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Percentage
Black Caribbean Black African Other Black Chinese Mixed Other

1997

Q1

Q2

16

23

(5)

(5)

12

(5)

Q3

Q4

15

24

(5)

(5)

14

(5)

1999

Q1

Q2

13

16

(5)

(5)

13

13

Q3

Q4

14

17

(5)

(5)

12

12

2001

Q1

Q2

13

14

(5)

(5)

9

10

Q3

Q4

12

14

(5)

(5)

15

10

2002

Q1

Q2

11

15

(5)

(5)

14

11

Q3

Q4

14

13

(5)

(5)

19

12

2003

Q1

Q2

13

14

(5)

(5)

11

14

Q3

Q4

12

12

(5)

(5)

13

13

2004

Q1

Q2

11

13

(5)

(5)

13

10

Q3

Q4

10

13

(5)

9

11

11

2005

Q1

12

13

(5)

9

10

10

Q2

11

14

(5)

8

12

9

Q3

12

13

(5)

(5)

12

10

Q4

12

13

(5)

9

13

11

2006

Q1

12

12

(5)

(5)

14

14

Q2

12

13

(5)

(5)

12

13

Q3

15

15

(5)

(5)

13

12

Q4

14

14

(5)

11

14

11

(1 )Total unemployed as a percentage of all economically active persons. (2) This table uses the National Statistics standard classification of ethnic groups. (3) This table does not include people who did not state their ethnic group. (4) Includes mixed Indian. (5) Samples sizes are too small to provide reliable estimates. Note: Comparable estimates are not currently available for 1998 and 2000 and for quarters one and quarter three until 2005. Source: ONS Labour Force Survey (LFS).

VAT

Mr. Mark Field: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer pursuant to the answer of 17 January 2007, Official Report, column 1141W, on VAT, if he will place in the Library a copy of (a) the letter of formal notice sent from the European Commission to the UK Government on 18 October 2006 and (b) the UK Government’s response of 14 December 2006, referring to a complaint about a change in the law on 3 December 2004 on VAT on the supply of services to non-EU customers. [121752]

Dawn Primarolo: This matter is currently under consideration, and is the subject of discussions with the European Commission.

On completion of those considerations and discussions I will write to the hon. Member.

VAT: Fraud

Kelvin Hopkins: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what estimate he has made of the loss of revenue to the Treasury from VAT carousel fraud in each of the last 12 months; and what estimate he has made of the potential loss in 2006-07. [126243]

Dawn Primarolo: HMRC published annual estimates of the level of MTIC fraud alongside PBR 2006 in ‘Measuring Indirect Tax Losses—2006’, which is available from the House of Commons Library or from the HMRC website.

HMRC does not produce monthly estimates of revenue losses from carousel fraud and, as yet, no estimate has yet been produced for 2006-07, although operational indicators suggest that MTIC fraud activity has fallen sharply during the year.


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