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Office for National Statistics

Mr. Lidington: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will provide a disaggregated analysis of how the Office for National Statistics intends to spend the money granted by supplementary estimate for the various purposes listed on page 57 of HC 636. [44085]

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

Letter from Mr. Len Cook to Mr. David Liddington dated 20 March 2002:

Stolen Equipment

Mr. Menzies Campbell: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, pursuant to the answer of 22 January 2002, Official Report, column 704W, on stolen equipment, whether the computer equipment stolen from his Department was (a) new and unused and (b) used; and what was the nature of the data stored on such items in each case. [42651]

Ruth Kelly: (a) None.

(b) All. None of the items capable of storing data will have contained anything but unclassified material.

Public Sector Pay

Mr. Bercow: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what plans he has for the payment of salaries to public sector workers which reflect the cost of living in London and the south-east. [44313]

Mr. Andrew Smith [holding answer 19 March 2002]: We are carefully considering pay issues, among others, in the Spending Review now under way with close regard to achievement of the Government's objectives for public services.

Mr. Bercow: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will make an assessment of the pay structures in building societies to assist his consideration of public sector pay rates. [44318]

Mr. Andrew Smith [holding answer 19 March 2002]: We have no plans for any specific detailed assessment of pay structures in building societies. However, the Treasury keeps abreast of pay structures in the economy so as to ensure policy remains well informed.

Informers' Reward

Mr. Gray: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer on how many occasions, prior to 31 March 2001, the Treasury has withheld consent to an informers' reward awarded by the Inland Revenue under section 32 of the Inland Revenue Act 1890; and on what grounds and statutory authority. [43905]

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Dawn Primarolo [holding answer 18 March 2002]: The Inland Revenue is not aware of any case in which the Treasury has withheld consent for it to make a reward payment.

Contributions Agency (Bills)

Mr. Laurence Robertson: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what assessment he has made of the sending out of bills to people below the small earnings threshold by the Contributions Agency; and if he will make a statement. [43457]

Dawn Primarolo [holding answer 15 March 2002]: The Department does not normally issue bills to people whose earnings are below the small earnings threshold.

Aggregates Tax

Mr. Drew: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what progress is being made on the definition of a green quarry for the purposes of an aggregates tax. [37470]

Mr. Boateng [holding answer 26 February 2002]: As announced in the pre-Budget report, the Government have decided not to pursue a differential rate scheme for so-called "green quarries" at the present time, because of difficulties in assessing environmental performance accurately and the prospect of setting up perverse incentives.

Mr. Drew: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will make a statement on the timetable for the introduction of an aggregates tax; and if he will postpone its introduction. [37472]

Mr. Boateng [holding answer 26 February 2002]: As announced in Budget 2000, the aggregates levy will be introduced on 1 April 2002. The General Regulations will be made and laid this week. The draft Finance Bill clauses will be published very shortly.

The following technical amendments that the Government propose to make in this year's Finance Bill to facilitate the smooth functioning of the aggregates levy, and which were announced in the answer given to my hon. Friend the Member for Stevenage (Barbara Follett) on 12 March 2002, will be effective immediately from the introduction of the levy:

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The proposed relief for aggregates used in processed products in Northern Ireland, will be backdated to 1 April 2002, on approval under European Community state aid rules, to ensure that no levy is paid on aggregate used to make these products in 2002–03.

Mr. Drew: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will make it his policy to introduce a deminimis level for those affected by the aggregates tax. [37471]

Mr. Boateng [holding answer 26 February 2002]: The Government have no such plans.

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Invest to Save Budget

Barbara Follett: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what progress is being made on the Government's Invest to Save Budget. [45392]

Mr. Andrew Smith: I am pleased to announce that 75 bids from across the public sector have been successful in round 4 of the Invest to Save Budget, at a cost of £47 million in 2002–03, including consequential funding for the devolved Administrations, and £79 million in total over both years to 2002–04. The table describes the winners of this round.

Lead partnerTitle
Central Government
Cabinet OfficeEmbedding cross sector partnership working
Cabinet OfficeElectronic free school means administration
DCMS Science MuseumMaking the modern world online
DCMS English Tourist CouncilRESTOUR (creation of an online tourism community to aid recovery of English tourism)
DEFRAOnline UK fishing vessel registration system
DEFRADEFRA fisheries—fishing portal
DEFRANational grain sampling and analysis system
DEFRASevere weather and flooding warnings—informing the public
DEFRAElectronic data delivery for the plant breeding and seed industry
DFESConstruction and engineering industry training board online levy returns
DFESEarly detection of dyslexia
DFESSocial Bank (savings gateway pilots)
DFESSupport for enterprising communities
DFES Prisoners Learning and Skills UnitNational technical IT skills linked to a prisoner resettlement programme
DFES/LA GM Connexions PartnershipE-Pal (Electronic or virtual personal adviser)
DTIRedundancy payments service—e-business project
DTLRTransmit fire database electronically
DTLRElectronic systems for highways (central notification of works project)
DTLR Driver and Vehicle Licensing AgencyElectronic links between DVLA and local authorities
DTLR Driver and Vehicle Licensing AgencyElectronic reporting of fitness to drive
DTLR Health and Safety ExecutiveElectronic health and safety tools for the business support network
DTLR Health and Safety ExecutiveElectronic risk assessment system for farmers
DTLR Northumberland County Council Fire AuthorityCitizens' fire, safety and health academy
DWPPerformance framework for administering housing benefit and council tax benefit
DWPPerformance improvement action teams administering housing benefit and council tax benefit
DWPFlexible employment service delivery—prisons pilot
DWPEncouraging ex-NHS workers back to the NHS
DWPTraining older jobseekers as IT technicians in secondary schools
DWPAssisting in processing claims and backlogs of work
Forestry CommissionIT/administration systems to deliver forestry grants and licences
Home Office PoliceCreation of a national centre for applied learning technology in the police
Home Office PoliceAbandoned vehicles and citizen information database
Home OfficeVolunteering and training (joint project between the Prison Service and West Yorkshire Police
Home OfficeShowcase hospitals (security/safety)
Home OfficeShowcase schools (security/safety)
Home OfficeMissing persons database and strategy
Home OfficeParenting involvement study
Home OfficeCommunity merit awards
Home Office Passport OfficeDirect electronic passports project
Home Office Passport OfficeKey passport information access for staff in the UK and abroad
Home Office ACUOnline application and database of funding opportunities for voluntary and community sector bodies
Inland RevenueTax helpline for charities
Land RegistryElectronic conveyancing
LCD Legal Service CommissionLive and interactive expert system in west midlands
UK Hydrographic OfficeIntegrated coastal hydrography scheme
Health and local authorities
Health Birmingham HAHousing web for people with learning disabilities with forensic needs
Health North Cumbria HAOnline delivery of BSc (Hons) nurse practitioner course
Health North Notts HARe-engineering youth services in Bassetlaw
Basildon District CouncilIn your place (access to housing benefit claims)
Bradford"ADL Smartcare" (re-engineering the provision of aids to daily living to elderly people)
Brighton and Hove City CouncilDatabase for online accessing of direct payments for care and support
Cumbria County CouncilSingle information and ICT platform
Gateshead CouncilE-power for Gateshead's third sector
Kent County CouncilKent Connects (comprehensive ICT-based infrastructure)
Kirklees Metropolitan CouncilDevelopment of E-procurement system
Knowsley MBCBusiness to council to community
Liverpool City CouncilIntelligence-led Government (electronic service for all licences and permissions within local government)
London Borough of BarnetHand-held communications devices in community care and health services
London Borough of BromleyElectronic booking portal
Manchester City (community portal)
Melton Borough CouncilWelland contact centre
North East Derbyshire District CouncilOnline revenues and benefits system
Oldham Metropolitan Borough CouncilEstablish electronic access points to the Connexions Service
Salisbury District CouncilOnline Salisbury development portal
Somerset County CouncilSomersetOnline virtual contact points
Southampton City CouncilData sharing between social landlords and welfare advice agencies
Warwickshire County CouncilUTOPIA: Using technology for older people: information and action
West Sussex County CouncilDrug action exchange
Wigan CouncilPreventing crime and poor health by early intervention
Wokingham CouncilSchool admissions online trial
Voluntary and community bodies
City and GuildsDelivery of online assessments, delivery of e-learning materials
Galleries of JusticeA website for young offenders (partially designed by ex-offenders with video-streamed advice)
Thames Valley PartnershipSocially-inclusive approaches to community safety
Sheffield Advice Centres GroupSingle access point to Sheffield's excluded communities
The Asphaleia ProjectMentoring project for young asylum seekers

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