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Property Leases

Mrs. May: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will list the number, value and location of properties newly leased in each of the last five years by the Treasury, including and distinguishing between the Department itself, its next step agencies and its non-departmental public bodies, differentiating between purchases made as a result of the creation of new bodies and those purchases made by established bodies. [7808]

Ruth Kelly: The table lists the number, value and location of properties newly leased in each of the last five years by the Treasury. The properties are listed by town for England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland. All properties are the responsibility of the Department itself and not next step agencies or non departmental public bodies. All entries in the table relate to purchases made by established bodies.

Building nameLocationCurrent value (£)
Car ParkBirkdale Cricket Club12,631
Norfolk HouseBirmingham193,550
Units 10/12Birmingham10,000
Ground Floor, Pinnacle HouseBootle16,500
Centenary CourtBradford967,419
Bristol International AirportBristol33,264
Waldo RoadBromley26,500
Sherbourne HouseCoventry1,306,800
Innovis HouseCrawley159,640
Southern HouseCroydon1,157,315
St. James HouseDerby153,200
Room 305, Terminal Control BuildingDover2,140
Eastbourne TECEastbourne16,822
Concorde HouseGatwick447,795
Rooms 2070 and 3048, South Terminal DeparturesGatwick5,268
Room 3049, South Terminals DeparturesGatwick4,620
Car ParkGrimsby4,500
Terminus HouseHarlow66,000
2, Victoria AvenueHarrogate165,223
Rooms 1–6 and 1–7, Hamilton HouseHarwich2,750
Room 225, Terminal 2Heathrow14,571
Custom House, HeathrowHounslow24,750
Ashford International TerminalKent414
Cromwell HouseLincoln146,000
Queensgate HouseLincoln37,500
Imperial CourtLiverpool613,133
International HouseLondon483,450
Victory HouseLondon1,250,000
31 High Street, EalingLondon32,000
Customs HouseLondon20,280
Customs House AnnexeLondon2,045,498
1 Myddelton PlaceLondon525,000
Cheapside House, 138 CheapsideLondon189,833
Eastcheap Court, 11 Philpot LaneLondon1,129,541
Terminal BuildingLuton127,967
The Royal ExchangeManchester54,991
Rooms 27 and 28, Terminal 1, Manchester AirportManchester3,300
Room 6, Terminal 1, Manchester AirportManchester2,600
Dobson HouseNewcastle upon Tyne195,526
Unit 9 Lendal CourtNottingham 3,300
Trinity HouseOxford412,162
Plot 3400Oxford271,422
Nash CourtOxford 116,519
Stuart HousePeterborough75,000
St. Mark's HousePreston312,897
St. Mary's HousePreston252,103
Guild CentrePreston115,650
Kings WharfReading327,250
Harbour Masters OfficeRye900
Cathedral CourtSheffield 124,576
Shepperton HouseShepperton58,675
New Mayfield HouseShrewsbury91,875
Cavendish HouseSkipton25,865
John kEya HouseSt. Austell21,500
Ocean HouseSt. Leonards114,310
Room 623, Stansted AirportStansted3,800
George Stephenson HouseStockton428,762
Dunedin HouseStockton on Tees175,305
St. Marks HouseTeesside151,400
Hanover HouseTelford252,988
Hollinswood HouseTelford57,800
St. James HouseTelford365,330
Custom HouseTilbury68,000
Blencathra HouseWhitehaven122,446
Airport Terminal Yeadon10,596
Swinson HouseYork78,000
Leeman HouseYork105,300
Castlewellan RoadBanbridge, Co. Down31,150
Mill HouseColeraine18,000
Clarendon HouseEdinburgh542,575
Building 388Prestwick 38.800


Total number of properties—72.

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Richard Ottaway: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what plans he has to amend the obligation for pension holders to take out an annuity. [7443]

Ruth Kelly: I refer the hon. Member to the answer given to my hon. Friend the Member for Stroud (Mr. Drew) on 3 July 2001, Official Report, column 125W.

Devolved Assemblies

Mr. Salmond: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what his policy is with regard to (a) Ministers and (b) officials in his Department giving evidence to (i) Scottish Parliament, (ii) Welsh Assembly and (iii) Northern Ireland Assembly Committees; and to what categories of document he gives (A) full access, (B) restricted access and (C) no access to (1) Scottish Parliament, (2) Welsh Assembly, (3) Northern Ireland Assembly and (4) House of Commons Select Committees. [7027]

Ruth Kelly: I refer the hon. Member to the answer that my hon. Friend the Minister of State, Cabinet Office has given him today.

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Ministerial Visits

Mr. Salmond: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer (1) on how many occasions in each year since 1992 non-commercial flights were used by Ministers in his Department for official overseas visits; what the (a) destination, (b) Ministers involved, (c) cost and (d) reason for use of non-commercial flights were on each occasion; and if he will make a statement; [6880]

Ruth Kelly: I refer the hon. Member to the answer given to him today by the Prime Minister, Official Report, column 823W.


Mr. Webb: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will estimate the number of women born between 24 September and 25 December 1941 who are alive. [7569]

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

Letter from Len Cook to Mr. Steve Webb, dated 15 October 2001:

Income Tax Relief

Mr. Willetts: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many people have benefited from income tax relief as a result of purchasing a stakeholder pension. [7917]

Ruth Kelly: All those who have contributed to a stakeholder pension will benefit from income tax relief—over 350,000 by 31 August 2001 according to the latest estimates from the Association of British Insurers. Provisional estimates of the number of contributors on

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whose behalf a repayment claim has been received by the end of July will be published on the Inland Revenue website at the end of the month.

Departmental Staff

Mr. Salmond: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer (1) if he will estimate the number of staff employed by his Department by region and nation of the UK; and if he will make a statement; [6870]

Ruth Kelly: The information relating to the Chancellor of the Exchequer's Departments is set out in tables by region and nation and by average salary and grade, which I am depositing in the Library of the House. The data are the latest information available and follow the definitions used in Table D of "Civil Service Statistics 2001" which was published on 31 August 2001, which is also available in the Library.

Higher Rate Income Tax

Mr. Bercow: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will provide a breakdown of (a) how many persons paid income tax at the higher rate in each financial year since April 1997 and (b) how much was raised by the higher rate in current prices in each of the same years. [7784]

Dawn Primarolo: I refer the hon. Member to "Inland Revenue Statistics", tables 2.1 and 2.5, a copy of which is available in the Library. It can also be accessed on the Inland Revenue website

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