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Top 20 consultancy suppliers by spend—HMRC, 2005-06

Top 20 consultancy suppliers by spend—HMRC, April 2006 to January 2007


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HM Revenue and Customs: Flights

Mr. Crabb: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what total expenditure on flights by HM Revenue and Customs managers was with (a) British Airways and (b) BMI in each of the last two years. [112009]

Dawn Primarolo: Information relating to flights by HMRC managers cannot be disaggregated from the overall cost of flights booked through HMRC’s official travel contractors.

International Monetary Fund

Mr. Iain Wright: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what assessment he has made of the Public Information Notice produced following the International Monetary Fund’s Article IV consultation with the United Kingdom; and if he will make a statement. [127306]

Ed Balls: The UK Government strongly supports the IMF surveillance programme, and welcomes scrutiny of UK economic and financial policy.

The Public Information Notice, published alongside the Article IV Report, concluded that “macro-economic performance in the UK remains impressive”. The Treasury will publish an updated assessment of economic and fiscal developments in the 2007 Budget on 21 March.

Leeds Castle Group

Mr. Francois: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what the total cost has been since 2006 of attendance at the meetings of the Leeds Castle Group. [126818]

Dawn Primarolo: The combined cost to Her Majesty’s Revenue and Customs of hosting the inaugural meeting of the Leeds Castle Group in January 2006 and attending the meeting hosted by Canada in January 2007 was £37,038.

Marginal Tax Rates

Mr. Laws: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will publish a table on the lines of Table 4.2 of the Pre-Budget Report showing the number of households facing Marginal Deduction Rates of (a) 68 per cent. and over, (b) 70 per cent. and over, (c) 80 per cent. and over, (d) 90 per cent. and over and (e) 100 per cent. and over using the same assumptions as in Table 4.2. [126834]


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John Healey: Estimates of the numbers of families facing different marginal deduction rates will continue to be published in pre-Budget and Budget reports.

Michael Ellam

Mr. Francois: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what role Michael Ellam plays on the Treasury Board; and what day-to-day responsibilities he has. [126872]

John Healey: The role of the Treasury board is set out on the Treasury website at:

On day-to-day responsibilities, I refer the hon. Gentleman to the answer I gave on 18 October 2006, Official Report, column 1253W.

National Trust

Robert Key: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer when he last met the Director-General of the National Trust; and what was discussed. [119123]

John Healey: Treasury Ministers and officials have meetings with a wide variety 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.

Personal Equity Plans

Mr. Francois: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer whether he intends to undertake a regulatory impact assessment prior to the merger of Personal Equity Plans (PEPs) and Individual Savings Accounts (ISAs) in April 2008; and whether he has estimated likely changes to tax revenues resulting from the taxation of un-invested cash in PEPs after their conversion into ISAs. [127462]

Ed Balls: A partial regulatory impact assessment of a package of reforms to the ISA regime, including the proposal to bring PEPs within the ISA wrapper, was published in December 2006. The Government intend to publish a full regulatory impact assessment of this package of reforms when the implementing legislation is laid in the summer. It is estimated that the application of the ISA treatment to interest earned on all un-invested cash held in former PEPs will have only a negligible effect on revenues.

Smuggling: Tobacco

Mr. Paul Goodman: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what targets his Department has set in relation to tobacco smuggling. [127682]

John Healey [holding answer 14 March 2007]: The Department's targets in relation to tobacco smuggling are set out in the HMRC Annual Report 2005-06.

Mr. Paul Goodman: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how much (a) smuggled tobacco produce
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and (b) counterfeit tobacco produce was seized in each year since 2001; and if he will make a statement. [127683]

John Healey: The amount of seized tobacco produce can be found in HMRC's Annual Reports

Taxation: Overpayments

Mr. Walker: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what estimate he has made of the amount of Schedule E tax which was overpaid in each financial year since April 2000. [127437]

Dawn Primarolo: HM Revenue and Customs does not hold this information

Unpaid Taxes

Mr. Walker: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what estimate he has made of the amount of unpaid (a) Schedule D tax and (b) Capital Gains tax in each year since April 2000. [127438]

Dawn Primarolo: There are no reliable estimates for the amount of unpaid (a) Schedule D tax and (b) Capital Gains tax in each year since April 2000.

Welfare Tax Credits

Mr. Frank Field: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many people have moved into work from each New Deal programme and claimed tax credit; and what the average annual tax credit payment is to a person in each group. [127529]

Dawn Primarolo: The estimated number of in-work families benefiting from the 50+ element of the working tax credit, in 2004-05, is published in table 2.1 of the HMRC publication “Child and Working Tax Credit Statistics. Finalised Annual Awards, 2004-05”, which is available on the HMRC website at: http://www.hmrc.gov.uk/stats/personal-tax-credits/cwtc-quarterly-stats.htm. The average annual tax credit entitlement for each family in this group is around £4,000.

Information regarding other new deal programmes is not available.

Written Questions

Robert Key: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer when he expects to answer question 119123, on the National Trust, tabled by the hon. Member for Salisbury on 1 February 2007. [126894]

John Healey: I have done so.

International Development

Africa: Sexual Offences

James Duddridge: To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what recent representations he has received on sexual abuse of child refugees in the Great Lakes region of Africa; and if he will make a statement. [127681]


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Hilary Benn: World Vision published on 27 February 2007 a detailed report on the sexual abuse of children in refugee and internally displaced persons camps in the Great Lakes region, which DFID is studying carefully. We have also had representations on the vulnerability of children in war zones in the Great Lakes, most recently from War Child and through the All Party Parliamentary Group on the Great Lakes.

We recognise this is a very serious issue and welcome the focus these organisations bring to it. We continue to work closely with civil society groups, established churches and Governments in the region to address the issue as a matter of urgency.

European Development Fund

Tony Baldry: To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what conditions the European Development Fund places on donor recipients; and what conditions his Department places on the same recipients through bilateral agreements with those countries. [126838]

Mr. Thomas: The European Development Fund (EDF) is subject to conditions at different levels, including those of a political and technical nature. At the political level, the EU-ACP Cotonou Agreement identifies a number of “essential” (human rights, democracy and the rule of law) and “fundamental” (governance) elements. A breach of the principles underpinning these elements can lead to consultations between the EU and the ACP state concerned and the imposition of measures aimed at remedying the breach. These measures must be proportional but may, as a last resort, evoke a suspension of community aid.

DFID's bilateral relationships with partner countries, including those funded by the EDF, are covered by the UK policy paper “Partnerships for poverty reduction: rethinking conditionally”. This was published jointly by DFID, Foreign and Commonwealth Office and HM Treasury in March 2005. The UK believes that an effective aid partnership is based on a shared commitment to poverty reduction, human rights and strong financial management. These are similar to those essential and fundamental elements outlined in the aforementioned paragraph. We may interrupt or stop aid if a partner Government breaches these commitments. Any conditions we use will relate to these three commitments and be drawn from our partner's own policies and plans, wherever possible.

Tony Baldry: To ask the Secretary of State for International Development when he expects the UK to ratify the 10th European Development Fund; and by when he expects all member states to have ratified the Fund. [126839]

Mr. Thomas: The Government will lay the necessary documentation before Parliament within the next few weeks. We hope it will be possible to complete ratification before the summer recess.

Other member states have indicated that they expect to conclude ratification within the agreed deadline of the end of 2007.


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Environment, Food and Rural Affairs

Abandoned Vehicles

Mr. Burstow: To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what estimate the Department has made of the number of abandoned vehicles in each month of the last five years, broken down by (a) region and (b) local authority area. [121008]

Mr. Bradshaw: Data on the number of abandoned vehicles removed and destroyed by local authorities are collected from each authority on an annual basis only; a breakdown by month is not available.

The data requested, by region, is set out in the table:

Number of abandoned vehicles reported
Thousand
2001-02 2002-03 2003-04 2004-05 2005-06

North East

3.2

6.7

6.8

4.0

3.8

North West

10.6

13.8

13.3

10.4

9.1

Yorkshire and Humberside

12.7

15.4

14.0

10.4

8.4

East Midlands

16.9

19.3

15.5

9.9

6.8

West Midlands

13.1

16.1

13.4

8.9

8.6

East

42.2

44.9

35.3

19.6

16.3

London

104.5

94.5

59.6

49.5

43.6

South East

57.5

53.4

42.3

24.4

19.8

South West

23.7

27.7

21.0

13.2

9.8

England

284.4

291.7

221.1

150.2

126.1

Note:
Totals may not add due to rounding

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