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Tax Returns

Mr. Wills: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what percentage of appeals against penalties imposed for late submission of tax returns were upheld by the General Commissioners in (a) 2000, (b) 2001, (c) 2002, (d) 2003 and (e) 2004. [13294]

Dawn Primarolo: HM Revenue and Customs do not have this information.

Testicular Cancer

Mr. Drew: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what the incidence of testicular cancer per 1,000 population was in (a) Gloucestershire and (b) Stroud District in each of the last five years. [13617]

John Healey: The information requested falls within the responsibility of the National Statistician who has been asked to reply.

Letter from Len Cook to Mr. David Drew, dated 19 July 2005:

Tonnage Tax

Mr. Hancock: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what his estimate is of corporation tax
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forgone since the introduction of tonnage tax; and howmuch tonnage tax has been raised during that period. [13462]

Dawn Primarolo: Estimates of the corporation tax foregone in the first four years of the tonnage tax based on the level of UK shipping activity when tonnage tax was introduced can be found at:

Over this same period around £10 million in corporation tax has accrued to the Exchequer from companies using the net tonnage of ships operated as a means of calculating shipping profits.

UK Royal Dutch Shell

Mr. Mark Field: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will make a statement on the position of the minority shareholders in UK Royal Dutch Shell who, following the reconstruction of the Shell Group, will be liable for capital gains tax. [12425]

Dawn Primarolo: Ministers cannot comment on the tax affairs of individual taxpayers.

The UK has rules relating to share exchanges, which provide for relief by deferring tax on capital gains. Whether that relief is due to shareholders affected by the Shell reconstruction depends on exactly how the reconstruction is carried out. The detail of the reconstruction is, of course, entirely a matter for the companies concerned.

Vehicles (Revenue)

Mr. Duncan: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how much revenue his Department received from (a) fuel duty, (b) vehicle excise duty, (c) VAT on car sales, (d) VAT on fuel and (e) company car tax in the last year for which figures are available. [12716]

John Healey: The information is as follows: