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Dawn Primarolo: HM Revenue and Customs' approach to handling overpayments, including the procedures in place where recovery might cause hardship, is set out in their Code of Practice 26 What happens if we have paid you too much tax credit?"
Dr. Cable: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will estimate the levels of VAT missing trader intra-community fraud for each of the last five years for which data is available; and what steps he is taking to combat such fraud. 
Dawn Primarolo: Estimates of the level of missing trader intra-community (MTIC) VAT fraud for the years 200001 to 200405 were published at PBR 2005 in Measuring Indirect Tax Losses2005, a copy of which is available from the House of Commons Library. Estimates for 200506 will be published at PBR 2006.
The Government remain determined to tackle MTIC VAT fraud, and the criminals perpetrating it, and a comprehensive strategy involving both operational and legislative measures has been developed. As announced at PBR 2005, this strategy has been strengthened further to counter changes in the fraud.
a litigation strategy, including criminal prosecutions, designed to increase the risks for the fraudsters, and civil litigation designed to increase the financial risks for others who choose to be involved with the fraud; and
As announced on 26 January, the Government have applied to the European Commission for a derogation to introduce a different VAT accounting procedure (known as a reverse charge) for certain goods most commonly subject to MTIC fraud. An enabling provision in the Finance Bill will allow this to be implemented as soon as the approval is granted. This will significantly limit the scope for the fraud to be perpetrated in those goods.
The second measure clarifies that the existing right of HMRC officers to inspect goods for VAT purposes includes the right to record the details of any goods inspected, and evidence of that inspection, by, for example, scanning the barcode.
The third measure will allow HMRC to direct individual businesses to keep specified additional records where there is an identified risk of fraud. HMRC will apply these requirements in a closely targeted manner.
Mr. Soames: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what recent assessment he has made of the merits of levying a zero rate of VAT on new build houses and a 17.5 per cent. rate on repairs and conversions. 
The table below shows that on Census day (29 April 2001) there were 582,368 people living in Wales who reported that they were able to speak Welsh. The figure has been extracted from Table T39 on the CD supplement to the Census 2001 National report for England and Wales, which is available in the House of Commons Library.
|All people aged three and over||Number|
|Does not speak Welsh||2,223,333|
Philip Davies: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many people are on the unexpected payments worklist for credits; how many people in HM Revenue and Customs are working through this list; and how many people on this list have been taken to court. 
As at 20 April 2006 there were around 34,000 items on the worklist but HMRC does not have information regarding the number of claimants involved. Several entries may relate to the same claimant.
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Derek Twigg: The funding of further rail enhancements across the country will be considered as part of the development of the High Level Output Specification for the railway to be published in summer 2007.
A number of improvements to the rail network in Hackney and East London are already under way. This investment includes the current preparatory rail bridge building work for the East London Line extension to Dalston. The project will provide new stations for Hackney. Further investment is planned for improvements to the North London Line which have been confirmed by the Mayor when he takes control of the line in 2007. These include new, higher capacity, accessible trains replacing the existing fleet and a £25 million station enhancement programme of North London Line stations.
17. Martin Linton: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what discussions he has had with the Treasury about the allocation of funding to complete both phases of the East London Line in time for the London Olympics. 
Derek Twigg: The first phase of the East London Line extension is an Olympic undertaking. This commitment was given to the International Olympic Committee by the Mayor of London, taking into account the Spending Review 2004 financial settlement for TfL. The decision over whether to go ahead with the second phase of the East London Line extension is for the Mayor. Phase 1 of the extension is scheduled to be completed by June 2010, in time for the 2012 Olympics. Phase 2 is not an Olympic commitment and is not planned to be completed by 2012.
Dr. Ladyman: The Highways Agency has been negotiating with both Shropshire county council and Shrewsbury and Atcham borough council about signing for Shrewsbury on the M6. Both councils have now agreed in principle to the cost involved and a formal agreement is currently being prepared. This will result in Shrewsbury being signed on theM6.
The Highways Agency is working closely with North Somerset council (NSC) and developing a joint scheme to improve the operation of the junction by improvements on the local road approaches, together with upgrading the M5 southbound off-slip road.
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Dr. Ladyman: The M25 Orbit Multi Modal Study recommended that consideration be given to the construction of additional slip roads between the M26 and A21. The Secretary of State accepted this recommendation and the Highways Agency is in the early stages of developing an appropriate scheme.
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