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Matthew Taylor: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what estimate he has made of the proportion of income households in each income decile pay in council tax (a) net of council tax benefit and (b) gross; what assumptions on take-up were made in coming to the estimate; and if he will make a statement. 
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|Decile groups of all households ranked by equivalised disposable income|
|Gross council tax||8.8||5.8||4.7||3.9||3.2||2.8||2.4||2.1||1.9||1.3||2.6|
|Net council tax(5)||5.1||3.6||3.5||3.2||2.8||2.6||2.3||2.1||1.9||1.2||2.2|
(5) Net council taxes rates after deducting discounts.
Office for National Statistics, 'The effects of taxes and benefits on household income,' published on the ONS website and in Economic Trends No. 582 May 2002
Mr. Rosindell: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what measures are being taken to improve and protect the world market share of exports of merchandise of the United Kingdom, with particular reference to exports to the Eurozone. 
The Government promote open trade globally through a range of policies including its support for the Doha Development Round of trade negotiations and the European Single Market. Through Trade Partners UK, the Government aim to enhance the competitiveness of companies in the UK through overseas sales and investment.
Mr. Hancock: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what percentage of income is paid in tax by those earning (a) the lowest 20 per cent. and (b) the top 5 per cent. in earnings; and if he will make a statement. 
|Total income range||Income tax as a percentage of total income|
|Less than £14,350||6|
|£53,600 and over||31|
The estimates are based on the Survey of Personal Incomes and are consistent with the November 2002 pre-Budget report.
Mr. Hancock: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how much the Inland Revenue has spent on its internet tax return system since its inception; what the estimated (a) manning and (b) set-up costs were; what estimate he has made of the percentage of tax payers that will use the system; and if he will make a statement. 
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range of costs, including the costs of IT Infrastructure, Development and staff costs as well as other associated costs such as postage and marketing.
Mr. Beggs: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what recent discussions he has had with insurance companies about the effect on the (a) quarrying and (b) construction industries of increases in insurance premiums; and if he will make a statement. 
Ruth Kelly: Ministers and officials from HM Treasury and other Government departments have regular discussions with the insurance industry on a range of issues, including the cost of insurance premiums.
Ruth Kelly: The Government is aware of the recent increase in insurance premiums and the problems faced by some businesses in obtaining affordable insurance cover. The Department for Work and Pensions is currently reviewing the operation of Employers' Liability Compulsory Insurance. The review will report to Ministers in spring.
Clive Efford: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer (1) when he will respond to the report from the Financial Services Authority on the regulation of the sale of travel insurance by tour operators and travel agents; 
(3) what proportion of complaints about travel insurance were from customers whose policies were sold to them by (a) tour operators, (b) travel agents and (c) insurance companies; 
(4) what plans he has to ensure that all companies involved in the sale of travel insurance are regulated by the Financial Services Authority; 
(5) what assessment he has made of the benefits to consumers of a different system of regulation for the sale of travel insurance by tour operators and travel agents to that which applies to insurance companies; 
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(6) if he will require companies selling travel insurance to itemise charges made to the customer and the cover purchased at the time of purchase. 
Mr. Austin Mitchell: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer pursuant to his answer to the hon. Member for Grimsby of 29 January 2003, Official Report, columns 30001W, on Mapeley, if the Inland Revenue has access to Mapeley's accounts. 
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