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Corporation Tax

Mr. Hollobone: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how much corporation tax was raised frombusiness in Northamptonshire in each year since 1997. [34434]

Mr. Ivan Lewis: The information is not available to estimate the amount of corporation tax raised from business in Northamptonshire in each year since 1997.

Correspondence

Sir Michael Spicer: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer when the Paymaster General will reply to the letter from the hon. Member for West Worcestershire of 5 October. [34238]

Dawn Primarolo: I have replied to the hon. Member.

Council Tax

Mrs. Spelman: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer whether the Valuation Office Agency's Automated Value Model computer database will be used by the Northern Ireland Valuation and Lands Agency for the purpose of its rates revaluation. [33161]

Mr. Hanson: In the absence of my hon. Friend the hon. Member for Basildon (Angela E. Smith), I have been asked to reply.

The Valuation and Lands Agency is not using the Valuation Office Agency's Automated Valuation Model computer database nor any valuation models constructed by Valuation Office Agency to value properties in Northern Ireland in connection with its rates revaluation. It has constructed its own regional valuation models to apply to its own local property database.

Departmental Expenditure

Martin Horwood: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how much the Department and its agencies have spent on (a) the design and production of new logos and (b) employing external (i) public relations and (ii) graphic design agencies in each year since 2000, broken down by project. [33226]

Mr. Ivan Lewis: I refer the hon. Gentleman to the answer given to the hon. Member for Twickenham (Dr. Cable) on 18 October 2005, Official Report, column 932W, which set out the total spending on rebranding by the Chancellor's Departments and their agencies in the last five financial years. Further analysis of spending on rebranding into the headings requested and by project, and analysis by project of any spending under those headings for purposes other than rebranding, could be provided only at disproportionate cost.

National Insurance

Mr. Hollobone: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how much revenue was obtained from national insurance contributions in each of the last three years. [34095]


 
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Dawn Primarolo: National insurance contribution receipts are published in Table PSF6 of Public Sector Finances. A link to the most recent publication is given as follows.

Office of National Statistics

Mr. Hoban: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what assessment he has made of the impact of making the Office for National Statistics independent on its staff working at the Titchfield office. [34117]

John Healey: I refer the hon. Member to the Chancellor's written answer to my hon. Friend the Member for Gillingham (Paul Clark) on 28 November 2005, Official Report, column 79W.

Private Pensions

Mr. Dodds: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what the net cost of tax relief on private pensions was in the last year for which figures are available; what proportion of UK gross domestic product that figure represents; and what the projected figures are in each case for (a) 2010, (b) 2020, (c) 2030, (d) 2040 and (e) 2050. [34865]

Mr. Ivan Lewis: Latest estimates of cost of tax relief on contributions to occupational pension schemes are included in table 7.9 of the HMRC website: http://www.hmrc.gov.uk/stats/pensions/7_9_sep05.pdf.

Latest figures for UK gross domestic product, for comparison, can be obtained from the HMT website: http://www.hm-treasury.gov.uk./economic_data_and tools/gdp_deflators/data_gdp_fig.cfm.

Tax Credits

Mr. Laws: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer (1)what guarantees were (a) sought from and (b) given by EDS in respect of the tax credits IT project within one month of the introduction of the new tax credits system in 2003; and if he will make a statement; [19286]

(2) what written undertakings and assurances were sought from EDS by (a) his Department and (b) the Inland Revenue prior to the new tax credits system going live in 2003; when these assurances were (i) sought and (ii) given; and if he will make a statement. [19299]

Dawn Primarolo: Before the IT system supporting tax credits went into live running on 7 April 2003, the Inland Revenue received assurances and commitments from EDS that the IT system would be available and performing as expected, and would be fit for the purpose of supporting tax credits.

Mr. Laws: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will list the late change requests to the tax credits IT project made between April 2002 and April 2003, including those made by the Inland Revenue project board and policy board. [19288]

Dawn Primarolo: In a large-scale project of this sort there are inevitably many change requests as specific issues arise. The information is not available in the form requested.
 
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Mr. Laws: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer for how many months the IT project for the Inland Revenue's new 2003 tax credits system was assessed as red light before April 2003; and if he will make a statement. [19290]

Dawn Primarolo: IR classified this project as having a red risk status from July 2001. This classification reflected the large and complicated nature of the project and the necessity for project risks to be properly managed. OGC's review of the project indicated that risks were being well managed.

Mr. Laws: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will list the dates since the beginning of 2002 on which his Ministers met (a) EDS and (b) revenue officials to discuss the IT problems with the new tax credits system. [23572]

Dawn Primarolo: Treasury ministers held regular meetings to discuss tax credits issues with Inland Revenue and HMRC officials in the period from January 2002. There were no meetings between Ministers and EDS to discuss tax credits.

Dr. Cable: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer (1) what the legal status of additional wife/wives/husband(s) is in relation to applications for tax credits; [26587]

(2) if he will set out the criteria for additional wife/wives/husband(s) in relation to applications for tax credits. [26588]

Dawn Primarolo: Where a man and a woman are married under a law which permits polygamy, and either of them has an additional spouse, the Tax Credits (Polygamous Marriages) Regulations 2003 allow them to claim tax credits as a polygamous unit. It is only those in legal polygamous unions who are covered by these regulations and there is no provision for those in less formal arrangements to claim as a polygamous unit.

Mr. Frank Field: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer in how many cases where action was taken to prevent automatic recovery where a claimant disputed an overpayment of tax credits automatic recovery ceased within (a) one, (b) two, (c) three, (d) four, (e) five and (f) six weeks of the overpayment being disputed in the last year for which figures are available. [29317]

Dawn Primarolo [holding answer 17 November]: New procedures to allow HM Revenue and Customs to suspend the recovery of disputed tax credits overpayments were introduced on 7 November 2005. The Tax Credit Office will now take action to prevent recovery until it has looked into the case and made a decision.

Mr. Laws: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer when a Minister in his Department (a) last met and (b) next expects to meet representatives from the voluntary sector to discuss tax credits. [30005]

Dawn Primarolo: Treasury Ministers meet representatives from the voluntary sector on a regular basis to discuss a wide range of issues.

Mr. Frank Field: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer in how many tax credit cases the claimant received an award notice stating that the claimant had
 
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no qualifying children but that an award of maximum child tax credit had been made in (a) 2003–04, (b) 2004–05 and (c) 2005–06 to date. [31525]

Dawn Primarolo: HM Revenue and Customs do not know of any instances where maximum child tax credit payments had been made and there were no qualifying children shown on award notices.

If the right hon. Gentleman has a specific case in mind, then I will investigate it if he will write to me with the details.

Danny Alexander: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer in how many cases in Scotland where tax credit overpayments have been disputed (a) they have been written off, (b) additional tax credits have been awarded to deal with hardship and (c) claimants in receipt of additional tax credits due to hardship have also (i) disputed their overpayment and (ii) had it written off in (A) 2003–04, (B) 2004–05 and (C) 2005–06 to date. [33018]

Dawn Primarolo: The information is not available in the format requested.

I refer the hon. Member to the answer I gave the hon.Member for Yeovil on 21 November 2005, Official Report, column 331W.

Danny Alexander: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer in how many cases in Scotland HM Revenue and Customs and its predecessors applied to the Appeals Service under section 32(1) and (2) of, and Schedule 2 to, the Tax Credits Act 2002 for a summons against an individual for failing to provide information or evidence or failing to comply with a requirement regarding a final notice in (a) 2003–04, (b) 2004–05 and (c) 2005–06 to date. [33019]

Dawn Primarolo: To the end of October HMRC has made one application in 2005–06 for a summons against an individual under section 32(1) and (2) of, and Schedule 2 to, the Tax Credits Act 2002. No such applications were made in 2003–04 or 2004–05.

Danny Alexander: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what the total number of overpayments is in Scotland due to official errors in the new tax credit system; and what their value was in each year since April 2003. [33023]

Dawn Primarolo: Estimates for 2003–04 of the numbers of in-work families with tax credits awards, including information on overpayments and underpayments by constituency, based on final family circumstances and incomes for 2003–04 are published in Child and Working Tax Credits. Finalised Awards. 2003–04 Geographical Analysis." This publication and provisional estimates for the number of in-work families by constituency with tax credit awards as at selected dates in 2004–05 are available on the HMRC website at: http://www.hmrc.gov.uk/stats/personal-tax-credits/cwtc-geog-stats.htm

Estimates of numbers of overpayments or underpayments for 2004–05 awards at 5 April 2005 will not be available until after family circumstances and incomes for 2004–05 have been finalised.

A breakdown of the causes of these overpayments is not available.
 
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Chris Ruane: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what estimate he has made of the value of unclaimed income-related tax credit, in each of the past five years, broken down by tax credit. [33294]

Dawn Primarolo: Estimates of the value of unclaimed Working Families' Tax Credit entitlements for 2000–01, 2001–02 and 2002–03 are available on the HMRC website at http://www.hmrc.gov.uk/stats/wftc/takeup_rates.htm (table 2 of each annual publication). Analysis of the value of unclaimed tax credit entitlements for 2003–04 is ongoing and we expect this work to be completed towards the end of 2005–06.

Mr. Frank Field: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer when he will give a full reply to the letter of the right hon. Member for Birkenhead regarding the tax credits of his constituents, Mr. and Mrs. Holland, sent on 1 November. [33771]

Dawn Primarolo: I replied to my right hon. Friend on 30 November 2005.

Mr. Laws: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer (1) how many separate payments are included in the aggregate settlement agreed with Electronic Data Systems on tax credits; and when these payments fall due; [33948]

(2) whether the aggregate settlement with Electronic Data Systems (EDS) on tax credits involves changes to the payments made to EDS by HM Revenue and Customs. [33949]

Dawn Primarolo: The settlement agreement reached between HM Revenue and Customs and EDS is commercial-in-confidence as is normal with settlements of this sort.


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