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Mr. Laws: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many tax credit overpayments were (a) disputed and (b) successfully disputed in each month from January to December 2005; and if he will make a statement. 
To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer (1) how many possible cases of tax credit fraud were passed to HM Revenue and Customs Special Compliance Office in each month from April 2004 to April 2005; and if he will make a statement; 
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(2) how many cases of possible fraudulent tax credit claims of over £1,500 have been (a) referred to HM Revenue and Customs Special Compliance Office and (b) passed to local compliance teams to investigate; and if he will make a statement; 
(3) how many referrals were made to HM Revenue and Customs' Special Compliance Office in each of the last eight years; and what proportion of these referrals were about tax credits for each relevant year. 
Dawn Primarolo: The following table shows the total number of referrals received by Inland Revenue's Special Compliance Office and Criminal Investigations, which took over responsibility for prosecuting tax credit claims following the creation of HMRC in April 2005.
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Figures for the number of cases involving claims over £1,500 and for the number of referrals made specifically in relation to tax credits before 200506 could be provided only at disproportionate cost. In the period 1 April to 30 September 2005, Criminal Investigations received 1,286 referrals relating to tax credits.
Mr. Laws: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what estimate he has made of the cost to his Department had the tax credit disregard been set at (a) £3,000, (b) £3,500 and (c) £5,000 in 200304. 
Dawn Primarolo: The cost of different levels of income disregard depends on a number of factors, including the behaviour of tax credits claimants. Varying the disregard is likely to affect the reporting of changes in incomes by claimants, which would affect the Exchequer cost of tax credits. It is therefore not possible to produce a robust estimate of changes in the disregard in 200304.
Mr. Laws: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer whether in every case where a tax credit overpayment has been disputed and then written off since June 2005, the overpayment already recovered was to be returned to the claimant; in how many cases where overpayments were written off the amount already recovered has not been reimbursed; and what estimate he has made of the average amount not reimbursed. 
This information is not available. I refer the hon. Member to the answer I gave the hon. Member for Tunbridge Wells (Mr. Clark) on 8 November 2005, Official Report, column 332W.
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Anne Milton: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how much was spent on advertising (a) on television and (b) in printed media for HM Revenue and Customs tax credit campaigns in the last 12 months. 
Mr. Paul Goodman: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what request changes have been made by HM Revenue and Customs to companies responsible for the IT systems which administer the tax credit system in each year for which information is available. 
Dawn Primarolo: Data on tax receipts are published annually in the National Accounts Blue Book by the Office for National Statistics (http://www.statistics.gov.uk/statbase/Produrt.asp?vlnk=l143&More=N). Table 11.1 shows taxes paid by UK residents to general Government and the European Union and The Supply and Use Tables" (Table 2.1) show taxes less subsidies on production by industry group. Monthly figures for central Government taxes on production, taxes on income and wealth, and other taxes are shown in the Public Sector Finances release (http://www.statistics.gov.uk/StatBase/Product.asp?vlnk=805&Pos= &ColRank=l&Rank=422).
As National Statistician, I have been asked to reply to your recent question asking how many teenage pregnancies there were in the Dartford, Gravesham and Swanley Primary Care Trust (PCT) in each year since 1997. (43264)
Information on conceptions is routinely published by local authorities and strategic health authorities. The most recent year for which estimates are available is 2003 Figures for the Dartford, Gravesham and Sevenoaks local authorities are given in the table.
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Growth in earnings is estimated from the Annual Earnings Index (AEI) which is the National Statistic for short term economic earnings indicators. The AEI figures for Great Britain are collected and published monthly. The AEI does not collect data on the self employed and people who do unpaid work.
I attach a table showing the growth in average earnings in Great Britain from 1996 to 2004. The annual growth figure for 2005 will not be available until 15 February 2006 when the December 2005 figures are published.
The monthly changes to the index and growth are published on the National Statistics website at: http://www.statistics.gov.uk/statbase/tsdtablesl.asp?vlnk=emp. Calendar year comparisons are available on request.
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