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Mr. Laws: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer further to his answer of 26 June 2006, Official Report, column 91W, on construction industry registration cards, how many temporary construction industry services registration cards were issued in each year since 1999-2000; and if he will make a statement. 
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Sir Gerald Kaufman: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer when the Paymaster General will answer the letter to of 18 May from the right hon. Member for Manchester, Gorton with regard to Mrs. Christine Hayes. 
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Dawn Primarolo: The national information on drugs seizures made by HM Revenue and Customs since 2003 is contained in the Annual Report. The figures for the year ending March 2006 will be published in the next Annual Report.
Information on drug seizures by location cannot be disclosed. Doing so would provide information of value to those seeking to circumvent HM Revenue and Customs' controls, thereby prejudicing the prevention and detection of crime.
Mr. Hoban: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many people worked in his Department's Financial Services Division sub-departments on (a) financial crime, (b) financial services strategy, (c) financial stability and risk, (d) payments and inclusion and (e) savings and investment in each of the last five years, broken down by grade. 
John Healey [holding answer 3 July 2006]: The organisational structure of the teams responsible for financial services has changed on several occasions during 2000-06. The current breakdown of staff between the five teams is shown in the table. The figures quoted are on the basis of full-time equivalent staff in post on 1 April, rounded to the nearest whole number.
The total number of staff working in the teams responsible for financial services in the finance and industry directorate of Her Majestys Treasury on 1 April in each of the past five years, on a broadly comparable basis, has been: 62 in 2002, 58 in 2003, 72 in 2004, 74 in 2005 and 72 in 2006. A proportion of the directorate's senior management resources also contributes to the work on financial services.
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Figures on the firearms HM Revenue and Customs have seized nationally are available in the Annual Reports of HM Revenue and Customs, the most recent being published 19 December 2005. Figures for the financial period 1 April 2005 to 31 March 2006 will be published in the next Annual Report.
Dawn Primarolo: The national information on seizures made by HM Revenue and Customs since 2003 is contained in the annual report. The figures for the year ending March 2006 will be published in the next annual report.
Information on seizures by location cannot be disclosed, as this would provide information of value to those seeking to circumvent HM Revenue and Customs' controls, thereby prejudicing the prevention and detection of crime.
Dawn Primarolo: The latest estimates for the mean and median of total income (for taxpayers only) by constituency can be found in table 3.15 Income and tax by Parliamentary Constituency on HM Revenue and Customs website. http://www.hmrc.gov.uk/stats/income_distribution/menu-by-year.htm#315.
Because sample sizes at constituency level are small and estimates can demonstrate a large variability from year to year, inference from the information in the table should take into account the confidence intervals in table 3.15a Income and tax by Parliamentary Constituency, Confidence Intervals.
Ed Balls: This figure is not yet available for 2005-06. The latest published figure for the number of individuals subscribing £7,000 to ISAs is 949,000 in 2001-02. This information can be found on the HMRC website at:
(2) whether his Department's (a) Ministers and (b) special advisers have requested a leak inquiry at the tax
credit office since January; and if he will make a statement. 
Dawn Primarolo [holding answer 27 June 2006]: I refer the hon. Gentleman to the answer given on 3 July 2006, Official Report, column 822W to my hon. Friend the hon. Member for Birmingham, Selly Oak (Lynne Jones) by the Parliamentary Secretary to the Cabinet Office.
Dr. Cable: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer (1) if he will estimate the revenue implications of introducing a personal allowance of £7,185, absorbing the starting rate band on earnings and savings in the basic rate band, cutting the basic rate of income tax to 20 per cent. with tax rates on dividends unchanged, increasing the basic rate limit to £42,815, keeping the personal allowances for people aged 65 to 74 and 75 years at their current levels and abolishing all other age-related allowances; and if he will make a statement; 
(2) if he will estimate the revenue implications of introducing a personal allowance of £7,500, absorbing the starting rate band on earnings and savings in the basic rate band, cutting the basic rate of income tax to 20 per cent., with tax rates on dividends unchanged, increasing the basic rate limit to £42,500, and raising all the age-related allowances to £7,500; and if he will make a statement. 
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|( 1) The changes are assumed to take place in 2006-07 and the additional costs are estimated liabilities for the same year.( 2) The marginal rate on earnings.( 3) The option assumes abolishing the married couples allowance.( 4) The option would cost £18.3 billion with the married couples allowance abolished.|
Mr. Laws: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will investigate the administrative errors in Her Majestys Revenue and Customs which have identified overpayments and underpayments of tax by Phoenix Engineering Company Ltd. of Chard, Somerset; and if he will make a statement. 
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