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Mr. Gray: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer pursuant to the answer of 8 February 2005, Official Report, column 1406W, on Inland Revenue, on what date Inland Revenue commenced a review of its existing informers, and its practices relating to them, to ensure that it would be compliant with the provisions of the Regulation of Investigatory Powers Act 2000. 
Dawn Primarolo: The Inland Revenue responded to an approach by the Home Office in 1999 prior to the passage of the Regulation of Investigatory Powers Act, and informed them of the Department's continuing need to use information provider by informants and, in particular, that type of informant later classified as a Covert Human Intelligence Source by the Provisions of RIPA. The Inland Revenue asked staff in its Special Compliance Office to consider whether any of the informers then in use fell within the definition of a Covert Human Intelligence Source on 9 August 2001.
Dawn Primarolo: The Inland Revenue employs a twin-track approach to ensuring tax compliance by helping taxpayers to meet their obligations and dealing effectively with deliberate non-compliance. Central to that approach, the Revenue has a continuous and sophisticated programme of risk assessment directed at tackling tax evasion.
Mrs. Spelman: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what recent representations he has received from the European Commission regarding the zero rate of VAT on new homes in the United Kingdom. 
Mr. Simon Thomas: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many suppliers are included on the list of pre-qualified suppliers maintained by the Office of Government Commerce's buying solutions; and how many are located in Wales. 
Mr. Boateng: OGC buying.solutions does not maintain a listing of 'pre-qualified suppliers.' Delivery of the products and services is via Framework Agreements and Managed Services contracts. The OGC buying.solutions supply base is 570, of which eight have registered offices in Wales.
In order to provide the appropriate service coverage to central Government and the wider public sector within Wales, the supply base may utilise regional offices or sub-contractors based within Wales. The Management Information submitted by each supplier does not include details of which office or sub-contractor is responsible for carrying out work in each region.
Mr. Boateng: The Government do not hold information on sales of equity stakes in PFI deals as these are transactions between two private sector entities. PFI contracts require that the identity of any new owner arising from such a transaction must be notified to the procuring authority of the PFI project. The Government undertake PFI for reasons of value for money, and the value of secondary private sector equity sales does not change the value for money case or the unitary charge paid for an individual project.
Mr. Tyrie: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what proportion of each National Statistics Socio-Economic Classification was unmarried but lived with a partner in the last period for which figures are available; and what proportion of these couples had a child. 
The National Statistician has been asked to reply to your recent Parliamentary Question asking for the proportion of cohabiting couple families in each National Statistics Socio-Economic Classification (NS-SEC), and the proportion of these families that had a child. I am replying in his absence. (223122)
The most recent estimates of the number of cohabiting couples indicated that there were 2 million cohabiting couples in England and Wales in 2003. The proportion of these couples who have children is not available. No estimates are made for Scotland and Northern Ireland.
|Higher managerial and professional occupations||Lower managerial and professional occupations||Intermediate occupations||Small employers and own account workers||Lower supervisory and technical occupations|
|Split of cohabiting couples by|
whether or not children are resident:
|with no children||71||67||66||52||50|
|with dependent children||27||30||31||43||46|
|with non-dependent children only||2||'3||3||5||4|
|Semi-routine occupations||Routine occupations||Never worked, long term unemployed full-time students and not stated or classifiable||Total|
|Split of cohabiting couples by whether or not children are|
|with no children||48||44||64||58|
|with dependent children||49||52||32||38|
|with non-dependent children only||4||4||4||4|
Mr. Webb: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer pursuant to the answer of 21 February 2005, Official Report, column 76W, on tax credits, how many complaints were received by the MP tax credits complaints team (a) by post and (b) by telephone in (i) January and (ii) February. 
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