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Personal tax and benefit measures introduced since 1997 mean that by October 2005 a single earner family on male average earnings and with two children will be £205 a year better off in real terms and the same family on half male average earnings will be £3,700 a year better off in real terms.
Mr. Walker: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what assessment he has made of levels of taxation applied to property in (a) the UK, (b) continental Europe and (c) USA; and if he will make a statement. 
Mr. Ivan Lewis: Measures introduced in Budget 2005 mean that 89 per cent. of property transactions pay either no or 1 per cent. stamp duty land tax and the vast majoritycurrently around 94 per centof estates will continue to pay no inheritance tax. The Government have also stated that gains arising on disposal of a principal private residence will continue to be exempt from capital gains tax.
International comparisons of taxes for each sector of the economy using published data (for example from the OECD) can be misleading, because similar taxes in two countries may be classified as falling on different bases. However the level of property taxation has remained broadly constant in the UK, EU15 and the USA since
Mr. Gordon Prentice:
To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many and what percentage of taxpayers in (a) Lancashire and (b) the UK paid tax at the (i)
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basic rate and (ii) higher rate in (A) 1992, (B) 1997, (C) 2001 and (D) the latest year for which figures are available. 
Mr. Ivan Lewis: Information on the estimated number of income taxpayers in the UK for the years since 199293 is available in table 2.1 'Number of individual income taxpayers' on the HM Revenue and Customs internet website http://www.hmrc.gov.uk/stats/income_tax/table21.pdf.
Mr. Ivan Lewis: The work incentive problems that existed in 1997 were analysed in Work Incentives: A Report by Martin Taylor", the second paper in HM Treasury's reports on modernising the tax and benefit system. The report is available at: http://www.hm-treasury.gov.uk/media/2BF/88/taylor.pdf
John Healey: The Government's macro-economic framework has consistently delivered stability with strong growth and low inflation, thus establishing a track record that has been internationally acknowledged. The Government's approach to taxation balances the need to finance better quality public services, deliver fairness and promote sustainable development while ensuring that the UK benefits from the advantages of being a lightly taxed economy.
The National Statistician has been asked to reply to your recent question asking how many teenage pregnancies there were in each of the last 10 years, broken down by year group. I am replying in his absence. (4638)
Mr. Michael Foster: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will estimate the amount of irrecoverable VAT incurred by (a) sixth form colleges and (b) further education colleges in each of the last 10 financial years. 
Mr. Ivan Lewis: HM Revenue and Customs does not hold data about the level of irrecoverable VAT incurred by sixth form and further education colleges. However VAT incurred by sixth form and further education colleges is included in the funding they receive from central Government.
Mr. Ivan Lewis: HM Revenue and Customs do not collect data on the number of sixth form and further education colleges registered for VAT. HM Revenue and Customs do hold information on the number of VAT registered traders in the education sector and sub-sectors which is shown in the table.
|1. Primary Education|
|2. Secondary Education|
|General secondary education||215|
|Technical and vocational education||611|
|3. Higher Education|
|Sub-degree level higher education||238|
|First-degree level education||209|
|Post-graduate level education||36|
|4. Adult and other education|
|Activities of private training providers||8,077|
|Other adult and other education not elsewhere classified||1,,890|
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