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Mr. Gardiner: The development consortium continues to undertake feasibility studies within the area which could potentially accommodate a wind farm. It has not as yet made an application for the development of a wind farm at Tunes Plateau. Should such an application be received it will be subject to full public consultation.
The Department for Employment and Learning engages the services of the Higher Education Funding Council for England (HEFCE) to monitor the financial position of the two Northern Ireland universities through the examination of various annual financial returns. HEFCE is a non-departmental public body of the Department for Education and Skills. In addition, HEFCE assesses annual reports from each university's Audit Committee, internal auditors and external auditors, as well as carrying out periodic review visits to Queen's University and the University of Ulster. The books and records of the universities are also audited and certified annually by the universities'
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external auditors. These are also open to inspection by the Department's internal auditors, HEFCE's Audit Service and the Northern Ireland Audit Office.
As National Statistician, I have been asked to reply to your Parliamentary Question about employment in the Greater London area. (190260)
There were 2,836,000 people in full-time employment and 736,000 in part-time employment with usual residence in the Greater London area in the three month period ending May 2004, the latest date for which information is available. These estimates are not seasonally adjusted.
As with any sample survey, estimates from the Labour Force Survey (LFS) are subject to sampling variability.
As National Statistician, I have been asked to reply to your Parliamentary Question about jobs created in East Lothian Parliamentary Constituency. (190145)
While statistics of new jobs created are not available explicitly, statistics from surveys enable comparisons to be made of net changes in numbers of jobs from year-to-year.
The attached table shows the information requested, relating to employee jobs in East Lothian for 1997 and 2002, which is the latest year available.
|Change from 1997 to 2002(17)||1,500|
John Healey: The Chancellor of the Exchequer made clear in the 2004 Spending Review (Cm 6237), that the Government remain committed to ensuring that all hauliers, regardless of their nationality, pay an amount related to the distance they travel on UK roads. It will be revenue neutral overall to hauliers who already contribute through UK fuel duty.
HM Customs and Excise's most recent resource allocations and accounts were published in their Annual Report and Accounts 200203 (HC 52) and Spring Report 2004 (Cm 6224) and updated in the 2004 Spending Review. The allocated budget for LRUC in 200405 is £30 million. It would be inappropriate to disclose estimates for future years: exemption 7 (Effective management and operations of the public service) of the Code of Practice on Access to Government Information applies.
Mr. Pickthall: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many citizens in this financial year to date have been sent a letter by the National Insurance Contributions Office announcing a shortfall in contributions to state pensions; how many of those letters have been shown to be wrong; and how much of this is due to lost records. 
Dawn Primarolo: I gave written statements to the House, on 16 May and 18 June 2003, that Inland Revenue was to resume the issue of letters telling people about shortfalls in their national insurance contributions records. That exercise has now been successfully completed. As stated in my answer of 5 February 2004, Official Report, columns 1350351W, Inland Revenue sent out over 10 million letters between October 2003 and September 2004. These show any gaps in the recipient's contribution record for the years 199697 to 200102 and invite them to inform the Inland Revenue if the information shown is incomplete or incorrect, so that records can be corrected. Corrections to national insurance records may be necessary for a number of reasons but it is not possible to identify separately those resulting from lost records.
Mr. Andrew Turner: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many adjustments have been made to payments in respect of tax credit claim 2004/08 001519 as a result of errors in his Department; and if he will list the stages in determining payment under this claim, showing the calculations at each stage. 
Dawn Primarolo: The Inland Revenue may need to adjust payments during the year as a result of a change of circumstances, for example to avoid paying too much tax credits over the year as a whole. They will also adjust payments to recover an overpayment of tax credits from a previous year. Their approach to payment adjustments and the recovery of overpayments is explained in the Code of Practice 26 'What happens if we have paid you too much tax credit?' and a copy has been placed in the Commons Library.
It would not be appropriate for me to discuss publicly the cases of individual customers. However, the Inland Revenue wrote to the hon. Member on 9 September 2004 and the Tax Credit Office are speaking regularly with the constituent concerned about their tax credits claim and payments.
John Thurso: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many overpayments of tax credits have been made in Scotland in this financial year; what the value of those overpayments is; and how many of these overpayments are subject to recovery. 
Awards are also adjusted during the year to take account of changes of circumstance or income. Where the amount payable is reduced, payments are adjusted so as to pay out the right amount for the year as a whole. This is part of the normal operation of the tax credit system, and no count of such occurrences is maintained.
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