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John Thurso: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many child tax credit claimants he has written to with details about the process of finalising their 200304 claim and renewing a claim for 200405 reassessments, broken down by region; how many have responded, broken down by region; and if he will make a statement. 
Dawn Primarolo: The number of families in each region with awards current at 5 April 2004 are shown in "Child and Working Tax Credits Quarterly Statistics. April 2004." All these families were contacted about finalising their 200304 award and renewing their claim into 200405.
Some families were required to reply only if a change in their circumstance had occurred, or if their 200304 income fell outside a given range. As a result, some awards have been finalised on new information provided and others on the basis of information already provided. No split by region is available of the number providing new information.
Mr. Tyler: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many appeals his Department has received in respect of requests to reconsider recovery of tax credit overpayments; and how many have been successful. 
I refer the hon. Gentleman to my reply to my hon. Friend the Member for Middlesbrough, South and Cleveland, East (Dr. Kumar) on 15 December 2004, Official Report, columns 108788W.
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Mr. Frank Field: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what the nature is of an exceptional technical problem, referred to in a letter from the Inland Revenue to the right hon. Member for Birkenhead concerning a tax credits case; and how many of these technical problems there have been in (a) 200304 and (b) the current tax year. 
Mr. Frank Field: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what Inland Revenue officers mean when saying a tax credits case has gone technical; and how many such technical cases there have been in (a) 200304 and (b) the current tax year. 
Mr. Frank Field: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what it means when Inland Revenue officers refer to a fatal error, in a tax credits case; and how many such errors there have been in (a) 200304 and (b) the current tax year. 
Dawn Primarolo: The term comes from an error message staff sometimes see on the tax credits system. It means they could not see details about the taxpayer concerned. The vast majority are resolved by trying again.
The number of teenage conceptions that occurred in 2000 in Ribble Valley parliamentary constituency was 33. Figures are not available by parliamentary constituencies for other years. Figures are available for each year to 2002 for local authority and health authority areas.
Dr. Julian Lewis: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will list (a) Government Departments and agencies and (b) public bodies which use 0870 telephone numbers as contact numbers for members of the public. 
Dr. Julian Lewis: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will make it his policy to advise (a) Government Departments and agencies and (b) public bodies to use 0845 or alternative direct numbers in preference to 0870 numbers as contact numbers for members of the public. 
Mr. Boateng: There is no Government policy on the use of either direct numbers, 0845 or 0870 numbers. Each Government Department, agency and public body is free to make its own arrangements depending on its particular requirements.
Mr. Cousins: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what (a) contacts and (b) protocols are in place between customs authorities in the European Union to track and trace (i) virus and (ii) vaccine stocks and materials as they cross borders. 
Dawn Primarolo: HM Customs and Excise have no contact or protocols with other customs authorities in relation to these materials, although structures and relationships are in place that would allow such contacts and protocols to be rapidly established if this was felt necessary. HM Customs and Excise enforce licensing restrictions on the import into Great Britain from countries outside the European Union of animal disease samples and their carriers (such as fleas or blood samples) imposed by the Importation of Animal Pathogens Order 1980. Customs also enforce licensing restrictions on the import from and export to countries outside the European Union where such materials are derived from endangered species protected by virtue of EU Council Regulation 338/97.
Dr. Iddon: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will set up a system to stop payment of working tax credit as soon as a recipient notifies the Inland Revenue that they have become ineligible to receive it. 
Dawn Primarolo: The tax credits system is responsive to changes in claimants' circumstances. Payments will be stopped as soon as a claimant notifies the Inland Revenue that they are no longer eligible to receive tax credits.
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