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the (a) average property price and (b) percentage of properties purchased where no stamp duty was paid in the last year for which information is available; 
The Government intend the exemption to help in the revival of property markets in qualifying areas, which will make investment in these areas more attractive and encourage people to live and do business in them.
Dr. Fox: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many people are employed in (a) the retail and (b) the manufacture of specialist health food products; and what assessment he has made of the impact on employment in these sectors of the forthcoming EU Directive on food supplements. 
Ruth Kelly: The Treasury has a number of alternative working policies in place such as flexible working hours, working part time, compressed hours as well as working at home. These are available to all staff by agreement with their manager. Details are advertised on the Treasury's Intranet. All staff have the opportunity to work at home occasionally on appropriate work with their manager's agreement. About 30 members of staff regularly work at least one day a week at home with access to the Treasury's IT systems.
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Mr. Andrew Smith: The Government have made their commitment to increasing resources over the next three years for the NHS, funded from general taxation and linked to reform. Decisions on taxation will be for future Budgets and spending will be for the Spending Review.
Mr. Frank Field: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what was (a) the total expenditure on HM Customs and Excise and (b) the total expenditure on counter-fraud work within HM Customs and Excise in the last year for which figures are available. 
Mr. Boateng [holding answer 10 December 2001]: Many Customs and Excise activities play an important part in countering fraud, including tax control work, debt collection and publicity. However, since 1 April 2001 the Department's restructured Law Enforcement function has had prime responsibility for tackling indirect tax fraud, drugs smuggling and the range of other criminal matters assigned to Customs and Excise. Many Customs Law Enforcement officers have a multi-functional role, tackling both tax fraud and non-tax criminality.
Because of restructuring, it is not possible to provide equivalent figures for earlier years, but in 200102 the Law Enforcement function of Customs and Excise has a budget of some £320 million current, and £40 million capital. The Customs and Excise voted departmental expenditure limit (as amended by the recent Winter Supplementary) is £1,122 million.
Matthew Taylor: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, pursuant to his answer of 3 December 2001, Official Report, column 55W, on capital assets, what record the Office for National Statistics keeps of the advice it gives to Departments regarding the accounting treatment of PPPs. 
Andrew Selous: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many competitive grant schemes administered by his Department and its agencies were open in each of the last 10 years to organisations in the voluntary and community sector for the purposes of tackling social exclusion. 
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Andrew Selous: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer (1) if he will publish a list of the grants made under the competitive grant schemes administered by his Department and its agencies open in each year since 1997 to organisations in the voluntary and community sector for the purposes of tackling social exclusion; 
(3) if he will place in the Library a copy of the application form for each of the competitive grant schemes administered by his Department and its agencies open in each year since 1997 to organisations in the voluntary and community sector for the purposes of tackling social exclusion. 
Andrew Selous: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what estimate has been made of the administrative cost to the (a) state, (b) unsuccessful applicants and (c) successful applicants of the competitive grant schemes, provided by his Department and its agencies open in each year since 1997 to organisations in the voluntary and community sector for the purposes of tackling social exclusion. 
Mr. Boateng: Following initial discussions with the drinks industry over the summer, customs and Excise published on 11 December 2001 a formal consultation document on this proposal. A copy of the consultation document is available in the Library.
Ruth Kelly: In the light of representations made by the industry and others and taking account of the views of the report and responses to the Banking Services Consumer Codes Review, I have decided to extend the FSA's powers to enable it to regulate mortgage intermediaries and advice. The FSA will also be given responsibility for regulating general insurance intermediaries.
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Giving the FSA powers to regulate mortgage and insurance intermediaries will streamline regulation. Intermediaries selling a range of productsgeneral insurance, pensions, or mortgageswill all come under the FSA as single regulator, minimising compliance costs.
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