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secondment; from which organisation each individual was seconded; what the names of each were; and what the responsibilities were of each individual while they worked at the Valuation Office Agency. 
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|25 April 2000||24 June 2000||Hong Kong Rating and Valuation Department||Rating||Inspections and rating of non-domestic properties. Performed all duties of a valuer.|
|17 April 2001||17 August 2001||UKAEA||Land Service Team||Inspections, measurement and valuation of properties. Highway and health authority cases.|
Dawn Primarolo: This Government are committed to abolishing child poverty within a generation and halving it by 2010. As part of this commitment, we recently published a strategy document entitled 'Tackling child poverty: giving every child the best possible start in life' which will inform the Budget and Spending Review 2002. As a result of tax and benefit changes announced in the last Parliament, there are now 1.2 million fewer children in poverty than there would otherwise have been.
During this Parliament, the Government will continue to make progress towards its goals with the introduction of two new tax creditsthe child tax credit and the working tax credit. The Government are also making substantial new investments in services for children. Over the four years to 2004, average real-terms annual growth in spending on education and training in England will be over 5½ per cent. In addition, extra funds have been made available for SureStart, Neighbourhood Renewal and the Children's Fund.
Dawn Primarolo: Age-related personal allowances have been increased between 199899 and 200203 by £690 and £770 in cash terms, and by £150 and £210 more than statutory indexation over this period for those aged 6574 and 75+ respectively.
Mr. Willetts: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many National Insurance records are incomplete as a result of the problems with the NIRS2 computer; and how many records that were incomplete have been completed. 
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Dawn Primarolo: Contributions which individuals make to tax approved pension schemes, and the build up of those contributions, attract tax reliefs. Individual Savings Accounts (ISAs) may also be used to help provide for retirement and offer tax-free income and capital gains on the investments held in them.
Malcolm Bruce: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will list the companies from which his Department has obtained timber and wood products and the total spent with each firm over the last five years. 
This represents the major procurement of timber and wood products by the Department. There may have been other items purchased containing timber or wood but the information is not held centrally and could only be obtained at disproportionate cost.
Matthew Taylor: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, pursuant to his answer of 13 March 2002, ref. 42949, on public services productivity, which units within the Treasury are working on the paper; and if he will make a statement. 
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Sandra Gidley: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer which women's organisations have been consulted over proposed legislation by her Department during the (a) 200001 and (b) 200102 parliamentary sessions; and if their responses have been published. 
Ruth Kelly [holding answer 14 March 2002]: As is normal in the run-up to the Budget, the Government have received a number of representations from a variety of organisations. The Government's consultations generate a large number of representations. We are grateful to the many organisations that have taken the trouble to let us know their views. These ideas feed into the reforms that the Government have made to the tax system since 1997.
Ruth Kelly [holding answer 6 March 2002]: The Treasury has for decades had regular exchanges of staff with the Bank of England. Currently there are three Bank of England officials working in the Treasury. They are engaged in:
Policy advice in Budget and Public Finance directorate;
Policy advice in Macroeconomic Policy and International Finance directorate.
Mr. Andrew Turner: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what the annual budget for communications activities, including press, public relations, marketing and internal communications, was for his Department for each financial year from 199798 to 200102. 
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In addition, in 200102 there was a one-off spend on updating the Treasury's website. The cost of this one-off project is given in my answer to the hon. Member for Arundel and South Downs (Mr. Flight) on 19 December 2001, Official Report, column 321W.
Mr. Jenkins: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer (1) how many members of staff of his Department are members of the Territorial Forces; and if he has a strategy for his Department to encourage members of staff to become members of the Territorial forces; 
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Ruth Kelly: Information on whether staff are members of the Territorial Forces or are justices of the peace is not held centrally. Staff are eligible for special leave with pay for attendance at annual training camps for Reserve Forces training. Where additional training is required unpaid special leave may be authorised. Staff who are justices of the peace are allowed paid special leave to undertake their duties.
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