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Mr. George Osborne: To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the percentage of eligible infants in the South Cheshire health authority receiving the MMR vaccine was in each of the last four years. 
|By their fifth birthday(102)|
|At 31 March||By their second birthday||First dose||First and second dose|
(102) Information about uptake of MMR immunisation at age five was collected for the first time in 19992000
Department of Health, Statistics Division SD2B
Mr. Chope: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what volume of (a) petrol and (b) diesel he estimates is imported annually from the Republic of Ireland to Northern Ireland without UK excise duty being paid. 
Mr. Boateng: Customs estimates of revenue loss in the Northern Ireland oils sector were included in the "Tackling Indirect Fraud" paper which the Government published as part of the pre-Budget report in November 2001.
Mr. Boateng: The climate change levy (CCL) was introduced in April 2001 following extensive consultation, and in accordance with the recommendations of Lord Marshall's report on Economic Instruments and the Business use of Energy.
As recommended by Lord Marshall, the Government believe that a downstream tax on energy such as the CCL is the best approach to take to the taxation of energy products, as it allows the Government to balance the need to encourage improvements in energy efficiency with
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Mr. Webb: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what activities are carried out by the Inland Revenue with regard to the Child Support Agency; what the costs of these activities are; and if he will make a statement. 
Dawn Primarolo: The Child Support Act 1991 permits the Inland Revenue to disclose information to assist the Child Support Agency in tracing non-resident parents. Amendments under the Social Security Administration Act 1992 enabled earnings information to be passed to the Child Support Agency.
Under the terms of this legislation the Inland Revenue provides the Child Support Agency with the relevant information on request. The approximate estimated amount involved is £165,000 per annum, for which the Inland Revenue is reimbursed by the Child Support Agency.
Mr. Don Foster: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what the total level of public expenditure allocated for the 10-year transport plan was as of (a) the launch of the plan in July 2000, (b) 2 April 2001, (c) 14 January 2002 and (d) 12 February 2002. 
(b) As a result of the 2 April 2001 agreement with Railtrack, the total rose to £181.2 billion, which includes £1.5 billion of advanced grants to Railtrack. The total public element of this is therefore £130.6 billion.
(c) On 14 January 2002, the total stood at £181.9 billion, which includes the grants to Railtrack as shown, a freight adjustment of £462 million agreed in principle in April 2001, but only quantified in October 2001 following completion of the regulator's freight charges review, and £285 million of 200001 EYF, allocated in the summer and winter supplementaries. Public sector funding accounts for £131.4 billion of this total.
(d) As of 12 February 2002, the total figure remained £181.9 billion. A detailed breakdown of the total is provided in an updated version of Table A3 from the 10-year plan, copies of which will be placed in the Library.
Mr. Chope: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, pursuant to his answer of 12 February 2002, Official Report, column 243W, on the 10-year transport plan, if the unused rail provision in 200001 was available for use in 200102 under the rules on end of year flexibility. 
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Mr. Chope: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, pursuant to his answer of 12 February 2002, Official Report, column 243W, on the 10-year transport plan, if the Treasury gave permission for the allocation of additional funding to the 10-year transport plan from the unused rail provision in 200001. 
Pete Wishart: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will (a) set out for each of the last five years and (b) provide forecasts where available for the next two years of GDP per head for each nation and region of the UK, and as a proportion of UK GDP per head; and what the GDP per head was for each nation of the UK assuming (i) 70 per cent., (ii) 80 per cent. and (iii) 90 per cent. allocation of continental shelf GDP to Scotland. 
Mr. Andrew Smith: Gross domestic product (GDP) per head data for each English region, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland are reported annually in "Economic Trends" and "Regional Trends", copies of which are available in the House of Commons Library. The 2001 edition of "Regional Trends" (ISSN 02611783) shows the latest available data in "Chapter 12: Regional Accounts". The latest data are also available in electronic form on the ONS database, which can be accessed via the House of Commons Library.
Extra-region GDPwhich includes 'continental shelf' activity relating to offshore oil and gas extraction, UK embassies overseas and armed forces stationed abroadcomprises compensation of employees and gross operating surplus that cannot be assigned to regions. It is reported in "Regional Trends" alongside regional GDP.
Mr. Evans: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what the average response time was for responding to departmental correspondence; what percentage of letters took longer than one month for a response; and what percentage took longer than three months for a response in each of the last five years. 
|Average response (working days)||27||24||19|
|Percentage over 1 month||n/a||(103)25.0||(103)18.0|
|Percentage over 3 months||n/a||(103)2.0||(103)1.3|
(103) Sample based
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Dawn Primarolo: As I said in the debate at Report Stage of the Tax Credits Bill on 7 February 2002, Official Report column 1060, the Government plan to introduce the new tax credits from April 2003. The date will be confirmed in the Budget.
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