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Stewart Hosie: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how much businesses have received under the research and development tax credits scheme in (a) the UK and (b) Scotland in each year since they were introduced. 
|R&D tax credit support claimed (£ million)|
Dr. Cable: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer whether his Department is on target (a) to reduce carbon dioxide emissions by 1 per cent., (b) to recycle or recover 50 to 60 per cent. of waste and (c) to reduce water usage to 7.7 cubic metres per person as set out in the Sustainable Development Report and Action Plan 2005. 
Dr. Cable: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer hat plans for energy reduction have been put in place in his Department since the publication of the Sustainable Development Report and Action Plan 2005. 
Dawn Primarolo [holding answer 14 October 2005]: Helpline staff have access to the entire tax credit computer system, allowing them to view whether a claim has been accepted for payment, the amount of the entitlement and when the next payment is due.
Notes made on the computer system record contact with claimants, whether in writing, by telephone or in person. These notes provide advisers with a record of the contact history for use when a claimant telephones the Helpline.
Mr. Laws: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what proportion of new tax credit (a) claims, (b) renewals and (c) changes of circumstance were processed accurately in (i) 200203, (ii) 200304, (iii) 200405 and (iv) 200506 to date; and if he will make a statement. 
HM Revenue and Customs will report against its target for 200405 and 200506 to decide the number of tax credit new claims, changes of circumstances and renewals accurately in its annual reports for those years in due course.
Dawn Primarolo: I refer the hon. Gentleman to the answer I gave on the Floor of the House to the hon. Members for St. Albans (Anne Main) and East Worthing and Shoreham (Tim Loughton) on 13 October 2005, Official Report, column 428.
Mr. Frank Field: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer in how many cases tax credit claimants have been incorrectly (a) awarded and (b) paid the severe disability element of working tax credits due to their being in receipt of the higher mobility rather than the higher care rate of disability living allowance. 
Mrs. Iris Robinson: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how much has been overpaid to tax credit recipients (a) in the Strangford constituency and (b) in each Westminster constituency in Northern Ireland in the last 12 months. 
Dawn Primarolo: I refer the hon. Members to my reply to the hon. Member for Mid-Bedfordshire (Mrs. Dorries) on 10 October 2005, Official Report, column 321W. Estimates of numbers and values of overpayments or underpayments for 200405 awards at 5 April 2005 will not be available until after family circumstances and incomes for 200405 have been finalised.
Mr. Hollobone: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how much has been overpaid to tax credit recipients in the Kettering constituency in each year since tax credits were introduced; and how many tax credit recipients were involved. 
Dawn Primarolo: For figures on tax credits that are repayable for recipients in Kettering constituency I refer the hon. Member to my reply to the hon. Member for Mid-Bedfordshire (Mrs. Dorries) on the 10 October 2005, Official Report, column 322W.
Estimates for 200304 of the numbers of in-work families with tax credits awards are published in Child and Working Tax Credits Statistics. Finalised Annual Awards 200304". This publication and provisional estimates for the number of in-work families with tax credit awards as at selected dates in 200405 are available on the HMRC website at: http://www.hmrc.gov.uk/stats/personal-tax-credits/cwtc-quarterly-stats.htm
Mr. Hollobone: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many claimants have made incorrect claims for (a) working tax credits and (b) child tax credits in the Kettering constituency since these tax credits were introduced. 
Mr. Frank Field: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what estimate he has made of the savings that will result from the phasing out of payment of tax credits through employers; and how many people will be affected. 
Dawn Primarolo: Estimates of the savings and the number of people affected by the phasing out of payment of tax credits via employer can be found in Regulatory Impact Assessment. The abolition of payment of Working Tax Credit via employers". This can be found on the HMRC website at: http://www.hmrc.gov.uk/ria/index.htm.
Mr. Hoyle: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what assessment he has made of the impact of the level of taxation on the competitiveness of British businesses; and if he will make a statement. 
The UK continues to have a relatively lightly taxed economy, with a ratio of tax to GDP that ranks below both the OECD and EU15 averages, including now the lowest rate of corporation tax since its introduction. Furthermore, international studies show that the UK is a good place to do business. A range of factors affect the competitiveness of the business environment, and the Government have introduced a
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range of measures to enhance the five drivers of productivity and growth, such as the R and D tax credits to encourage innovation. The UK also has an impressive record of macroeconomic stability and resilience over the last decade, and some of the most flexible labour and product markets in the developed world.
Mr. Jenkins: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what the level of youth unemployment has been in (a) Tamworth constituency, (b) Staffordshire, (c) the West Midlands and (d) the UK in each year since 1997. 
Table 1, attached, shows the total numbers of unemployed young people aged 16 to 24 who were resident in the Tamworth Parliamentary Constituency, Staffordshire, the West Midlands region and the UK. The table covers the 12 month periods ending in February each year from 1997 to 2004 and the 12 month period ending in March 2005. These estimates, as with any from sample surveys, are subject to sampling variability.
The Office for National Statistics also compiles statistics for local areas of people claiming Jobseeker's Allowance. Table 2, attached, shows the annual average number of ISA claimants, aged 18 to 24, resident in the Tamworth constituency, Staffordshire, the West Midlands region and the UK for 1997 to 2004.
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