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21. Mr. Vara: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what recent assessment he has made of the level of fraud in the tax credit system in 2005-06. 
Dawn Primarolo: HMRC have published estimates of error and fraud for tax credits from the random enquiry programme on their website at:
Mr. Laws: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many people are employed in HM Revenue and Customs to handle (a) tax credit complaints and (b) telephone calls about tax credits; and if he will make a statement. 
Dawn Primarolo: On (a), I refer the hon. Member to the answers I gave him on 13 December 2005, Official Report, column 1835W, 18 July 2005, Official Report, column 1333W, and 6 July 2005, Official Report, column 437W.
As to (b), Around 3,500 FTE staff were employed on tax credits helplines in May 2006.
Mr. Laws: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what factors were taken into account when deciding that industrial injuries disablement should not be treated as income for tax credit purposes. 
Dawn Primarolo: The child and working tax credits are part of the tax system, so the tax credits income assessment is generally based on income tax rules. Apart from industrial death benefit pensions, industrial injuries benefit is exempt from income tax and, therefore, is not taken into account as income for tax credit purposes.
Mr. Laws: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer pursuant to his answer of 3 May 2006, Official Report, column 1724W, on tax credits, if he will break down the management information data collected by the period for which it is collected. 
Dawn Primarolo: A wide variety of management information is kept across all the HMRC business areas involved in the administration of tax credits. This is a combination of reports and the extraction of supplementary information as and when required.
Because of the large amount of information produced it is not practicable to provide a comprehensive breakdown. This management information is used to provide data for the Departments annual report.
Mr. Laws: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will make a statement on the results of the proactive contact pilots designed to reduce tax credit overpayments. 
Dawn Primarolo: All three phases of the proactive contact pilot exercise have been completed and the initial results are being evaluated. The impact in terms of helping claimants to avoid an overpayment cannot be determined until after the 2005-06 awards have been finalised later this year.
Mr. Laws: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer (1) what recent assessment he has made of the extent of tax credit fraud by migrant workers; and if he will make a statement; 
(2) how many people are receiving tax credits in the UK while living abroad; and if he will make a statement; 
(3) what steps he has taken in the last 12 months to reduce tax credit fraud by migrant workers. 
Dawn Primarolo [holding answers 11 July 2006]: Tax credits are normally only payable to people who are present and ordinarily resident in the UK. The residence rules for eligibility to tax credits are explained on the HMRC website, at www.hmrc.gov.uk/taxcredits/residence-rules.htm
In some cases, recipients of child tax credit may have legitimate foreign correspondence addresses. These include, for example, families of the armed forces or other Crown servants serving abroad.
HMRC takes fraud very seriously and has a range of checks in place throughout the life of each claim. If fraud is suspected, payment is stopped.
22. Mr. Amess: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what assessment he has made of the effectiveness of the international finance facility; and if he will make a statement. 
Ed Balls: The International Finance Facility for Immunization (IFFIm) was launched in September 2005 with contributions from France, Italy, Spain and Sweden, as well as the UK. Norway, Brazil and South Africa have since pledged contributions. The first bonds will be issued within a few months, and the IFFIm will begin purchasing vaccines and delivering these to the poorest countries through the Global Alliance for Vaccines and Immunization (GAVI) before the end of the year. The IFFIm will demonstrate the benefits of frontloading aid using legally binding, long-term commitments from donors through issuing bonds in international capital markets.
The World Health Organisation estimates that frontloading aid and investing an extra $4 billion in vaccination now, the IFFIm is expected to save a total of 10 million lives, including 5 million children before 2015. The ongoing effectiveness of the disbursements will be monitored by GAVI.
24. Mr. Todd: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will make a statement on the evaluation of the Makinson incentive scheme in HM Customs and Excise. 
Dawn Primarolo: Incentive schemes for teams (team bonuses) were trialled within HM Customs and Excise between July 2000 and 31 December 2002 in two phases. The first, from 1 July 2000 to 31 March 2001 involved six teams and a total of 650 staff. A second more extensive trial took place between April 2002 and 31 December 2002. It involved 12 teams ranging in size from 24 to 890. The trials were subject to rigorous evaluation during and at the end of the trials.
Mr. Austin Mitchell: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many advanced pricing agreements (a) have been made and (b) were in force with multinational companies in each year since 2001; and in how many cases in each year (i) enforcement action was taken and (ii) penalties were imposed in transfer pricing disputes. 
Dawn Primarolo: I refer the hon. Member to the answer I gave him on 6 July 2006, Official Report, column 1258-59W.
Mr. Hands: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what VAT regulations apply to importing antiques; and if he will make a statement. 
Dawn Primarolo: The law relating to the import of antiques is covered in the VAT Act 1994 as amended, Section 1 and Section 21 items (4 and 5(b)).
Mr. Drew: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what research he has commissioned to ascertain the level of financial literacy in the UK; and whether this has sought to ascertain differences in financial literacy in different (a) age groups, (b) genders, (c) classes, (d) ethnic groups and (e) occupations. 
Ed Balls: The Financial Services Authority (FSA) in partnership with the Government, the financial services industry and voluntary organisations leads the national strategy for financial capability.
recently published a comprehensive baseline survey(1) to
establish the current state of financial capability in the UK.
Published on 27 March
2006, the baseline survey identified five separate components of financial capability: making ends meet, keeping track of your finances, planning ahead, choosing financial products and staying informed about financial matters.
The full research report Consumer Research Paper 47Levels of Financial Capability in the UK: Results of a Baseline Survey (available at http://www.fsa.gov.uk/pubs/consumer-research/crpr47.pdf) provides detailed analysis of each component and includes commentary of differences by particular groupings such as age, gender, income, qualifications, ethnicity, employment status and housing tenure.
Information on social class and occupation was not collected but the FSA have incorporated a proxy measure based on a wide range of life-stage characteristics(2) which is undergoing further analysis.
The FSA continue to analyse the data, particularly to understand more about the needs of more vulnerable groups. The survey will be repeated in the next four to five years to assess the impact of initiatives targeted to improve financial capability.
(1) In total 5,328 respondents were interviewed July-September 2005 to provide a robust measurement of financial capability in the UK population.
(2) Using Experian's Financial Strategy Segments
Simon Hughes: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what progress has been made on proposals to exempt from value added tax new buildings for use by youth and educational facilities and the local community. 
John Healey: VAT is chargeable on the construction of all new youth, educational or other community facilities, except those new buildings that will be used at least 90 per cent. for a relevant charitable purpose, such as the provision of free of charge education by a charity. In such cases, construction of the building is VAT zero-rated. VAT agreements with our European partners mean that while we can maintain this relief for the construction of charitable buildings, it cannot be extended further.
Mr. Betts: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer (1) if he will estimate the savings to public funds of restricting all pension tax relief to a maximum of 22 per cent.; and what that saving is estimated to be in the first year in which it is intended to implement the proposed new personal pension arrangements; 
(2) if he will estimate the cost to public funds of the one per cent. contribution to be made to personal pension arrangements under the Governments recent proposals in the first year in which the arrangement will come into effect. 
Ed Balls: In relation to the savings from restricting tax relief on pension contributions to a maximum of 22 per cent., I refer the hon. Member to the answer given to the hon. Member for Eastleigh (Chris Huhne) on 26 April 2006, Official Report, column 1175W.
The estimate of the cost to public funds of the tax relief available to individuals in the proposed system of personal accounts are extremely uncertain and will depend on individual levels of participation. The regulatory impact assessment (RIA) published in May 2006 by the Department for Work and Pensions Security in Retirement: towards a new pensions system. Regulatory impact assessments and technical annexes estimates that the increased saving resulting from the proposals could increase tax relief paid on individual contributions by around £1 billion once the scheme is fully operational. Using the same central assumption of take-up as the RIA for the first year of personal accounts, the cost of tax relief on individual contributions is estimated to be £350 million, of which £100 million is estimated to be higher rate tax relief. The costs are lower in the first year due to the proposed three-year phasing of contributions for both employers and employees.
Mr. Hands: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer whether postage stamps are subject to the same VAT regulations as other antiques when they have been imported into the UK. 
Dawn Primarolo: Postage stamps that are no longer legal tender even if of an age of 100 years or over are covered by subsection (c) of section 21(5) of the VAT Act 1994 which states that any collection or collectors piece of philatelic interest qualifies for the reduced rate of VAT at 5 per cent. Antiques are covered by subsection (b) of 21(5) of the VAT Act 1994.
Kate Hoey: To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what discussions she has had with members and officers of the London borough of Hackney on the case of the closed Clissold road swimming pool. 
Tessa Jowell: I have had no official discussions. Sport England has continued to monitor developments towards the re-opening of Clissold Leisure Centre, through a project working group established by the London borough of Hackney. Sport England has also instigated a series of meetings between its executive directors and a representative of the Mayors office, in the London borough of Hackney. The objective of these meetings is to provide regular updates and to ensure that the agreed time scales and milestones towards the Centres re-opening are being met.
Chris Huhne: To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport whether her Department (a) is committed to the achievement of environmental management to ISO 14001 standard and (b) has been externally certified as in compliance with that standard; and if she will make a statement. 
Mr. Woodward: New sustainable operations targets for the Government Estate were launched on 12 June by the Prime Minister and David Miliband (SoS, Defra).
The new targets included a commitment that all Government Departments should have an Environmental Management System (EMS) in place, based, or modelled upon, a recognised system (such as ISO14001, or the European regulation EMAS).
Previous target for EMSs for the Government Estate (published September 2002) had the same wording as the recently announced commitment.
The Department for Culture, Media and Sport currently has an uncertified EMS based on IS014001 and has a planned timetable to certify its EMS externally in line with the new standards for IS014001 by March 2007.
Departments have submitted data relevant to this question (including external certification) for annual Sustainable Development in Government Reports. The last Report published by the Sustainable Development Commission in December 2005, covering the reporting period April 2004 to March 2005, is available at: http://www.sd-commission.org.uk/watchdog.
Mr. Hurd: To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what regulations govern the licensing of pubs that offer adult entertainment in the form of strip dancing. 
Mr. Woodward: Public houses offering such forms of entertainment are licensable under the Licensing Act 2003 (the 2003 Act) if they are selling alcohol and if they are putting on regulated entertainment such as the performance of dance. As such, their activities are open to scrutiny in relation to the four licensing objectives: public safety, the prevention of crime and disorder, the protection of children from harm and the prevention of public nuisance.
Pornography, indecent displays, public indecency and obscenity legislation are matters for the Home Office.
Susan Kramer: To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport (1) whether there are plans to allow members of the public to stay overnight in the Royal Parks during the 2012 Olympic games; 
(2) what plans there are for public events in the Royal Parks during the 2012 Olympic games; 
(3) what discussions have been held between her Department and representatives of the Royal Parks on use of those parks by members of the public during the 2012 Olympic games; 
(4) what discussions have been held on the use of Richmond park during the 2012 Olympic games. 
Mr. Lammy [holding answer 12 July 2006]: Richmond park is a Site of Special Scientific Interest and a National Nature Reserveas well as a candidate European Special Conservation Areaand there are no plans to use it for the Olympic games.
Some of the other Royal ParksGreenwich park, Hyde park, Regent's park and Horse Guards Parade in St. James's parkwill be hosting Olympic events, and these are bound to affect whether, and how, the public will be able to use certain areas of these parks.
Planning for the cultural programme and the details of the role that The Royal Parks will play in it, is still at an early stage. However, my officials have already been discussing with The Royal Parks how the games will impact on the parks, and will continue to involve them in the planning of those aspects of the games, and their attendant events, which might affect them before during and after the games take place.
There are no plans to make the Royal Parks available for overnight accommodation during the games. There are thousands of hotels, guest houses and hostels in and around London, offering excellent accommodation.
Mr. Amess: To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport how many parliamentary questions tabled to her Department were awaiting a reply on 10 July 2006; which of those had been waiting longer than (a) two and (b) three weeks for a reply; and what the reason for the delay was in each case. 
Mr. Lammy: 42 parliamentary questions tabled to DCMS were awaiting a reply on 10 July 2006. None of these had been waiting longer than two weeks for a reply.
David T.C. Davies: To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport whether she was informed of the Deputy Prime Ministers intention to stay with Philip Anschutz during his visit to the US in July 2005. 
Tessa Jowell: I was not informed of the Deputy Prime Ministers intention to stay with Philip Anschutz and nor would I expect to have been.
Chris Huhne: To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport pursuant to the answer of 19 June 2006, Official Report, columns 1608-9W to the hon. Member for Stroud (Mr. Drew), on library closures, how many libraries (a) closed, (b) been scheduled for closure and (c) opened in (i) rural areas and (ii) non-rural areas in that period; and if she will make a statement. 
Mr. Lammy: The table in the answer to which the hon. Member refers was derived from the Public Library Statistics published annually by the Chartered Institute for Public Finance and Accountancy (CIPFA). These do not break down the numbers of public libraries by rural and non-rural areas however defined.
the CIPFA statistics contain figures that allow year on year figures
allowing comparisons to be made between the numbers of libraries
operated by the London boroughs (inner, outer and the City);
metropolitan districts; counties and unitary authorities.
The statistics also offer breakdowns by English region. Copies are held by the House Library.
Paul Holmes: To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what assessment she has made of the (a) performance and (b) popularity of Suttons self-service public library. 
Mr. Lammy: There has been no such assessment. Day to day operational issues are for the judgment of the 149 library authorities in England.
However, I understand that the self issue facilities in place at Suttons libraries have proved popular with the majority of users and, along with other improvements, have contributed to an increased number of visits and issues as well as helping with stock management.
Part of the Museums, Libraries and Archives Councils (MLAs) role is to investigate and disseminate good practice. Some of the improvements at Sutton libraries are featured on the Designing Libraries website, jointly funded by the MLA, at www.designinglibraries.org.uk.
Chris Ruane: To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport (1) what meetings Ofcom has held with organisations and individuals to discuss restrictions on television advertising for food products targeting children; and which meetings were (a) initiated by Ofcom and (b) attended by Ofcom in response to requests from a third party; 
(2) what the length was of each meeting attended by Ofcom to discuss restrictions on television advertising of food products targeting children; and which meetings were with organisations (a) in favour of, (b) opposed to and (c) neutral on restrictions of such advertising. 
Mr. Woodward: The matters raised are the responsibility of the Office of Communications as independent regulator. Accordingly, my officials have asked the Chief Executive of Ofcom to reply. Copies of the Chief Executive's letter will be placed in the Libraries of both Houses.
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