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Helen Goodman: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what the impact on inheritance tax revenue would be of (a) not increasing the threshold above the statutory indexation in 200506, (b) retaining a threshold of £275,000 over three years to 200708, (c) cutting the threshold to (i) £250,000 and (ii) £200,000 and (d) retaining the current threshold and statutory indexation but raising the rate to (A) 50 percent., (B) 60 percent. and (C) 70 percent.. 
Dawn Primarolo: The estimated impact of the options on inheritance tax revenue accruing in years 200607 and 200708 is shown in the following table. In each case the comparison is with forecast revenues using the zero-rate thresholds already announced by the Chancellor of £285,000 for 200607 and £300,000 for 200708, and the rate of 40 percent. on value above the zero-rate threshold.
|Option||Increase in revenue (£)|
|(a) not increasing the threshold above the statutory indexation in 200506 (giving a threshold in 200607 of £283,000, indexed from the actual threshold of £275,000 in 200506).||40 million||n/a|
|(b) retaining a threshold of £275,000 over three years to 200708.||190 million||480 million|
|(c) cutting the threshold to:|
|(i) £250,000||700 million||n/a|
|(ii) £200,000||2 billion||n/a|
|(d) retaining the current threshold and statutory indexation but raising the rate to|
|(A) 50 percent||1000 million||n/a|
|(B) 60 percent||1900 million||n/a|
|(C) 70 percent||2900 million||n/a|
Mr. Weir: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how much expenditure was incurred by the Inland Revenue through using sheriff officers in each of the last eight years; and what proportion of that expenditure arose as a result of incorrect call-outs based on inaccurate information supplied by the Inland Revenue. 
Dawn Primarolo: The expenditure incurred by the former Inland Revenue in respect of sheriff officer fees for the last eight years is not held. We can provide information for the six years to end of October 2004 and this is detailed as follows:
|Year to end October||£ million|
Her Majesty's Revenue and Customs is not aware of having supplied inaccurate information to any sheriff officer. A sheriff officer would only be instructed to serve
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a Sheriff Court writ/summons or carry out diligence for established debt that is overdue and after telephone and/or written application for payment.
Mr. Weir: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how often he has received representations from the elected governing authorities of (a) Guernsey, (b) Jersey, (c) the Isle of Man, (d) the Falkland Islands, (e) Gibraltar and (f) Saint Helena about interest rates set by the Bank of England since 1997. 
John Healey: The Chancellor has not received any representations about interest rates from the governing authorities of the Crown Dependencies and UK Overseas Territories listed. Since May 1997 the Bank of England has had operational independence in the setting of interest rates.
I am placing a table in the House of Commons Library showing the number of full-time and part-time employee jobs in each unitary and local authority in England in December 2004; the latest period for which information is available. Part-time jobs are defined as those requiring less than 30 hours per week. Statistics for full-time equivalent jobs are not available.
Mr. Laws: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer pursuant to the answer of 5 December 2005, Official Report, column 914W, on Lord Turner's letter, what the result of the inquiry headed by Nicholas Macpherson into the leak of his letter to Lord Turner was; and if he will make a statement. 
As National Statistician, I have been asked to reply to your recent Parliamentary Question asking for how many deaths malnutrition was given as the cause in London in each of the last five years (40810)
The latest year for which figures are available in 2004. Figures showing numbers of deaths for London where malnutrition or deprivation of food was mentioned on the death certificate are given in the table below, for deaths registered in each year from 2002 to 2004.
David Simpson: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what percentage of the workforce in (a) England, (b) Scotland, (c) Wales and (d) Northern Ireland has been employed at the minimum wage in each year since its introduction. 
As National Statistician, I have been asked to reply to your recent Parliamentary Question about what percentage of the workforce in (a) England, (b) Scotland, (c) Wales and (d) Northern Ireland has been employed at the minimum wage in each year since its introduction. (39793)
The Office for National Statistics (ONS) calculates estimates of the number of jobs paid less than the minimum wage for the United Kingdom and Government Office Regions. Estimates are also produced of the number of jobs paid below successive 10p thresholds for the United Kingdom, including those bands around the minimum wage. These results can be found on the National Statistics website at:
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