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Ms Walley: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will make a statement on the World Bank's refusal to include (a) Haiti, (b) Bangladesh and (c) Nigeria in the Heavily Indebted Poor Countries programme. 
Miss Melanie Johnson: The list of countries eligible for debt relief under HIPC is not fixed, nor does the UK Government regard it as fixed. Any country which is eligible for concessional lending from the IMF and World Bank, which has established a track record of reform and sound programmes and which faces an unsustainable debt burden, beyond available debt relief mechanisms, can qualify for debt relief under the HIPC Initiative. It is then, of course, a matter for the country itself to chose to opt for HIPC debt relief.
Dawn Primarolo: The number of families in receipt of Working Families Tax Credit at the end of May 2000 is provisionally estimated at 1,056,000. The number in receipt of Family Credit at the end of May 1999 is estimated at 821,000.
Dawn Primarolo: Estimates could not be made without incurring disproportionate cost. Information on the sector of the employer is not relevant for determining eligibility for Working Families Tax Credit or calculating the value of the award, and is not captured to the computer system used for the statistical analysis of these awards.
Dawn Primarolo: The number of families in receipt of Working Families Tax Credit (WFTC) at the end of May 2000 is provisionally estimated at 1,056,000. The breakdown by country and Government Office Region is as follows:
|Country and Government Office Region||Provisional estimate of number of recipients of WFTC at end-May 2000|
|Yorkshire and Humberside||119|
|East of England||72|
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Mr. Sarwar: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will estimate the average take-home pay of workers benefiting from the National Minimum Wage (a) before the Budget in March and (b) following the measures announced in the Budget. 
Dawn Primarolo: The Government are pursuing a comprehensive strategy to ensure that every individual shares fairly in the increasing prosperity of the nation. As a result of personal tax and benefit changes announced in Budget 2000 and previous Budgets, households will be, on average, £460 a year better off. Households with an individual in receipt of the National Minimum Wage will be, on average, £1,500 a year better off.
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The Presidency concluded that it was not possible to adopt the draft conclusions on Money Laundering because the question of how broad a definition of predicate offences to include in the Directive would need to be discussed further. The extent to which lawyers and accountants should be included in the scope of the directive also requires further consideration. It was hoped political agreement would be possible at the September ECOFIN meeting.
The Commission presented its communication on a Global Strategy for the Protection of the Community's interests, noting it intended to resubmit to InterGovernmental Conference its proposal for a European Public Prosecutor (EPP). The Council agreed conclusions to maintain momentum on fight against fraud, but did not support the Commission on the EPP.
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column 592W, on the effect of the minimum wage on household income of different income deciles, what estimate he has made of the percentage effect on the population estimated in (a) 1997-98, (b) 1998-99 and (c) 1999-2000 to have below half average household income. 
Dawn Primarolo: The Government are implementing a comprehensive strategy to tackle the causes of child and pensioner poverty. The National Minimum Wage, in providing a statutory level beneath which pay cannot fall, forms part of that strategy.
The National Minimum Wage was introduced in April 1999. It is therefore not possible to estimate its effect on incomes in 1997-98 and 1998-99. Income information for 1999-2000 will be available next year in "Households Below Average Income" which is produced by the Department for Social Security.
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