|Previous Section||Index||Home Page|
Mrs. James: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer (1) what recent assessment he has made of the effectiveness of the Customs Consolidation Act 1876 in preventing child pornography from being imported into the UK; 
Dawn Primarolo: The prohibition on the import of indecent and obscene material which includes child pornography is created by Section 42 of the Customs Consolidation Act 1876 (CCA). This Act places a prohibition on all visual material that is obscene or indecent including any material depicting a child under 16 years of age engaged in any form of sexual activity.
Her Majestys Revenue and Customs will seize imports of child pornography breaching this prohibition under section 139 (1) of the Customs and Excise Management Act 1979 (CEMA). HMRC annually assesses the effectiveness of our enforcement responsibilities and since 2004 has reported seizure data for child pornography in the HMRC Annual Reports.
Mr. Hoban: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what projection his Department has made of (a) the total level of public expenditure and (b) spending by each Government Department between 2015 and 2020. 
Mr. Timms: The Treasurys projections of public spending out to 2055 are available at chapter 5 of the Long-term public finance report: an analysis of financial stability which was published alongside the 2005 pre-Budget report. This document can be accessed via the Treasury website.
Mrs. Villiers: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer which statistics have been put forward by the Treasury for consideration to become new national statistics in each of the last five years; and how many statistics sets the Treasury has produced in total in each of the last five years. 
A list of changes to the scope of National Statistics (additions and withdrawals) in each of the last five years can be found in the relevant National Statistics annual report available on the National Statistics website at:
In addition to National Statistics, HM Treasury, and its departments and agencies, publish a wide range of other numerical information in a variety of forms including other data produced from the management and administration of the department and in research reports. There is no consistent definition of the term statistics sets and no centrally held information on the total published in each year on this basis.
John Healey: The Treasury, in partnership with other Government Departments, will consider where it would be appropriate to conduct gender impact assessments in line with the Sex Discrimination Act 1975 (Public Authorities) (Statutory Duties) Order 2006 (No. 2930).
Mr. Hoban: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what information HM Revenue and Customs shares with (a) the Department of Work and Pensions, (b) the Home Office and (c) the Serious Organised Crime Agency. 
Dawn Primarolo [holding answer 23 November 2006]: Her Majesty's Revenue and Customs (HMRC) are bound by a legal duty of confidentiality that restricts them from disclosing information to any third party, including other Government Departments.
Disclosures of information can only be made by HMRC in the very prescribed circumstances set out in statute. For disclosures to Government Departments these prescribed circumstances will normally be the consent of the person to whom the information relates or where legislation specifically authorises such a disclosure of information, (known as gateways) and HMRC have gateways with each of the Departments referred to in the hon. Gentlemans inquiry.
Tim Farron: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer whether decisions may be taken on the future of HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) offices before the end of the consultation process announced by the Acting Chairman of HMRC. 
HMRC will not take final decisions on the future of any individual office until after the completion of the consultation period in each region. Ahead of final decisions being taken, it is possible that some work currently undertaken in individual offices
will change. Where work is moved to another location, other work of a similar skill and grade requirement will be directed to the office.
Tim Farron: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what steps he is taking to ensure that HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) staff will be kept appraised of progress in the consultation process on the closure of rural HMRC offices. 
Mr. Laws: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what the cash equivalent transfer value is of the public sector pensions of (a) the acting chairman of HM Revenue and Customs and (b) the 10 highest paid HM Revenue and Customs staff; and if he will make a statement. 
The current total cash equivalent transfer value for the 10 highest paid HM Revenue and Customs staff is £5,363,179. Five of these individuals are named in the Annual Report and Resource Accounts and cash equivalent transfer value of their public sector pensions is therefore reported annually. This information is already in the public domain.
Mr. Harper: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer which programme will be funded by the additional £100 million for reconstruction in Iraq he pledged on 18 November; and from which sources the additional funding will be derived. 
[holding answer 23 November 2006]: The Chancellors announcement of an additional £100 million for reconstruction in Iraq will primarily support the Department for International Developments bilateral
programme for Iraq. As well as funding from the Department for International Development assistance will also be provided through the Global Conflict Prevention Pool.
Mr. Timms: Treasury Ministers and officials have meetings with a wide range of organisations and individuals in the public and private sectors as part of the process of policy development and delivery. As was the case with previous Administrations, it is not the Governments practice to provide details of all such meetings.
Mr. Waterson: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what criteria the Government will apply to ascertain whether a person has the right religious credentials to qualify for the alternatively secured pension. 
Mr. Harper: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what discussions he had with the Department for Education and Skills on the announcement made on 27 June 2006 on the creation of six new state school cadet units. 
Mr. Timms: Treasury Ministers and officials have meetings with a wide range of organisations in the public and private sectors as part of the process of policy development and delivery. As was the case with previous Administrations, it is not the Government's practice to provide details of all such meetings.
Small businesses can obtain formal and informal assistance in complying with their tax
affairs from a range of sources including Government Departments and agencies, accountants and other business advisers.
HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) provides direct assistance through a number of targeted services to companies of all sizes, including face-to-face advice in 281 Inquiry Centres, a dedicated employers helpline and EmployerTalk events. It is not possible to identify accurately from records held centrally the number of small companies benefiting from these services in any one year.
|HMRC assistance||Number of small businesses|
Mr. Moore: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many (a) men and (b) women in Berwickshire, Roxburgh and Selkirk constituency were in receipt of tax credit at (i) 30 December 2005, (ii) 30 March 2006, (iii) 30 June 2006 and (iv) 30 September 2006. 
Dawn Primarolo: The information is not available for the dates requested. The following table shows the estimate number of (a) men and (b) women in Berwickshire, Roxburgh and Selkirk who were claimants in in-work families with tax credits awards in payment at 5 December 2005 and 3 April 2006.
These estimates based on a 10 per cent. sample of single adults, and a 20 per cent. sample of couples, in tax credits awards. They are therefore subject to sampling uncertainty.
|Outstanding reply-required renewals in the week ending:||Number|
|Next Section||Index||Home Page|