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Mr. Francois: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what the average time taken by HM Revenue and Customs to acknowledge receipt of a tax return was in the latest period for which figures are available. 
Dawn Primarolo: When a self-assessment tax return is filed online, an immediate acknowledgment of receipt is issued automatically. HMRC does not issue receipts for tax returns sent in by post or handed in at their inquiry centres.
Processing a paper tax return results in a tax calculation and/or a statement of account being issued to the taxpayer. For paper tax returns filed by 30 September, HMRC guarantees to process the return in time to tell the taxpayer what to pay by 31 January. For paper tax returns filed by the 31 January deadline, HMRC has an operational target to process all paper tax returns by 31 March.
John Healey: The Government continually monitor the housing market and its possible effects on the economy as part of the Budget and pre-Budget report forecasting process. They recognise concerns over housing affordability, particularly amongst first-time buyers, and are acting to alleviate these pressures on various fronts including by tackling supply constraints; doubling the stamp duty threshold; and helping people into home ownership through supporting shared equity schemes.
Dr. Cable: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer pursuant to the answer of 25 January 2007, Official Report, column 1986W, on insurance policies, how many hon. Members have contacted him about non-advised insurance sales; and if he will make a statement. 
The FSA is currently undertaking a review of its general insurance regime. This review is looking at how far the FSAs Insurance: Conduct of Business (ICOB) requirements deliver against the intended consumer outcomes for the regime, including that consumers buying insurance on a non-advised basis receive sufficient information to make an informed decision. The review is due to report in the first quarter of 2007.
The National Statistician has been asked to reply to your Parliamentary Questions about manufacturing employment in Wales. I am replying in her absence. (123635, 123636)
Statistics on employment in manufacturing in Wales are only available in terms of employee jobs, excluding the self-employed, and on a non seasonally adjusted basis. While statistics of jobs lost are not available explicitly, statistics from surveys enable comparisons to be made of net changes, in numbers of jobs, from year to year.
The following table shows the number of employee jobs in manufacturing in Wales, for September of each year from 1997 to 2006, the latest period available, and the net changes from year to year.
|Employee jobs and changes in jobs in manufacturing in Wales|
|Thousands, not seasonally adjusted|
|Number of jobs||Net change on year|
This series is published on a regular basis by the ONS in table 5 of the Labour Market Statistics First Release for Wales. See
These results are mainly based on sample surveys and are subject to a margin of uncertainty.
Paul Holmes: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what recent estimate his Department has made of the impact on tax revenue receipts from other gambling activities of the existence of the National Lottery since its creation; and if he will make a statement. 
Mr. Philip Hammond:
To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will place in the Library copies of the Treasury working papers relating to the fiscal impact of people choosing to take alternatively secured pensions
rather than traditional annuities, which were used during the production of the Pensions White Paper. 
Alternatively secured pensions were introduced to meet the specific needs of certain religious groups that have a principled religious objection to the pooling of mortality risk through annuities. As explained in the partial regulatory impact assessment published at pre-Budget report (Tax Relief for Pensions2006 pre-Budget report Reforms) the fiscal impact of introducing ASPs are part of the overall costs of pension simplification. Estimates of the overall Exchequer costs of pension simplification remain at £25 million for 2006-07, rising to £250 million in 2010-11.
It would be inappropriate to place internal Treasury working papers in the Library of the House of Commons. Doing so would be prejudicial to the frank and candid discussions that are an essential part of policy development.
John Healey: The 2006 pre-Budget report announced that the Government will move forward with the implementation of the Planning-gain Supplement (PGS) if, after further consultation, it continues to be deemed workable and effective. To maintain critical links to local delivery, the Government will ensure that in England at least 70 per cent. of PGS revenues are recycled to the local authority area in which they are raised, to fund additional infrastructure. Further announcements on PGS will be made in spring 2007.
Mr. Wills: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what estimate he has made of the net effect on public expenditure arising from use of the Freedom of Information Act 2000 to scrutinise spending by public authorities. 
Mr. Timms: None. In 2006, the Secretary of State for Constitutional Affairs commissioned an independent review of the impact of the Freedom of Information Act across central Government and the wider public sector. The costings exercise and the independent review are available on the DCA website at www.dca.gov.uk
Mr. Nicholas Brown:
To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will make an assessment of HM Revenue and Customs' handling of the complaint of Mr. J. A. Smith of Newcastle-upon-Tyne; and what
assessment he has made of the adequacy of the compensation offered to Mr. Smith. 
|April to March each year||Cost (net of VAT) (£)|
Individual business units are allocated budgets to meet their total costs and overheads for all their staff. The Mansfield HMRC office currently houses a total of 35 staff from four different business units. It would be possible only at disproportionate cost to break down the costs of each business unit to individual office level.
Dawn Primarolo: HMRCs regional review programme seeks to achieve the best possible match between customer and staff need, delivery of business and buildings, taking account of its efficiency and customer service commitments.
Mr. Meale: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will estimate the additional (a) travel, (b) relocation and (c) other costs which will be incurred as a result of the closures of local tax offices in (i) Mansfield, (ii) Burton Alfreton and (iii) Derby. 
Final decisions on the future of these HMRC offices, and the other offices in the Nottingham/Derby and Leicester urban centre reviews, will not be made until the findings of the consultation exercise and of the detailed feasibility work now being undertaken have been fully taken into account. That
feasibility work includes preliminary estimates of the costs of making the necessary adaptations to buildings proposed for retention.
If a decision in principle is then taken to close any of these offices, a detailed impact assessment will be carried out for each, which will include estimates of excess fares and relocation costs for the individual members of staff affected. No such decisions have yet been reached.
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