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Mr. Yeo: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what assessment the Government have made of the availability of ULS diesel fuel in rural parts of Scotland, Wales and each of the English regions. 
Mr. Laurence Robertson: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will seek to extend the lower rate of VAT to include repairs to listed buildings in addition to historic places of worship; and if he will make a statement. 
Dawn Primarolo [holding answer 9 February 2001]: One of the Government's key objectives is a decent home for everyone. We are pursuing this through the plans we announced in the pre-Budget report for a reduced VAT rate on conversion services and a zero rate for the sale of renovated homes that have been empty for over 10 years.
Mr. Matthew Taylor: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer (1) what estimate he has made of the proportion of estates that benefited from exemption of capital gains unrealised at death in the last year for which figures are available; and what the (a) average and (b) median benefit was; 
|Proportion of estates with net CGT liability in absence of exemption for capital gains accrued but unrealised at death (Percentage)||8||9||9|
|Estates with net CGT liability|
|Average net CGT liability (£)||20,600||21,900||21,500|
|Median net CGT liability (£)||6,700||7,070||7,010|
Mr. Jack: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will list those items of the programmes run by the Ministry of Defence, Department for Education and Employment, Department of Health, Department of Trade and Industry, Department for Culture, Media and Sport,
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and the Ministry of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, which are classified as (a) Government spending and (b) Government investment. 
Mr. Win Griffiths: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer (1) what estimate he has made of the administrative costs of implementing the Working Families Tax Credit to (a) businesses and (b) the Treasury; 
Dawn Primarolo: Estimates of the costs to employers of operating the Working Families Tax Credit and the Disabled Persons' Tax Credit are given in paragraphs 40-46 of the regulatory impact assessment for the Tax Credits Bill 1999.
The cost to Inland Revenue of managing and paying these tax credits for the six months to 31 March 2000 are shown in note 3 to the trust account, on page 83 of Inland Revenue's annual report for the year ending 31 March 2000.
Mr. Maclean: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what representations he has received regarding the Inland Revenue's guidance on software for administering the Working Families Tax Credit; and what assessment he has made of the effectiveness of these guidelines in dealing with circumstances where credits cease. 
Dawn Primarolo: The Inland Revenue produces specific guidance to payroll software developers which includes guidance on the Working Families Tax Credit. I am not aware of any representations on this matter.
Mr. Maclean: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many companies have reported (a) difficulties in operating the Working Families Tax Credit and (b) overpayment of tax and national insurance as a result of the Working Families Tax Credit. 
Mr. Maclean: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what measures he is taking to ensure that jobseekers in receipt of Working Families Tax Credits are not disadvantaged in jobseeking as a result of on-costs associated with their employment. 
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Mr. Maclean: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what assessment he has made of the impact of the Working Families Tax Credit on recruiting intentions among small and medium-sized enterprises. 
Dawn Primarolo: The Working Families Tax Credit is just one element in a comprehensive programme of tax and benefit reform to help make work pay and provide incentives to move up the earnings ladder. Other elements include reductions in income tax and reforms to national insurance contributions. These measures are underpinned by the national minimum wage which guarantees fair minimum standards of pay.
Combined with policies to move people closer to the labour market and make them more effective at competing for jobs, the Government's tax and benefit reforms will help increase the effective supply of labour.
Mr. Webb: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will estimate the additional yield from levying a 50 per cent. income tax rate on (a) taxable incomes and (b) gross incomes above £100,000; and if he will estimate in each case the (i) income tax and (ii) capital gains tax. 
|Change in 2001-02(6)||Income tax yield (£ billion)(7)||Capital gains tax yield (£ million)(8)|
|(a) 50 per cent. rate for taxable incomes over £100,000||(9)--||130|
|(b) 50 per cent. rate for gross incomes over £100,000||3.4||130|
(6) Estimates are consistent with the November 2000 pre-Budget report
(7) Income tax estimates are based on the Survey of Personal Incomes
(8) Capital gains tax estimates take into account the likely effect on yield of changes in the volume of disposals in a full year caused by taxpayers' behaviour
(9) I refer the hon. Member to the answer I gave my hon. Friend the Member for Nottingham, South (Mr. Alan Simpson) on 15 January 2001, Official Report, column 126W
Mr. Willetts: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many people are owed outstanding national insurance contribution rebates for the 1999-2000 tax year, broken down into (a) those with personal pensions and (b) those in contracted-out money purchase pension schemes. 
Dawn Primarolo: There are approximately 683,000 people awaiting a NIC rebate for the 1999-2000 tax year. This figure represents approximately 1.4 per cent. of the total end of year receipts received so far.
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Mr. Robert Ainsworth: The north-west is, like all regions, benefiting from the substantial increases in resources already made available and the further increases planned for the next three years. The resources allocated to local authorities in the north-west for housing investment in 2001-02 amounts to around £350 million which is well over twice the amount allocated for 1997-98 by the last Government.
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