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|Median numbers of people in households by age group of household reference person (HRP) adults and dependent children( 1) , United Kingdom, 2005 and accession countries( 2)|
|All households||HRP has accession( 2) nationality|
|Age group of HRP||All||Adults||Children( 1)||All||Adults||Children( 1)|
| Sample number below 100|
(1) A dependent child is aged under 16, or 16 to 18 and in full-time education.
(2) Accession countries since 2004 are Cyprus, the Czech Republic, Estonia, Hungary, Latvia, Lithuania, Malta, Poland, Slovakia, Slovenia (1 May 2004) and Bulgaria and Romania (1 January 2007).
All households LFS 2005 Household data set Spring and Autumn quarters. Accession countries, LFS Autumn 2004, Spring and Autumn 2005 and Spring 2006 Household data sets. All figures are population weighted.
Mr. Willetts: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how much was paid in (a) income tax and (b) national insurance contributions by (i) men and (ii) women aged (A) under 25, (B) 25 to 29, (C) 30 to 34, (D) 35 to 39, (E) 40 to 44, (F) 45 to 49, (G) 50 to 54, (H) 55 to 59, (I) 60 to 64, (J) 65 to 69, (K) 70 to 74, (L) 75 to 79 and (M) over 79 in the latest year for which information is available. 
Dawn Primarolo: The available estimates of the distribution of income tax liabilities can be found in table 3.2 Distribution of median and mean income tax by age range and gender, 2004-05 on the HM Revenue and Customs website at:
|Age range||Numbers paying NICs (000)||Mean NICs (£)||Numbers paying NICs (000)||Mean NICs (£)|
|(1) Includes females that turned 60 at the end of the financial year but paid NICs as 59-year-olds for some proportion of the year.|
(2) Includes males that turned 65 at the end of the financial year but paid NICs as 64-year-olds for some proportion of the year.
1. This table is based on age at the end of the financial year. Individuals cease paying NICs when they reach state retirement age; this is 60 for females and 65 for males.
2. Figures are rounded so totals will not necessarily sum to their components.
3. Figures are UK primary accruals for 2004-05 net of rebates. They include Class 1 net, Class 2, Class 3 and Class 4 NICs.
4. The figures are estimated using:
Annual survey of hours and earnings for 2004-05 for the Class 1 age distribution.
Survey of personal incomes for 2003-04, uprated with earnings for 2004-05, for the self-employed age distribution.
DWP contributions and qualifying years tables for 2002-03 for the Class 3 age distribution.
Mr. Francois: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what discussions took place between his Department and the Department for Work and Pensions on the carers allowance earnings threshold prior to the increase in the minimum wage to £5.35 in October 2006. 
John Healey: As set out in the Treasury press notice of 28 June 2006, the Council of Economic Advisers is made up of individual policy experts who will bring their specialist advice to work alongside individual Treasury teams on the Governments key policy priorities.
Kelvin Hopkins: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what estimate he has made of the additional income to the National Insurance Fund which would be raised by removing the upper earnings limit and levying a standard percentage on all incomes above that limit. 
Dawn Primarolo: Removing the upper earnings limit and levying the main percentage rate on all incomes above that limit would result in an additional estimated income to the National Insurance Fund of £6.6 billion in 2006-07.
Mrs. Villiers: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many people were sent letters from HM Revenue and Customs in (a) 2004, (b) 2005 and (c) 2006 inviting them to top up their national insurance (NI) contributions to ensure that they are entitled to the basic state pension; what estimate he has made of the number of these letters which were incorrectly sent to people who had paid their full NI contributions; how many payments HM Revenue and Customs has received from people who had received such incorrect notices; how much was received; how many people have been notified that the letters were incorrect; how many refunds have been made; what circumstances led to the error; and what steps his Department is taking to rectify the error. 
(a) 3.7 million letters were issued in 2004 for the 2002-03 tax year,
(b) 3.2 million letters were issued in 2005 for the 2003-04 tax year
(c) 4.7 million letters were issued in 2006 for the 2004-05 tax year.
how many letters were incorrectly sent,
how many payments and what total amount of money HMRC has received from people who had received such notices,
how many people were notified the letters were incorrect,
how many refunds made.
The reasons for the delay in processing 2004-05 Employers Annual Returns are well documented and I refer the hon. Member to the answer given on 29 January 2007, Official Report, column 346W. There has been no repeat of the processing delays experienced for 2005-06 tax year.
Mr. Hoban: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many people (a) qualified for and (b) received the £250 credit for filing PAYE returns electronically in each year since its introduction. 
Payments of incentives were made to 900,000 small employers in 2005-06 (in respect of Annual Returns for 2004-05). This represents 51 per cent. of the small employer population registered for PAYE in the qualifying period.
Payments of incentives were made to 1.18 million small employers in 2006-07 (in respect of Annual Returns for 2005-06). This represents 67 per cent. of the small employer population registered for PAYE in the qualifying period.
Mr. Willetts: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will update the information provided in (a) Table 50 and (b) Table 51 of Report No. 1 (the Initial Report on the Standing Reference) of the Royal Commission on the Distribution of Income and Wealth for the years 1980, 1985, 1990, 1995, 2000 and 2005. 
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