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Mr. Laws: To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions if he will make a statement on the new tax credits system developed by Affinity for his Department; how it interfaces with the main tax credit system; and what the estimated (a) cost and (b) timescale is. 
Mr. Plaskitt: When the new tax credits commenced in 2003 a new data exchange mechanism was introduced to support the electronic exchange of data between the Department for Work and Pensions and Her Majesty's Revenue and Customs services (the Tax Credits Gateway"). The Department also has enquiry facilities for tax credits award details ("View Only Access") and IT to support electronic applications and reporting of changes of circumstances (e-portal").
Mr. Hollobone: To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what steps are being taken through the tax and benefits system to tackle teenage pregnancy and to encourage responsible parenting in Kettering. 
Margaret Hodge: The tax credits and benefits systems are there to provide financial support and stability to people with children. Our highly successful welfare to work programmes and our regime of work focused interviews ensure that where possible, these people are helped into work.
There are no further plans to tackle teenage pregnancy or responsible parenting using the benefit system. However the forthcoming welfare reform will encourage self-reliance and independence.
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As National Statistician, I have been asked to reply to your recent Parliamentary Question asking how many deaths in which the primary cause was alcohol there were in Milton Keynes in each of the last five years. (13994)
The latest year for which figures are available is 2004. The attached table shows the numbers of deaths among residents of Milton Keynes Unitary Authority where the underlying cause of death indicated a condition directly related to alcohol use in the years 2000 to 2004.
|Number of deaths|
Mr. Meacher: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will ensure compensation is paid to UK farmers, food manufacturers and their insurers if UK port authorities fail to detect contaminated animal feed imports. 
There is a requirement under General Food Law (EC Regulation 178/2002) for both food and feed business operators to comply with the requirements of food law and verify that their requirements are met. The port health authorities are required to monitor imports and to ensure that businesses discharge their legal responsibilities, they are not responsible for checking imports on behalf of United Kingdom farmers and food manufacturers. Compensation would not therefore be provided as a result of failing to detect contaminated animal feed imports by the port health authorities.
Mr. Burstow: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many letters to his Department from hon. Members in Session (a) 200405 and (b) 200506 remain unanswered, broken down by those which are (i)one month old, (ii) two months old, (iii) three months old, (iv) four months old and (v) over six months old. 
|200405||200506 to date|
|1 month old||0||15|
|2 months old||0||3|
|3 months old||0||2|
|4 months old||2||0|
|6 months old||1||0|
|Total over 1 month old||3||20|
Mr. Laws: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what estimate he has made of the take-up rate of the (a) child element of child tax credit, (b) family element of child tax credit and (c) child care tax credit in working tax credit, broken down by (i) case load and (ii)expenditure. 
Mrs. Spelman: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what estimate the Valuation Office Agency has made of the number of residential properties in each council tax band in Wales in (a) 200405 and (b) 200506. 
|Council tax band||Number of dwellings|
|Council tax band||Number of dwellings|
(2) what steps he plans to take to ensure (a) that para. 31 of the 2005 G8 Communique" will be put fully into effect and (b) that international financial institutions no longer impose conditions which run counter to the policy there expressed; 
Mr. Ivan Lewis: The G8 agreement for multilateral debt relief is for all HIPCs who have reached completion point. Currently 18 countries could be eligible for debt worth up to $40 billion (Benin, Bolivia, Burkina Faso,Ethiopia, Ghana, Guyana, Honduras, Mali, Mauritania, Madagascar, Mozambique, Nicaragua, Niger, Rwanda, Senegal, Tanzania, Uganda, Zambia). As more countries reach completion point (currently 9 pre-completion point countries, and 11 pre-decision point countries) in the HIPC initiative this will increase in value to $55 billion.
The UK will also continue with its initiative to pay for the debt servicing of eligible non-HIPCs to the World Bank and African Development Bank. Eligible countries would be those low-income IDA-only borrowers who have sufficiently strong public financial management systems in place to ensure that the savings from debt relief are used for poverty reducing expenditures.
The G8 proposal is fully consistent with para. 31 of the 2005 G8 Communique with countries eligible for relief ready to demonstrate their commitment to poverty reduction and sound financial management.
|Bosnia and Herzegovina||December 1982||1.3|
|Central African Republic||January 1983||0.4|
|Congo Republic||August 1986||151.5|
|Democratic Republic of Congo||July 1983||73.9|
|Cote D'Ivoire||July 1983||17.3|
|Serbia and Montenegro||December 1982||252.8|
|Sierra Leone||July 1983||3.3|
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