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Mike Penning: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what recent discussions he has had with Health Ministers on the operation of their public service agreements; and if he will make a statement. 
Mr. Austin Mitchell: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will establish a system of six-monthly published reports on regional economic performance including productivity, wage levels, investment influences, employment levels and public spending per capita. 
John Healey: The Government publish progress against their regional economic performance PSA target every six months in the Departmental Reports and Autumn Performance Reports for HM Treasury, DTI and ODPM. The most recent progress report is provided in HM Treasury: Departmental Report, June 2005 (Cm. 6540).
Total identifiable public expenditure on services by region per capita is provided on an annual basis by the ONS. The most recent data is set out in table 8.2 of Public Expenditure Statistical Analysis 2005 (Cm 6521).
Mr. Andrew Smith: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what monitoring he undertakes of (a) local and regional variations in pay and (b) the account taken of extra costs for retention and recruitment that arise in the South East and London in public sector pay (i) remits and (ii) settlements. 
Where individual Departments and agencies are facing localised recruitment and retention problems for their staff or the work force groups that they represent, their proposals for addressing these are scrutinised on a case-by-case in their individual pay remits by the Treasury (in the case of pay remits) and the independent Pay Review Bodies (in the case of certain other work force groups in the public sector).
The Independent Review of Public Sector Relocation carried out by Sir Michael Lyons in 2004 highlighted the extra costs associated with employing staff in London
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and the South East and the financial savings that will result over the medium term from the relocation of 20,000 posts. The Government is on course to meet this target.
Mr. Peter Robinson: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many people have been recruited to work within Her Majesty's Revenue and Customs in Northern Ireland in each of the last five years. 
Lady Hermon: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many staff are employed by HM Revenue and Customs in Northern Ireland, broken down by grade; and how many of those staff are currently investigating (a) fuel smuggling and (b) other illegal activities by republican and loyalist paramilitaries. 
It is not our policy to disclose the details of the location and numbers of staff engaged in tackling serious and organised criminality, as to do so could provide assistance to those engaged in criminal activity. In addition, to do so would misrepresent the nature of criminal investigation activity, where staff are often tasked to act on a national basis.
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John Healey: There are no proposals to introduce a spectrum tax. Ofcom, the independent regulator for the UK communications industries, is responsible for spectrum management, including the use of pricing to achieve its duty to ensure optimal use of spectrum.
Dawn Primarolo: HMRC's approach to handling overpayments is set out in Code of Practice 26: What happens if we have paid you too much tax credit?" It explains that, for claimants receiving the maximum award of child or working tax credit, there is a limit of 10 per cent. on the amount by which HMRC will reduce tax credits payments to recover overpaid tax credits from a previous year.
Mr. Laws: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer whether the tax credit entitlement of a family on a total income of £12,000 per annum with two children will be the same whether there are one or two adults in the family; and if he will make a statement. 
John Barrett: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what his latest estimate is of the number of tax credit overpayments in 200405; what their total value is; and if he will make a statement. 
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