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Mr. Jim Cunningham: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what recent assessment he has made of the effects of energy prices on (a) the purchasing power of households and (b) consumer spending. 
John Healey: Chapter B of the Financial Statement and Budget Report 2006 (HC 968), published on 22 March, included an assessment of the effects of energy prices on both household's purchasing power and consumer spending growth.
Mr. Ivan Lewis: The effectiveness of the regulatory regime for financial services was considered by the Treasury's two-year review of Financial Services and Markets Act 2000 (FSMA), the outcome of which was announced on 2 December 2004. The review concluded that the framework established by FSMA is a resounding success and that existing accounting arrangements should remain unchanged.
Mr. Ivan Lewis: The Financial Services Authority (FSA) is operationally independent of Government including in relation to the setting of fees. The FSA consults annually on its proposed regulatory fees. The FSA consultation for 200607 was announced on 1 February 2006 and is available at http://www.fsa.gov.uk/pubs/cp/cp06_02.pdf.
John Healey: Prior to 2005, the Treasury only kept records on grievances that were upheld. Information on grievances that were raised but not upheld is not available. In 2003, fewer than five 1 grievances were raised and upheld. None were raised and upheld in 2004.
Ms Diana R. Johnson: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many workers living in (a) Kingston upon Hull, North constituency and (b) Kingston upon Hull pay income tax at (i) the basic rate and (ii) the higher rate. 
However, the latest information on the estimated number of income taxpayers and their mean and median total income by constituency is shown in table 3.15 Total income by parliamentary constituency" on the HM Revenue and Customs internet website; http://www.hmrc.gov.uk/stats/income_distribution/table-315.xls.
Similar information, by unitary authority area, is shown in table 3.14 Total income by borough and district or unitary authority" on the HM Revenue and Customs internet website; http://www.hmrc.gov.uk/stats/income_distribution/3_14_nov05.xls
Mr. Stephen O'Brien: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what estimate he has made of the impact on general practitioners of advancing income tax payments for the self employed by one year. 
David Mundell: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what his most recent estimate is of the (a) initial set up costs and (b) annual administration costs to (i) HM Revenue and Customs, (ii) other Government departments and agencies and (iii) businesses if the Scottish Parliament varied the basic rate of income tax under section 73 of the Scotland Act 1998. 
Dawn Primarolo: The White Paper of 24 July 1997 Scotland's Parliament" indicated that costs of introducing a Scottish variable rate would be in the order of £10 million with annual costs of £8 million. As both administrations of the Scottish Parliament have indicated that they will not take imminent advantage of the Scottish variable rate, the cost estimates have not been uprated. Doing so before a decision was made to introduce a Scottish variable rate would not produce a meaningful estimate of any change.
Dawn Primarolo: HMRC continues to detect and deter non- compliance in the informal economy as well as developing initiatives providing help and support to businesses and individuals who wish to formalise their tax affairs.
Nationally HM Revenue and Customs' Business Support Teams and Right Track teams aim to move economic activities into the formal economy, where they are supported to continue operating in fair competition with other legitimate businesses. Those individuals and businesses who wilfully operate in the informal economy are targeted by HMRC, on the basis of risk with criminal investigation and prosecution considered in more serious cases.
Mr. Carswell: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what the cost of collection of inheritance tax was as a percentage of the total revenue from inheritance tax in each of the last five years. 
Dawn Primarolo: The cost of collecting inheritance tax as a percentage of receipts is given, for each year from 200001 to 200405, in Table 1, Annex F of the HM Revenue and Customs Annual Report 200405.
Mr. Andrew Turner: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what the total tax revenue from (a) inheritance tax and (b) stamp duty was in the last year for which information is available, (i) broken down by the smallest geographical areas for which information is collected and (ii) per head in each area. 
Dawn Primarolo [holding answer 29 March 2006]: Regional estimates of stamp duty revenues on residential property transactions for 200405, the latest year for which information is available, are available at:
Estimates of average stamp duty paid for residential property purchases by Government Office Region were provided in response to a previous Parliamentary Question on 15 June 2005, Official Report, column 394W.
|Country||Inheritance tax net receipts 200405|
|England and Wales||2,729|
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