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Debts: Cornwall

Matthew Taylor: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what the level of personal debt incurred by people living in Cornwall was in each year since 1979. [156666]

Angela Eagle: HM Treasury does not hold data concerning the information requested.

Departments: Consultants

Mr. Hoban: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer which private consultancy firms (a) his Department and (b) agencies which report to his Department engaged in each of the last three years; which programmes or projects each firm worked on; and what the approximate cost to the Department or agency concerned was of each engagement. [155880]

Angela Eagle: The Treasury group’s spending on consultancy since 2001-02 is set out in table 7.4 on page 91 of the 2006-07 annual report and accounts, available from http://www.hm-treasury.gov.uk/about/departmental _reports/annual_report07.cfm. The further details requested could be provided only at disproportionate cost.

Departments: Official Cars

Mr. Heald: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what visits he has made involving a mix of political and official engagements where Government Car Service vehicles were used in 2007; and whether the Government was reimbursed a proportion of the cost in each case. [142600]

Angela Eagle: All travel is undertaken in accordance with Travel by Ministers and the Ministerial Code, copies of which are available in the House Library.

Departments: Public Bodies

Mr. Letwin: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will list his Department’s (a) executive agencies, (b) executive non-departmental public bodies (NDPBs), (c) advisory NDPBs, (d) tribunal NDPBs, (e) trading funds and (f) public corporations for each financial year since 2005-06. [156678]

Angela Eagle: In the financial year 2006-07, the Treasury had one Executive agency, the Debt Management Office and two NDPBs, the Public Services Productivity Panel, and the Statistics Commission. The abolition of the PSPP was announced in the 2006 pre-Budget report. The Statistics Commission will be replaced by a new Statistics Board, independent of the Treasury, under the Statistics Bill.

The Office of Government Commerce, part of the HM Treasury Group, has one trading fund, OGCbuying.solutions.


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Departments: Publicity

Mr. Hoban: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what his Department’s projected spending is on advertising and promotional campaigns for (a) 2007-08 and (b) 2008-09, broken down by cost relating to (i) television, (ii) radio and (iii) print media. [155897]

Angela Eagle: The only form of advertising spending planned by the Treasury for 2007-08 is recruitment advertising, in print and electronic media. The Treasury’s budget for recruitment costs (including other costs besides recruitment advertising) for 2007-08 is £116,000. Line by line budgets for 2008-09 have not yet been set.

Disabled

Mr. Hepburn: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many people were registered as disabled in (a) Jarrow constituency, (b) South Tyneside, (c) the North East and (d) the UK in each year since 1997; and how many of those registered were in employment in each case. [156714]


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Angela Eagle: The information requested falls within the responsibility of the National Statistician who has been asked to reply.

Letter from Karen Dunnell, dated October 2007:

Disabled( 1) people of working age( 2) in employment in the Jarrow parliamentary constituency, South Tyneside, the North East region and the United Kingdom
Thousand
Jarrow South Tyneside
All disabled( 1) In employment All disabled( 1) In employment
12 months ending Level Level Rate( 3 ) (%) Level Level Rate( 3) (%)

February 1999

11

3

27

19

3

18

February 2000

13

4

34

20

7

34

February 2001

11

5

41

20

7

34

February 2002

11

4

40

19

7

36

February 2003

11

5

44

21

8

37

February 2004

12

5

38

22

8

37

March 2005

12

5

39

22

9

41

March 2006

11

4

40

21

8

36

Marsh 2007

10

4

35

21

8

36


Thousand
North East United Kingdom
All disabled( 1) In employment All disabled( 1) In employment
12 months ending Level Level Rate ( 3) (%) Level Level Rate( 3) (%)

February 1999

356

123

35

6,219

2,724

44

February 2000

357

124

35

6,471

2,952

46

February 2001

334

118

35

6,718

3,110

46

February 2002

348

125

36

6,747

3,157

47

February 2003

351

132

38

6,817

3,234

47

February 2004

361

143

39

6,879

3,284

4S

March 2005

358

147

41

6,853

3,358

49

March 2006

353

147

42

6,838

3,374

49

Marsh 2007

359

161

45

6,809

3,352

49

(1) Includes DDA (Disability Discrimination Act) and working-limiting disabled. (2) Includes men aged 16 to 64 and women age 16 to 59. (3) Disabled people in employment of working-age as a percentage of all disabled people. Note: 1. Estimates are subject to sampling variability. 2. Changes in the estimates over time should be treated with particular caution. Source: Annual local area Labour Force Survey; Annual Population survey.

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Domicile: Taxation

Dr. Cable: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer (1) how many investigations his Department instigated into claimants of non-domicile tax status in the last 12 months for which information is available; and if he will make statement; [153860]

(2) how many investigations instigated by his Department into claimants of non-domicile tax status resulted in claimants being (a) fined and (b) imprisoned for wrongfully claiming non-domicile status in the last year for which information is available; and if he will make a statement; [153861]

(3) how many people (a) successfully and (b) unsuccessfully applied for non-domicile tax status in each year since 1997; and if he will make a statement; [153864]

(4) how many investigations were undertaken into the income and assets held overseas by non-domiciled UK taxpayers in the last year for which information is available; and if he will make a statement; [153936]

(5) what estimate his Department has made of the number of people claiming non-domicile tax status in each of the last 12 months; and if he will make a statement. [153937]

Jane Kennedy: Information on investigations relating to and applications for non-domicile status are not held centrally and could be collated only at disproportionate cost.

Claims for non-domicile status are not all processed separately from the overall tax assessment and are, therefore, not recorded separately. However, HMRC does know the number of taxpayers who have indicated non-domicile status through self-assessment. The following table shows the number of taxpayers who have done so through the SA return over the past 10 years. These figures cannot be broken down by month.

Tax year Number of non-domicile claims

1996-97

68,000

1997-98

83,000

1998-99

91,000

1999-2000

98,000

2000-01

106,000

2001-02

111,000

2002-03

110,000

2003-04

111,000

2004-05

115,000

2005-06

114,000


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