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MRSA

Norman Baker: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer for what reasons it is not listed on a death certificate when MRSA has been a contributory factor. [210274]

Mr. Timms: The information requested falls within the responsibility of the National Statistician. I have asked him to reply.

Letter from Len Cook to Mr. Norman Baker, dated 24 January 2005:

Office Supplies

Mr. Rosindell: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how much his Department has spent on office supplies in the last 12 months. [209436]

Mr. Timms: In the year ended 31 March 2004, the Treasury spent £308,000 on stationery.

Shellfish Farming

Mr. Carmichael: 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. [209747]


 
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Dawn Primarolo: The following table shows the rents received in Orkney, Shetland, Scotland and the UK, over the last 10 years.
£

OrkneyShetlandMainland and Western IslesScotland
totals
England and WalesNorthern IrelandUK totals
2003–0470020,30058,30079,3006,10019,100104,500
2002–031,10015,30069,20085,6006,8007,600100,000
2001–021,10010,50068,30079,9004,70014,10098,700
2000–011,3007,70065,10074,1001,0007,90083,000
1999–20001,0004,90058,80064,7001,7008,20074,600
1998–999003,80059,80064,5007003,90069,100
1997–981,0001,70061,20063,9006004,00068,500
1996–9790030058,10059,3001,0003,70064,000
1995–9690050057,90059,3006005,40065,300
1994–9590040059,90061,2007005,40067,300

Single Currency

Mr. Rosindell: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many officials in his Department are assigned to work on the UK's potential integration with the European Monetary Union. [209437]

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. Rosindell: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how much his Department has spent on evaluation of the five economic tests for entry to the single currency. [209492]

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.

Tax Credits

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. [209701]

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. [209877]

Dawn Primarolo: The Inland Revenue regularly assesses and reviews its procedures for recovering tax credit overpayments.

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. [209878]

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. [209879]

Dawn Primarolo: The Inland Revenue's Code of Practice 26 ("What happens if we have paid you too much tax credit?") sets out their approach to handling overpayments of tax credits.

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. [209880]


 
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Dawn Primarolo: I refer the hon. Member to my reply to my hon. Friend the Member for Bolton, South East (Dr. Iddon) on 21 December 2004, Official Report, column 1596W.

Unemployment (Liverpool)

Mrs. Ellman: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what the levels of long-term (a) adult and (b) youth unemployment were in Liverpool, Riverside in each of the last eight years. [210256]

Dawn Primarolo: The information requested falls within the responsibility of the National Statistician. I have asked him to reply.

Letter from Len Cook to Mrs. Louise Ellman, dated 24 January 2005:


Table 1: Long-term(58) unemployment in Liverpool, Riverside parliamentary constituency

12 months ending
February
Youth unemployed (aged 16–24)Adult unemployed (aged 25 and over)
1999(59)2,000
2000(59)1,000
2001(59)2,000
2002(59)2,000
2003(59)2,000
20041,0002,000


(58) People unemployed for 12 months or more.
(59) Estimates not shown as they are potentially disclosive.
Note:
These estimates are based on very small sample sizes and are subject to a higher degree of sampling variability. They should therefore be treated with caution.
Source:
ONS Labour Force Survey




Table 2: JSA claimants resident in the Liverpool, Riverside constituency claiming for 12 months or more


Annual averages
Youth claimants (aged 18–24)(60)Adult claimants (aged 25 and over)(60)
19976002,585
19984251,985
19991201,755
2000501,550
2001301,275
2002351,085
2003351,070
200450970


(60) Computerised claims only.
Source:
Jobcentre Plus Administrative system




 
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