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Mr. Laws: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many staff in HM Revenue and Customs have been redeployed to tax credit work in each month since January; what the total staffing of the tax credit department was in each quarter since Q1 2003; and if he will make a statement. 
In addition to TCO employees extra staff are also employed to work on tax credits at certain times, depending on the variable tax credits workload, for example staff employed in HMRC contact centres. Such staff are not included in the aforementioned table , and figures for their staff are not readily available.
Dawn Primarolo: A £500 standard rate band was introduced in Finance Act 2005, below which trust income is subject to no more than the basic rate of tax. We keep all matters of taxation under review as part of the Budget process.
Mr. Maude: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer whether he plans to introduce differential income tax rates for protective trusts, with particular reference to those formed under section 42 of the Landlord and Tenant Act 1987. 
Mr. Amess: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many infant deaths there were in the UK in (a) the latest year for which records exist and (b) each of the preceding three years; and what the rate per 10,000 was for the last four years for which figures are available. 
As National Statistician, I have been asked to reply to your recent question asking how many infant deaths there were in the United Kingdom and the rate per 10,000 for the last four years that data are available. (34688)
The most recent year for which figures are available is 2004. Figures for the latest year are based on provisional number of occurrences in that year (published in the November edition of Health Statistics Quarterly). These update earlier provisional 2004
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The CPI is the main domestic measure of inflation for macroeconomic purposes in the United Kingdom. It forms the basis of the government's inflate target that the Bank of England's Monetary Policy Committee is required to achieve.
Both the CPI and RPI measure the average change from month to month in the prices of consumer goods and services purchased in the UK, although there are differences in coverage and methodology. These differences are summarised in the background notes to the Consumer Price Indices First Release in which these figures are published monthly. It is available to download from the National Statistics website at: http://www.statistics.gov.uk/StatBase/Product.asp?vlnk=868.
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Mr. Maude: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will publish internal guidance issued by the Inland Revenue in (a) 1998 and (b) 2000 aimed at clarifying the tax treatment of (i) maintenance service charges and (ii) sinking funds. 
Dawn Primarolo: The information contained in the internal guidance issued by the Inland Revenue in 1998 and 2000 relating to the tax treatment of maintenance service charges and sinking funds, other than information whose disclosure would be likely to prejudice the assessment or collection of tax, has already been published by the Inland Revenue and may be found on the HMRC website.
While statistics for the number of jobs created or lost are not available, survey data allows us to provide a measure of the change in the number of jobs. Using the Workforce jobs series for the United Kingdom, the net decrease in the number of jobs in manufacturing from June 1997 to June 2005 was 1,078,000.
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