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Mr. Sanders: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer (1) if he will publish the HM Customs and Excise assessment of the percentage of firearms seized at ports of entry that are intended for criminal use; 
(2) how many firearms were seized at ports of entry in each of the past five years for which figures are available; and how many of these were seized as a consequence of inaccurate licences or paperwork. 
Dawn Primarolo: The following table shows the number of firearms seized by HM Revenue and Customs in the last five years. It includes all firearms as defined in the Firearms Act 1968, but excludes self defence sprays, stun guns and parts of firearms.
|Financial year||Number of rifles and hand guns seized||Number of|
shot guns seized
Information on HMRC's detections of smuggled firearms is shared between HMRC's investigation staff, NCIS and police who assess the seriousness of the case and agree the arrangements for any follow up investigation. All cases other than those involving technical irregularities are considered for investigation either by police or HMRC.
HMRC does not categorise seizures according to intended use as any attempt to smuggle a firearm is serious and seizures where there was no specific information can lead to the detection of further serious crime.
Where a case has been referred to the police for investigation HMRC central records do not show whether or not criminal use was suspected at the time or subsequently established. A historic review to establish whether seizures were on the grounds of technical errors including inaccurate papers and licences or where there was smuggling for intended criminal use would only be available at disproportionate cost.
HMRC's current assessment is that the incidence where firearms are smuggled with the intention of use in gun crime is low but that this remains a constant threat. They continue to work closely with NCIS and police forces to improve the intelligence available in this area.
Jim Cousins: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many whole-time equivalent staff are employed in HM Revenue and Customs Large Business Service; and how many were employed in each of the predecessor sections of Revenue and Customs in April 2004. 
Customs and Excise and the Inland Revenue merged in April 2005 to form HM Revenue and Customs. HMRC has a policy of consolidating offices where possible, both to ensure they offer a joined-up service to customers and also to contribute to their efficiency targets. HMRC have sought to take advantage of opportunities such as the expiry of leases and relocation into existing Government estate and have consolidated ex-IR staff as detailed in the following table.
|East of England||1||1||2|
|Yorkshire and the Humber||0||1||1|
|Tyne and Wear||0||2||2|
Mr. Laws: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many people were subject to effective marginal tax rates of over 50 per cent. in (a) 199697, (b) 200001, (c) 200304 and (d) 200405; and if he will make a statement. 
The attached table shows the percentage of employee jobs in manufacturing, in London and United Kingdom, from 1992 to 2005; the latest period for which information is available. Workforce jobs data for the United Kingdom are also provided and include the self-employed, HM Forces and Government-supported trainees. The data are published on ONS' Nomis website at: http://www.nomisweb.co.uk
|United Kingdom employee jobs(31)||Londonemployee jobs(31)|
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