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Royal Family (Annual Accounts)

Norman Baker: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will invite (a) Her Majesty the Queen and (b) His Royal Highness the Prince of Wales to submit their annual accounts for scrutiny to the National Audit Office. [17302]

Mr. Gordon Brown: There is no obligation for Her Majesty the Queen and His Royal Highness the Prince of Wales to produce personal accounts.

Stamp Duty

Mr. Laxton: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what tax revenue his Department received from stamp duty on the sale of (a) residential and (b) commercial and business properties in each financial year from 2000–01. [19626]

Mr. Ivan Lewis: Estimates of Stamp Duty revenue from Land and Property (Stamp Duty Land Tax from December 2003) for the UK are available separately for residential and non residential properties for the years 2000–01 to 2003–04 at http://www.hmrc.gov.uk/stats/stamp_duty/table 15_3_october04.pdf

Estimates for 2004–05 are due to be published at the end of this month.
 
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Tax Credits

Mr. Frank Field: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many tax claimants have been sent improved annual tax credit award notices which set out how their award has been calculated. [17206]

Dawn Primarolo [holding answer 13 October 2005]: I refer the right hon. Member to my answer of 4 July 2005, Official Report, column 97W, to the hon. Member for Yeovil (Mr. Laws).

Mr. Laws: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer pursuant to his answer of 12 September 2005, Official Report, columns 2386–387W, on tax credits, if he will update the figures to take account of the latest estimate of total tax credit overpayments in 2003–04; and if he will make a statement. [19284]

Dawn Primarolo: The answer to the question asked on 12 September 2005, Official Report, 2386–387W, was based on a special extract of data taken specifically for the purpose of producing National Statistics. The information requested is not available because this would require a further special extract to be taken and some of the underlying data are not available in a form to allow such analysis, so could be provided only at disproportionate cost. National Statistics on awards for 2004–05 will be published in spring 2006.

Timber

Mr. Hancock: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer (1) how many prosecutions for the attempted importation of illegally logged timber into the UK have taken place in each of the last three years; and what penalties were imposed in each case in which all proceedings have been completed; [19982]

(2) how many incidents of the attempted importation of illegally felled timber into the UK there have been in each of the last three years; what types of timber were involved; how much timber was involved in each case; and what the countries of origin of the timber concerned was in each case. [19983]

Dawn Primarolo: There is no legislation in place to prohibit the importation of timber on the specific grounds that it was illegally logged. It is expected that a council regulation to establish the forest law enforcement governance and trade system will be adopted by the council in November 2005. This regulation will prohibit the importation of timber and certain semi-processed timber products into the EU without a valid licence issued by the relevant authorities of the exporting country.

The importation of some species of wood is restricted under council Regulation 338/97 (on the protection of species of wild fauna and flora by regulating trade therein), which imposes import controls throughout the EU on all species (and their parts and derivatives) set out in the appendices to the convention on international trade in endangered species (CITES).

HM Revenue and Customs made 30 seizures of ramin wood in the last three years for the absence of CITES import permits, export permits or both. In 2003 customs concluded an investigation into ramin imports from the previous year that breached the import restriction by compounding proceedings under section 152 of the
 
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Customs and Excise Management Act 1979. However, HMRC cannot say whether the ramin in any of these cases had been illegally felled.

WORK AND PENSIONS

Benefit Claims (Hornsey and Wood Green)

Lynne Featherstone: To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what estimate he has made of the number of people claiming (a) state pension, (b) jobseeker's allowance and (c) incapacity benefit in Hornsey and Wood Green constituency; and if he will make a statement. [16943]

Mr. Plaskitt: In Hornsey and Wood Green parliamentary constituency, there were 12,400 people in receipt of state pension, as at September 2004; 2,956 people in receipt of jobseeker's allowance, as at September 2005; and 5,400 people in receipt of incapacity benefit or severe disability allowance, as at February 2005. In each case, these are the most recent available figures.

Disability Living Allowance

Mr. Frank Field: To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many people have been awarded disability living allowance on the basis of attention deficit hyperactivity disorder in each of the last five years. [19780]

Mr. Plaskitt: The requested information is not available. Figures are not kept separately for the numbers of disability living allowance awards made to people with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder. Such awards are included in a wider Behavioural disorder—including enuresis and hyperactivity" category. Information about the numbers of disability living allowance awards made to people whose main disabling condition falls into that category is in the table.
Number of first awards of disability living allowance (DLA) in Great Britain made to people whose main disabling condition is recorded as behavioural disorder-including enuresis and hyperactivity"

12 months ending 28 FebruaryTotal number of first awards to DLA(32)
200111,200
200213,200
200313,700
200415,000
200514.600


(32)To people whose main disabling condition is recorded as behavioural disorder—including enuresis and hyperactivity".
Notes:
1.First awards are those made on initial claims, reviews or appeals to people not previously in receipt of the benefit. Figures are rounded to the nearest hundred.
2.In cases where more than one disability is present, only the main disabling condition is recorded.
Source:
DWP information directorate, 5 per cent. samples.





 
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Housing Benefit

Sarah Teather: To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what proportion of housing benefit recipients opted for their housing benefit to be paid directly to their landlord in each year since 1997. [15584]

Mr. Plaskitt: The information requested is in the table. Information is not available beyond May 2003.
As at MayPaid direct to landlord (£000)Percentage of rent allowance recipients
19971,26568.5
19981,29071.2
19991,29872.3
20001,31875.5
20011,34577.3
20021,38177.8
20031,56780.0




Notes:
1.The figures are based on a 1 per cent. sample and are therefore subject to a degree of sampling variation.
2.Figures have been rounded to the nearest thousand and percentages are given to 1 decimal place.
3.The data refers to benefit units, which may be a single person or a couple.
4.Housing benefit figures exclude any extended payment cases.
5.Rent rebate figures are not included here. Rent rebate is credited automatically to a rent account and so different methods of payment are not applicable.
Source:
Housing benefit and council tax benefit management information system, annual 1 percent. sample, taken in May 1997 to May 2003.




Pensions

Mr. Laws: To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many (a) self-employed people, (b) people earning less than the lower earnings limit, (c) unemployed people and (d) other non-contributing people did not have second-tier pension arrangements in each year since 2002. [18636]

Mr. Timms: The table shows the estimated number of people in the UK who did not have private second-tier pension provision (i.e. those who are not contributing to an occupational, personal or stakeholder pension).
Million

Employment status2002–032003–04
Self employed1.71.8
Employees earning less than the lower
earnings limit
1.31.4
Unemployed1.01.0
Other6.76.7




Notes:
1.All figures are estimates and are taken from the Family Resources Survey (FRS). 2003–04 is the latest year for which data is available. The coverage of the survey is the UK.
2.Second tier pension arrangements cover those contributing to occupational, personal or stakeholder pension schemes. Members who are contributing to a private pension scheme include those who are building up rights within a salary related scheme, those who are currently contributing to a scheme or whose employer makes a contribution on their behalf. Those who contribute to any form of second tier pension are excluded from the figures.
3.The self employed and those earning less than the lower earnings limit covers those working both full time and part time. Other" covers students, those who are retired, those who are looking after a family or home, those who are permanently sick or disabled, those who are temporarily sick or disabled and any other inactivity. Employment status is reported by the individual.
4.Working age is ages 20–59 for women and 20–64 for men.
Source:
Family Resources Survey.





 
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Mr. Lancaster: To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions (1) if he will make it his policy to set the state pension above the official poverty level; [19124]

(2) if he will make it his policy to link the state pension to average male earnings. [19125]

Mr. Timms: We will continue to administer the state pension in its present form. However, we will review the pensions system following the publication of the Pensions Commission's report and the National Pensions Debate which is currently taking place. We are building a broad consensus for any possible changes to our pensions system.

Mr. Laws: To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what estimate he has made of the additional cost to the Financial Assistance Scheme of extending support to individuals who were between three and 10 years from scheme pension age on 14 May 2004, assuming a 50-plus replacement rate; and if he will make a statement. [19590]

Mr. Timms: No such estimate has been made.


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