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Mr. Amess: To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Innovation and Skills when he plans to answer question (a) 321887 on his Department's initiatives and (b) 321888 on the Enterprise Finance Guarantee Scheme, tabled on 10 March 2010; and if he will make a statement. 
Ms Rosie Winterton: I refer the hon. Member to the answer given by my right hon. Friend the Prime Minister on 23 March, Official Report, column 256W, and the answer I gave on 24 March, Official Report, column 401W.
Dr. Naysmith: To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what plans his Department has to improve the mechanisms used to measure the progress and effectiveness of the tuberculosis control programmes funded by his Department. 
Mr. Thomas: The Department for International Development (DFID) aims to ensure that all organisations supported by UK aid have robust systems to monitor and measure their impact. The Global Fund to Fight AIDS, TB and Malaria (GFATM) reports regularly against targets and continually analyses how their monitoring and reporting systems can be improved. DFID is providing £6 billion to strengthen health systems in developing counties from 2008-15. A significant portion of this funding is being used to develop health information management systems that will assist in measuring the progress and effectiveness of tuberculosis control programmes.
Many tuberculosis control programmes have reported 80 per cent. cure rates using the Directly Observed Therapy, Short-course (DOTS) monitoring system. DOTS is an effective strategy supported by the World Health Organisation and used by many programmes supported by DFID to monitor their success.
Dr. Starkey: To ask the Secretary of State for International Development pursuant to the answer of 5 March 2010, Official Report, column 1416W, on international assistance, if he will publish his Department's Health Portfolio Review. 
Mr. Philip Hammond: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what the five most expensive hospitality events hosted by his Department and its agencies were in the last three years; and what the (a) cost and (b) purpose was of each. 
Sarah McCarthy-Fry: HM Treasury's accounting system does not identify spending by event and the information for HM Treasury and the Office of Government Commerce could not be provided within the disproportionate costs threshold.
Mr. Timms: The 'Health in Pregnancy Grant' is a one-off, tax-free payment from HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) for mothers-to-be who are at least 25 weeks pregnant to help them prepare for the birth of their baby. Further information is available at:
Willie Rennie: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what recent discussions officials of UK Financial Investments Ltd have had with representatives of the Royal Bank of Scotland (RBS) on the level of lending by RBS to small businesses. 
Sarah McCarthy-Fry: Both HM Treasury and UK Financial investments officials hold frequent discussions with the Royal Bank of Scotland on a range of topics. As was the case with previous Administrations, it is not the Government's practice to provide details of such discussions.
Mr. Todd: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what research his Department has (a) commissioned and (b) evaluated on the prevalence of alcohol diversion fraud; and whether he has plans to take steps to reduce the incidence of such fraud. 
Sarah McCarthy-Fry: Diversion of alcohol without payment of excise duty is the most prevalent form of alcohol fraud. Estimates of tax losses are produced by HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) annually for spirits, the latest of which are published in 'Measuring Tax Gaps-2009'. This publication is available in the House of Commons Library. Reliable estimates for wine and beer are not yet available.
In Budget 2009, the Chancellor announced a comprehensive programme of work for 2009-10 involving HMRC and UK Border Agency renewing their strategy to tackle alcohol fraud. The strategy comprises measures to prevent fraud as well as tackle evasion and criminality, and has three broad themes:
Changing the law-to make life tougher for criminals and easier for honest businesses;
Working with honest businesses-to secure legitimate supply chains and make it harder for criminals to source alcohol; and
Strengthening operational response-to co-ordinate efforts to detect, disrupt and dismantle organised criminal networks and illicit supply chains.
Christopher Fraser: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what estimate he has made of the (a) value added tax, (b) corporation tax and (c) income tax revenue foregone as a result of illegal car washing operations in each of the last three years. 
Mr. Timms: HM Revenue and Customs conducts inquires each year into many thousands of people operating in the hidden economy, including in car washing and valeting services. However, no assessment has been made of the tax losses from this sector above.
Steve Webb: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what the monetary value was of tax credits overpayments written off in (a) 2005-06, (b) 2006-07, (c) 2007-08 and (d) 2008-09 as a result of (i) official and (ii) claimant error; and if he will make a statement. 
Mr. Timms: HM Revenue and Customs' (HMRC) Code of Practice 26 'What happens if we've paid you too much tax credit?' explains its approach to tax credits overpayments and the circumstances in which customers may not have to pay them back. It is available at:
|Value of disputed written overpayments written off (£000)|
Mr. Rob Wilson: To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office what estimate has been made of the number of small businesses which have closed in (a) Reading East constituency and (b) Berkshire in each year since 1997. 
As Director General for the Office for National Statistics, I have been asked to reply to your recent Parliamentary Question concerning how many small businesses have closed in (a) Reading East constituency and (b) Berkshire in each year since 1997. 
Annual statistics on business births, deaths and survival are available for 2002 onwards from the ONS release on Business Demography at
The table below contains the latest statistics available on business deaths for Reading East and Berkshire.
|Deaths of enterprises for Reading east parliamentary constituency and the former county of Berkshire for enterprises with less than 50 e mployment (small)|
|(1) Data not available|
1. The former county of Berkshire is the area now covered by the Unitary Authorities of Bracknell Forest, Reading, Slough, West Berkshire, Windsor and Maidenhead and Wokingham, all created on 1 April 1998.
2. A small business is defined as an enterprise with less than 50 employment
Mr. Stewart Jackson: To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office what the schedule is for printing 2011 Census forms; and how many Census forms she expects to be printed in each month from March 2011 to the date of the Census. 
As the Director General for the Office for National Statistics (ONS) I have been asked to reply to your recent question asking what the schedule is for printing 2011 Census forms; and how many census forms are expected to be printed in each month from March 2010 to the date of the census. (323448)
Initial printing of the questionnaires is running from March 2010 to July 2010 and once this is complete a second process of overprinting will begin, during which the barcodes, unique identifiers and internet access codes will be printed onto each questionnaire.
Current expectations are that for the initial printing stage the numbers of questionnaires printed each month will be approximately:
During August 2010 ONS will be undertaking testing processes and undertaking further quality assurance of the processing procedures.
Once the initial printing process is complete a second process of overprinting will begin, during which the barcodes, unique identifiers and internet access codes will be printed onto each questionnaire. This process will run from July 2010 until March 2011.
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