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Mr. Lidington: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what assessment he has made of the impact of insurance premium tax on the ability of British insurance companies to compete against foreign insurance suppliers for British customers. 
Brian Cotter: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many businesses have been allowed to defer their taxation payments to the Inland Revenue as a result of the foot and mouth crisis; what the total value is of these deferred payments; how many businesses have since been required to recommence payments on deferred taxes; and what the total value of payments is that have been received on these deferred taxes. 
Dawn Primarolo: In the cumulative period 21 March 2001 to 20 January 2002 the Inland Revenue has helped 14,517 businesses by agreeing to defer £118.60 million tax and National Insurance contributions for mainly between three and 12 months. No businesses seriously affected by the FMD outbreak have been required to recommence payments of deferred tax and we do not have full details of payments received on deferred taxes. However, a sample review of these cases in December 2001 revealed that as much as £49.81 million had been paid voluntarily.
Sue Doughty: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will make a statement on the Inland Revenue's policy with regard to the use of (a) the London High Court and (b) local county courts to file bankruptcy petitions. 
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Mr. Bercow: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what his estimate is of the (a) annual cost and (b) total value of the empty properties owned by (i) his Department, (ii) his agencies and (iii) other public bodies for which he has had responsibility in each of the last four years. 
Ruth Kelly: The annual cost of the empty properties owned by the Chancellor's Department and the agencies in 200001 is estimated as £2,047,327. The total number of empty properties in this year was 30, but of these eight were disposed of in the year.
Mr. Edward Davey: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many people the Inland Revenue employed in (a) PAYE coding administration, (b) all other remaining aspects of PAYE administration, (c) all other taxation matters not covered in (a) and (b) above and (d) all other tasks not covered in (a) to (c) above in (i) 197980, (ii) 199697, (iii) 19992000 and (iv) 200001. 
The Inland Revenue is unable to provide detailed staff figures for the years 197980 and 199697 as records were not kept in the manner required and it would therefore involve disproportionate cost to provide this information.
Mr. Edward Davey: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what was the total cost of administering the PAYE system of income tax in (a) 1980, (b) 1990, (c) 2000 and (d) 200001 at (i) current and (ii) historic prices. 
Dawn Primarolo: The total cost to the Inland Revenue of administering the PAYE system of Income Tax in 200001 was £534.4 million. In 19992000 the cost was £485 million. This represents £498.6 million in current prices.
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199899 total expenditure: £259,112.
Dawn Primarolo: Estimates for income taxpayers and income tax liabilities can be found in Inland Revenue Statistics tables 2.1 and 3.3. The latest versions can be found on the Inland Revenue website http:// www.inlandrevenue.gov.uk.stats/income_tax/it_t011.htm http://www.inlandrevenue.gov.uk/stats/income_distribution/ pi_t03_1.htm. The average national insurance contributions per contributor are in the table:
|Average national insurance liabilities per contributor(16)|
(16) Estimates are net of contracted out rebates and exclude employer contributions.
Dawn Primarolo: The table shows the number of investigations carried out by the Inland Revenue on working families tax credit and disabled person's tax credit applications for the periods listed. This information is logged by postcode, and so any applications where a postcode has not been supplied have been listed 'region not identified'.
|Government Office Region||WFTC investigations||DPTC investigations|
|Period 1 (1 October 1999 to 31 March 2000)|
|Yorkshire and The Humber||1,739||28|
|East of England||948||14|
|Region not identified||617||3|
|Period 2 (1 April 2000 to 31 March 2001)|
|Yorkshire and The Humber||3,093||80|
|East of England||1,336||65|
|Region not identified||2,166||20|
|Period 3 (1 April 2001 to 30 November 2001)|
|Yorkshire and The Humber||1,310||51|
|East of England||851||37|
|Region not identified||402||14|
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Mr. Michael Foster: To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what plans she has to reduce the variation of education standard spending assessment per pupil between local education authorities. 
Mr. Timms: We are currently working up proposals for a reformed system of school and LEA funding for introduction in 200304. We aim to create a simpler, more transparent and fairer formula that reflects fairly, on the basis of up to date evidence, the needs of authorities in different parts of the country. We do not want there to be disparities in the formula which are not justified by the education needs of children.
In the meantime we are continuing to make significant increases in funding overall. In 200203 Education Standard Spending will increase by over £1.3 billion; Standards Fund grant will increase by almost £160 million: and direct grants to schools will increase by 2.75 per cent.
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