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Inland Revenue

Mr. David Stewart: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what percentage of Inland Revenue inquiry offices have textphone or similar communication aids. [148382]

Dawn Primarolo: All Inland Revenue inquiry offices are registered with the BT Typetalk service.

Mr. David Stewart: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many home visits were conducted by Inland Revenue employees in each of the last five years to provide advice to those incapable of reaching an office. [148383]

Dawn Primarolo: The Inland Revenue does not keep a central record of the total number of such visits going back over the last five years. The information could be obtained only at disproportionate cost.

Mr. David Stewart: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what plans he has to establish a disabilities helpline in the Inland Revenue for (a) tax payers and (b) voluntary sector intermediaries who need access to information on disability issues. [148384]

Dawn Primarolo: At present the Inland Revenue has no plans to establish a disabilities helpline. Advisers in our telephone contact centres are trained to deal with telephone calls from the full range of taxpayers. We believe that this provides a cost effective approach to meeting taxpayer needs and the flexibility to respond to the differing requirements of our taxpayer base.

Mr. David Stewart: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what percentage of public Inland Revenue offices are equipped with equipment to aid those with hearing impediments. [148386]

Dawn Primarolo: When last audited in early 2002, out of a total of 323 of Inland Revenue inquiry offices providing a face to face service, 86 per cent. had portable loop systems and 27 per cent. of them had fixed induction loop systems. We are in the process of carrying out another audit.

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In spring 2003 Inland Revenue introduced a set of national standards for their inquiry offices specifying that they be equipped with a fixed and portable induction loop system, and a crystal listening device. They are progressing to all of their inquiry centres meeting this standard.

Mr. David Stewart: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what percentage of Inland Revenue frontline staff have received training on disability issues. [148387]

Ruth Kelly: All new members of staff receive disability awareness material as part of the Revenue's induction process. In addition during the last three years 22,752 staff (over 32 per cent. of total staff) have attended a training course specifically covering disability issues.

During the same period over 90 per cent. of staff have received diversity awareness training which included disability related issues.

Mr. Hoyle: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer whether the Inland Revenue office in Chorley is equipped with equipment to aid those with hearing impediments. [149168]

Dawn Primarolo: Chorley Inland Revenue Enquiry Office is equipped with portable induction loop equipment.

Insurance Cover (Terrorism)

Mrs. Calton: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what plans he has to introduce an insurance scheme to cover domestic risks during times of terrorist attack. [147886]

Ruth Kelly: We do not currently have plans to introduce a Government insurance scheme to provide terrorism insurance for risks to domestic property.

IT Projects

Mr. Webb: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will list each information technology project being undertaken by his Department and its agencies, including the (a) start date, (b) the planned completion date, (c) the current expected completion date, (d) the planned cost and (e) the current estimated cost; and if he will make a statement. [147654]

Ruth Kelly [holding answer 13 January 2004]: A table containing the information requested has been placed in the Library of the House.

Leak Inquiries

Richard Ottaway: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will list occasions on which his Department has conducted an inquiry into alleged leaks from members of staff since 1997; and if he will list the occasions on which the names of those persons accused of leaking information from his Department have been made public (a) by the Government and (b) by way of another source. [147194]

Ruth Kelly: While the Treasury has not itself instigated any formal leak enquiries since 1997, it does co-operate in cross-government preliminary enquiries at the request of other Government Departments attempting to trace the sources of leaked information.

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In line with exemptions 1(a) and 7(b) set out in Part II of the Code of Practice on Access to Government Information, it has been the practice of successive governments not to comment on the outcome of such enquiries in order to safeguard security and investigative arrangements.

New Deal

Dr. Kumar: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many people have benefited from the New Deal (a) broken down by region and (b) in Middlesbrough, South and Cleveland, East (i) since 1997 and (ii) since 2001. [148403]

Mr. Boateng: Since its introduction the New Deal has helped over 970,000 individuals into work. The following tables show the regional breakdown of jobs found through New Deal programmes. The first table shows data from the programmes introduction from June 1998 onwards, and the second table since April 2001. Both tables include the jobs gained from New Deal programmes for the constituency Middlesbrough, South and Cleveland, East.

Individuals into jobs since beginning of programmes
Jobs

NDYPND25plusNDLPND50+
Jobcentre Plus region
Scotland54,63018,97025,00012,180
North East36,92011,78014,7606,360
North West68,06020,96034,18012,710
Yorkshire and Humber53,06018,44024,72010,660
Wales31,8709,18016,2607,290
West Midlands46,86015,45019,8309,940
East Midlands29,33010,25014,2307,290
East of England25,55010,59014,9306,880
South East28,84012,71022,1107,740
London57,42027,82022,3607,750
South West30,21010,97020,8609,180
Parliamentary constituency
Middlesbrough, South and Cleveland, East1,450310560240

Individuals into jobs since April 2001
Jobs

NDYPND25plusNDLPND50+
Jobcentre Plus region
Scotland23,45011,74015,5008,060
North East15,7706,5408,6504,390
North West27,50010,99019,3008,660
Yorkshire and Humber20,8609,86014,5206,990
Wales13,4804,57010,2504,820
West Midlands20,0209,14011,5006,780
East Midlands12,0605,5708,3304,940
East of England9,1505,1008,5904,380
South East10,1805,65012,2805,040
London21,77012,84012,6605,140
South West11,5205,89012,8305,770
Parliamentary constituency
Middlesbrough, South and Cleveland, East680100340170

The New Deal for Disabled People (NDDP) had helped over 20,000 disabled people into work since its introduction. New Deal for Partners has helped over 1,700 people into work, but due to the size of the

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programmes there is currently no regional or constituency breakdown available for either NDDP or NDP.

Research and Development Tax Credits

Mr. Hoyle: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many firms in (a) Lancashire and (b) Chorley (i) are benefiting and (ii) have benefited from research and development tax credits. [148704]

Dawn Primarolo: This information is not available. Claims for research and development tax credits do not disclose where in the UK research and development was performed.

Stamp Duty Land Tax

Mr. Prisk: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what estimate he has made of the change in stamp duty land tax revenues in 2004–05 from (a) residential property, (b) commercial property, (c) anti tax avoidance measures and (d) securities-related transactions. [146424]

Ruth Kelly [holding answer 8 January 2004]: Forecast revenues from stamp taxes on Land and Property transactions and transactions in Shares are given in the table below. The forecast yields are consistent with the published PBR forecast. The yield from anti-avoidance measures was published in Table A2.1 of the Budget 2003 report.

£ million

2003–042004–05
Stamp Duty4,8006,000
Stamp Duty Land Tax2,7003,300

The increase in duty on land transactions is in due to the introduction of Stamp Duty Land Tax on 1 December 2003. In particular this will:


Separate forecasts of yield for residential and commercial property are not available.


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