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Mr. Gregory Campbell: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will estimate how many people who pay national insurance contributions would not do so if the threshold for payment were to be raised to £10,000 per annum, in the first year following the raising of the threshold. 
Dawn Primarolo: The number of people who are currently projected to pay national insurance contributions in the UK, who would not do so if the primary threshold and lower profits limit were raised to £10,000 per annum in the year 200506 is estimated to be 4 million. The estimate is based upon the Report by the Government Actuary on the drafts of the Social Security Benefits Up-rating Order 2005 and the Social Security (Contributions) (Re-rating and National Insurance Funds Payments) Order 2005".
Mrs. Spelman: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what the estimated expenditure by the Office for National Statistics on producing and compiling statistics relating to England at Government Office for Region level was in the last period for which figures are available. 
As National Statistician, I have been asked to reply to your recent parliamentary Question on what the estimated expenditure by the Office for National Statistics on producing and compiling statistics relating to England at Government Office for Region level was in the last period for which figures are available. (216035)
Mr. Boateng: The Treasury's latest projections for public expenditure and the Treasury's latest economic forecast are set out in the 2004 pre-Budget report, which is available in the Library of the House. Updated projections will be provided with the Budget.
Norman Baker: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what estimate he has made of the costs to public funds which will arise from the proposed marriage between His Royal Highness the Prince of Wales and Mrs. Camilla Parker Bowles; whether rules exist in respect of public expenditure on such matters; and if he will make a statement. 
Dr. Cable: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will estimate the reduction in stamp duty yield from residential property which would result from raising the threshold at which 1 per cent. stamp duty starts from £60,000 to £150,000. 
Dawn Primarolo: The estimated revenue cost, in 200506, of restructuring stamp duty on residential property sales by raising the threshold from £60,000 to £150,000 is £480 million. This does not include any allowance for behavioural changes.
Dr. Cable: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what proportion of the cost of reliefs from stamp duty for transfers in designated disadvantaged wards was accounted for by (a) residential transfers and (b) non-residential transfers in the most recent year for which figures are available. 
Dawn Primarolo: In 200304 the proportion of disadvantaged areas relief claimed in respect of residential transfers was estimated at 15 per cent. of the total relief claimed, and the amount claimed in respect of non-residential transfers was estimated at 85 per cent.
Estimates of the number of in-work families receiving tax credits (broken down by families with and without children) in each constituency appear in Child and Working Tax Credit Statistics, Geographical analyses." This can be found on the
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Inland Revenue website at www.inlandrevenue.gov.uk/stats/personal-tax-credits/menu.htm. The estimates are based on a sample of cases, and are subject to sampling uncertainty.
Miss McIntosh: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer for what reasons the Tax Credit Office does not reimburse members of the general public for overpayments until the end of the financial year. 
It is only after the end of the year, once all the information about income and circumstances is available, that the Revenue will compare tax credit entitlement with what they have paid. They will then finalise the award and send claimants a finalisation notice. If there is an underpayment a lump sum payment is then made. Alternatively, if the finalisation notice shows an overpayment for the year, it will wherever possible be recovered from a continuing award.
Miss McIntosh: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer under what circumstances individuals who have made overpayments to the Tax Credit Office due to errors by the office are eligible to claim financial hardship payments. 
Mrs. May: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what estimate he has made of the number of families who will benefit from the extension of the subsidy in the child care element of the working tax credit in 2006 announced in the pre-Budget report in December 2004; and what he estimates the average gain per family per year will be. 
Mr. Timms: Assuming that the number of beneficiaries and average child care costs remains at December 2004 levels, around 330 thousand families will benefit from the increase in the percentage of child care costs covered in the child care element of tax credits. The average (mean) gain is assumed to be £400 per year.
Estimates of the number of in-work families receiving tax credits (broken down by families with and without children) in each constituency appears in Child and Working Tax Credit Statistics. Geographical analyses. December 2004" This can be found on the Inland
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Revenue website at www.inlandrevenue.gov.uk/stats/personal-tax-credits/menu.htm. The estimates are based on a sample of cases, and are subject to sampling uncertainty.
Mr. Grogan: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many VAT registered businesses there were on average in the area of (a) Selby district council and (b) City of York council in (i) 1997 and (ii) 2004. 
Dawn Primarolo: Customs and Excise do not collect data on the number of VAT registered businesses by geographical area. Information on VAT registered businesses by area is available via the Small Business Service website www.sbs.gov.uk. The following table shows the number of enterprises registered for VAT at the start of the year for the unitary authorities and local authority districts within the Yorkshire and the Humber Government office region.
|Region||Yorkshire and the Humber GOR||121,975||129,645|
|UA||East Riding of Yorkshire||9,705||10,115|
|UA||Kingston upon Hull city of||4,455||4,505|
|UA||North East Lincolnshire||3,300||3,435|
|County||North Yorkshire county||23,115||24,775|
|County||South Yorkshire metropolitan county||24,170||25,910|
|County||West Yorkshire metropolitan county||49,190||52,005|
Mr. Swayne: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer whether it is his policy, in cases where the Inland Revenue is persuaded that a VAT registration is unnecessary and mistaken, that (a) penalties for non-payment and (b) backdated tax claims should be withdrawn; and if he will make a statement. 
Where a person makes taxable supplies and is registered for VAT voluntarily, the registration cannot be cancelled retrospectively. The person is liable to account for VAT on taxable supplies made and may be liable to penalties during the period of the registration.
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Where Customs and Excise register a person for VAT and they subsequently discover that the person was neither required nor entitled to be registered, they will remove the person from the register and withdraw any assessments made for arrears of tax or penalty. Customs are, however, able to recover from that person any amount he has charged to customers as VAT and he may be liable to a penalty on this amount.
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