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Dawn Primarolo: A number of measures to simplify business taxation were contained in the Budget and pre- Budget reports, published in March 2001 and November respectively. Both these documents are available in the Library of the House.
Matthew Taylor: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what estimate he has made of the proportion of PFI contracts made by his Department where an amount in excess of 90 per cent. of the capital value of the asset is recouped by the lessor out of the capital element of lease payments over the lifetime of the contract concerned; and if he will make a statement. 
Mr. Andrew Smith: No such estimate has been made. The existing PFI contracts in the Departments are for the provision of a service in return for a unitary payment, the payment of which is dependent on satisfactory performance. The unitary payment is not broken down into constituent parts.
Mr. Andrew Smith: Public spending plans are settled in the spending reviews, and are not amended by reference to the recommendations of the pay review bodies. It is normal practice for Departments to accommodate pay awards within public spending limits.
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The first United Kingdom drugs strategy, "Tackling Drugs Together", was launched in May 1995 and allocated £8.8 million over three years to Drug Action Teams, £5.9 million on schools drug education for 199596, and £1 million in the same year for services to young people at an early stage of drug misuse.
For the present strategy "Tackling Drugs to Build a Better Britain", the 1998 Comprehensive Spending Review settlement provided an additional £217 million of resources for three years. The Spending Review 2000 (SR 2000) and the Budget 2001 provided further resources bringing total expenditure under the drugs strategy to nearly £1 billion by 200304see Table A.
Furthermore, SR 2000 also supported a range of related programmessee Table Band following the Budget 2001, some additional investment was made, particularly to help Communities tackle drug misusesee Table C.
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(12) Excludes devolved spending
(13) Estimates of baseline spend in Departmental Expenditure Limits
(14) Comprises mainstream spending by the Department of Health, local authorities and the pooled National Treatment Agency (NTA) budget. Excludes additional Prison Service treatment spend, brigaded under Communities
(15) UK spend for 200102 to 200304 includes the anti-drugs share of the £90 million approved for combating organised crime
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(16) Excludes devolved spending
(17) This was added to existing provision for the careers service. Funding will continue to go to the careers service in areas where Connexions is not yet running
(18) Provision for 200304 will be announced in due course
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(19) Excludes devolved spending
(20) Provision to be decided in the light of other sources of funding
Mr. Llwyd: To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what assessment she has made of (a) how much is invested annually into household energy efficiency and (b) how this money is spent. 
Mr. Meacher: The Government estimate that during 2000 (the most recent year for which figures are available) the total investment in household energy efficiency measures was approximately £250 million (excluding double glazing). The breakdown for the major items of this expenditure is:
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(21) This figure includes only the fraction of the total cost of the boiler assumed to represent the additional cost of the increased energy efficiency.
Although installing double glazing in homes does increase the energy efficiency of the building it is rare that double glazing is installed for energy efficiency reasons alone. Hence, expenditure on double glazing is excluded from the figures. However, the Government estimate that the energy efficiency component of double glazing installations totals some £500 million p.a.
Mr. Steen: To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs when she will install heating equipment at the house of Mrs. Anita Farrow of Ashburton, a constituent; and if she will make a statement on the reason for the delay. 
Mr. Meacher [holding answer 9 January 2002]: The Home Energy Efficiency Scheme (HEES), now marketed as The Warm Front Team, is administered in south-west England by the Eaga Partnership Ltd. Eaga advise that contractors are due to complete the work on Mrs. Farrow's property by the end of this month.
The delay was mainly due to the original heating contractor declining to carry out the work after having agreed to do so. It took some time to locate an alternative contractor and resolve a shortage of suitable heating equipment.
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Charlotte Atkins: To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what sources of (a) Government and (b) EU funding are available to (i) farmers, (ii) rural villages, (iii) rural businesses, (iv) local authorities, (v) parish councils and (vi) rural voluntary organisations to help regenerate rural economies. 
Through the Regional Development Agencies (RDAs) and the Countryside Agency we support the market towns programme which is intended to regenerate some 120 small rural towns as well as a range of support measures to rural businesses via the rural development programme and redundant building grant scheme.
Through the Countryside Agency we support the Vital Villages programme which includes community service grants to support projects to maintain or introduce services which are local priorities; parish transport grants for small scale projects to meet local needs; parish plans grants to help 1,000 parishes draw up their own town or village plans to set out local needs and aspirations.
Objective 1 funding in certain areas (Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly, Merseyside and South Yorkshire) to promote similar measures to the ERDP. Because these areas are defined by the Commission as being of greater need, the rates of grant are slightly higher.
Leader+ Local Action Groups (which include farmers, rural villages, rural businesses, local authorities, parish councils and voluntary organisations) are helping to improve the quality of life and economic prosperity in their area through innovative approaches to sustainable rural development.
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