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(2) what changes would need to be made to the constitutional framework of hospices for them not to qualify for the payment of VAT. 
Mr. Boateng: The care services of a hospice are not chargeable with VAT. Charitable hospices benefit from a number of specific VAT reliefs on purchases which they make but, in accordance with the basic principles of VAT, they cannot recover VAT paid on purchases relating to the their VAT exempt or "non-business" activity. This issue was considered in response to representations from hospices and other charities during the recent Review of Charity Taxation.
Mr. Boateng: Representations were received from hospices at the time of the review of charity taxation. The care services of a hospice are not chargeable with VAT. Charitable hospices benefit from a number of specific VAT reliefs on purchases they make but, in accordance with the basic principles of VAT, they cannot recover VAT paid on purchases relating to their VAT exempt or "non-business" activity.
Tony Worthington: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer (1) how much, and what proportion, of the income of hospices in each of the past 10 years is derived from (a) charitable giving and (b) Government sources; 
(3) what calculation he has made of the amount of money that the hospice movement saves the National Health Service because of its fund-raising efforts. 
(3) what was the total cost of tax relief on employee contributions in 19992000 and 200001 to (a) defined benefit occupational pension schemes in the public sector, (b) defined benefit occupational pension schemes in the private sector, (c) defined contribution occupational pension schemes, (d) group personal pension plans,
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(4) what the total cost of tax reliefs on pension contributions was in (a) 200001 and (b) 19992000. 
|Cost of tax relief for:||19992000||200001|
|Total contributions to approved schemes||14,100||15,400|
|Employers' contributions to occupational pension schemes||7,500||8,100|
|Employers' contributions to personal pensions||450||460|
David Maclean: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how much VAT revenue he forecasts will be raised in the current financial year as a result of the introduction of the climate change levy and consequent application of VAT. 
Mr. Boateng: Business will be able to reclaim the majority of VAT paid on the Climate Change Levy (CCL). We estimate therefore that the introduction of the CCL might lead to additional VAT receipts of around £30 million, significantly below the £1 billion expected to be raised by the levy in the first year. All revenues from the CCL will be recycled back to business through a 0.3 percentage point cut in employers' national insurance contributions and additional support for energy-efficient measures and energy-saving technologies.
Annabelle Ewing: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if the Government plan to make separate provision for (a) Scotland, (b) Wales, (c) Northern Ireland and (d) England in respect of the application of the aggregates tax. 
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Annabelle Ewing: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer (1) what assessment he has made of the impact of the aggregates tax upon each local authority in the United Kingdom in respect of the cost of purchasing aggregates for construction and maintenance work; 
(3) what assessment he has made of the impact of the imposition of the aggregates tax from April 2002 on (a) the importation of aggregates, (b) the number of small quarries and (c) the use of road transport for transportation of aggregates. 
Mr. Boateng: Budget 2000 announced that the Government had decided to introduce an aggregates levy with effect from April 2002. It will be charged at £1.60 per tonne on the commercial exploitation of primary aggregates in the UK, including those imported from abroad. Aggregates exported from the UK will be exempt.
A higher price of primary aggregate will provide an incentive to all users, including the public sector, to make more efficient use of aggregates and better use of recycled aggregates as an alternative. The impact on the actual costs to the end user will be dependent on the commercial decisions of aggregates suppliers.
Mr. Laws: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what the latest date is by which his Department will complete its assessment of the five economic tests for UK membership of the euro; and if he will make a statement. 
Mr. Laws: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will make a statement on the technical work which is necessary before an assessment of the five economic tests for British entry into the euro is started; who will carry out this preliminary technical work in his Department; and if he will make a statement. 
Before any such assessment is started, the Treasury must continue to do the necessary preliminary work for the analysistechnical work that is necessary to allow the Treasury to undertake the assessment within two years as promised.
Mr. Laws: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what the policy of his Department is on the reforms of the European Central Bank that would be needed before the UK could join the euro; and if he will make a statement. 
Ruth Kelly: The determining factor underpinning any Government decision on membership of the single currency is the national economic interest and whether the economic case for joining is clear and unambiguous.
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Mr. Gardiner: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, pursuant to his answer of 26 June 2001, Official Report, column 59W, on the Financial Services Authority, for what reason it is inappropriate to comment during the investigation into the Independent Insurance Co. 
It is not usual to comment on the conduct of an investigation until a decision has been made on whether to institute proceedings or not. This is both to protect the investigation and those who are the subject of it.
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