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Mr. Caton: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer whether the new contractor will be required to ensure that the service remains (a) unified, (b) accountable and (c) within the United Kingdom under the Inland Revenue's tendering process for IT services. 
Dawn Primarolo: The service will be unified and will be let as a single contract covering all existing and future IT needs of the Inland Revenue. The scope of the contract was set out in an OJEC notice, dated 2 March 2002, which announced the start of the procurement process. The UK Government complies fully with its EU and WTO treaty obligations. It is the intention of the Inland Revenue, through the Invitation to Tender, to specify a unified service which is accountable and within the UK.
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Mr. Hammond: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many agency agreements HM Customs and Excise have in place with private companies whereby Customs are paid to police intellectual property rights on behalf of the companies in question. 
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(32) The cause of death was defined using the International Classification of Diseases, Ninth Revision (ICD-9) code 185 for the years 1997 to 2000, and for the year 2001, the International Classification of Diseases, Tenth Revision (ICD-10) code C61.
(33) Figures are for deaths occurring in each calendar year.
(34) The introduction of ICD-10 for coding cause of death in 2001 means that data for prostate cancer in this year are not comparable with data for earlier years. The introduction of ICD-10 has led to an apparent increase of 4 per cent. in the number of deaths coded to prostate cancer. The figures should therefore be interpreted with caution.
The effect of the change in classification in 2001 is described in a report published in May 2002
Mr. Jack: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer by how much, in their current ratios, the small companies and mainstream rates of corporation tax would have to rise to yield the current revenues of student top-up fees. 
Dawn Primarolo [holding answer 6 November 2002]: Universities do not charge top-up fees. The amounts that can be raised by changing the small companies and mainstream rates of corporation tax are contained in Table 1.6 on Inland Revenue's Website www.inlandrevenue.gov.uk/stats/taxexpenditures/gt061.htm
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(35) The cause of death was defined using the International Classification of Diseases, Ninth Revision (ICD-9) codes E950E959 and E980-E989 excluding E988.8 for the years 1979 to 2000, and, for the year 2001, the International Classification of Diseases, Tenth Revision (ICD-10) codes X60X84 and Y10Y34 excluding where the verdict was pending.
(36) Figures are for deaths registered in each calendar year from 1979 to 1992 and for deaths occurring in each calendar year from 1993 to 2001.
(37) The introduction of ICD-10 for coding cause of death in 2001 means that data for suicide and undetermined whether purposely inflicted or not in this year are not comparable with data for earlier years. The introduction of ICD-10 has led to an apparent increase of 1 per cent. in the number of deaths coded to undetermined whether purposely inflicted or not. The figures should therefore be interpreted with caution. The effect of the change in classification in 2001 is described in a report published in May 2002.
iOffice for National Statistics. Results of the ICD-10 bridge coding study, England and Wales, 1999. Health Statistics Quarterly 14 (2002), 7583.
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Ross Cranston: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what recent representations his Department has received from (a) right hon. and hon. Members, (b) trade associations and employers organisations and (c) training companies concerning the economic impact of higher level skills shortages in the information technology sector. 
Dawn Primarolo: The Chancellor of the Exchequer receives a large number of representations from trade and employers organisations, firms and members of the House of Commons in relation to a wide variety of different areas of Government policy.
Ross Cranston: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what plans he has to review the financial assistance to, and tax treatment of, individuals in employment who choose to meet the costs of their own training in higher levels skills in the information technology sector. 
Dawn Primarolo: The Government keep all taxes under review as part of the normal Budget process. The financial assistance available to adult learners is being reviewed in the context of the development of the Government's Skills Strategy, which will be published next year.
Dawn Primarolo: The Government have a range of policies for promoting energy efficiency of both existing and new buildings. Details of current and proposed fiscal policies are set out in the Budget 2002 report. In Budget 2002 the Government announced that it would consider ways in which economic instruments might be used to improve household energy efficiency. The Treasury and DEFRA published a joint consultation document, ''Economic Instruments To Improve Household Energy Efficiency'', in July 2002. The consultation period ended on 8 October 2002. The Government is currently considering the responses to that consultation.
Mr Webb: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer (1) what the value was of duplicate National Insurance payments made into personal pension plans triggered by the NIRS2 computer system; and if he will make a statement; 
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Dawn Primarolo: Up to 1255 pension schemes were affected and we have recovered any amount overpaid from the vast majority of these. We have worked very closely with the pension industry's representative bodies and with the individual pension schemes affected to keep them informed and to consider how they should best deal with their individual members.
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