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Mr. Austin Mitchell: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will (a) use a model similar to that used by the US Inland Revenue Service to estimate the tax gap in the UK and (b) regularly publish the results of the estimate. 
Dawn Primarolo: There is currently no reliable estimate of the amount of direct taxes underpaid. The model used by US Inland Revenue Service to estimate the tax gap consists of a large number of component parts. HMRC is exploring the use of a number of these methods to estimate parts of the tax gap.
Dawn Primarolo: The UK's macroeconomic stability, low rates of corporation tax and other tax incentives such as tax relief for intangibles assets and R and D tax credits, make the UK a very competitive environment for business.
Mr. Laws: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what estimates he has made of the cost of tax life on pension contributions in (a) 200506 (b) 200607 and (c) 200708, broken down by tax rate. 
Mr. Ivan Lewis: Latest estimates of the cost of tax relief on private pension contributions for 199899 to 200304 are published on the HMRC website: http://www.hmrc.gov.uk/stats/pensions/table7_9_september04.pdf
Mr. Des Browne: The Government's macro-economic framework consistently has delivered stability with strong growth and low inflation, establishing a track record that has been acknowledged internationally. 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.
Mr. Kidney: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what steps are being taken within his Department to support the International Year of the Volunteer; and what steps have been taken to promote volunteering since 1997. 
The Home Office budget to promote volunteering and the wider voluntary and community sector has increased almost tenfold from £16 million in 199798 to £153 million in 200506. Some examples of the initiatives that the budget has been used for, include:
The Time Limited Development Fund (TLDF)a £13.5 million boost for volunteering in deprived communities. 113 voluntary organisations were selected in May 2002 for funding over the years 200203 to 200405. The organisations worked in deprived areas across England to help build the capacity of local communities by significantly increasing the number of local people involved in voluntary services and community support.
ChangeUpa capacity building and infrastructure framework for the voluntary and community sector. ChangeUp is being supported by an initial investment of £80 million to be spent by March 2006, and a further £70 million for years 200607 and 200708.
Futurebuildersthe Government set up the £125 million Futurebuilders Fund, an innovative programme designed to assist front line voluntary and community organisations to build their capacity to deliver public services by providing tailored loan based funding packages.
The Russell Commissionthe Government are allocating £45 million between 200506 and 200708 to support the implementation of the Commission's recommendations. This will be supported by a matched volunteering opportunities fund, which aims to attract at least £55 million from private sector sources.
International Year of the VolunteerThe National Centre for Volunteering, in consultation with the Home Office and key volunteering-involving organisations, agreed a structure for the delivery of the International Year of the Volunteer which took place in 2001. Those involved in the programme considered the Year to be a success. The Active Community Unit at the Home Office provided £297,229 core funding for the Year. Furthermore, 2005 is the Year of the Volunteer. The aims and objectives of the Year are to create awareness of, increase the opportunities for and encourage more people to get involved in volunteering. The Year is
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owned by volunteers, led by a partnership between Community Service Volunteers (CSV) and the Volunteering England consortium, and supported by the Home Office. The Volunteering England consortium consists of Volunteering England, community sector. TimeBank, YouthNet UK, The
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Media Trust, Business in the Community (BitC) and Youth Action Network. The Home Office spending on the Year is illustrated in table one. The devolved administrations are funding and hosting their own campaigns and initiatives to support the year and these differ in each country.
|Amount invested by the Home Office (£)|
|Community Service Volunteers||Principal Voluntary Sector partner delivering a range of activities, events, promotional materials and press and media coverage.||1,000,000|
|Community Service Volunteers||To deliver a government employee volunteering scheme.||500,000|
|Volunteering England||Principal Voluntary Sector partner working with a consortium to deliver a range of activities, events, promotional materials and press and media coverage.||1,000,000|
|Volunteering England||To increase the capacity of local volunteer centres throughout England.||3,000,000|
|Volunteering England||Small grants programme for other stakeholders who can contribute to achieving the objectives of YOV 2005||250,000|
|Marketing/Communications Support||Research and branding, publicity, partnership marketing and the YOV 2005 website (www.yearofthevolunteer.org).||250,000|
|Website and YOV 2005 evaluation support||To develop and enhance www.yearofthevolunteer.org and manage project evaluation.||100,000|
|Media Trust||For high-profile, multi-media consumer marketing campaign which aims to supercharge the year, raise awareness of volunteering and drive registrations of new volunteers.||1,000,000|
Chris Ruane: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many and what percentage of young people are not in employment, education or training in Denbighshire, broken down by ward and listed in descending order. 
The number of people aged 16 to 24 not in employment, or in full-time education or government training, resident in Denbighshire during the 12 months ending February 2004 is estimated at 1,000. This represents around 11 per cent. of the population in that age group. A breakdown by ward is not available.
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