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Denzil Davies: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer pursuant to his answer of 15 June 2004, Official Report, column 835W, on the STEPS agreement, in respect of what costs were the payments in excess of the annual charge of £170 million made to Mapeley STEPS Ltd. in each year to April (a) 2002, (b) 2003 and (c) 2004. 
Dawn Primarolo: The £170 million, mentioned within the NAO report, relates to Facility price only and is an estimated annual charge only. The difference in the actual Facility Price payments and the total payments to Mapeley STEPS Contractor are for services and pass through costs provided for in the contract such as major works, minor works and utilities.
The data for years to April 2002 and 2003 have been routinely archived and therefore cannot be obtained without disproportionate cost. However, for the year to April 2004 the data are available for the Inland
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Revenue. The amounts that account for contract expenditure in addition to the Facility Prices are as follows:
|Minor works and services||12,536|
|VAT on rent||10,163|
|New services for existing facilities||2,244|
Denzil Davies: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer pursuant to his answer of 15 June, Official Report, column 835W, on the STEPS agreement, what his present estimate is of the total payments over the 20 years' contract that will be paid to Mapeley STEPS Ltd. for the Chancellor's departments. 
Dawn Primarolo: In their report on the STEPS deal, the NAO estimated that the Departments would pay Mapeley STEPS Contractor Ltd. some £1,500 million over the 20 years of the contract. This relates to the major contract price element (the facility price) for serviced accommodation. The NAO noted that this cost reflected the Departments anticipated requirements which may vary over time.
In addition to this the contract provides a flexible framework in which we are able to transact with Mapeley to provide a range of services including, utilities, business rates, and major and minor building works. Under the contract the cost of these additional services are charged on to the departments separately and will vary according to demand.
Denzil Davies: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer pursuant to his answer of 15 June 2004, Official Report, column 835W, on the STEPS agreement, whether the payments made to Mapeley STEPS Ltd. in each year to April (a) 2002, (b) 2003 and (c) 2004 were provided for in the contract which commenced on 2 April 2001. 
Dawn Primarolo: The Departments made payments that were provided for in the contract and due to Mapeley STEPS Contractor Ltd. in each of the years 2002, 2003 and 2004. By its nature any serviced accommodation contract provides a flexible framework for provision of a variety of services. In the case of the STEPS contract the Departments are able to transact with Mapeley to call off services including the provision of Major and Minor change works and the payment of Utilities. These are in addition to the fixed facility payment element due under the contract for serviced accommodation.
Mr. Goodman: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what his latest estimate is of the cost in this financial year of disregarding maintenance payments for the purposes of calculating working tax credit and child tax credit. 
Dawn Primarolo [holding answer 28 June 2004]: Maintenance payments are disregarded from income for the purposes of calculating tax credit awards. The cost of the child and working tax credit is given in tabled C8 and C11 of the Financial Statement and Budget Report 2004 (HC 301).
Mr. Chris Smith: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what savings on tax credits he anticipates making once the Civil Partnership Bill is introduced for, and the living together test is extended to, same-sex couples. 
|Debt Management Office1, 2||||9||26||9||17||25||36|
|Office of Government Commerce(26)||||||||1,110||1,106||1,047||1,171|
|Valuation Office Agency(24)||3,700||3,320||3,580||3,530||3,300||3,550||3,750|
|HM Customs and Excise(28)||3,000||3,000||3,000||3,000||4,005||5,002||6,200|
|National Savings and Investments||805||755||191||259||295||311||273|
|Office of National Statistics||1,671||1,784||2,425||2,661||2,550||2,846||3,314|
|Government Actuary's Department||80||71||95||89||88||97||92|
The National Statistician has been asked to reply to your recent Parliamentary Question about unemployment in Havering. I am replying in his absence. (184253)
The Office for National Statistics (ONS) compiles statistics of unemployment from the Labour Force Survey (LFS) following International Labour Organisation definitions.
The attached Table 1 gives the LFS estimates of the number of people unemployed in the Havering Local Authority area in the twelve months ending in February of the years 1997, 1999,2001 and 2003.
As with any statistical sample survey, estimates from the LFS are subject to sampling variability.
ONS also compiles statistics of those claiming Jobseeker's Allowance (JSA) for local areas. The attached Table 2 gives the annual average number of JSA claimants who are resident in the Havering Local Authority area for the years 1997, 1999, 2001 and 2003.
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