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Tonnage Tax

Mr. Carmichael: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many companies have been rejected for entry into the tonnage tax scheme in each year since the system was introduced; and how many of these were operating under (a) the red ensign and (b) other flags. [145285]

Dawn Primarolo: No company has had an election for tonnage tax rejected.

Companies can discuss their eligibility for the regime in advance with the Inland Revenue. Where such discussions take place, a company will sometimes decide not to make an election.

Unemployment (Lone Parents)

Bob Spink: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer (1) how many lone parent workless households there were in each of the last three years; [145290]

Ruth Kelly: The information requested falls within the responsibility of the National Statistician, who has been asked to reply.

Letter from Len Cook to Mr. Bob Spink, dated 5 January 2004:




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Workless lone parent households and children living in workless households(38); United Kingdom
Thousands, not seasonally adjusted

Workless lone parent households with dependent children(39)Children living in workless households(40)
Spring 20016841,830
Spring 20027031,889
Spring 20036971,796

(38) Households with at least one person of working age where no one is in employment. Figures have been adjusted to include estimates for households with unknown economic activity.

(39) Children under 16 and those aged 16–18 in full-time education.

(40) Children under 16.

Note:

These LFS estimates have not been adjusted to reflect the2001 Census results.

Source:

ONS Labour Force Survey


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Agricultural Employment

Mr. Ruffley: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many people were employed in the agriculture sector in (a) Suffolk, (b) Norfolk, (c) Cambridgeshire, (d) Essex and (e) England in each year since 1997. [143530]

Mr. Bradshaw: I have been asked to reply.

Figures for the agricultural labour force (paid and unpaid) are collected annually from the June Agricultural Census. They include managerial and office work on the holding, the preparation and marketing of produce and maintenance but exclude gardeners, groundsmen, gamekeepers, grooms, farm shop workers, sales assistants in garden centres, domestic staff in the farmhouse and schoolchildren.

Total agricultural labour force
Thousands

199719981999200020012002
(a) Suffolk11.812.211.211.211.610.8
(b) Norfolk17.017.516.115.916.415.9
(c) Cambridge (including Peterborough)9.79.89.29.19.39.2
(d) Essex (including Thurrock and Southend-on-Sea11.411.610.910.610.810.4
(e) England393.1396.6379.0374.3386.9371.6

Notes:

1. Figures prior to 2000 relate to main holdings only. From 2000 onwards data for all holdings are included.

2. Due to a register improvement exercise in 2001 labour figures prior to this are not directly comparable with later results.

Source:

June Agricultural Census


Decent Homes Standard

Judy Mallaber: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what plans the Government have to compensate Amber Valley Housing Ltd. for the loss of funds resulting from the Inland Revenue ruling of 24 October 2003 to enable them to fulfil their business plan. [145465]

Dawn Primarolo: On 24 October 2003, the Inland Revenue gave its preliminary view on the tax implications of contracts developed by a major accountancy firm. Discussions are continuing.

Mr. Singh: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how the Government will compensate Bradford for the loss of funds available to the Bradford and Northern Housing Association that will result from the Inland Revenue's ruling of 24 October 2003. [145341]

Dawn Primarolo: On 24 October 2003, the Inland Revenue gave its preliminary view on the tax implications of contracts developed by a major accountancy firm. Discussions are continuing.

Diana Organ: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what steps the Government will take to compensate Forest of Dean Housing for the loss of funds arising from the Inland Revenue's ruling of 24 October 2003. [145607]

Dawn Primarolo: On 24 October 2003, the Inland Revenue gave its preliminary view on the tax implications of contracts developed by a major accountancy firm. Discussions are continuing.

Average Income

Andrew George: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what the average income was in the (a) 50 most deprived and (b) 50 most affluent wards in England in the last year for which figures are available; and what estimate he has made of the percentage of that income which was spent on food. [145980]

Ruth Kelly: The information requested falls within the responsibility of the National Statistician, who has been asked to reply.

Letter from Mike Pepper to Mr. Andrew George, dated 5 January 2004:



Budget (Responses)

Mr. Flight: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many responses his Department received to the (a) Budget 2002 summary leaflets and (b) leaflets summarising the 2002 pre-Budget report. [145326]

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Ruth Kelly: The Treasury receives a large number of responses to its Budget and Pre-Budget Report documentation, not only from the public using the freepost service with the Pre-Budget Report leaflet, but also through letters, e-mails and telephone calls to the Treasury's Public Enquiry Unit.

Carers

Mr. Jim Cunningham: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what plans he has to reward people for caring for older relatives. [145109]

Dawn Primarolo: This Government formally recognises the contribution of carers through the National Carers' Strategy ('Caring for Carers') published in 1999. In acknowledgement of their valuable role the Government have instigated a number of measures to ensure financial support for carers, in particular at helping older and poorer carers, those on low income, and those carers who wish to combine caring with employment, including:


Carers can now claim Carer's Allowance online using the DWP easy step-by-step electronic claim form.

The Government recently introduced the Pension Credit, which provides a guaranteed minimum income for all people aged 60 and over. Under the Pension Credit additional amounts are included for carers. Those entitled to Carer's Allowance or treated as satisfying the qualifying conditions for the award may benefit from the additional amount.

People receiving Carer's Allowance are credited with National Insurance contributions each week, which protect their future entitlement to benefits such as State Pension and Incapacity Benefit. They also get extra help through the Government's State Second Pension.

Child Tax Credit

Mr. Woodward: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many families with children were eligible for child tax credit in (a) St. Helens and (b) Merseyside in (i) 2001, (ii) 2002 and (iii) 2003. [145151]

Dawn Primarolo: Child tax credit was introduced in April 2003. Estimates, based on a sample of cases, of the numbers receiving child tax credit in each local authority and constituency at July 2003 are shown in "Child and Working Tax Credit Statistics. Geographical analyses." This document can be found on the Inland Revenue website, at www.inlandrevenue.gov.uk/stats/personal-tax-credits/menu.htm No estimates are available of the number of families eligible in each constituency or local authority.

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