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Ward name 2001 2002 2003 2004 2005

Belfairs(1,2)

7,328

7,315

7,396

7,373

7,336

Blenheim(2)

n/a

n/a

n/a

n/a

n/a

Blenheim Park(2,3,4)

7,573

7,565

7,700

7,684

7,633

Chalkwell(5)

7,389

7,221

7,416

7,368

7,182

Eastwood(6)

n/a

n/a

n/a

n/a

n/a

Eastwood Park(6)

7,509

7,555

7,660

7,663

7,552

Leigh(5,7)

7,111

6,998

7,191

7,120

7,057

Prittlewell(*,2,3,4,6)

7,587

7,617

7,708

7,521

7,394

St. Laurence(2,3,6)

7,577

7,468

7,583

7,597

7,614

Westborough(4)

7,150

6,873

7,069

7,102

7,036

West Leigh(1,7)

6,920

6,886

6,940

6,931

6,929

Total

66,144

65,498

66,663

66,359

65,733

n/a = not applicable (* )Prittlewell ward also falls within Rochford and Southend, East parliamentary constituency, data for the whole ward are shown. The following changes took effect on 3 May 2001: (1) Part of Belfairs formed part of West Leigh. (2) Part of Blenheim merged with Belfairs, part merged with Prittlewell, part merged to form part of Blenheim Park, and the rest merged to form part of St. Laurence. (3) Part of Prittlewell merged to form part of Blenheim Park and part merged to form part of St. Laurence. (4) Part of Westborough merged to form part of Blenheim Park and part merged with Prittlewell. (5) Part of Chalkwell merged with Leigh. (6) Part of Eastwood merged to form Eastwood Park, part merged to form part of St. Laurence and the rest merged with Prittlewell. (7) Part of Leigh merged to form part of West Leigh. Notes: 1. Data for years up to and including 2000 relate to 16 February, data for 2001 and subsequent years relate to 1 December. 2. Parliamentary electors are those people who are entitled to vote in parliamentary elections at Westminster and who meet the residence qualification. These include overseas voters but exclude peers and European citizens. Source: Office for National Statistics

Energy Taxation

Mr. Drew: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what assessment he has made of the merits of reducing the level of energy taxation for those who live close to energy-providing facilities including nuclear and renewables. [78900]

John Healey: There is no energy tax levied on individuals, as no such assessment has been made.


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Hot Meals Provision

Mr. Chope: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will reduce the rate of VAT on supplies of hot meals to (a) school children and (b) pensioners. [79303]

Dawn Primarolo: There is no VAT chargeable on the supply of a hot meal by a school to its pupils. Neither is VAT chargeable on meals provided to children or elderly people by any charity or state-regulated welfare provider as part of a package of care or welfare services.

European VAT agreements governing the application of exemptions, reliefs and reduced rates do not allow for their further extension. Neither do these agreements allow for the introduction of any new VAT zero or reduced rates for supplies of catering, including the provision of hot meals.

Incoming Phone Calls

Mr. Laws: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many and what proportion of calls to his Department and its agencies were (a) handled by an adviser, (b) received but abandoned and (c) received an engaged tone in (i) 2003-04, (ii) 2004-05 and (iii) 2005-06. [73177]

Dawn Primarolo: I would refer the hon. Gentleman to the answer I gave him on 10 March 2006, Official Report, column 1801W for (i) 2003-04, (ii) 2004-05 and (iii) 2005-2006, to 31 January 2006.

The following table provides figures for the remainder of 2005-06.

2005-06: Figures in millions rounded to nearest hundred thousand
February March

Calls handled(1)

4

4.6

Calls received but abandoned(2)

0.27

0.27

Calls encountering an engaged tone(3)

6.9

5.9

(1) Where the caller spoke to an adviser (2) Where the caller selected an option from the call steering menu and was put in a queue to speak to an adviser but the call was terminated before the caller spoke to an adviser (3) Call attempts where the caller was played an Engaged tone


Tax Credits

Mr. Laws: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer pursuant to the answer of 13 June 2006, Official Report, columns 1110-11W, on the parliamentary ombudsman, whether his Department has accepted recommendation 10, page 9, of the parliamentary ombudsman's report, “Tax Credits: Putting Things Right”, of June 2005; and if he will make a statement. [78716]

Dawn Primarolo: I refer the hon. Member to the answer I gave him on 19 June 2006, Official Report, column 1627W.


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Tax Returns

Mr. Peter Robinson: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many people in Northern Ireland have been fined for filing their income tax return late in each year since 1998. [78789]

Dawn Primarolo: The total numbers of late filing penalty notices (the first automatic penalty) issued in each financial year are in the following table. The figures for the financial years prior to 2001 are not available.

Year Issued Return year Total number issued

2002-03

2001-02

24418

2003-04

2002-03

28169

2004-05

2003-04

26760

2005-06

2004-05

26681


Mr. Peter Robinson: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how much in total was received in fines by HM Revenue and Customs for late income tax returns in Northern Ireland in each year since 1998. [78790]

Dawn Primarolo: HM Revenue and Customs keep a record of penalties paid in respect of income tax returns filed after the due date at national level only.

Mr. Peter Robinson: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many self-assessment tax returns were issued in Northern Ireland in each year since 1998. [78778]

Dawn Primarolo: The total numbers of self- assessment tax returns issued in Northern Ireland for each financial year are detailed in the table. The figures for the financial years prior to 2001 are no longer available.

Year Issued Return Year Number Issued

2001-02

2000-01

233,681

2002-03

2001-02

241,112

2003-04

2002-03

248,785

2004-05

2003-04

255,316

2005-06

2004-05

240,693

2006-07

2005-06

(1)234,763

(1 )to 9 June


Taxation

Mr. Peter Robinson: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how much was raised in taxation in Northern Ireland from each tax band in 2005-06. [78788]

Dawn Primarolo: Information on estimated tax revenues raised in Northern Ireland by tax bands for 2005-06 is in the table.


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Tax revenues in Northern Ireland: 2005-06 (£million)
Type of tax( 1) Starting rate Savers rate( 2) Basic rate( 3) Higher rate

Income tax

10

10

1,400

900

Capital gains tax

0

10

110

Inheritance tax(4)

50

(1) Figures are estimated liabilities on an accruals basis for income tax, but receipts for capital gains and inheritance tax. (2) Taxpayers with a marginal rate of 20 per cent. on savings income or 10 per cent. on dividends income. (3) Taxpayers with a marginal rate of 22 per cent. (4) Inheritance tax is only taxed at 40 per cent. above the inheritance tax threshold. The 2005-06 threshold was £275,000.

The information on income tax is based upon the latest survey of personal incomes (2003-04) projected to 2005-06 in line with 2006 Budget assumptions.

The information on capital gains tax is based on data held by HMRC on capital gains tax accrued in respect of assets disposed of in 2004-05 by taxpayers resident in Northern Ireland. Capital gains tax accrued in 2004-05 is paid in 2005-06.

The figure for inheritance tax is estimated, based upon historical data held by HMRC for tax paid in respect of estates where the deceased person was resident in Northern Ireland.

Similar information for other taxes is not available as taxes are often collected centrally and cannot be directly attributed to countries within the UK.

Teenage Pregnancy

Mr. Stewart Jackson: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many females aged (a) under 18 and (b) under 16 years became pregnant in each (i) parliamentary constituency and (ii) local authority area in the East of England in each year since 2001; what the pregnancy rate was in each area; and what percentage of pregnancies in under 18 year olds ended in abortions in each area in each year. [77920]

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

Letter from Karen Dunnell, dated 20 June 2006:


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