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Ruth Kelly: During July 2001 my right hon. Friend the Chancellor of the Exchequer attended a number of meetings with ministerial colleagues and others, carried out duties in the House of Commons, gave several speeches and undertook a number of engagements in his constituency.
Estimated VAT receipts from the sale of tobacco products were £1,755 million in 1999 and £1,856 million in 2000. An estimate of VAT receipts from the sale of tobacco products in 2001 is not yet available.
Mr. Bercow: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will estimate the proportion of total receipts from income tax, VAT and national insurance paid by the top (a) 1 per cent., (b) 5 per cent. and (c) 10 per cent. of tax payers in (i) 199798 and (ii) 200001. 
|Income tax||National insurance contributions|
|Top 1 per cent.||19||2|
|Top 5 per cent.||37||9|
|Top 10 per cent.||47||18|
|Top 1 per cent.||23||2|
|Top 5 per cent.||41||9|
|Top 10 per cent.||51||19|
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Matthew Taylor: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, pursuant to his answer of 15 January, Ref. 27602, on reputational externalities, for what reason he has not undertaken to place his Department's internal guidance on reputational externalities in the Library; and if he will make a statement. 
Mr. Andrew Smith: The Treasury offers advice to other Departments in making appraisals, taking into account the specific circumstances of individual cases. Exemption 2 of the Code of Practice on Access to Government Information provides for the confidentiality of internal opinion, advice, recommendation, consultation and deliberation.
Matthew Taylor: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer with reference to his letter of 11 December 2001, to the hon. Member for Truro and St. Austell, for what reason his Department used reputational externalities as a justification for the choice of discount rate recommended in "Appraisal and Evaluation in Central Government"; and if he will make a statement. 
Matthew Taylor: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, pursuant to his answer of 16 January 2001, Official Report, column 296W, on Geoffrey Spence, if he will place a copy of Mr. Spence's (a) terms of reference, (b) terms and conditions and (c) job description in the Library; and if he will make a statement. 
Mr. Andrew Smith: Mr. Spence has been appointed by Partnerships UK to provide professional advice to the Treasury on PFI and PPP and, as necessary, on current policy issues and projects. His terms and conditions are a matter for Partnerships UK.
Mr. Bercow: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, pursuant to his answer of 17 December 2001, Official Report, column 27W, on departmental underspends, whether he estimates that underspends will be higher in 200102 than in 200001. 
Mr. Andrew Smith: Table B16 of the pre-Budget report (Cm 5318) assumes that the outturn for total Departmental Expenditure Limits will be at the planned level. A revised position will be published on total DEL outturn in the Budget.
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Mr. Bercow: To ask the Deputy Prime Minister if he will list each of the overseas trips made by himself and other members of his ministerial team in each of the last four years, specifying the purpose and cost of each trip. 
The Deputy Prime Minister and First Secretary of State: For details of Cabinet Ministers' visits overseas costing more than £500 and the annual cost of all Ministers' visits overseas since 2 May 1997, I refer the hon. Member to the answers provided by my right hon. Friend the Prime Minister on 17 June 1999, Official Report, columns 19697W, 28 July 2000, Official Report, column 969W and 20 July 2001, Official Report, column 467W. The Government are committed to publishing this level of information on an annual basis, and information for 200102 will be published as soon as possible after the end of the current financial year. In view of this commitment which involves a significant amount of work and cost, the Government have no plans to widen the scope of the annual list to include junior Ministers.
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Mr. Leslie: A list broken down by authority showing the amounts of civil defence grant paid to each eligible authority in England and Wales for this financial year, 200102, has been placed in the Library. This amounts to 90 per cent. of the approved grant. The balance will be paid in financial year 200203 and depends on the actual expenditure incurred in accordance with the provisions of the civil defence grant regulations.
Valerie Davey: To ask the Deputy Prime Minister how the Government plan to consult external scientists to ensure that contingency plans for responding to a terrorist attack using chemical, biological, radiological or nuclear material are scientifically robust. 
Mr. Leslie: The Government's chief scientific adviser has been asked to consult on a regular basis with appropriate scientists and expert advisers to ensure that contingency plans reflect the latest scientific knowledge. He reports on a regular basis to the CBRN sub-committee chaired by the Minister of State, Home Department, my right hon. Friend the Member for Southampton, Itchen (Mr. Denham).
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(15) Rising by one day each year up to a maximum of 30 days
(16) 25 days after one year
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