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Mr. Grogan: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer (1) what the total amount of relief from inheritance tax granted in respect of agricultural land in North Yorkshire was in each of the past five years; 
Dawn Primarolo: Information on the number and value of assets relieved of inheritance tax in the UK is published in Table 12.2 of Inland Revenue Statistics 2004 at: www.inlandrevenue.gov.uk/stats/inheritance_tax/tablel22.xls/. A regional breakdown is not available.
The eligibility criteria for inheritance tax reliefs depend on the particular relief. Agricultural property relief is available for land (including qualifying farmhouses and cottages) which has been owned by the transferor, and occupied for farming, for at least seven years, or two years for owner occupiers. Inland Revenue booklet IHT17 gives more information and is available at www.inlandrevenue.gov.uk/leaflets/iht.htm.
Mr. Timms: The number of donor countries needed depends on the size of the commitment individual countries are willing to make. Clearly, a critical mass of donors is needed to achieve the gains of scale and predictability.
As National Statistician, I have been asked to reply to your recent question asking how often the MRSA virus was listed as a cause of death on a death certificate in the most recent period for which figures are available. (201518)
The latest year for which figures are available is 2002. The number of deaths in England and Wales in that year where the MRSA bacterium was mentioned anywhere on death certificates was 800. The method used for obtaining this figure was published in a report in Health Statistics Quarterly in spring 2004. 1
1 Griffiths C, Lamagni TL, Crowcroft NS, Duckworth G and Rooney C (2004) Trends in MRSA in England and Wales: analysis of morbidity and mortality data for 19932002. Health Statistics Quarterly 21, 1522.
Mr. Gibb: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer (1) for what reason the Office for National Statistics did not supply sufficient data to the OECD for their 2003 PISA survey; and if he will make a statement; 
PISA is a survey co-ordinated by the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD), which was conducted in 41 countries in 2003. The Office for National Statistics (ONS) conducted the survey in England and Wales on behalf of the Department for Education and Skills (DfES) and in collaboration with the Northern Ireland Statistics and Research Agency in Northern Ireland on behalf of Department of Education, Northern Ireland. The survey in Scotland was conducted by the Scottish Centre for Research in Education on behalf of the Scottish Executive.
The survey involves a two-hour written assessment, as well as completion of a questionnaire by a representative sample of students aged 15. In the UK, PISA depends on the voluntary co-operation of both schools and students. Compared with other surveys conducted through schools, PISA is quite disruptive as it takes a long time to complete and is conducted in the Spring term when schools are preparing for examinations.
Minimum criteria for response rates are set by OECD, and the response rates in the UK, in particular in England, fell short of the required minimum. ONS conducted the survey according to current best practice and, with the DfES, made every effort to persuade schools to participate. In spite of this, the survey response rates fell short of the threshold set by the OECD.
(2) how many appeals were made by civil servants to the Civil Service Commissioners regarding special advisers in his Department between 31 March 2003 and 31 March 2004; and when each appeal was lodged; 
Tim Loughton: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what the cost of collection of (a) national insurance, (b) income tax, (c) capital gains tax and (d) inheritance tax has been in each year since 1997. 
Dawn Primarolo: The Inland Revenue is a Data Controller under the Data Protection Act. It holds information for the purposes specified to the Data Protection Commissioner, and may use this information for any of them.
The Inland Revenue may check information they receive about claimants and taxpayers with what is already in their records. This can include information provided by customers as well as others such as other Government Departments and agencies and overseas tax authorities.
Dawn Primarolo: The Inland Revenue is consulting representatives of employers and other interested parties to ensure that the transition from employer payment of working tax credit to direct payment by the Inland Revenue proceeds smoothly for both employers and claimants. Once that consultation is complete, I shall announce the timetable for phasing out the payment of working tax credit by employers.
Mr. Willetts: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer (1) what total expenditure on the working tax credit was in 200304, broken down between (a) the working tax credit itself and (b) the childcare tax credit; 
(3) how much expenditure on (a) child tax credit and (b) working tax credit in 200304 was (i) offset for the purposes of public expenditure calculations payments of income tax and (ii) counted as public expenditure. 
On (i), expenditure on WTC includes £490 million paid to the main carer of the children for childcare as part of WTC. The total level of childcare support provided through the childcare element in 200304 is estimated to be over £700 million. This includes cases where this element increased the amount of child tax credit (CTC) paid.
On (ii), It is not possible to provide a split of total expenditure on CTC between the component elements. The amount of award payable is reduced for families whose incomes are above the threshold, and this reduction is applied to the total value of all elements taken together.
John Barrett: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many people living in the City of Edinburgh local authority area have had payment of their tax credits stopped because they failed to provide the Inland Revenue with updated information by the 30 September deadline. 
John Barrett: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what the average length of time taken to answer calls made to the customer telephone number of the Tax Credit Office customer relations team in Preston is. 
Tax credit customers phoning with a query or problem about their tax credits should ring the main Tax Credits Helpline on 0845 300 3900 (Great
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Britain) or 0845 603 2000 (Northern Ireland). These helplines are open seven days a week from 08:00 to 20:00.
The Tax Credit Office's customer relations team deals with formal customer complaints and has a phone number that its customers can ring if they have a query. There are five lines, which are staffed throughout normal office hours and handle around 100 calls a day. The Tax Credit Office does not have information about the average length of time taken to answer calls to the customer relations team's phone number.
John Barrett: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer when he expects the analysis of the household survey data for 200304 to provide an estimate of families eligible for but not claiming child tax credit will be concluded. 
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