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14. Judy Mallaber: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many pensioners in Amber Valley have benefited from the combined impact of Winter Fuel Payments, the Christmas Bonus, free television licences for the over-75s and the age addition for the over-80s. 
Mr. Timms: All 18,000 pensioners in Amber Valley should have benefited from the £200 Winter Fuel Payment this year and from the Christmas Bonus. At least 7,000 of them are also receiving free TV-licences, introduced by this Government, and some 5,000 the age addition for the over-80s.
Dawn Primarolo: An estimate of the number of families in Brent, North who could benefit from the Children's Tax Credit is not available, but an estimated 475,000 families in the London area could do so.
Mr. Webb: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what his latest estimate is of the number of families who will benefit from the introduction in April of the Children's Tax Credit; and if he will make a statement. 
16. Laura Moffatt: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many families were in receipt of the Working Families Tax Credit on (a) 1 January 1998 and (b) at the latest date for which figures are available. 
Dawn Primarolo: Working Families Tax Credit was introduced in October 1999. The number of families in the United Kingdom who were in receipt of Family Credit (the precursor to Working Families Tax Credit) at the end of January 1998 was 778,000. At the end of August
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Miss Melanie Johnson: I have received representations from a number of groups, including those representing the interests of policyholders as well as those representing the interests of members of occupational pensions.
Miss Melanie Johnson: In line with the convention adopted by previous Administrations, the Government do not publish forecasts for employment and unemployment. However, the 2000 pre-Budget report restated the Government's aim of employment opportunity for all--the modern definition of full employment--and its ambition is that by the end of the decade there will be higher proportion of people in employment than ever before.
Mr. Timms: Abolishing the Winter Fuel Payment would have meant that over 8 million households--with around 11½ million people in them--would have lost out on the £200 we paid this winter: the equivalent of a £4 cut in their weekly income.
Mr. Timms: Every pensioner household in the country--with around 11½ million people--is entitled to the Winter Fuel Payment which this Government introduced, and which we raised from £100 to £200 for this winter.
Miss Melanie Johnson: An update on public sector spending on changeover planning was given in the Treasury's Fourth Report on Euro Preparations, published on 6 November 2000. Copies of the Report are available in the Library of the House.
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Mr. Gordon Brown: The determining factor underpinning any Government decision on joining the single currency is whether the economic case for the UK joining is clear and unambiguous. Because of the magnitude of the decision, the Government believe that, whenever a decision to enter is taken by Government, it should be put to a referendum of the British people.
Miss Melanie Johnson: In March 2000, the Chancellor of the Exchequer announced the Getting Britain Giving package of tax measures to encourage greater charitable giving in the UK. This includes improvements to the Gift Aid and Payroll Giving schemes and a new income tax relief for gifts of shares.
The Government are involved in two significant campaigns to promote the new reliefs. In October 2000 the Government launched a £2 million campaign to promote Payroll Giving and encourage more employers to offer Payroll Giving schemes. The three year campaign is backed by a special 10 per cent. supplement on all Payroll Giving donations.
The Government are also supporting the Charities Aid Foundation and the National Council for Voluntary Organisations in a joint campaign starting in 2001 to promote the charitable giving of both money and time. The Government have pledged £1 million plus a series of Civil Service secondments to the campaign.
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Dawn Primarolo: My right hon. Friend the Chancellor of the Exchequer will give his tax proposals for 2001-02 in the next Budget but all taxpaying families for that year should benefit from the increase in the personal allowance announced in the pre-Budget report. Additionally, the new children's tax credit to be introduced in April 2001 should benefit around 5 million families in the UK, 625,000 of whom live in the north-west. And over 1.1 million families should benefit from the increase in the rates and thresholds for the Working Families Tax Credit announced on 9 November 2000, Official Report, column 340W, over 160,000 of whom live in the north-west.
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