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Angela Eagle: The mandatory retirement age in the Treasury is 65. Before the change in legislation in October 2006 the mandatory retirement age was 60. No employees of HM Treasury have been asked to retire on reaching 65 in any year since 2000.
James Duddridge: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many applications (a) his Department and (b) its agencies have made under the Regulation of Investigatory Powers Act 2000 to (i) undertake directed surveillance, (ii) use covert human intelligence sources, (iii) acquire communications data and (iv) undertake intrusive surveillance in the last 24 months. 
Angela Eagle: Figures on public authority use of covert techniques controlled by the Regulation of Investigatory Powers Act 2000 (RIPA) are published annually by the Interception of Communications Commissioner, the Chief Surveillance Commissioner and the Intelligence Services Commissioner who each have particular inspection and oversight responsibilities under RIPA. The latest reports were laid before Parliament and copies placed in the House Library on 22 July. The figures provided in the reports are not broken down by individual public authority use of specific covert technique as, depending on the particular technique and authority using it, this could either reveal sensitivities or be misleading. The question of further disclosure for any particular public authority is a matter for the relevant Commissioner.
the Government does not propose a euro assessment to be initiated at the time of this budget.
Ian Pearson: Treasury Ministers discuss a wide range of issues with their counterparts in other countries, including the eurozone. The Governments policy on membership of the single currency in unchanged. It remains as set out by the Chancellor in his statement to the House of Commons in October 1997, and again in the Chancellors statement on the five tests assessment in June 2003.
Jim Cousins: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will publish an index of domestic energy prices (a) in total and (b) separately for (i) gas and (ii) electricity for each year since 1998. 
As National Statistician, I have been asked to reply to your recent Parliamentary Question to ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will set out an index of domestic energy prices (a) in total and (b) separately for (i) gas and (ii) electricity for each year since 1998. (234196)
Energy prices are included in the Consumer Prices Index (CPI) and are collected each month by the Office for National Statistics (ONS). The above indices are published monthly, and attached is a spreadsheet containing the annual data for each since 1998.
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|D7CHCPI Index 04.5: Electricity, Gas and Other Fuels 2005=100|
D7DUCPI Index 04.5.2: Gas 2005=100
D7DTCPI Index 04.5.1: Electricity 2005=100
Mr. Hurd: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer (1) pursuant to the answer to the hon. Member for Tunbridge Wells of 30 April 2008, column 476W, on the Financial Services Authority: College Public Policy, if he will place in the Library a copy of the reply from the Chairman; 
(2) pursuant to the answer to the hon. Member for Tunbridge Wells of 30 April 2008, column 476W, on the Financial Services Compensation Scheme: Lansons Public Affairs, if he will place in the Library a copy of the reply from the Chairman. 
Ian Pearson: The rules under which the Financial Services Compensation Scheme (FSCS) raises levies from financial services firms are set by the Financial Services Authority (FSA) as set out in the FSA Handbook on its website. The accounts of the scheme and information about levies are set out in the FSCSs annual report and on its website.
Grant Shapps: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer pursuant to the Answer to the hon. Member for Bromley and Chislehurst of 6 November 2008, Official Report, column 682W, on housing: valuation, if he will place in the Library a list of locality reference numbers for valuation areas in England outside London ranked in order of value significance by valuation area. 
Mr. Timms: Information on the number of taxpayers by marginal rate of income tax for the period 1990-91 to 2008-09 can be found in Table 2.1 Number of individual income taxpayers on the HM Revenue and Customs website at:
In common with experience across the world, UK inflation increased during 2008 as the surge in global commodity prices fed through to retail prices of food, petrol and diesel, and household energy bills.
In the UK, CPI inflation increased from 2.2 per cent. in December 2007 to a peak of 5.2 per cent. by September 2008 before falling back to 4.5 per cent. in October.
With global commodity prices having fallen sharply since the summer, petrol and diesel prices have already declined by 12 per cent. and food price inflation appears to have passed its peak. In line with external forecasts, CPI inflation is expected to fall sharply over the coming year.
Mr. Binley: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what his policy is on guaranteeing investments in Kaupthing, Singer and Friedland held in the Isle of Man by individuals who are treated as corporate clients. 
Ian Pearson: There has been no such consideration. As the Chief Secretary to the Treasury explained to the House on 21 February 2008, Official Report, columns 634-37, Northern Rock is not performing a function of public administration. During its period of temporary public ownership Northern Rock is being managed at arms length from the Government on commercial principles.
Mr. Hoban: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what the income decile boundaries are (a) excluding state pension and benefits and (b) including state pension and benefits for people (i) between 60 and 65, (ii) between 65 and 70, (iii) between 70 and 75, (iv) between 75 and 80 and (v) over 80 years. 
The Households Below Average Income publication uses equivalised household disposable incomes before and after housing costs as a proxy for material living standards. Both before and after housing cost incomes are net of income tax, national insurance contributions, council tax/domestic rates, pension contributions, maintenance/child support payments and parental contributions to students.
Negative before housing costs incomes are possible if a loss is made from self-employment, however any such incomes are set to zero as part of the Households Below Average Income methodology. This means that all before housing costs income are zero or greater. After housing
cost incomes can be negative if housing costs exceed the before housing cost incomes. All incomes excluding benefit income can be negative, as no further adjustment beyond removing benefit income is made.
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