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Angela Eagle: Budget 2007 stated (paragraph 3.149) that, in England, the local share of planning-gain supplement (PGS) would be paid directly to the local planning authority that granted the planning permission to which the PGS liability is attached. It added that the Government will consider whether special arrangements should be made where there exists a special purpose vehicle with planning powers (such as an urban development corporation) and for consents granted by county authorities.
To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what estimate he has made of the likely cost of administering planning-gain supplement for (a) HM
Revenue and Customs, (b) the Valuation Office Agency and (c) local authorities in the first 12 months after it comes into effect. 
Angela Eagle: The costs of administering the planning-gain supplement would be developed in the course of planning and carrying out preparatory work if the Government decide to introduce the planning-gain supplement. The PGS regime is being designed to be simple and cost-effective to administer and it is expected that the unit cost of collecting PGS would be similar to the unit costs of collecting other taxes administered by HMRC.
Angela Eagle: Details of the proposed allocation of PGS revenues to regions and local authorities were most recently set out in the Housing Green Paper "Homes for the future: more affordable, more sustainable", Chapter 5, page 54. Full details may also be found in Budget 2007, paragraphs 3.149 to 3.152 and (in respect of the devolved Administrations) in the 2006 pre-Budget report paragraph 3.124.
Mr. Rob Wilson: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how much was spent from the public purse on the Government's private finance initiative contracts in each of the last 10 years; and what proportion was for (a) hospitals, (b) schools, (c) road building, (d) housing and (e) other projects, broken down by category. 
Angela Eagle: The Treasury's PFI signed deals list provides unitary charge (UC) payment data, broken down by sector and with project details. This is available on the Treasury's public website at: http://www.hm-treasury.gov.uk/documents/public_private_ partnerships/ppp_pfi_stats.cfm
It should be noted that UC payments are projections which are conditional on project performance. UC payments cover not only the repayment of capital but also service provisions, inflation uplifts, and other project specific requirements such as refurbishments.
Andy Burnham: The Occupational Pension Schemes Survey (2006) published by the Office for National Statistics showed that there were around 1.1 million members in public sector schemes. These include active members, those whose pensions are in payment and those entitled to a deferred pension.
Public sector schemes include schemes for the civil service, the armed forces, teachers, employees of the
national health service and local authorities, police officers and firefighters as well as some other smaller schemes. Details of the survey can be found at:
Angela Eagle: Loans advanced by the Public Works Loan Board are made from funds provided under section 4(1) of the National Loans Act 1968. Amended by section 130 of the Finance Act 1990, this sets an existing limit of £55 billion (nominal) on the total loans outstanding to the board at any one time, but also contains a provision to alter the limit further to a sum not exceeding £70 billion (nominal).
Angela Eagle: The Local Government Act 2003 allows main (first and second tier) local authorities to set and keep under review their own borrowing limits. Minor (third tier) authorities in England require the specific delegated permission of the Secretary of State (Parish and Town Councils in England) or the Welsh Assembly Government (Community and Town Councils in Wales) to borrow.
As National Statistician, I have been asked to reply to your parliamentary question about the average amount of time worked each week by self-employed people in the United Kingdom. (152618)
The attached table gives the average usual weekly hours worked by self-employed people, for the three month period ending March 2007. These estimates have not been 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.
|Average usual weekly hours(1) of work of the self-employed: United Kingdom, not seasonally adjusted|
|Three months ending March 2007||Average usual hours( 1)|
|(1) Respondents to the LFS are asked to state the weekly hours they usually work. The figures in this table cover main jobs only and include paid and unpaid overtime.|
Estimated revenues for total stamp taxes in 2006-07 and projected revenues for total stamp taxes in 2007-08 were published in Table C8 of the Budget 2007 report. The breakdown between stamp taxes on land and property and stamp taxes on shares is as follows:
|Stamp taxes on land and property transactions|
Final figures for stamp duty land tax receipts for 2006-07, including a break down between residential and non-residential, together with national and sub-national breakdowns will be published in September 2007 for 2007-08 it will be published in September 2008.
To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will estimate (a) direct and (b) indirect taxes as a
percentage of gross income for all households by income decile; and if he will make a statement. 
As National Statistician, I have been asked to reply to your recent question asking the Chancellor of the Exchequer, if he will estimate (a) direct and (b) indirect taxes as a percentage of gross income for all households by income decile. (152710).
Estimates of household income and related taxes are provided in the ONS analysis 'The effects of taxes and benefits on household income'. The latest analysis for 2005/06 was published on the National Statistics website on 17th May 2007 at http://www.statistics.gov.uk/taxesbenefits. The analysis is based on data from the Expenditure and Food Survey, which is a sample survey covering approximately 7,000 households in the UK.
The table below shows the average direct and indirect tax paid by households in each income decile group as a percentage of gross household income. They have been calculated from the numbers appearing in Table 14 of the taxes and benefits analysis.
Gross income includes income from wages, occupational pensions, self-employment income, investment income, and income from state benefits, all before tax. Direct taxes include income tax, national insurance contributions and council tax. The indirect taxes include VAT, duties, and a number of smaller items such as television licences. Indirect taxes also include intermediate taxes - these are indirect taxes paid by companies which are deemed to be passed onto households through the prices they pay for goods and services. A more detailed breakdown showing each of the different taxes appears in the annual article.
Indirect taxes, when expressed as a proportion of gross income appears particularly high for the bottom income decile, although this result needs to be interpreted carefully. Estimates of indirect taxes are estimated based on household expenditure. It should be remembered that measured expenditure will not necessarily balance with measured income for the year. This is especially true for the bottom income decile where average measured income is significantly lower than average expenditure. For these households, indirect taxes (which reflect expenditure) are not being met solely from current income, and so indirect taxes are very high when expressed as a proportion of gross income.
There are a number of plausible reasons why for some households, expenditure might exceed income. Households with low incomes may draw on their savings or borrow in order to finance their expenditure. In addition, the lower decile in particular includes some groups, who have, or report, very little income (for example, self-employed people starting a business or someone who has just been made redundant). In these cases, expenditure is not being met from current income. Some types of receipts are not included as income in the EPS e.g. inheritance and severance payments. In some cases, the information given on expenditure is not consistent with that on income received because of timing differences.
|Taxes as a percentage of gross income, for all households by decile group, United Kingdom, 2005-06|
|Decile groups of all households( 1)|
1 Households are ranked by equivalised disposable income.
2 Includes VAT, Vehicle Excise duty and taxes on tobacco, alcohol and hydrocarbon oil.
3 Income tax and Employees' National contributions (Including tax relief at source on life assurance premiums).
4 Council tax and Northern Ireland rates after deducting
Dr. Cable: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what changes have been made to residence and domicile rules relating to taxation as a consequence of the review of such rules launched in Budget 2002; and if he will make a statement. 
Dr. Cable: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer (1) when the last estimate of the tax foregone in the UK as a consequence of the use of the remittance basis by those not domiciled in the UK was made; and if he will make a statement; 
(5) if he will estimate how much was paid in (a) income tax, (b) national insurance contributions, (c) capital gains tax, (d) VAT and (e) council tax, by non domiciled taxpayers in each of the last three years; 
(7) if he will estimate the cost of the £55,000 inheritance tax tax-free allowance for transfers of assets to a non-domiciled spouse in each of the last five years for which information is available; and if he will make a statement. 
1. No substantiated estimates have been made of the tax foregone in the UK as a consequence of the use of the remittance basis by those not domiciled in the UK, as individuals do not have to provide HM Revenue and Customs with information on overseas income and gains if this does not give rise to a tax liability in the UK. Work towards estimating tax foregone was carried out in 2003, but weakness in the supporting data made these unreliable and the exercise has not been repeated.
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