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David Taylor: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many private finance initiative contracts have been re-negotiated since September 2008; and whether the public sector liability has increased as a result of such re-negotiations. 
Mr. Wallace: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what payments to the Ministry of Defence have been made out of Treasury reserves to pay for equipment for military operations in (a) Iraq and (b) Afghanistan. 
Mr. Byrne: Treasury expenditure on the net additional cost of military operations, including equipment, are broken down by theatre in the Ministry of Defence's annual report and accounts. For the most recent 2007-08 accounts the relevant table is listed under Operations and Peacekeeping (RfR2), sub-para 2.3 on page 292.
Dr. Pugh: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what estimate he has made of the proportion of expenditure from the public purse in 2010-11 expected to be spent on Government (a) loans to and (b) purchase of equity or shares in banks. 
Sarah McCarthy-Fry: As set out in Budget 2009, the Government projects that the net effect of financial sector interventions on the central Government net cash requirement (CGNCR) will be zero in 2010-11.
Stewart Hosie: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer whether his Department plans to make a submission to the Scottish Executive's National Conversation consultation on Scotland's constitutional future. 
The Commission on Scottish Devolution was established by majority vote in the Scottish Parliament and with the full support of the UK Government. UK Departments submitted evidence to the Commission during its first phase of evidence gathering.
A Steering Group has been established under the Chairmanship of the Secretary of State for Scotland to help the UK Government and the Scottish Parliament plan how to take forward the Calman recommendations and deliver stronger devolution within a stronger United Kingdom.
Mr. Steen: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if HM Revenue and Customs will take steps to investigate instances of suspected benefit fraud perpetrated by EU nationals from former Soviet bloc countries. 
Ian Pearson: HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) takes all instances of suspected fraud seriously and is stepping up its work in this area. The Department is increasing its use of data matching using information from a wide variety of sources to identify those who attempt to abuse the system. HMRC also shares intelligence and investigates cases jointly with other Government agencies.
To help prevent fraud from occurring in the first place, child benefit customers must provide HMRC with documentary evidence of the child being claimed for, such as a birth certificate, adoption certificate or passport.
All claims for child benefit are then subject to a wide range of checks throughout the life of each claim. It would be inappropriate to disclose a complete list as to do so may provide assistance to those attempting to defraud the system.
Mr. Drew: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer in how many tax credit cases payments have been affected by technical difficulties in the last year for which figures are available; and what the average length of time taken to resolve such cases was. 
Where necessary, HMRC maintains affected tax credits claims by sending manual cash cheque payments to its customers. At the end of August 2009, less than 9,500 households' tax credit claims were being processed clerically.
Mr. Moore: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what steps he plans to take to implement the G20 London Summit commitment to develop proposals by the end of 2009 to make it easier for developing countries to secure the benefits of a new co-operative tax environment; and whether discussion of such proposals will be on the agenda for the forthcoming G20 Summit in Pittsburgh. 
Earlier this month, G20 Finance Ministers lent further support to the proposal that developing countries should benefit from the new tax transparency, possibly through a multilateral instrument for information exchange, which would allow a wider group of countries-including developing countries-to access relevant tax information.
The Global Forum on Transparency and Exchange of Information for Tax Purposes has agreed to report to the next meeting of G20 Finance Ministers in November on how multilateral tax information exchange agreements (TIEAs) work and what steps are necessary to accelerate full implementation of the international standard on tax information exchange. The UK will be pressing for early implementation of such an instrument. We expect this issue to be discussed at the meeting of G20 Finance Ministers in November.
Mr. Bone: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what stakes the Government holds in UK financial institutions; how much each cost to purchase; what the present value of each is; what the earliest date is on which each could be repaid; and on what date it is anticipated each will be repaid. 
Sarah McCarthy-Fry: Details of the Government's market investments in RBS and Lloyds Banking Group, including valuations and the Government's strategy for managing the investments over time, are set out in UK Financial Investments' Annual Report, available at:
Bradford and Bingley and Northern Rock were transferred into public ownership under the Banking (Special Provisions) Act 2008 and independent valuers have been appointed to decide what, if any, compensation is payable to former shareholders.
Mr. Philip Hammond: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what training courses have been provided to staff of UK Financial Investments since its inception; and at what cost to the public purse. 
Sarah McCarthy-Fry: UK Financial Investment (UKFI) is a limited company wholly owned by HM Treasury. UKFI's costs are set out in their annual report and accounts, in line with Company's Act reporting requirements and FReM accounting standards. The annual report and accounts can be found on their website at:
UKFI staff have undertaken various training to ensure that staff are well trained to deliver UKFI's remit to manage the Government's shareholdings commercially and create and protect value for the taxpayer as shareholder.
Mrs. Spelman: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer whether the Valuation Office Agency treats bedsits (a) with and (b) without self-contained toilet and washroom facilities separately for the purposes of council tax valuations. 
Ian Pearson: In deciding whether a property should have a single assessment or several, the Valuation Office Agency (VOA) will consider whether the property contains self-contained units "constructed or adapted for use as separate living accommodation".
Individual flats or bedsits may be allocated their own council tax band, even though some of the facilities and accommodation may be shared with other residents of the same building. The VOA's judgment will depend on the specifics of the property in question and the nature of the occupation.
To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer with reference to the answer of 6 February 2006, Official Report, column 1036W, on Valuation
Office Agency, how many reports of convictions and related offences the Valuation Office Agency has received from the Cabinet Office in respect of its staff each of the last three years. 
Mr. Timms: The Valuation Office Agency has received fewer than five reports of convictions and related offences from the Cabinet Office. All reports have been received within the period April to September 2009.
Mr. Dunne: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will place in the Library a copy of the referencing guidance and manuals produced by the Valuation Office Agency for the inspection and valuation of (a) advertising rights and stations and (b) licensed property. 
Mr. Dunne: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer with reference to page 33 of the Valuation Office Agency's Annual Report and Accounts 2008-09, HC 521, in which six process areas the Agency fell below minimum target standards in its information security high level assessment. 
Leadership and Governance
Training, Education and awareness
Information Risk Management
Through-Life Information Assurance Measures
Assured Information Sharing
Mr. Dunne: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer with reference to page 33 of the Valuation Office Agency's (VOA) Annual Report and Accounts 2008-09, HC 521, if he will place in the Library a copy of Deloitte's report on its high level assessment of the maturity and effectiveness of VOA information security, redacted for security reasons as necessary. 
Ian Pearson: The Deloitte report assesses the Valuation Office Agency's (VOA) security maturity and identifies the areas for improvement to enable full compliance with the Poynter review, with the HMG Security Policy Framework and Minimum Mandatory Measures and ISO 27001-the industry standard measure for information security compliance.
£2 billion of guarantees have been provided to banks under the Working Capital scheme to free up regulatory capital for new lending to UK companies. As a result of action by the Government and the regulatory authorities, leading to improvements in the capital position of the UK banking system since the introduction of the WCS, the Government have been able to allocate resource provision for the WCS to other measures to support businesses, including as announced at the Budget 2009 a trade credit insurance top up scheme and a possible new letters of credit scheme in the Export Credit Guarantee Department.
Guarantees have been provided to Royal Bank of Scotland PLC (RBS), National Westminster Bank PLC (NatWest), and Lloyds TSB Bank PLC and Lloyds TSB Scotland PLC (Lloyds Banking Group) under the Working Capital scheme to free up regulatory capital for new lending to UK companies. As a result of action by the Government and the regulatory authorities, leading to improvements in the capital position of the UK banking system since the introduction of the WCS, the Government have been able to allocate resource provision for the WCS to other measures to support businesses, including as announced at the Budget 2009 a trade credit insurance top up scheme and a possible new letters of credit scheme in the Export Credit Guarantee Department.
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