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Mr. Matthew Taylor: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what estimate he has made of the revenue yield of (a) reducing the value below which inheritance tax is not levied by (i) £10,000 and (ii) £20,000 and (b) restricting the value of the personal allowance to (1) the basic rate and (2) 10 per cent. 
Dawn Primarolo: The revenue yield from reducing the value above which inheritance tax would otherwise be levied can be estimated, for increases or decreases of this order of magnitude, from Table 5 of the Tax Ready Reckoner. The Tax Ready Reckoner, November 2000, is in the House of Commons Library.
Mr. Jack: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, pursuant to his answer of 8 February 2000, Official Report, column 681W, if items described as Government spending can simultaneously be described as Government investment. 
Mr. Andrew Smith: The Government's main measure of public expenditure is Total Managed Expenditure (TME). TME is described in chapters 1 and 4 of Public Expenditure Statistical Analysis 2000-01 (Cm 4601).
Mr. Matthew Taylor: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, pursuant to his answer of 24 January 2001, Official Report, columns 647-48W, on opposition policies, (1) on what occasions the Treasury has initiated such costings; and if he will make a statement; 
Mr. Andrew Smith: I refer the hon. Member to the answer I gave on 24 January. The Treasury and other Departments have from time to time costed Opposition policies, and this will have involved discussions between the Treasury and other Departments. The procedure followed is consistent with the principles and practice established by previous Administrations.
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Mr. Stringer: All Departments are working hard to improve their handling of hon. Members' correspondence. We are currently collating information on the performance of Departments during the 2000 calendar year and will report back to the House in due course.
Marjorie Mowlam: The Government's Anti-Drugs Strategy has set a challenging target of halving the numbers of young people using illegal drugs by 2008, and we will back this by increasing spending in this area to £120 million by 2003-04.
In little over a year the team has, in partnership with relevant Government Departments and other stakeholders, taken action to reduce the paperwork burden on the police and head teachers. The estimated savings are 187,000 hours of police time every year, which is equivalent to 100 police officers' standard working hours--employing that many additional officers would cost around £5.5 million; and 4.5 million hours per year across the whole schools system. This equates to over 200 hours every year for a typical school.
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Last year I visited Colombia and Brazil where I discussed with the Presidents of both countries how we can help in addressing the problems of illicit drug production and trafficking in these countries.
Marjorie Mowlam: The UK is active in international forums, including the UN, G8 and EU, to strengthen the global framework for tackling illicit drugs trafficking. In the year 2000 we were the third largest donor to the United Nations International Drug Control Programme. Ministers and the UK Anti-Drugs Co-ordinator have also been active in supporting anti-drugs efforts in some of the countries which have the most serious problems with the production or transit of illegal drugs.
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The report shows that we are making progress towards meeting the challenging targets we have set as part of our 10-year anti-drugs strategy. Most of our annual targets were met in full and we are on track to deliver published targets for 2002.
On the Wirral there have been considerable improvements in the treatment services available to drug users, including a significant reduction in waiting lists for treatment. In recent months a needs assessment of the need of young people has been completed and a plan of action is being developed to meet the gaps in provision identified in the report. People needing advice and other assistance because of their drug use are likely to approach the Response Service based in Birkenhead, Wirral Drug Services, which includes a specialist service for young people and/or the Wirral Solvent Misuse Project.
The report shows that we are making progress towards meeting the challenging targets we have set as part our 10-year anti-drugs strategy. Most of our annual targets were met in full and we are on track to deliver published targets for 2002.
Within the Cleethorpes area, a number of initiatives are in place which address the needs of young people and drug misuse. These include training programmes for professionals working with young people; advice and information offered as part of a 'Nightclub' project; and a young people's conference to address drugs issues.
24. Fiona Mactaggart: To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office what the impact of the Government's national drugs strategy has been in (a) Slough and (b) other towns on the periphery of London. 
Mr. Ian McCartney: We are making good progress nationwide in all areas of the Government's anti-drugs strategy as reported in the UK Anti-Drugs Co-ordinator's annual report for 1999-2000, published on 7 November 2000. Effective delivery of the strategy at local level is essential if we are to succeed. In support of this, we are realigning Drug Action Teams along local authority boundaries. This means that Slough now has its own DAT. This should help address local priorities such as outreach services for young misusers; and develop better links with other outer-London Boroughs, which are far more similar in terms of drug and social exclusion issues, than the majority of Berkshire.
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