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Mr. Cousins: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what the topics are of the group litigation orders brought against the Inland Revenue and Customs which were resolved in the last 12 months; how many litigants participated in each group; what the name was of each corporate litigant; and whether each was registered (a) in the UK and (b) in another jurisdiction. 
To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many requests have been made to the Inland Revenue Overpayments Dispute Team by claimants of
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tax credit for waiver of recovery due to (a) official error and (b) hardship; and how many such requests were accepted. 
Dawn Primarolo: By the end of November about 67,000 taxpayers had returned Form TC846, or had otherwise been recorded as requesting the write-off of their overpayments on grounds of official error. In total about 1,100 families had their overpayments written off by the end of November for that reason. To date the Inland Revenue has had to consider very few requests for overpayments to be written off on ground of inability to pay.
Mr. Frank Field: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, (1) what the average time is from the receipt of a completed TC846 form, for a decision to be made by the Inland Revenue on an appeal against its decision to recover tax credit overpayments; 
(2) how many completed TC846 forms have been received by the Inland Revenue requesting a reconsideration of its decision to recover tax credits for (a) the 200304 tax year and (b) the current tax year. 
Dawn Primarolo [holding answer 7 December 2004]: For the number of forms received, I refer my right hon. Friend to my reply to my hon. Friend the Member for Middlesbrough, South and Cleveland, East (Dr. Kumar) today.
As National Statistician, I have been asked to reply to your recent question asking how many people have died of MRSA in care homes, as a proportion of total MRSA deaths in each of the last five years. (204586)
The latest year for which figures are available is 2002. Figures on deaths in care homes in England and Wales for the years 1998 to 2002, where MRSA was mentioned anywhere on death certificate, are given in the table.
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As National Statistician, I have been asked to reply to your recent Parliamentary Question asking what account the Office for National Statistics (ONS) intends to take of the introduction of International Financial Reporting Standards. (204415)
ONS has been addressing the issue of the introduction of International Financial Reporting Standards (IFRS) through its membership of Eurostat's Taskforce on Accounting and Statistics since 2001, and has been considering the possible effects of the introduction of JFRS on UK statistical data through business contacts since 2003.
In 2004, ONS established a taskforce, to address the statistical implications of IFRS. The objectives of this taskforce include establishing the potential incidence and significance of any statistical discontinuities arising from the introduction of IFRS. The taskforce established a three-stage action plan for addressing the issue, involving initial direct contacts with significant data contributors, a survey of a broad range of 500 data contributors (early in 2005) and subsequent amendments, as appropriate, to data collections in respect of 2005 onwards.
Despite the proximity of the introduction of IFRS for EU listed businesses, little conclusive information has yet been available about the specific impacts of IFRS on business statistics. Of those businesses contacted to date by ONS, very few have yet been willing or in a position to comment on the effects of IFRS. Very recent contacts have indicated that businesses are beginning to address the IFRS issue with some urgency and it is hoped that much more specific information will be obtained from the survey in early 2005.
In. addition, ONS is planning for contingencies including any further special surveys necessary later in 2005, any changes to regular business surveys and the handling of any discontinuities in key surveys. As more specific information becomes available, ONS will keep key stakeholders informed.
Mr. Cousins: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what the outstanding stock of (a) cash ISAs, (b) insurance ISAs and (c) equity ISAs was on 31 March (i) 2001, (ii) 2002, (iii) 2003 and (iv) 2004; and what the net change in stock was for the years (A) 2002, (B) 2003 and (C) 2004. 
Mr. Timms: Figures of outstanding stocks of cash, insurance and equity ISAs are available in table 9.6 of Inland Revenue Statistics published on the Inland Revenue website; http://newinternet.inrev.gov.uk/stats/isa/table9_6_september04.pdf
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