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Anne Main: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how calls between tax credits helpline callers and HM Revenue and Customs are (a) recorded and (b) archived; how many people are employed in such processes; and if he will make a statement. 
Mr. Graham Stuart: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many people in the Beverley and Holderness constituency are in receipt of tax credits; how many receive tax credits by giro cheque; and if he will make a statement. 
Dawn Primarolo: Estimates for 2003-04 and 2004-05 of the numbers of in-work families with tax credits awards by constituency, based on final family circumstances and incomes for 2003-04 and 2004-05 are published in Child and Working Tax Credits. Finalised Awards 2003-04 Geographical Analysis and the Child and Working Tax Credits. Finalised Awards 2004-05 Geographical Analysis. These publications and provisional estimates for the number of in-work families by constituency with tax credit awards as at selected dates in 2005-06 are available on the HMRC website at:
Mr. Laws: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many compensation payments for maladministration and poor service were made by the tax credits section of his Department in each month from May 2006 to October 2006; what the total value of such payments was in each quarter since 1 April 2003; and if he will make a statement. 
Dawn Primarolo: The circumstances in which HM Revenue and Customs will make compensation payments to its customers are explained in the Department's Code of Practice 1 Putting things right which is available at www.hmrc.gov.uk. The Department will pay compensation for reasonable costs incurred as a direct result of its mistakes or delays and to recognise worry and distress caused by those mistakes and delays. It does not keep separate details of compensation payments made specifically due to maladministration or poor service.
Mr. Laurence Robertson: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what tax liability assessments are made in respect of (a) people and (b) companies who buy and sell goods over the internet; what guidelines are in place on the level of trading which would constitute doing business; and if he will make a statement. 
The same tax rules and assessment apply to internet trading as to any other form of
trading. People and companies who trade over the internet are therefore liable to register for VAT and assessable to income tax or corporation tax on their profits through self assessment like any other trader or company. HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) do not separately identify internet trading, and could not identify tax liability assessments on such traders except at disproportionate cost.
Mr. Francois: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer when he will bring forward legislation to ensure that the UK payments system is open to new competition as announced in his Budget Statement on 21 March 2000. 
Ed Balls: Following Don Cruickshanks report on competition in UK banking, the Chancellor announced in the 2003 pre-Budget report that the Office of Fair Trading (OFT) would set up a Payment Systems Task Force to examine UK payment systems. The Taskforce began work in spring 2004 and in September 2006 it reached agreement on a new model for payments systems governance. On 14 November 2006, the Chancellor approved the OFTs recommendation to wind up the Task Force and to proceed with the creation of a new industry-led governing body to deliver improvements in payment systems, which will be reviewed after two years. In line with the Governments better regulation agenda, the creation of this new body does not require legislation.
On 14 November 2006, I wrote to my right hon. Friend the Member for West Dumbartonshire (John McFall) in his capacity as Chair of the Treasury Select Committee to inform him of these developments. A copy of this letter has been placed in the Library of the House.
The National Statistician has been asked to reply to your question asking how many women are expected to reach the state pension age by (a) April 2010 and (b) after April 2010. I am replying in her absence. (102116)
The number of women within the United Kingdom expected to reach state pension age from April to April each year for 2006/07 to 2030/31 can be seen in the attached table.
The figures were derived from the latest official national population projections, which are based on the population at the middle of 2004 and were published in October 2005. These
projections allow for the change in the state pension age for women from 60 at April 2010 to 65 at April 2020.
|Estimated number of women in the UK projected to reach state pension age in years April to April allowed for increase in SPA from age 60 in April 2010 to 65 by April 2020|
|Females reaching SPA( 1) (Thousand)|
|(1) Rounded to the nearest thousand. Derived from 2004-based national population projections for United Kingdom (GAD).|
The above figures give estimates for the numbers in the UK population reaching SPA in the financial years shown. They do not include those emigrating from the UK before reaching SPA and who may have entitlement to some UK state pension, but do include those migrating to the UK before SPA and who are resident in the UK on reaching SPA.
Mr. Byers: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what proportion of the workforce was working (a) fewer than 16, (b) 16 to 20, (c) 21 to 25, (d) 26 to 30, (e) 31 to 35, (f) 36 to 40 and (g) in excess of 41 hours per week in each year since 1997. 
As National Statistician I have been asked to reply to your parliamentary question about the workforces' usual hours worked per week for each year since 1997.
The attached table gives the usual weekly hours worked for the requested hourly bands, covering those in employment, for the three month period ending June each year since 1997. Comparable estimates are not currently available for 1998 and 2000.
Estimates are taken from the Labour Force Survey (LFS). As with any sample survey, estimates from the LFS are subject to a margin of uncertainty.
|People in employment by usual weekly hours of work( 1) 1997, 1999 and 2001 to 2006 United Kingdom, not seasonally adjusted|
|Three months ending June each year||Total (thousands( 2) )||Under 16 hours per week||16 to 20 hours per week||21 to 25 hours per week|
|Three months ending June each year||26 to 30 hours per week||31 to 35 hours per week||36 to 40 hours per week||41 or more hours per week|
|(1 )Main job only.|
(2) Includes those who did not state the number of hours they worked, but percentages are based on totals which exclude this group.
Note: Comparable data are not currently available for 1998 and 2000.
Source: ONS Labour Force Survey (LFS)
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