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in order to determine the appropriate level of central Government support for public expenditure in Scotland. 
Mr. Andrew Smith: Detailed figures setting out estimates of capital investment by the private sector in support of PFI deals (both signed and those at preferred bidder) and estimated payments made by Government under PFI contracts are published in the Financial Statement and Budget Report each year. Tables C16 and C17 of Budget 2001 include the latest projections of capital expenditure by the private sector under the Private Finance Initiative, broken down by Department, for 200102. In line with past practice, I expect to update these figures shortly.
Mr. Bercow: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will estimate the effective annualised increase in public sector pay for those workers covered by the pay review bodies in each of the last four years. 
Mr. Bercow: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will list central Government disposals from the National Asset Register in each of the last four years specifying the value of each disposal. 
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Mr. Bercow: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what the amount in 200102 prices accounted for by general Government expenditure on services from 197980 to 200102 was, broken down by the current classification of sponsor Department. 
Mr. Andrew Smith: Information about total managed expenditure on services by broad activity of spending, from 198485 to 200001, is published in table 3.3 of Public Expenditure Statistical Analyses (PESA) 200102 (Cm 5101) and is presented in 19992000 prices.
Mr. Bercow: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will make a statement on the local authority, central Government and public corporation components of sales of public sector land and buildings in each of the last five years. 
Mr. Andrew Smith: Information about the sale of central and local government land and buildings, from 199596 to 200001, is published in table 3.8 of Public Expenditure Statistical Analyses 200102 (Cm 5101). Equivalent information for public corporations is not readily available.
Mr. Laws: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what goods and services provided by the access to work scheme are considered to be a taxable benefit; whether the receipt of digital hearing aids funded through the Department of Work and Pensions access to work scheme can be considered a taxable benefit; and if he will make a statement. 
Mr. Andrew Smith: Goods and services of whatever nature provided to an employee by reason of the employment are exempt from charge if supplied in order to carry out the duties of the employment and any private use is not significant.
Mr. Lidington: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will place in the Library a copy of the staff report on the implementation of the HIPC debt initiatives referred to on page 5 of his joint statement of 16 November 2001 with the Secretary of State for International Development at the Ottawa meeting of the World bank and IMF. 
Mr. Andrew Smith: The report of the World bank and IMF Development Committee on the status of the implementation of the HIPC Initiative is available on the World bank website at http://www.worldbank.org/hipc/ Status_of_Implem_english.pdf.
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The Prime Minister: I visited Bangladesh, India and Pakistan from 37 January. I had discussions with the leaders of all three countries, and a series of other meetings aimed at further strengthening our bilateral relations. The visit also provided an opportunity for me to discuss key regional issues.
Malcolm Bruce: To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, pursuant to her answer of 10 December 2001, Official Report, column 650W, on sub-post offices, if she will list (a) the initiatives that received payments from the sub-post office start-up capital scheme in 200102, with the funding received in each case and (b) those that applied but did not receive funding. 
Mr. Alexander: To date, there have been over 500 requests for further information about the sub-post office start-up subsidy scheme and 118 of these have generated requests for application forms of which 18 have so far been returned. Five applications for support under the scheme have now been approved and other applications are under consideration. One payment of £13,200 has been made in respect of an initiative at Capel-le-Ferne in Kent. No applications have been rejected.
Mr. Alexander: Consignia's intention to make the cost savings it has announced is an operational issue for the company which is consulting with the unions on the matter. The company has not informed the Government of specific plans of how it intends to achieve these savings.
Mr. Kidney: To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry how many (a) employees and (b) managers there are in each business unit of Consignia, broken down by (i) gender and (ii) ethnic origin. 
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Mr. Laws: To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what her latest estimate is of (a) the annual value of Benefits Agency business to Consignia which will be lost as a result of the introduction of automated credit transfer and (b) the expected revenue to be gained by Consignia through the operation of the Universal bank. 
Mr. Alexander: The current value of Benefits Agency business to Consignia is some £400 million a year. The migration of benefit payments to ACT is scheduled to begin in 2003. How that migration affects the revenue of Consignia and the post office network will depend on a number of factors, not least how benefit recipients and other post office customers respond to change.
Mr. Laws: To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what criteria are used by Consignia to determine whether a post office is facing unavoidable closure; and if she will make a statement. 
Mr. Alexander: Consignia define an unavoidable closure of a post office as one where no one suitable is prepared to take over from the departing sub-postmaster, where no suitable premises remain available or can be identified or where an associated retail business is no longer commercially viable.
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