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Sarah Teather: To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland pursuant to the answer of 3 December 2007, Official Report, column 746W, on departmental pay, how many of those earning over £100,000 were employed (a) as special advisers and (b) in a political role in each year since 1997. 
David Cairns: Since 2003, the Government have published on an annual basis the number of special advisers in each pay band. For the most recent information, I refer the hon. Member to the statement made by my right hon. Friend, the Prime Minister, on 22 November 2007, Official Report, 147-51WS.
To ask the hon. Member for Gosport, representing the Speaker's Committee on the Electoral Commission how many branded plastic bags the
Electoral Commission has purchased in the last 24 months for which figures are available; and at what cost. 
Mr. Pickles: To ask the hon. Member for Gosport, representing the Speaker's Committee on the Electoral Commission what research the Electoral Commission has commissioned from NOP on electoral registration; and at what cost. 
Mr. Pickles: To ask the hon. Member for Gosport, representing the Speaker's Committee on the Electoral Commission whether the review by the Boundary Committee for England into restructuring of local government in Norfolk is a review under the (a) Local Government Act 1992 and (b) Local Government and Public Involvement in Health Act 2007. 
Peter Viggers: Section 4 of the Local Government and Public Involvement in Health Act 2007 states that the Secretary of State may request the Boundary Committee to advise on any matter that relates to a proposal for unitary status. The 2007 Act also repeals the power of the Secretary of State under section 13 of the Local Government Act 1992 to request the Electoral Commission to recommend whether a structural or boundary change should be made in a specified area.
The Electoral Commission informs me that the Boundary Committee for England has not yet received any such request and that it has not yet commenced a review of local government in Norfolk. The committee has, however, carried out preparatory work following the announcement in July 2007 that the Secretary of State is minded to make such a request.
Mr. Pickles: To ask the hon. Member for Gosport, representing the Speaker's Committee on the Electoral Commission how many performance indicators the Electoral Commission is setting for local authorities. 
Mr. Gauke: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer on what date HM Revenue and Customs first informed the police of the loss of the computer discs containing the data of child benefit claimants. 
Mr. Pickles: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what account would be taken of a local income tax in Scotland when determining funding to be paid by the UK Government to Scotland for council tax benefit. 
Andy Burnham: Council tax benefit is a reserved matter, funded by the Department for Work and Pensions. England, Scotland and Wales operate a council tax system. Council tax benefit is paid as a rebate to households, up to a maximum of their council tax liability. No benefit is payable to households that do not pay council tax.
Dr. Fox: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer pursuant to the Winter Supplementary Estimates (HC 29), for what reasons he plans to transfer £70 million from voted capital DEL to non-voted near cash resource DEL; and if he will make a statement. 
Andy Burnham: I refer the hon. Member to the answer given by the Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Defence and Minister for Veterans (Derek Twigg) on 7 January 2008, Official Report, column 40W.
Angela Eagle: Any IMF gold sales would require a 85 per cent. vote in favour by the members of the IMF. The UK Government believe that any sales of gold should take place in an orderly way, phased overtime, and within the bounds set by official sellers of gold in recent years so as to avoid disruption to the gold market.
Mr. Graham Stuart: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what the median household income was in each parliamentary constituency in Yorkshire and the Humber in each year since 1997; and if he will make a statement. 
Mr. Gauke: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what security measures he has put in place to protect data exchanged via the HM Revenue and Customs website by contractors to file online returns under the construction industry scheme. 
Jane Kennedy: HMRC has in place appropriate security measures to protect data exchanged via the HMRC website; these include measures to ensure authentication of access, encryption and a secure connection such as firewall technology to safeguard information received. Users of HMRCs e-services are required to confirm their identity using a unique user identification and password before they can access the Departments Construction Industry Scheme (CIS) Service. Additionally the system used encrypts all data to ensure any exchange via the Department is transmitted securely.
Mr. Ellwood: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what funding is available from (a) central and (b) local government for road improvements to the A303 at Stonehenge in (i) 2007-08 and (ii) 2008-09. 
Mr. Tom Harris [holding answer 9 January 2008]: There are currently no proposals for funding improvements to the A303 running past Stonehenge in 2007-08 or 2008-09. Following our announcement on Thursday, 6 December 2007, Official Report, columns 97-8WS on the A303 Stonehenge Improvement scheme, the Highways Agency will be investigating possible smaller scale measures to improve traffic flows and safety along this section of the A303.
The Department is also working with Department for Culture, Media and Sport and other stakeholders to investigate options for improving the environment around Stonehenge and improving visitor facilities. This work will include an assessment of the possibility of closing the junction of the A344 with the A303. Funding for possible small scale improvements to the A303 will be considered as part of this further work.
Mr. Pickles: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport (1) if she will place in the Library a copy of the Memorandum of Understanding between the Mayor of London and her Department on the Crossrail project; 
Mr. Tom Harris: I refer the hon. Member to the written statement made by the Secretary of State on 26 November 2007, Official Report, columns 133-34 WS and the answer given to the hon. Member for Wokingham (Mr. Redwood) on 30 October 2007, Official Report, column 1294W.
Mr. Ellwood: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what steps the Government is taking to increase public awareness of the volumes and timings of alcohol consumption likely to result in reaching the maximum blood alcohol concentration permitted for driving on public roads. 
Jim Fitzpatrick: The Department are spending about £3.5 million this year advertising against drink-driving. We have an advice leaflet, How Much Will Your Next Round Cost You?, which is available on-line at:
Our advice has consistently warned drivers that it is not possible to calculate how much alcohol they can consume. We have included in our leaflet a warning about the persistence of alcohol impairment and the morning after effect.
Alcohol impairment is a complex matter, It is influenced by various factors, including the drivers gender, body mass, his or her state of health and level of fatigue; the confounding effects of drugslegal and illegal; by the level of driving skillsincluding the effects of inexperience and old age; and by the amount and rate of alcohol consumption. Any level of alcohol impairs driving and our core message is don't drink and drive.
Mr. Hancock: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how many (a) deaths and (b) injuries resulting from accidents on motorways in Hampshire there were in each of the last two years, broken down on a junction-to-junction basis. 
Mr. Tom Harris: The number of deaths and injuries resulting from accidents on the Highways Agencys motorways in Hampshire in each of the last two years is given, on a junction-to-junction basis, in the following table.
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