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Geraldine Smith: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he will make a statement on maternity leave, maternity support leave, parental leave and adoption leave in the Police Service. 
Mr. Denham: My right hon. Friend the Home Secretary has approved an agreement reached in the Police Negotiating Board (PNB) granting improved maternity leave to policewomen in England and Wales. The PNB Agreement also creates new rights for police officers to maternity support leave, adoption leave and to time off to care for dependants. The full details of the agreement are set out in Home Office Circular hoc 122002 that has been placed in the Library.
giving police officers with responsibility for a child an entitlement to 13 weeks leave in respect of each child up to the age of five, with an entitlement to buy back, for pension purposes, reckonable service for any period taken as parental leave;
replacing the current two day paternity leave provision with an entitlement to five days paid maternity support leave for the child's father or partner or nominated carer of the expectant mother;
giving police officers five days adoption leave at or around the time of adoption; and
giving police officers an entitlement to paid leave, normally one or two days, to cope with short-term difficulties.
New visibility rules for those areas participating in the safety camera netting off scheme were announced on 3 December 2001. These state that fixed site camera housings should be clearly signed and made visible by being painted or marked in yellow. Mobile enforcement units should also be clearly marked and visible to drivers. Areas currently outside the netting off scheme would need to comply with all the visibility requirements as a condition of joining.
Mr. Andrew Turner: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many press releases were issued by his Department (a) between 1 May and 31 December 1997 and (b) in each year from 1998 to 2001 inclusive. 
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(9) 1 May to 31 December 1997
(10) Figure is for the full year.
Mr. Lidington: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what estimate he has made of the net saving in public expenditure that will be made in 200102 due to the public sector's reduced liability for national insurance contributions following the rebates associated with the climate change levy. 
Mr. Boateng: The levy package is expected to lead to little change to the overall public finances in 200102. An estimate of the impact of the climate change levy package on the public finances was published by HM Customs and Excise in the Regulatory Impact Assessment for the levy in April 2000 including national insurance implications for public sector employees. Subsequently in Budget 2001 the Government revised the estimate of the cost of the enhanced capital allowances for investments in energy-saving measures from its previous figure of £100 million per year to £70 million for 200102 and £130 million for 200203.
Dawn Primarolo: Companies' corporation tax liabilities are based on their whole profits less any tax reliefs and deductions. Receipts are not attributed to specific parts of the tax calculation. Therefore, no reliable figures are available on the tax revenues generated by the I-E formula.
Matthew Taylor: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, pursuant to his answer of 12 December 2001, Official Report, column 889W, on capital assets, on what occasions since 1997 the accounting treatment of a PPP
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in the departmental accounts has differed from the accounting treatment in the national accounts; and if he will make a statement. 
|60 per cent. Median Earnings (£)||At December 2001 Prices (£)|
1. Earnings are for full-time employees on adult rates whose pay is unaffected by absence.
New Earnings Survey, Retail Price Index.
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Kingdom and the United States of America will be laid before Parliament; for what reason a draft Order in Council has not been laid before Parliament; and if he will make a statement. 
Dawn Primarolo: We are considering a number of matters relating to the application of the double taxation convention. The intention is to submit the convention to Parliament on completion of these considerations.
Mr. Flight: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what discussions he has had with (a) the European Commission and (b) other EU member states on the terms of the new double taxation convention agreed between the UK and USA, signed on 24 July 2001; and if he will make a statement. 
Ruth Kelly: The Government are currently in discussions with the European Commission to assess the compatibility of the community investment tax credit with the state aids rules. These discussions have not yet been concluded.
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