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Mr. Gerrard: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what steps he (a) has taken and (b) proposes to take to ensure that the provisions of the Data Protection (Processing of Sensitive Personal Data) (Elected Representatives) Order 2002 are fully applied by Inland Revenue offices in relation to communications to the Inland Revenue by hon. Members on behalf of their constituents. 
Dawn Primarolo: Guidance is provided for staff of the Inland Revenue, now HM Revenue and Customs, in relation to hon. Members' communications with the department on behalf of their constituents. This guidance takes account both of the relevant data protection legislation, and the special legislation which governs information held by the department.
John Healey: The information on average working days sickness absence covering the years 1999 to 2003 for the Treasury and HM Revenue and Customs is available from the Analysis of Sickness Absence in the Civil Service" published by the Cabinet Office. Table A of the report gives details of both the average working days absence per staff year and the number of staff years on which that calculation is based on. Reports for 1999, 2000, 2001 and 2002 are also available in the Library and on the Cabinet Office website at:
To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will change the method by which deaths
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are recorded in order to identify deaths caused by sudden adult death syndrome; and if he will make a statement. 
The National Statistician has been asked to reply to your recent question concerning the method by which deaths are recorded in order to identify deaths caused by sudden adult death syndrome. I am replying in his absence. (11561)
In England and Wales, deaths that are sudden and of unknown cause must be referred to the coroner for investigation. If, after investigation, the coroner certifies the death as due to sudden adult death syndrome, or states that the death was sudden and no cause could be identified, it is coded to R96 in the tenth revision of the International Statistical Classification of Diseases. These deaths are counted as sudden adult deaths.
If a more specific pathology or disease process is identified at autopsy, the coroner should write it on the death certificate. ONS will then use this information to code the cause of death. In these cases, the fact that the death was sudden is not systematically recorded at present. In preparing a first session draft bill to reform the death certification and coroner service, the Government will review what additional information should be recorded at death.
Chris Huhne: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many of his staff have been (a) dismissed and (b) moved to other jobs as a result of their responsibility for the problems surrounding the implementation of tax credits; and if he will make a statement. 
Mr. George Osborne: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many tax credit awards were made to people with incomes in excess of (a) £50,000, (b) £52,500, (c) £55,000 and (d) £57,500 in (i) 200304 and (ii) 200405; and if he will make a statement. 
Dawn Primarolo: Estimates of the average number of tax credit awards broken down by income for 200304 awards is available in the HMRC publication Child and Working Tax Credits Statistics. Finalised annual awards 200304." This publication can be found on the HMRC website at:
Table 2.9 of this publication shows the average number of in-work benefiting families in each band of income used to taper awards In 200304, after taking into account their final family circumstances and income. This shows that there was an estimated average of 112,000 families with such incomes over £50,000, after taking into account the disregard.
A further breakdown of incomes over £50,000 show that for 72,000 of these families the income was over £52,500, for 36,000 it was over £55,000 and for 7,000 it was over £57,500. These figures exclude families whose tax credits awards were tapered to zero. The relevant incomes have been measured net of the disregard of the first £2,500 increase over 200102 incomes.
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Mr. Laws: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many awards of (a) children's tax credit, (b) working families tax credit and (c) disabled person's tax credit were made in 200203; and what the cost per award of administration was in that year. 
Estimates of the number of recipient families for working families' and disabled person's tax credits for 200203 appear in the published Quarterly Enquiries. These publications can be found on the Inland Revenue website, at
Mr. Clelland: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer pursuant to the answer of 11 July 2005, Official Report, column 699W, on travel concessions, what discussions he has had with the Secretary of State for Transport on the contribution to the relief of traffic congestion that might be made by abolishing the taxation applied to employer-provided travel concessions. 
John Healey: There have been no specific discussions on the relationship between traffic congestion and tax relief for employer-provided travel concessions. However, the Treasury continues to discuss a range of transport issues with the DfT on an ongoing basis.
The rateable values, used for water rates, were contained In the 1973 rating list. This rating list was effective from 1 April 1973 to 31 March 1990 and the Valuation Office Agency was, at this time, responsible for assessing the rateable values and maintaining this list. With the introduction of community charge, on 1 April 1990 (replaced by council tax on 1 April 1993), all rating assessments on domestic property ceased to exist, but water companies use these historic rateable values in levying charges for water and sewerage rates. There is now no mechanism for the Valuation Office Agency to amend rateable values shown in the 1973 rating list.
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The Solicitor-General: The Attorney General is responsible for superintending the work of the Director of Public Prosecutions as head of the CPS and the Director of the Serious Fraud Office. Both these departments have responsibility for prosecuting corruption cases. The Serious Fraud Office also has power to investigate allegations of corruption. By statute. Law Officer consent must be given before corruption offences can be prosecuted.
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