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Mr. Lidington: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer on how many occasions in (a) 19992000 and (b) 200001 an owner of warehoused goods failed to comply with the Warehouses and Owners of Warehouse Goods Regulations 1999. 
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Mr. Boateng: As part of on-going EU discussions on the taxation of digitised products supplied to consumers, the Government have consistently argued that, in the medium term, an electronic solution should be introduced for charging, collecting and distributing the tax due on these supplies in the place where they are consumed, and that any short-term solution should be both temporary and simple to administer. We are confident that final agreement will soon be reached on this basis.
Mr. Lidington: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer which Ministers received the draft Alcohol and Tobacco Fraud Review report containing the paragraph on resources cited in paragraph 9.3 of the Rogues report. 
Mr. Boateng: The draft report was submitted to the then Financial Secretary to the Treasury, and discussed by Treasury Ministers. Consideration of the resourcing implications was subsequently taken forward as part of the 1998 spending round in the normal way.
Mr. Lidington: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what assessment he has made of the recommendations of HM Customs and Excise on the level of additional resources needed to combat fraud and evasion that were contained in the draft Alcohol and Tobacco Fraud Review and quoted in paragraph 9.3 of the Rogues report. 
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the 1998 Comprehensive Spending Review (CSR). The CSR settlement included an additional £35 million to fund more than 100 extra officers at the ports to tackle the problem of alcohol and tobacco fraud and smuggling.
Mr. Bercow: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what expenditure has been incurred by his (a) Department, (b) agencies and (c) non-departmental public bodies in each of the last four years on (i) opinion polling, (ii) focus groups and (iii) other forms of market research; and if he will list the surveys commissioned and the purpose of each. 
Matthew Green: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer (1) what percentage of persons aged (a) 16 and (b) 17 years paid (i) income tax and (ii) national insurance in each of the last five years; 
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Estimates (rounded to the nearest £10 million) are based on the Survey of Personal Incomes and are consistent with the November 2001 pre-Budget report. I regret that it is not possible to provide reliable estimates for earlier years.
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|Number of 16-year-old taxpayers as a percentage of all 16-year-olds||Number of 17-year-old taxpayers as a percentage of all 17-year-olds|
|Number of 16-year-old NIC payers as a percentage of all 16-year-olds||Number of 17-year-old NIC payers as a percentage of all 17-year-olds|
Ms Walley: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer (1) on what basis (a) air pollution from industry, (b) cleaning up polluted land, (c) oil spills, (d) waste treatment and (e) recycling are excluded from the Green Technology Challenge funding; 
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Mr. Boateng: The Government provide support for environmental objectives through a wide range of policies. Proposals put forward in response to the consultation on setting up a Green Technology Challenge were assessed against the following criteria:
the extent to which this problem is best dealt with through a fiscal instrument such as capital allowances and the objective cannot be better achieved through other Government policies;
the effectiveness of offering enhanced capital allowances for investment in technologies in the environmental area in question.
Mr. Boateng: The potential role of World bank grant finance is one of the issues being discussed in the context of the replenishment of the funds of the International Development Association (IDA, the concessional lending arm of the World bank), on which the Secretary of State for International Development leads. The Chancellor and Treasury officials have held discussions with the US Treasury and other countries to seek support for the UK position in these negotiations, which is that we should maintain and enhance the role of IDA as the largest source of concessional finance for low-income countries, and to encourage a substantial contribution by donors to the IDA replenishment.
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