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Steve Webb: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer for what (a) initiatives, (b) campaigns and (c) advisory bodies relating to older people his Department (i) is responsible and (ii) has provided funding since 2001; and what the cost in each year was for each one. 
With the Department for Work and Pensions, HM Treasury has promoted a range of measures and initiatives aimed at improving the
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incomes of older people, particularly those over state pension age, including increasing the basic state pension by more than inflation in 2001 -2003, guaranteeing future annual rises by the higher of 2.5 per cent. or RPI and launching the Pension Credit to reward those with modest savings for the first time.
Mr. Gummer: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer (1) whether the rateable value for the purpose of the uniform business rate of a public lavatory is the same in highly rateable and more lowly rated areas; 
(2) what the criteria are by which a valuation officer evaluates a public lavatory for the purpose of the uniform business rate; 
(3) what the (a) highest and (b) lowest rated public lavatory in England is for the purpose of the uniform business rate. 
Dawn Primarolo: Details of the method and basis of valuation of Public Lavatories for non-domestic rating is set out in the Valuation Office Agency's Rating Manual. This can be found on its website at:
There are variations in the level of assessments that reflect the different levels of build costs across the country. In practice, a part of the calculation is a 'location factor' applied to the build costs. In the 2000 rating lists in England and Wales the highest location factor is 31.8 per cent. greater than the lowest. An addition of 5 per cent. is made to public conveniences in urban areas; this does not apply to rural public conveniences.
The highest assessment for a public lavatory in England and Wales is £30,000 rateable value. This is a public lavatory at Tower Place, Tower Hill, London, EC4 6DS. There are a number of public lavatories assessed at £1 rateable value following the Lands Tribunal decision (Hodkinson (VO) v Strathclyde Regional Council Superannuation Fund 1996 RA 131).
Dawn Primarolo: All income taxpayers benefit from the 10p pence starting rate. The Survey of Personal Incomes estimates there are about 4,000 state retirement pension age taxpayers in the Birkenhead constituency in 200001 and 200102. Figures for 19992000 are currently not available.
Mrs. Gillan: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what (a) drug enforcement and (b) drugs policy functions are being transferred from HM Customs and Excise to the Serious Organised Crime Agency. 
Mr. Boateng: The investigation and intelligence responsibilities of HM Customs and Excise in tackling serious drug trafficking and recovering related criminal assets will be transferred to the Serious Organised Crime Agency. The policy functions related to these activities will also transfer.
Dr. Cable: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how much was received by the Inland Revenue in student loan repayment in each month in financial years (a) 200203 and (b) 200304; and when the payments were transferred to the Student Loan Company. 
Dawn Primarolo: Latest information on the recovery of student loans through the tax system and payments to the Department for Education and Skills (DfES) of loans recovered is shown in Note 5 to the Trust Statement in Appendix 1 of the Inland Revenue Annual Report for the year ending 31 March 2003. An estimate of loans recovered, and payment to DfES, for 200304 will be published in the 2004 report.
Geraldine Smith: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer whether claimants of tax credits receive a copy of the Code of Practice on overpayments when it becomes evident that they may have been overpaid. 
Dawn Primarolo: I refer my hon. Friend to the replies I gave my hon. Friend the Member for Glasgow, Anniesland (John Robertson) on 21 January 2004, Official Report, column 1259W, and the hon. Member for North Norfolk (Norman Lamb) on 27 February 2004, Official Report, column 570571W.
Mr. Alan Reid: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer pursuant to the answer of 30 March 2004, reference 164497, on tax stamps, what the responses were of the two EU or accession countries not named in the answer; and if he will place copies of these responses in the Library. 
John Healey: The Government has now received and reviewed responses from both Hungary and Lithuania. Neither country plans to discontinue its tax stamp scheme. The Government will consider publishing these responses if the countries concerned give their permission to do so.
To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will update the information provided in his answer to
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the hon. Member for Truro and St. Austell (Matthew Taylor) on taxation of 23 January 2003, Official Report, column 430W; and if he will make a statement. 
The full-year capital gains tax yields in 200405 from introducing a rate of tax of 49 per cent. on (a) taxable and (b) gross incomes exceeding £100,000 per annum are both estimated to be £120 million.
Ruth Kelly [holding answer 30 March 2004]: The Crown Estate has a statutory duty to obtain an appropriate return from its assets under section 1 (3) of The Crown Estate Act 1961. The Crown Estate is no different from any other landowner in the way it seeks payment for wayleaves or the way in which they are valued.
To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer under what powers the Crown Estate is entitled to charge a wayleave for a new bridge over the River South
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Esk at Montrose when a wayleave exists for the current bridge. 
Ruth Kelly [holding answer 30 March 2004]: No new charge is being made for a wayleave over the River South Esk at Montrose. The wayleave for the existing bridge covers both the temporary and the new bridges.
Mr. Weir: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer under what powers the Crown Estate is able to charge substantial sums of money from Angus council for the construction of a temporary bridge over the River South Esk at Montrose while a new bridge is being built. 
Ruth Kelly [holding answer 30 March 2004]: The Crown Estate Act 1961, s.1(3) places a statutory duty on The Crown Estate Commissioners to maintain and enhance the value of The Crown Estate and the return obtained from it, but with due regard to the requirements of good management.
A rental charge is being made for the lease of land for the temporary bridge because it is on Crown Estate foreshore and seabed (tidal riverbed is defined as seabed). The rental value was agreed between agents acting on behalf of The Crown Estate and on behalf of Angus council.
Mr. Weir: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how much the Crown Estate has received from local authorities in Scotland in each of the last 10 years as wayleaves for bridges and other public works projects. 
|19992000||500||Western Isles Council||Wayleave for bridge span, Sound of Scalpay||11 August 1999|
|550||Shetland Islands Council||Wayleave for bridge span, Muckle Roe||9 April 1999|
|199394||100||Western Isles Council||Wayleave for bridge span, River Miavaig||21 June 1993|
Mr. Weir: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what process is used to determine the value of a wayleave charged by the Crown Estate to local authorities in respect of public works projects. 
Ruth Kelly [holding answer 30 March 2004]: The value of a wayleave is determined on a case-by-case basis through negotiation in accordance with professional valuation practice, with the respective local authority or its representative.
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