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It is not possible to apportion other tax receipts between business taxpayers and others, or between business taxpayers of different sizes. This is due to a number of taxes (for example fuel duty) being paid by both businesses and individuals, and because markets adjust to shift the incidence of taxation throughout the economy.
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To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many manual tax credit payments have been made since April 2003; how many claimants have received
such payments; and what proportion of all (a) payments and (b) claimants these represent. 
Dawn Primarolo: Around 1.6 million tax credits payments were made manually from April 2003 to January 2007 inclusive. This represents around one quarter of one per cent. of all payments made since April 2003. Information is not available on the number of claimants who have received manual payments in the same period.
Jim Cousins: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer (1) what checks are made on claims for child tax credit by citizens of (a) Poland, (b) Slovakia, (c) Lithuania, (d) Estonia and (e) Latvia resident in the UK; 
Dawn Primarolo [holding answer 20 March 2007]: The detailed breakdown requested could be provided only at disproportionate cost. However, the last Accession monitoring report, published on 27 February 2007 on the Home Office immigration and nationality directorate's website, http://www.ind.homeoffice.gov.uk/aboutus/reports/accession_monitoring_report, provides detailed information including the total number of workers from the new member states of the EU who have made a claim for child benefit and tax credits.
All claims for tax credits and child benefit are subject to a wide range of checks throughout the life of each claim. It would be inappropriate to disclose a complete list of checks as to do so may provide assistance to those attempting to defraud the system.
Mr. Laws: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many service credits he has made Capgemini liable for in each month since they took over the tax credit IT system; what the value is of these credits; and how many hours of online service disruption there have been to the system. 
Dawn Primarolo: Under the terms of the Aspire contract, service credits are administered on a quarterly basis. The Aspire contract is the contract by which information technology is provided to the Inland Revenue and its successor department, HMRC.
Capgemini assumed responsibility for the management of the Aspire contract in June 2004. The
following table shows all service credits and their value since Capgemini took over the contract.
The amounts represent a very small proportion of the annual cost of the Aspire contract and are commensurate with the low-level technological problems that are typically experienced in a service delivery of this size, complexity and value.
The Aspire service credit figures are proportionately larger than Capgemini experience in their other outsourcing work in the UK, reflecting the tougher contractual conditions in a second generation outsourcing contract.
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Since Capgemini took over the tax credit IT system in June 2004 there have been 18 hours and 30 minutes of unscheduled online service disruption against a contracted time of 13,962 hours and 30 minutes. This represents 0.1 per cent. of unscheduled online service disruption. Of these 18 hours and 30 minutes, 15 hours and 45 minutes fell in the first year. In calendar year 2006 no hours were lost.
Dawn Primarolo: Capgemini assumed responsibility for the management of the Aspire contract in June 2004. The Aspire contract is the contract by which information technology is provided to the Inland Revenue and its successor department, HMRC.
Mr. Godsiff: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many legal actions were instigated against tax credit claimants in respect of overpayments in each month of the last two years for which figures are available; and in how many cases in each month the claimant was continuing to dispute the claim. 
Before instigating legal proceedings HMRC make a number of attempts (by telephone and a personal visit) to contact the customer. They also check to see if there is any existing dispute about the overpayment before commencing legal action. Where the issue of a court summons produces a defence claiming that the overpayment is in dispute proceedings are suspended until the claim is resolved.
Mr. Gauke: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer (1) what assessment he has made of the contribution of official error in determining the level of write-offs of disputed overpayments of tax credits in 2005-06 and 2006-07; 
Mr. Frank Field: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many tax credit claimants have disputed their payment on the grounds that their identity has been stolen and a fraudulent claim has been made on their behalf. 
Dawn Primarolo [holding answer 19 March 2007]: The information requested is not available but where a customer does contact HMRC to report possible abuse this is acted upon by the Department to stop any incorrect payments and prevent any further distress to the genuine claimant by correcting the claim as quickly as possible.