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Sir Sydney Chapman: To ask the Deputy Prime Minister whether the National Interest in Mapping Service Agreement Review Group agreed in advance that NIMSA funding could be used for colour photography. [61126]

Mr. Tony McNulty: No. NIMSA funding has not supported the move to aerial colour photography by Ordnance Survey.

Sir Sydney Chapman: To ask the Deputy Prime Minister if he will publish a breakdown of Ordnance Survey activities funded under the National Interest in Mapping Service Agreement in 2001–02. [61122]

Mr. Tony McNulty: Since April 1999, National Interest in Mapping Services Agreement (NIMSA) funds have been used by Ordnance Survey for activities that are defined and agreed by the NIMSA review group comprising officials from the Office of the Deputy Prime Minister and Ordnance Survey. These activities are agreed each year in advance, but are subject to change by the review group.

Details about NIMSA activities for 2001–02 will be published in an annual report this summer.

Sir Sydney Chapman: To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what the annual payment was in 2001–02 to Ordnance Survey under the National Interest in Mapping Service Agreement. [61123]

Mr. Tony McNulty: The payment to Ordnance Survey in 2001–02 in respect of the National Interest Mapping Services Agreement was #15,987,245.

Key Workers' Housing

Mrs. May: To ask the Deputy Prime Minister how much money was spent on key workers' housing initiatives in the last year; how the money was spent; how many people benefited from it; and what their occupations were. [60443]

The Deputy Prime Minister: We are providing #250 million for the Starter Home Initiative (SHI) over the three years 2001–02 to 2003–04 to help 10,000 key workers to buy homes in areas where they would otherwise be priced out of the housing market. This includes expenditure of #2.173 million which helped 90 key workers complete their assisted house purchases between October 2001 and March 2002. The key workers helped were primarily teachers, police officers and health workers.

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Special Advisers

Mr. Tyrie: To ask the Deputy Prime Minister on how many occasions between 31 March 2001 and 31 March 2002 his (a) departmental and (b) non-departmental special advisers have travelled abroad in an official capacity; what places were visited; and how much each visit cost. [58725]

Mr. Douglas Alexander: I have been asked to reply.

Between 1 April 2001 and 31 March 2002, Special Advisers in the Cabinet Office travelled abroad on six occasions, at an average cost of #5,626.26 per trip as the trips involved covered long distance and several countries at a time. All travel by Special Advisers is undertaken in accordance with the rules set out in the Ministerial Code, and the Civil Service Management Code.


Pre-Legislative Scrutiny

Mr. Allen: To ask the Chairman of the Information Committee when he expects that the equipment supplied to hon. Members will be capable of viewing pre-legislative scrutiny on-line. [61622]

Mr. Michael Fabricant: The proceedings of the Joint Committee on the draft Communications Bill are webcast as part of a one-year pilot project covering proceedings in the chambers of both Houses, sittings of the House in Westminster Hall, and public proceedings of certain select and joint committees. The pilot project is due to run until the end of December 2002 and is specifically intended as a means by which the general public can follow proceedings in Parliament. It is not accessible via the PDVN since the volume of electronic traffic that might be generated could affect the quality of day to day services on PDVN.

Once the pilot project has come to an end, an assessment will be made of its value. If a webcasting service is to be provided in the long term, a decision will be taken on whether access will be made available within Parliament, bearing in mind any further investment which would be needed. The hon. Gentleman may want to raise the matter with the Broadcasting and Information Committees later in the year, as the pilot project comes to a close.



Matthew Taylor: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what the expenditure by the Inland Revenue on advertising was in each fiscal year since 1997–98; and if he will make a statement. [38257]

Dawn Primarolo: The expenditure by the Inland Revenue on advertising was in each fiscal year since 1997–98 as follows.

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CampaignTotal (#)
Self Assessment4,152,488
Self Assessment2,351,340
Construction Industry Scheme651,962
Millennium Gift Aid2,686,098
ISA Campaign810,230
Construction Industry Scheme949,787
Self Assessment1,479,997
Employers Campaign195,637
Working Families' Tax Credit take-up campaign6,664,663
Disabled Person's Tax Credit take-up campaign245,638
Self Assessment3,740,418
PAYE Online879,646
Call Confidential1,024,500
Self Employed Registration Helpline454,972
Children's Tax Credit5,005,254
Working Families' Tax Credit4,848,429
Disabled Person's Tax Credit63,347
Self Assessment (including online)4,718,205
Working Families' Tax Credit1,236,039
Disabled Persons Tax Credit816,426
PAYE online1,309,060
Children's Tax Credit21,168
Payroll Giving191,349
Share Incentive Plan1,068,217

All figures exclude VAT

All campaigns were contracted through the COI and are independently audited.

All have involved an element of awareness raising as well as informing taxpayers of their specific rights and obligations within the tax system.

As an example, campaign spend on Working Families Tax credit since its introduction in October 1999 has increased awareness of WFTC, with advertising awareness peaking at 68 per cent of the target audience in December 2000. There were 1,293,000 UK families in receipt of WFTC at 30 November 2001, this compares with 833,000 who were receiving Family Credit at its peak.

Tax Credits (Scotland)

Mr. Joyce: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many families are in receipt of (a) working families tax credit and (b) child tax credit in each constituency in Scotland. [61304]

Dawn Primarolo: For the numbers in receipt of the working families' tax credit (WFTC), I refer my hon. Friend to my answer to my hon. Friend the Member for Jarrow (Mr. Hepburn) on 16 January 2002, Official Report, column 293W. Information about the children's tax credit (CTC) is not available by constituency. However, the number of families eligible for the CTC in Scotland is estimated to be 400,000.

Motor Taxation

Mr. Gray: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how much was raised in 2001–02 from (a) duty on motor fuel, (b) VAT on motor fuel, (c) VED, (d) VAT

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on the purchase of all motor vehicles, (e) benefit in kind tax on company cars (f) benefit in kind on free fuel to company car drivers and (g) insurance premium tax on motor insurance premiums. [61165]

John Healey: In 2001–02, the amount of duty received from road fuel was #21.7 billion; #4.4 billion was raised from Vehicle Excise Duty; #2.5 billion was raised from benefit in kind tax on company cars; and #0.9 billion was raised from benefit in kind on fuel to company car drivers.

No figures are available for the amount of VAT raised specifically from either the sale of road fuel or the purchase of all motor vehicles.

Information specifically on insurance premium tax on motor insurance premiums is not collected. Customs & Excise do not require insurers to identify the specific types of insurance policies on which insurance premium tax is paid.


Mr. Beith: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer when he will reply to correspondence from the right hon. Member for Berwick-upon-Tweed of 20 January referring to correspondence dated 23 October 2001 referred to him by the Paymaster General relating to constituents who let holiday cottages and were affected by foot and mouth restrictions. [61319]

Dawn Primarolo: I have done so.


Mr. Hoban: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what recent discussions he has had with AIRMIC concerning the availability of insurance cover in the aftermath of 11 September; and which sectors these discussions covered. [61103]

Ruth Kelly: The Government is aware that the availability of insurance cover against acts of terrorism has reduced following 11 September. Constructive discussions are ongoing between HM Treasury, the insurance industry and representatives of AIRMIC on possible changes to the Pool Re Scheme which provides terrorism reinsurance for commercial property damage and business interruption. AIRMIC have also been involved in wider discussions between Treasury and industry about the availability of terrorism insurance.

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