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John Healey: HM Customs and Excise hold and maintain a list of agency agreements with Intellectual Property Right holders to fulfil their obligations under EC Regulation 3295/94 as amended by EC Regulation 241/1999.
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Geraldine Smith: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what plans he has to change his policy on annuities; and what plans he has to give people buying annuities more (a) choice and (b) flexibility. 
Ruth Kelly: As promised in the pre-Budget report, the Inland Revenue consultation document on simplification of the taxation of pensions published today, alongside the pensions Green Paper, contains proposals to expand choice and flexibility in the annuities market.
John Healey [holding answer 2 December 2002]: To estimate the cost of tax relief information would be needed about the amount of the user charges incurred for each year which qualified for tax relief and about the tax position of those claiming relief.
Mr. Boateng : Under the Bank of England Act 1998, the Treasury is required to specify the inflation target each year. My right hon. Friend the Chancellor of the Exchequer last reviewed the remit for the Monetary Policy Committee at the time of the Budget in April.
Matthew Taylor: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how much of the revenue collected by the Large Business Office in each of the last five fiscal years was (a) tax, (b) interest and (c) penalties; and if he will make a statement. 
Mr. Webb: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer pursuant to his answer of 27 November, Official Report, column 315W, on CR74, why (a) 3.5 million national insurance records were no longer needed, and (b) 1.3 million records required further checking; and how long the 3.5 million national insurance records that were no longer needed were in circulation after the date on which they should have been withdrawn. 
Dawn Primarolo: The Inland Revenue keeps more than one record for a customer when the circumstances warrant it, but processes are in place to check and keep records updated as part of normal customer service.
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National insurance records were not affected by CR74. The exercise simply brought together the information on separate tax records relating to individual taxpayers and created a single tax record for them. As a result, a total of 3.5 million records were no longer needed. 1.3 million records require further checking to confirm that the correct National Insurance Number is being used. It is not possible, except at disproportionate cost, to find out how long records existed before being brought together as part of CR74.
Mr. Brady: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, pursuant to his answer of 12 December 2002 (Ref. 87201), if he will give the reasons why Bermuda was not included in the list of dependent or associated territories agreed at the Feira European Council for the purposes of the Savings Directive. 
Mr. Frank Field: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will list for his Department (a) those Comprehensive Spending Review 1998 targets that were outstanding at the time of the statement on the Comprehensive Spending Review 2002, (b) progress on such targets since then and (c) the expected date when targets not yet achieved will be met. 
Mr. Boateng: The Department publishes progress against all its outstanding PSA targets in its departmental report (Cm 5425 June 2002) and autumn performance report (Cm 5665 Dec 2002) published after the announcement of the Spending Review.
Andy Burnham: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many people will be eligible to claim (a) child tax credit and (b) working tax credit in the Leigh constituency; and what he estimates the total annual financial budget will be to Leigh of each of these measures. 
|Government Office Region||Number of families expected to benefit from the child tax credit||Number of families expected to benefit from the working tax credit|
|North West and Merseyside||750||210|
|Yorkshire and the Humber||540||150|
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Mr. Tom Harris: To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what steps the Government have taken to protect medical research companies against the actions of animal rights activists. 
Ms Hewitt: The Government are determined that animal rights extremists will not prevent companies carrying out legitimate business in the UK and that these companies will be protected from intimidation and harassment. In recognition of the exceptional circumstances Huntingdon Life Sciences Group plc have found themselves in, the DTI has previously agreed to provide banking facilities for Huntingdon Life Sciences Group plc. The DTI is now extending its support to facilitate the provision of insurance services to Huntingdon Life Sciences Group plc on a worldwide basis. Both these actions have been taken to secure Huntingdon Life Sciences Group plc from the harm caused by the criminal intimidation and assault being directed at its employees, including their families and friends, and also those of its suppliers, customers and other companies. Huntingdon Life Sciences Group plc is a world-leading provider in the highly regulated area of essential research, development and toxicological testing services for the pharmaceutical, biotechnology and chemical industries. Any commercial damage to these industries or their supporting services, like Huntingdon Life Sciences, would have a very serious impact on UK scientific and medical research. The DTI is not using commercial insurance companies or brokers at this time and is providing insurance through its own resources.
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This states that 'good quality' CHP electricity output in 2001 had declined by 17 per cent. on the level recorded in 2000 and that the annual growth rate of installed capacity slowed to about 0.8 per cent.
May I also refer my hon. Friend to the Government's response of 4 April 2002 to the consultation on NETA and smaller generators and to Ofgem's review of the first year of NETA, where the impact of NETA on CHP is discussed in the chapter concerning smaller generators.
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