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Tax Credits

Mr. Liddell-Grainger: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many people in the Bridgwater constituency have experienced delays in receiving tax credits. [115613]

Dawn Primarolo: I refer the hon. Member to my answer to the hon. Member for Southwark, North and Bermondsey (Simon Hughes) on 28 April 2003, Official Report, column 161W.

Mr. Russell Brown: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will compensate applicants for child tax credit and working tax credit who have incurred additional costs as a result of delays by Inland Revenue in the payment of these credits. [116639]

Dawn Primarolo: I refer the hon. Member to the answer I gave to the hon. Member for Aylesbury (Mr. Lidington) on 12 May 2003, Official Report, column 23W.

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Hywel Williams: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how much has been spent since last autumn on advertising and publicity for (a) working tax credit and (b) child tax credit in (i) English, (ii) Welsh and (iii) other languages. [116824]

Dawn Primarolo: I refer the hon. Member to the answer I gave to the hon. Member for Hertford and Stortford (Mr. Prisk) on 18 March 2003, Official Report, column 681W.

We have fulfilled our legal obligation for provision of material in Welsh and this, along with community language material, has been treated as part of the overall cost of the campaign and could be isolated only at disproportionate cost.

Hywel Williams: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what advertising and publicity in Welsh there has been since last autumn to alert people to their entitlement to (a) working tax credit and (b) child tax credit, and to encourage them to claim. [116825]

Dawn Primarolo: The publicity campaign to encourage people to claim their entitlement to child tax credit and working tax credit has been running since mid September 2002. The campaign has included advertising on television, radio, press and online, direct mailings to existing claimants and the distribution of leaflets and posters through Inland Revenue offices and via third party organisations.

Welsh language publicity has been part of the campaign since its launch and includes subtitled television advertising, translated press work, small posters and leaflets.

Uniform Business Rate

John Cryer: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how much in revenue collected from uniform business rates was distributed to the London borough of Havering within the Revenue Support Grant in 2002–03. [116575]

Mr. Raynsford: I have been asked to reply.

The London Borough of Havering received £68,393,858 through redistributed business rates in the 2002/03 Local Government Finance Settlement. It also received a further £74,582,975 in Revenue Support Grant.

John Cryer: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how much revenue was raised from uniform business rates in (a) the London Borough of Havering and (b) each London borough in each of the last five years. [116576]

Mr. Raynsford: I have been asked to reply.

The figures requested are in the table.

Net yield data 1999–2000 to 2003–04 for London
£ million

Local Authority1999–20002000–012001–02(1)2002–03(1)2003–04
City of London338.9390.1481.6531.3578.3
Inner London Borough
Hammersmith and Fulham66.167.083.696.8102.4
Kensington and Chelsea100.2112.2128.2140.4147.3
Tower Hamlets93.5108.0136.2138.1152.7
Total Inner London borough1,295.41,534.61,786.21,917.31,972.6
Outer London Borough
Barking and Dagenham38.234.940.941.740.9
Kingston upon Thames46.550.556.856.856.6
Richmond upon Thames41.946.251.150.550.9
Waltham Forest31.634.434.636.231.7
Total Outer London borough1,175.61,192.41,346.61,355.51,355.5
Total London borough2,470.92,727.03,132.83,272.83,328.0

(1) ProvisionalData source:1999–2000 to 2001–02 Audited National Non Domestic Rate Return Form (NNDR) 3, 2002/03 to 2003/04 NNDR1 provisional.Local Government Finance Statistics (LGF3f)

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Gender Mainstreaming

23. Richard Younger-Ross: To ask the Minister for Women when she will publish her next annual report on gender mainstreaming. [116568]

Ms Hewitt: I do not publish an annual report on gender mainstreaming. However we have set a gender equality objective in the comprehensive spending review and our action plan on "Delivering Gender Equality" will be published this month.

26. Andrew Selous: To ask the Minister for Women what action she intends to take about the gender pay gap within the public sector. [116571]

Ms Hewitt: The Government have made a commitment for civil service departments and agencies to undertake pay reviews and prepare action plans. Action plans representing 91 per cent. of the civil service have now been received by the Cabinet Office.

Equal Pay

Vernon Coaker: To ask the Minister for Women what recent assessment she has made of the effectiveness of the Equal Pay Act 1970. [116569]

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Ms Hewitt: The Equal Pay Act 1970 has made real headway for many women and since 1975 when it came into effect the full-time pay gap has narrowed from 30 per cent. to 19 per cent. in 2002. However the "pay gap" is not just about unequal pay (covered by the Act) it is also about employment opportunities, work experience, culture and attitudes. Legislation has enabled us to make good progress, but the Government are determined to do more and are working to reduce the gender pay gap through a variety of measures which help strengthen and maintain women's attachment to the labour market, including the equal pay questionnaire, working with the EOC to promote equal pay reviews, providing trade unions with additional funding for training representatives in equal pay issues and by requiring the civil service to undertake pay reviews.

Women's Pensions

Mr. Burstow: To ask the Minister for Women, what recent consultations she has had with the Treasury regarding women's pensions. [116570]

Ms Hewitt: My Department has been in close contact with both HM Treasury and the Department of Works and Pensions regarding women's pensions.

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Women in Iraq

Mr. Joyce: To ask the Minister for Women what action she is taking to promote the role of women in the governance of Iraq. [116565]

Ms Hewitt: I am working with other colleagues to support Iraqi women in playing a full role in rebuilding the governing of their country. I am hosting meetings with a representative group of Iraqi women exiles, and last week 40 Iraqi women had a meeting in Baghdad with Ambassador Bremer and John Sawer, the UK Special Representative for Iraq.

The meeting was also attended by my hon. Friend the Member for Cynon Valley (Ann Clwyd) who is now of course my right hon. Friend the Prime Minister's special representative on Human Rights in Iraq.


Departmental Costs

Mr. Bercow: To ask the Solicitor-General what the cost was of the publication of the 2001 Departmental Report. [112812]

The Solicitor-General [holding answer 14 May 2003]: The cost of publishing the 2001 Law Officers' Department's Departmental Report was £6,849.

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