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Franked Investment Income

Daniel Kawczynski: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will take into account group litigation orders in the European Court of Justice on franked investment income tax rules in his next budget report. [44992]

Dawn Primarolo: The Government are confident that the current Franked Investment Income (FII) legislation is fully conformant with both its domestic and international legal obligations.

Fuel Duty/RPI

Mr. Chaytor: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what the annual percentage change in (a) fuel duty and(b) the retail price index was in each of the last 10 years. [43050]

John Healey: Historical fuel duty rates can be found in Hydrocarbon Oils Bulletin published by HM Revenue and Customs and available on UK Trade Info website: www.uktradeinfo.com/index.cfm?task=statindex. Historical retail prices index can be found in Pocket Data Bank published by HM Treasury and available on HMT website: http://www.hm-treasury.gov.uk/economic_dat a_and_tools/data_index.cfm.

Incomes/Savings

Harry Cohen: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what assessment he has made of the change in the differential in the (a) income and (b) savings of the rich and poor since 1997; and if he will make a statement. [44785]

John Healey: The information requested falls within the responsibility of the National Statistician, who has been asked to reply.

Letter from Karen Dunnell, dated 25 January 2006:


 
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Insurance Companies (Additional Fees)

Gregory Barker: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer (1) if he will make a statement on the tax liability of additional fees charged by insurance companies; [44978]

(2) what fees charged by insurance companies are liable to tax; and how much revenue was raised by taxes on these charges since 1997. [44993]

John Healey: Insurance companies do not generally charge fees. They charge premiums, on which insurance premium tax (IPT) may be due either at the standard rate of 5 per cent. or the higher rate of 17.5 per cent., depending on the type of insurance. IPT receipts since 1997 are published by HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) and can be found at:

www.uktradeinfo.com.

Any other services supplied by insurance companies which are not exempt from VAT under Group 2 Schedule 9 of the Value Added Tax Act 1994 will be
 
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liable to VAT at the standard rate of 17.5 per cent. HMRC does not collect data on VAT for individual goods and services.

Maternity Services

Rosie Cooper: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many births there were to women resident in West Lancashire at (a) individual maternity hospitals, (b) midwife-led units, (c) home and (d) other locations in each year since 2000. [45126]

John Healey: The information requested falls within the responsibility of the national statistician who has been asked to reply.

Letter from Karen Dunnell, dated 25 January 2006:


Live births and stillbirths by place of occurrence for women resident in West Lancashire local authority area, 2000 to 2004

Year of occurrence
Place of occurrence20002001200220032004
(a) and (b)Maternity hospital/unit
District General Hospital, Ormskirk7838308229491,029
Christiana Hartley Maternity Hospital, Southport1041121054211
Billinge Hospital, Wigan9291597428
Liverpool Womens Hospital4235363961
Sharoe Green Hospital, Fulwood, Preston92125129
University Hospital Aintree211288(28)
Royal Albert Edward Infirmary, Wigan(28)(28)(28)(28)20
Other Hospitals6741016
(c)At Home161391510
(d)Elsewhere(29)(29)(29)(29)(29)(29)
Total1,0741,1231,0711,1501,184


(28) Hospital not providing maternity services during the year.
(29) Annual counts of less than five. There were seven births, all live, during the period 2000–04.


Stakeholder Pensions

Gregory Barker: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what plans he has to revise stakeholder pension tax relief levels in 2006. [43956]

Mr. Des Browne: From 6 April 2006 stakeholder pensions will, like all other registered pension schemes, enjoy the tax reliefs and advantages set out in Part 4 of the Finance Act 2004. This new regime, which has been widely welcomed, will help introduce greater choice, flexibility, transparency, clarity and cost-efficiency.

The Chancellor keeps all tax matters under review as part of the normal Budget process.

Private/Public Sector Employment (Coventry)

Mr. Jim Cunningham: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many (a) private sector jobs in (i) manufacturing and (ii) the service sector and (b) public sector jobs there were in Coventry South in each year since 1997. [44632]

John Healey: The information requested falls within the responsibility of the National Statistician who has been asked to reply.

Letter from Colin Mowl, dated 25 January 2006:


 
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Persons in employment resident in the Coventry South constituency by private-public sector split(30)

Thousand
Private Sector
12 months ending February:ManufacturingServicesOther industries(31)Public SectorTotal
1998n/an/an/an/a34
19997182733
20007192735
200172221243
2002102341047
2003102231045
2004101831041




n/a = Not available.
(30) Public/private sector split based on responses from individuals responding to the annual local area Labour Force Survey—generally overestimate public sector employment.
(31) Other industries are Agriculture, Fishing, Energy and Water and Construction.
Note:
Estimates are subject to sampling variability. Changes from year to year should be treated with particular caution.
Source:
Annual local area Labour Force Survey.





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