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Mr. Lidington: To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (1) what the total was of receipts from modulation that was budgeted to be spent on vocational training in (a) 200001, (b) 200102 and (c) 200203; 
Margaret Beckett: Modulated funds may be spent only on a limited range of the measures provided for under the EU Rural Development Regulation-the so-called Xaccompanying measures". Training is not one of them. Modulated funds in England are being used to support agri-environment schemes.
Dawn Primarolo: The withdrawal of payable tax credits on dividends was part of a package of reforms that included cuts in corporation tax and the abolition of advanced corporation tax. These changes were designed to improve the climate for long-term investment in the UK. In the long run, this should benefit all investorsincluding pension funds and those saving for retirement.
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Mr. Webb: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer by what means the female partners of male recipients of the existing children's tax credit will be (a) identified and (b) notified of their entitlement to the proposed child tax credit. 
Dawn Primarolo: To receive their entitlement to tax credits, people need to make a claim. The Inland Revenue is writing to claimants of the existing Children's Tax Credit and inviting claims for the new tax credits. Couples must claim the new Child Tax Credit jointly. Child Tax Credit is to be paid to the person in the family who is mainly responsible for looking after the children. Where a claim to the new tax credits is made jointly, the claimants themselves are asked to identify which of them is the main carer.
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John Healey: There are currently no local staff employed permanently in Customs inspections on traffic at Shoreham harbour and Shoreham airport. Flexibly deployed teams of officers attend targeted arrivals according to intelligence and perceived threat or risk. These officers may be from nearby local units, regional or national teams.
Mr. Stephen O'Brien: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many successful prosecutions there have been in Northern Ireland for the evasion of excise duty on motor transport fuels in each year since 1997. 
John Healey: Customs do not have figures for prosecutions resulting from all forms of revenue evasion in road fuels for years prior to 200001. Figures for 200001 and 200102 will be published in Customs' annual report for 200102.
For figures for the number of successful prosecutions in Northern Ireland for oils smuggling in the years 199697 to 200001 I refer the hon. Gentleman to the answer given by the former Financial Secretary to the Treasury to the hon. Member for Hull, North (Mr. McNamara) on 20 November 2001, Official Report, column 271W.
Mr. Stephen O'Brien: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many (a) vehicles and (b) litres of fuel were seized by HM Customs for alleged smuggling of petroleum products in Northern Ireland in each year since 1997. 
John Healey: I refer to the earlier answer given by the then Financial Secretary to the Treasury to the Member for Montgomeryshire on 2 May 2002 concerning the numbers of vehicles seized by Customs for alleged fuel smuggling offences in Northern Ireland. Official Report 7 May 2002 column 39W
Figures for the amount of fuel seized by Customs in Northern Ireland in the years 199899 to 200001 are contained in Tackling Indirect Tax Fraud, published at the time of the pre Budget Report in November 2001, a copy of which is available in the Library of the House.
The Government will be publishing figures for fuel seizures in 200102 at the time of the forthcoming Pre-budget Report. Figures for vehicle seizures in Northern Ireland for oils fraud in 200102 will be published in Customs' Annual Report.
Mr. Stephen O'Brien: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what measures he is taking to tackle cross-border smuggling of petroleum products into Northern Ireland; and if he will make a statement. 
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John Healey: I refer the hon. Gentleman to the document XTackling Indirect Tax Fraud", published at the time of the 2001 pre-Budget report, a copy of which is available in the Library of the House, which explains the Government's action in Northern Ireland to tackle oils fraud. Updated information will be provided at the time of the 2002 pre-Budget report.
Mr. Stephen O'Brien: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what recent meetings have taken place between Ministers and officials and their Irish counterparts to discuss the smuggling of petroleum products into Northern Ireland; and if he will make a statement. 
John Healey: I refer to the answer given by the then Financial Secretary to the Treasury to the Member for Montgomeryshire (Lembit Öpik) on 2 May 2002 concerning meetings between Ministers and their Irish counterparts to discuss the smuggling of petroleum products into Northern Ireland, 7 May 2002, Official Report column 39W.
John Healey: Estimates of the revenue loss arising specifically from smuggling are not available. Estimates of the revenue loss arising from all forms of oils fraud and legitimate cross-border shopping in Northern Ireland for the years 1999 and 2000 are contained in the document Measuring Indirect Tax Fraud,published by HM Customs and Excise in November 2001. An estimate for 1998 is contained in the NAO report The Misuse and Smuggling of Hydrocarbon Oils, published in February 2002. Copies of both of these documents are available in the Library of the House. Figures for 2001 will be published at the time of the pre Budget Report.
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