMS31 January 2001
XII183DSS31 January 2001
XIII186Scotland Office31 January 2001
XIV96Wales Office24 January 2001
XV5058Northern Ireland Office30 March 2001
XVI5062HM Treasury30 March 2001
XVI192Crown Estate31 January 2001
XVI165Customs and Excise31 January 2001
XVI830Department of National Savings2 November 2000
XVI153GAD31 January 2001
XVI129Inland Revenue24 January 2001
XVI798National Investment and Loans Office22 November 2000
XVII185Office for National Statistics31 January 2001
XVII5053Cabinet Office30 March 2001
XVII5059Security and Intelligence Agencies4 April 2001
XVII5061Cabinet Office: Civil Superannuation30 March 2001
XVII190Central Office for Information31 January 2001
XVII197Privy Council Office31 January 2001

(6) The system of 'class' and 'vote' numbering applies solely to appropriation accounts rather than resource accounts; the numbers above indicate the corresponding 'class' of the Departments' appropriation account

(7) With the agreement of the NAO, these accounts were due for presentation as Command Papers by 30 March 2001

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Provision of copies of these accounts by the Vote Office is a matter for the House Authorities, though I understand that these accounts should be available to hon. Members within a few days of being laid.

Foot and Mouth

Sir Michael Spicer: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if roll-over relief is available to farmers receiving lump sum compensation for foot and mouth disease who wish to reinvest in livestock in future years. [156900]

Mr. Andrew Smith [holding answer 5 April 2001]: Animals used in a farming trade are not chargeable assets for capital gains purposes. They are part of a farmer's trading stock so that any compensation for their loss will be on revenue rather than capital account and form part of the farmer's trading income.

Compensation received for animals that have been compulsorily slaughtered is treated in the same way as the proceeds would have been if the animals had been sold. As this is income for tax purposes capital gains tax roll-over relief is not applicable.

Where the herd basis applies, the profit from the disposal of production animals is deferred until they are replaced and the profit is exempt if they are not replaced. Special rules allow profits on the disposal of other animals compulsorily slaughtered to be spread over three years.

The Revenue and Customs are committed to helping individuals and businesses in difficulty as a result of the foot and mouth outbreak. They will respond sympathetically in all cases where customers need help in understanding their entitlements or who are experiencing difficulty in paying tax or national insurance. The Revenue Departments have set up a joint helpline. The number is 0845 300 0157.

Mr. Chope: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer (1) if applications for temporary rate reductions made because of the foot and mouth epidemic will be given priority over outstanding appeals against the 2000 rating list; [157380]

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Dawn Primarolo: In England and Wales to date there have been at least 23,000 appeals made for a temporary reduction in rating assessments on the grounds of the impact of foot and mouth. It will be the Valuation Office Agency's policy to prioritise dealing with such applications. The Valuation Office Agency has recently introduced a system for the structured programming of appeals against rating assessments. As a matter of urgency it is considering how, within this system, to prioritise appeals resulting from the foot and mouth epidemic.

R and D Tax Credit

Mrs. Ewing: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many firms have taken advantage of the research and development tax credit for small and medium-sized enterprises. [157387]

Mr. Timms: Figures for the number of firms that have taken advantage of R and D tax credits will not be available until 2002, when firms incurring R and D expenditure have sent in their tax returns for the first year of operation of the scheme. However, enhanced capital allowances since 1997 and new tax credits to encourage investment and innovation have already saved business over £1 billion.

European Community (Contributions)

Mr. Gerald Howarth: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what the total value was of the rebates on the UK's contributions to the EEC budget secured by Governments between 1979 and 1987. [157375]

Miss Melanie Johnson: Details of the United Kingdom's abatement for the years 1985-86 to 1987-88 can be found at Table 20.1 of "The Government's Expenditure Plans 1990-91 to 1992-93" (Cm 1018, January 1990). Details of negotiated refunds for the years

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1980-81 to 1984-85 can be found at Table 3.3 of "The Government's Expenditure Plans 1986-87 to 1988-89" (Cmnd 9702-II, January 1986).

National Minimum Wage

Mr. Donohoe: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer (1) what estimate he has made of the additional income received by residents of Cunninghame, South constituency following the introduction of the national minimum wage; [157396]

Mr. Timms: The information requested falls within the responsibility of the National Statistician. I have asked him to reply.

Letter from Len Cook to Mr. Brian H. Donohoe, dated 6 April 2001:

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