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Mr. Andrew Turner: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many suicides took place (a) on the Isle of Wight and (b) in (i) England, (ii) Scotland, (iii) Wales and (iv) Northern Ireland in each year since 1997. [60531]

Ruth Kelly: The information requested falls within the responsibility of the National Statistician. I have asked him to reply.

Letter from John Pullinger to Mr. Andrew Turner, dated 10 June 2002:

Number of deaths from suicide and undetermined whether purposely inflicted or not(27) occurring (a) on the Isle of Wight and (b) in (i) England, (ii) Scotland, (iii) Wales and (iv) Northern Ireland, 1997 to 2000(28)

Calendar year1997199819992000
(a) Isle of Wight9202215
(b)(i) England4,6854,8304,8574,618
(ii) Scotland874878874876
(iii) Wales296324331303
(iv) Northern Ireland139144145194

(27) Causes of death were defined using the International Classification of Diseases, Ninth Revision (ICD-9) codes E950-E959 and E980-E989 excluding E988.8 in England and Wales, E950-E959 and E980-E989 in Northern Ireland, and E950-E959 and E980-E989 in Scotland for 1997 to 1999. For Scotland data for 2000 were defined using the International Classification of Diseases, Tenth Revision (ICD-10) codes X60-X84 and Y10-Y34

(28) Figures for England and Wales are for deaths occurring in each calendar year. Figures for Scotland and Northern Ireland are for deaths registered in each calendar year.


Mr. Rendel: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many penalty notices for £0.00 have been issued by the Inland Revenue in respect of late submission of

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self-assessment forms in each year for which figures are available since the self-assessment regime was introduced. [59904]

Dawn Primarolo: The Inland Revenue does not hold details of the number of nil penalty notices issued in respect of self assessment returns submitted late.

The Budget

Mr. Gibb: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will set out the amounts (a) in current prices, (b) in constant 2000–01 prices and (c) as percentages of personal income taken by (i) income taxes, (ii) national insurance contributions, (iii) value-added tax, (iv) other central Government indirect taxes, (v) the aggregate of (i) to (iv), (vi) average council tax payments and (vii) the aggregate of (i) to (iv) for (1) a single person, (2) a married couple without children, both working and (3) a married couple with two children, husband in work, wife not working, in each case as at (A) 50, (B) 75, (C) 100, (D) 150 and (E) 200 per cent. of average earnings for the financial year 2001–02, taking account of changes announced in his Budget statement and previously announced changes and for each of the years (a) 1996–97, (b) 1997–98, (c) 1998–99, (d) 1999–2000, (e) 2000–01 and (f) 2001–02. [51785]

Dawn Primarolo: The measures announced in the most recent Budget (including those measures announced just prior to the Budget) have no impact on the years from 1996–97 to 2001–02.

Income Tax

Mr. Evans: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many people are expected to pay income tax in each of the next four years. [55413]

Dawn Primarolo: Available estimates of the number of income taxpayers are given in the table.

YearNumber (thousands)

(29) Provisional

(30) Projected

These estimates are based upon the Survey of Personal Incomes and are consistent with the April 2002 Budget.


Dr. Cable: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many consultation documents and consultative drafts of legislation have been issued by his Department since January 2001; and what proportion of these have observed Criterion 5 of the Code of Practice on Written Consultation. [57010]

Ruth Kelly: The Treasury has issued 37 consultation documents since January 2001. A list of consultations including their launch dates and closing dates is available on the Treasury's website at

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Royalty Tax

Mr. Blizzard: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what legislative arrangements are necessary for the abolition of royalty tax on UK oil and gas production. [58743]

Mr. Wilson: I have been asked to reply.

The Government intend, subject to consultation on the appropriate timing, to abolish North sea royalty. Royalty is paid as one of the considerations for petroleum production licences issued by my right hon. Friend the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, but only in respect of production from oil and gas fields for which development consent was given before 1 April 1982. The Government propose that the abolition of North sea royalty from these fields will be achieved by an irrevocable renunciation of the right to take royalty from licensees from the date chosen for abolition. I expect to issue a consultation paper on this subject to industry in the near future.

Energy Efficiency

Sue Doughty: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what the total cost to the Treasury will be (a) at the outset of its introduction and (b) projected in the next three years of moneys redirected from the Climate Change Levy revenues to the Carbon Trust, broken down into (i) the Energy Efficiency Best Practice Programme, (ii) the Environment and Energy Helpline, (iii) Administration of the Enhanced Capital Allowance Scheme for investments in energy-saving technologies, (iv) the Low Carbon Innovation Programme and (v) other programmes or schemes. [53737]

Mr. Meacher: I have been asked to reply.

The Carbon Trust was set up in April 2001 by the UK Government to help UK business and public sectors to move towards a sustainable, low carbon economy while maintaining business competitiveness. The Carbon Trust has initial allocations of around £31 million per year of climate change levy (CCL) receipts for its first three years.

The allocation of expenditure by the Carbon Trust between its activities is a matter for the Carbon Trust, subject to ministerial approval of its overall programme. However, I understand that the Carbon Trust expects to allocate around £75 million to the Low Carbon Innovation Programme over three years, subject to annual approval.

In addition the trust expects to allocate approximately £1.5 million of CCL receipts this financial year to manage, develop and promote the Enhanced Capital Allowance scheme which the trust is soon to take over. The remainder of the Carbon Trust CCL receipts will be used to support the development and enhancement of its other programmes, including the Energy Efficiency Best Practice programme, for which it will receive separate funding from DEFRA.

The Carbon Trust will be regularly assessing the effectiveness of its programmes and expects to revisit the funding allocations between its activities under review.

Tax Concessions

Mr. Cousins: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, pursuant to the answer to the hon. Member for

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Nottingham, North (Mr. Allen) on 24 April 2002, Official Report, column 336W, on tax concessions, what the time scale is for the review; whether there will be a specific review team; whether there will be (a) external and (b) independent advisers; and whether external consultations will be carried out. [59864]

Dawn Primarolo: The Chancellor announced a review of the residence and domicile rules as they affect the tax liabilities of individuals in his Budget statement. The work of the review is being undertaken by the Inland Revenue and HM Treasury. They are facilitating consultation by writing directly to representative bodies and other interested parties, inviting their contributions. They would also be pleased to hear from other sources. The Government will report on this issue in time for the pre-Budget report.

Earnings and Income

Mr. Cousins: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many non-domiciled residents of the UK are residents for tax purposes in the UK and have earnings and income in other tax jurisdictions. [60014]

Dawn Primarolo: I regret that this information is not available.

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