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Doctors are required to complete the Medical Certificate of Cause of Death to the best of their knowledge and belief. Guidelines on completing death certificates are included at the front of every book of certificates. Certificates are not available without these instructions.
It is up to the individual doctor's clinical judgment to decide whether or not a condition present at or immediately before death contributed to death, and so should be mentioned on the death certificate. In addition, in the case of MRSA, whether the infection was antibiotic resistant or not may not be known to the doctor when completing the certificate.
To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how much the Crown Estate has received
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from rents paid by shellfish farmers in (a) Orkney, (b) Shetland, (c) Scotland and (d) the UK in each of the last 10 years. 
|Orkney||Shetland||Mainland and Western Isles||Scotland|
|England and Wales||Northern Ireland||UK totals|
Mr. Timms: The Chancellor's statement to the House on 9 June 2003 on UK membership of the single currency set out a reform agenda of concrete and practical steps to address the policy requirements identified by the assessment of the five economic tests. A range of officials from across the Treasury contribute to this work.
Mr. Timms: The assessment of the five economic tests was comprehensive and rigorous. The assessment and supporting studies relate to a number of publicly stated Treasury objectives and the cost of producing them was met from within the Treasury's three-year departmental expenditure limits.
Mr. Frank Field: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer when the appeal made by the right hon. Member for Birkenhead's constituent, Mr. Edwards, on 9 November 2004, against the decision of the Inland Revenue to recover a tax credit overpayment will be heard. 
Dawn Primarolo: Claimants can appeal against decisions about their entitlement but there is no right of appeal against the recovery of an overpayment. The Inland Revenue's Code of Practice 26, "What happens if we have paid you too much tax credit?", which is available on the Department's website at www.inlandrevenue.gov.uk, explains what claimants can do if they believe they should not be asked to pay back on overpayment.
The Inland Revenue replied to my right hon. Friend and his constituent on 24 November 2004. The Department wrote again to the constituent on 14 December 2004. I have asked the Department to write to my right hon. Friend again in case he requires anything further.
Angus Robertson: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what assessment the Department has made of the procedures used by the Inland Revenue to recover tax credit overpayments since April 2004; and if he will make a statement. 
The Inland Revenue's approach to dealing with overpayments is set out in a Code of Practice "What happens if we have paid you too much tax credit?". A copy has been placed in the House of Commons Library.
Angus Robertson: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer to how many tax credit recipients in (a) Scotland and (b) Moray local authority area tax credit overpayment notices have been issued since April 2004; what percentage of total claimants of tax credits this represents in each case; and if he will make a statement. 
Dawn Primarolo: The amount of any overpayment of tax credits is detailed on the decision notices that the Inland Revenue sends to claimants. Information on the number of decision notices where an overpayment is shown is not available.
For information on the number of tax credit overpayments I refer the hon. Member to my reply to my hon. Friend the Member for Aberdeen, South (Miss Begg) on 10 January 2005, Official Report, column 129W.
Angus Robertson: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what assessment the Department has made of the (a) financial and (b) social impact on tax credit claimants of the tax credit overpayment recovery process; and if he will make a statement. 
Angus Robertson: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what the average amounts of tax credit overpayments to claimants since April 2004 in (a) the UK, (b) Scotland and (c) the Moray local authority area are; and if he will make a statement. 
Table 1 gives estimates of the numbers of long-term unemployed people, both youth and adult, who were resident in the Liverpool Riverside Parliamentary Constituency, for each twelve month period ending February from 1999 to 2004, the most recent available period. Information on length of time unemployed is not available for earlier periods.
The Office for National Statistics also compiles statistics of those claiming Jobseeker's Allowance (JSA) for local areas. Table 2 gives the annual average number of young people aged 18 to 24 years old and adults (aged 25 and over) resident in the Liverpool Riverside Parliamentary Constituency claiming JSA benefits for over 12 months or more in each year from 1997 to 2004.
|12 months ending|
|Youth unemployed (aged 1624)||Adult unemployed (aged 25 and over)|
|Youth claimants (aged 1824)(60)||Adult claimants (aged 25 and over)(60)|
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