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The percentage of people with National Insurance numbers who make a contribution in any year is not available.

Northern Rock

Mr. Fallon: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer whether the guarantee announced for deposits in Northern Rock covers unlimited new deposits into existing accounts; and for how long it is expected to continue. [155740]

Mr. Darling: On 17 September I announced that, should it be necessary, the Government, with the Bank of England, would put in place arrangements that would guarantee all the existing deposits in Northern Rock Plc. These arrangements would continue during the current instability in the financial markets.

The Government have today announced that these arrangements will be extended to cover all new retail deposits in Northern Rock Plc. The arrangements will cover all retail deposits taken since 19 September. Northern Rock Plc will pay an appropriate fee for the extension of the arrangements, which is designed to ensure that the company does not receive a commercial advantage.

Office for National Statistics: Directories

Mr. Letwin: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will place in the Library a copy of the latest version of the National Statistics Postcode Directory. [156003]

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

Letter from Karen Dunnell, dated 9 October 2007:


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Personal Income

Matthew Taylor: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what the average (a) annual incomes and (b) annual gross disposable household incomes were in (i) each parliamentary constituency in Cornwall, (ii) the South West, (iii) England and (iv) the UK in 2006. [156664]

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

Letter from Karen Dunnell, dated 9 October 2007:

Smuggling: Boats

John McDonnell: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many uncanalised yacht and pleasure craft are estimated to have entered the UK in each year since 2003; and how many interventions or challenges have been made on yacht and pleasure craft by HM Revenue and Customs or other UK authorities since 2003. [156028]

Angela Eagle: HM Revenue and Customs have not made any estimate of the number of yacht and pleasure craft arrivals to the UK.

We do not record centrally the number of challenges made on such craft.

Mr. Hancock: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what border controls HM Revenue and Customs exercise on (a) uncanalised yachts and (b) pleasure craft traffic, (i) entering and (ii) leaving the UK; and how many seizures of articles subject to an import prohibition have been made by HM Revenue and Customs in each year since 2003, broken down by category of item; and if he will make a statement. [156377]

Jane Kennedy: HM Revenue and Customs challenge, board and search yachts and pleasure craft on an intelligence-led basis. We do not centrally record seizures from such craft separately from other modes of transport.

National seizure figures are available in the HM Revenue and Customs Annual Report.


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Mr. Hancock: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what (a) records and (b) estimates have been made of the number of uncanalised yacht and pleasure craft entering the UK each year since 2003; and how many challenges have been made in respect of such craft by HM Revenue and Customs or other UK authority since 2003. [156608]

Angela Eagle: HM Revenue and Customs have not made any estimate of the number of yacht and pleasure craft arrivals to the UK. No record is kept of the number of such vessels entering the UK.

We do not record centrally the number of challenges made on such craft.

Tax Yields: Cornwall

Matthew Taylor: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how much money was received into the public purse from people in Cornwall by (a) Pay As You Earn, (b) national insurance, (c) VAT, (d) corporation tax and (e) road tax in each year since 1979. [156665]

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

Letter from Karen Dunnell, dated 9 October 2007:

Table A: Taxes generated per annum millions( 1,2)
Cornwall and Isles of Scilly( 3)

1995

549

1996

518

1997

523

1998

608

1999

627

2000

673

2001

717

2002

729

2003

764

2004

841

2005

909

(1) These data are at current prices. They are not deflated to account for increases in prices over time. Regional data are not available on a constant price (deflated) basis.
(2) These estimates are taken from the most recent release of regional GDHI data, published in March 2007.
(3 )Data are presented for Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly combined. These data cannot be disaggregated into the two constituent areas.

Taxation: Gambling

Mr. Don Foster: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer (1) what assumptions his Department has made regarding the behavioural changes necessary in
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order for receipts from remote gaming duty to equal those anticipated in the 2007 Financial Statement and Budget Report; [156521]

(2) how much revenue he expects to receive from remote gaming duty in each of the next five years. [156522]

Angela Eagle: Receipts from Remote Gaming Duty were forecast on the basis that existing Remote Gaming providers are located in tax havens and would not choose to relocate in Great Britain under any rate of taxation. Even at 0 per cent. Remote Gaming Duty, we expected the presence of irrecoverable VAT alone to prevent these companies choosing to relocate in Great Britain.

Revenue estimates of the Budget changes to gambling taxation were published in the 2007 Financial Statement and Budget Report.

Taxation: National Lottery

Jenny Willott: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how much the Treasury has raised in duty from the sale of National Lottery tickets in each year since the Lottery was established; and if he will make a statement. [156264]

Angela Eagle: Revenues from gambling taxes are published in the HM Revenue and Customs Betting, Gaming and Lottery Duties Statistical Factsheet, available at http://www.uktradeinfo.com/index.cfm? task=facbetting

Taxation: Pensioners

Chris Grayling: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what assessment he has made of the likely impact of the tax changes announced in the 2007 budget due to be implemented in 2008 on a woman pensioner aged between 60 and 65; and if he will make a statement. [156453]

Kitty Ussher: Tax changes announced in Budget 2007 were part of a package of reforms to support work, families and pensioners. The exact impact of the reforms on individuals including women pensioners aged between 60 and 64 will depend both on their own incomes, and also the circumstances of the household in which they live, for example the income and age of any partner, and family eligibility for tax credits and benefits.

Unemployment: Young People

Mr. Clappison: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many 18 to 24-year-olds were not in full-time education, employment or training in each (a) local authority area and (b) parliamentary constituency in the latest period for which figures are available; and what proportion of the population of 18 to 24-year-olds this represented in each case. [155992]

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


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Letter from Colin Mowl, dated 9 October 2007:

Valuation Office Agency: ICT

Grant Shapps: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer for what purpose the Valuation Office Agency joined PISCES; on what date; and at what cost. [156598]

Jane Kennedy: In January 2006 the VGA joined PISCES (Property Information System Common Exchange Standards) to enable it to contribute to the development of common standards for the holding—and where authorised—transfer of information relating to commercial properties. Executive membership costs £10,000 plus VAT per year.

VAT: Helmets

Mr. Lancaster: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer for what reasons VAT is charged on child cycling helmets. [155636]

Jane Kennedy: VAT is not chargeable on any pedal cycle helmet which satisfies the requirements of the Personal Protective Equipment Directive (Directive 89/686/EEC).

Welfare Tax Credits

Joan Walley: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what advice is given to claimants when there is a significant delay in amending a claimant's award notice following a change in their circumstances to enable them to calculate their tax credit entitlement when payments continue. [155749]

Jane Kennedy: Tax credits award notices and accompanying guidance notes, together with the guidance notes that accompany claim forms, all explain that changes in income can affect entitlement and encourage claimants to tell HM Revenue and Customs as soon as their income changes. Where a customer has
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not received a new award notice following a change in their circumstances, they can ring the Tax Credits Helpline and ask for a recalculation of their award using the new information.

Mr. MacNeil: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how much his Department paid through the tax credit system to clients as compensation in lieu of any bank charges incurred on their personal accounts while involved with the tax credit system in the last 12 month period for which figures are available. [156294]

Jane Kennedy: The circumstances in which HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) will make compensation payments to its customers are explained in the Department's fact sheet, "Complaints and Putting Things Right", which is available at www.hmrc.gov.uk

HMRC does not separately record the value of payments made to reimburse customers' bank charges.

Welfare Tax Credits: Appeals

Mike Wood: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what process is followed by HM Revenue and Customs when dealing with appeals against the decisions they make in calculating child and working tax credit entitlement. [155973]

Jane Kennedy: HM Revenue and Customs’ guidance for dealing with appeals in relation to tax credits decisions can be found in the Tax Credits Manual which is available on their website at:


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