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Mr. Hendry: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many self-invested pension plans there were at the most recent available date; and what their total value was. [37713]

Ruth Kelly: Information on the total number of self-invested personal pension plans and value of their funds is not available.

Lynne Jones: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will estimate the changes in tax revenues if tax relief for pension contributions were (a) limited to the standard rate, (b) limited to the standard rate for contributions in excess of £5,000 per annum and (c) abolished for contributions in excess of (i) £5,000 per annum and (ii) £10,000 per annum. [37863]

Ruth Kelly: The estimated full year yields from restricting income tax relief on pension contributions by employees and the self-employed in 2001–02 are detailed in the table.

£ billion

Full year yield
Contributions restricted to basic rate on:
all contributions1.7
contributions in excess of £5,0000.5
All relief abolished on contributions:
in excess of £5,0001.1
in excess of £10,0000.5

These estimates take no account of the impact on employer contributions, neither do they take account of the behavioural effects that are likely to result from such a change.

Population Trends (Lincolnshire)

Shona McIsaac: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what the population was of (a) Humberside, (b) North East Lincolnshire and (c) North Lincolnshire, in each year from 1990 to 2001; and what predictions have been made of the population trends in each of these areas in the next 10 years. [37753]

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

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Letter from Len Cook to Shona McIsaac, dated 26 February 2002:

Table 1: Population of Humberside, North East Lincolnshire and North Lincolnshire, 1990–2011
Mid-year population (thousands)

Humberside(30)North East Lincolnshire UANorth Lincolnshire UA

(30) The are described as Humberside refers to the four unitary authorities of East Riding of Yorkshire, City of Kingston upon Hull, North East Lincolnshire and North Lincolnshire which replaced the former administrative county on 1 April 1996.

(31) Estimated mid-year population.

(32) 1996-based projected mid-year population.


Office for National Statistics, Crown Copyright 2001

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Departmental Organogram

Matthew Taylor: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will place an organogram of HM Treasury in the Library. [37683]

Ruth Kelly: An organogram of HM Treasury was placed in the Library on 12 April 2001 in HM Treasury's departmental report, "Chancellor of the Exchequer's Departments: The Government's Expenditure Plans 2001–02 to 2003–04 and Main Estimates 2001–02" (Cm 5116). This is also available on the Treasury website at

Customs and Excise (Northern Ireland)

Mr. Dodds: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what percentage of people promoted in Her Majesty's Customs and Excise in Northern Ireland in each of the past five years had served at their previous grade for more than one year. [37757]

Mr. Boateng: In the calendar year 2001, 81.6 per cent. of people promoted in HM Customs and Excise in Northern Ireland had been in their previous job band (grade) for more than one year.

This percentage is based on people still in the Department, and excludes people who may have been promoted again in 2002. Earlier figures are unavailable because the datafields on the system do not lend themselves to historical interrogation of this type.

Disabled Person's Tax Credit (Tooting)

Mr. Cox: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many people in the Tooting constituency have been awarded the disabled person's tax credit in each of the last three years. [38204]

Dawn Primarolo: The disabled person's tax credit was introduced in October 1999. The number of recipients in each constituency appear in the DPTC Quarterly Enquiries from April 2000, copies of which are in the Library.


Dr. Cable: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will list the names of staff who have been seconded to his Department from the private sector since May 1997, indicating (a) the names of the organisation from which each has come, (b) their responsibilities and civil service grades within his Department, (c) the organisation responsible for paying their salary and (d) the start and end dates of their secondment. [35900]

Ruth Kelly [holding answer 12 February 2002]: Thirty-nine people have been seconded from the private sector to the Treasury since 1997, and four are currently serving.

Details of current secondees from all sectors outside central Government can be found on the Treasury website.

Regulatory Impact Assessments

Dr. Cable: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many regulatory impact assessments have been produced by his Department since August 2001; and if he will list those produced (a) following initial consultation with

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affected parties about the most appropriate methodology for assessing costs and other impacts and (b) which set out full commercial impacts, including profitability, employment, consumer prices and competitiveness, as recommended in Good Policy Making. [28412]

Ruth Kelly: The Chancellor's Departments have completed 12 Final Regulatory Impact Assessments (RIAs) since August 2001:

For additional information relating to costing methodology I refer the hon. Gentleman to the answer given to him by the Parliamentary Secretary, Cabinet Office on 17 January 2002, Official Report, column 483W.

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