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Dawn Primarolo: HM Revenue and Customs has an on-going Employer Compliance and VAT Assurance programme whereby all businesses including football clubs are risked assessed annually. Regular visits are undertaken to businesses to examine their records. The Department is statutorily debarred from disclosing information relating to the tax affairs of those businesses.
Mr. Laws: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what representations were made by Public and Commercial Services Union (a) officials and (b) members on the scope for fraud in the tax credits system in April 2005; and if he will make a statement. 
Dawn Primarolo: HMRC has regular meetings with the Public and Commercial Services Union to discuss a wide range of matters which affect their members, but are unaware of any specific queries relating to tax credit organised fraud raised by the PCS during April 2005.
Mr. Touhig: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer (1) what systems are in place to ensure that records kept on the IT system used to process working family tax credits are not lost in the event of the system breaking down; 
(3) what capacity there is to store information on the IT system that processes working family tax credits; and what capacity there is to protect this information in the event of system breakdown; 
(4) what contractual obligations the supplier of the IT system for the working family tax credit is under for (a) remedial, (b) compensatory and (c) support services in circumstances where the system becomes inoperative. 
Dawn Primarolo: The working families tax credit system was decommissioned in April 2005, following the introduction of the working tax credit (WTC) and child tax credit (CTC) in 2003. The following relates to WTC and CTC.
In the event of a system failure the system and its data can be recovered to the point of failure as back- up copies of data are kept as part of the design of the system. Data and information is fully backed up on a daily basis and securely stored off site.
These tax credits are provided for contractually under the provisions of the Aspire contract dated 5 January 2004, as amended, and the specific IT Service Requirement (service level agreement) agreed for New Tax Credits (NTC).
Capgemini are responsible for the availability of the online service during the contracted hours, for key transactions, problem and incident investigation and remediation, batch processing, training and security. In the event of failure against the agreed performance measures for availability and completeness of batch processing, Capgemini will be liable for service credits which provide the Department with a rebate of service charges for the service not received.
Mr. Donaldson: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many cases involving overpayment of tax credits have arisen in each parliamentary constituency in Northern Ireland; and how many have been resolved. 
Dawn Primarolo: For estimates of the numbers of in-work families with tax credit awards, including information on overpayments, by constituency I refer the hon. Member to the answer given to my right hon. Friend the Member for Birkenhead (Mr. Field), on 16 June 2006, Official Report, column 1421W. Information on recovery of overpayments is not available at constituency level.
Dawn Primarolo: A copy of the findings of the Valuation Office Agencys latest staff attitude survey will be placed in the Library. The figures regarding staff satisfaction are published annually in the agencys annual report and accounts.
Most foodstuffs are VAT zero-rated, saving consumers approximately £10.6 billion in the last financial year. This zero rate does not however extend to certain beverages, including fruit drinks. Under binding European VAT agreements, made at the time of the UKs accession to the EC and subsequently, the UK can maintain its existing zero rates but successive Governments have agreed not to extend
these, or to introduce new ones. It is therefore not possible under these agreements to remove VAT from fruit drinks and other beverages.
These same agreements do allow the UK to introduce a reduced rate of VAT of not less than 5 per cent. for foodstuffs which are not zero-rated. While all taxes are kept under review, the use of VAT reduced rates have been used where the tax system offers the most effective and best targeted support for our social objectives, when compared with other policy instruments.
The 2004 Wanless report on public health highlighted difficulties of principle and practice with dietary based tax changes to support public health. To date, the Government have therefore focused resources to encourage healthy eating choices outside the tax system.
Mr. Don Foster: To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what consultations have been launched by (a) her Department and (b) the Gambling Commission since the passage of the Gambling Act 2005 on gambling, broken down by (i) estimated cost, (ii) length of consultation and (iii) number of responses; and if she will make a statement. 
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|Completed consultation||Length (weeks)||Responses||Cost (£)|
|(1 )Figures given relate to physical production costs of documents only (i.e. typesetting and printing) and do not include staff time costs. Where no figure is given costs are negligible because they have been disseminated through e-mail and the web.|
(2) Consultation period ends 27 October 2006
(3) Consultation period ends 8 November 2006
(4) Consultation period ends 17 November 2006
(5 )Consultation period ends 15 December 2006
(6) Consultation period ends 15 December 2006.
(7 )Consultation period began on 13 October 2006.
(8 )Consultation period began on 13 October 2006.
(9) Consultation period began on 29 September 2006
(10 )Consultation period began 22 September 2006.
(11) To date.
Mr. Don Foster: To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what her Departments most recent estimate is of the number of online casinos that will be based in the UK in each of the next 10 years; and if she will make a statement. 
Mr. Don Foster:
To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what representations her Department has made to the European Commission on the application of Article 49 of the EC Treaty in
relation to online gambling in EU member states; and if she will make a statement. 
My Department has submitted evidence to the Swiss Institute of Comparative Law, which undertook a study on gambling services in the EUs internal market on behalf of the European Commission, and an official attended a briefing for member states hosted by the Swiss Institute.
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