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Mr. Francois: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what studies have been made of the feasibility of transferring HM Revenue and Customs criminal investigative function to the Serious Organised Crime Agency. 
Mark Williams: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what resources HM Revenue and Customs plans to allocate for making seizures of prohibited and restricted items at UK ports in each of the next five years. 
John Healey: Information is not available in the format requested as HM Revenue and Customs does not specifically allocate resources to making seizures of prohibited and restricted goods. HMRC resources allocated to anti-smuggling work are multi-functional and are deployed flexibly against priorities that are subject to change at any time.
Harry Cohen: To ask Chancellor of the Exchequer what recent assessment has been made of the appropriateness of tax breaks for (a) operations based on debt and (b) self-employment and sub-contracting which place those arrangements at an advantage over those for direct employment; and if he will make a statement. 
Ed Balls: The Government monitor all aspects of the tax system on an ongoing basis and policy changes were announced in the recent Budget. In addition, on 8 March I announced a review of the current tax deductibility rules applying to the use of shareholder debt where it replaces the equity element in highly leveraged deals in the light of market developments. The review aims to ensure that existing rules are working as intended, consistent with the Governments focus on ensuring that commercial decisions are taken on a level playing field, to maximise efficient working of the investment chain.
Ed Balls: There are no reliable estimates of the total tax gap. However, estimates of revenue losses in indirect taxes are available and are reported in 'Measuring Indirect Tax Losses - 2006', which is published alongside the PBR and can be found in the House of Commons Library.
These vehicles are therefore subject to band B CO2 emissions graduated Vehicle Excise Duty. In Budget 2007 the Chancellor built on Budget 2006 changes by further reducing this rate to £35 and freezing it until 2010-11.
"These vehicles are therefore subject to the Alternative Fuel Car band B CO2 emissions graduated Vehicle Excise Duty rate. In Budget 2007 the Chancellor built on Budget 2006 changes by further reducing this rate from £30 to £15 and freezing it until 2010-11.
Ed Balls: The total numbers of people to whom HM Revenue and Customs issued Late Filing Penalties in each of the last four years are as detailed in the following table. This information is not available prior to 2003-04.
Mr. Laurence Robertson: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what the rate of youth unemployment was in each of the last 10 years for which figures are available, broken down by region; what the unemployment rate was for all age groups in each region in each year; and if he will make a statement. 
As National Statistician, I have been asked to reply to your recent Parliamentary Question asking what has been the rate of youth unemployment in each of the last 10 years for which figures are available, broken down into regions and how these figures compare with the unemployment rate for all age groups. (133458)
For the purpose of this Parliamentary Question, we have taken youth to mean people aged 16-24 years. Estimates of unemployment rates for people aged 16 to 24 by region are not available. Table 1, attached, gives unemployment rates for people aged 16 to 24 for the United Kingdom, as well as unemployment rates for people 16 and over, broken down by region.
This information is for the 3 months ending December each year from 1997 to 2006 (estimates for 1998 and 2000 are not available). The data are not seasonally adjusted.
Estimates are taken from the Labour Force Survey (LFS). As with any sample survey, estimates from the LFS are subject to a margin of uncertainty.
|Table 1: unemployment rates( 1) by age and region of residence United Kingdom, not seasonally adjusted|
|16 to 24|
|Three months ending December each year||United Kingdom||United Kingdom||North e ast||North w est||Yorkshire and Humberside||East Midlands||West Midlands|
|16 and over|
|Three months ending December each year||East||London||South east||South w est||Wales||Scotland||Northern Ireland|
|(1) Total unemployed as a percentage of all economically active persons in the relevant age group.|
(2) Data not available
ONS labour Force Survey (LFS)
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