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Stamp Duties: Hampshire

Mr. Hancock: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how much stamp duty was collected arising from sales of Hampshire properties in each year since 1997 in (a) cash and (b) real terms. [158815]

Kitty Ussher: Estimates of the stamp duty land tax yield at county level are not available for years prior to 2005-06. Figures for 2005-06 and 2006-07 are provided in the following tables from the HMRC website:



Taxation: Domicile

Mr. Spring: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer (1) how many people are registered as non-domiciled for tax purposes; how many of them are (a) resident, (b) ordinarily resident and (c) non-resident; and what (i) UK and (ii) foreign income was declared by each group in the most recent year for which figures are available; [155851]

(2) when he expects figures for the number of individuals indicating non-domicile tax status through their self-assessment returns in 2005-06 to be available. [155853]

Jane Kennedy: The last full year's data relate to 2004-05, in which there were 115,000 non-domiciles. HMRC's live systems show the latest figure (as at August 2007) for 2005-06 is 114,000 non-domiciles however HMRC expect more returns to be processed. Data on incomes are only available annually—the annual data (as at April 2007) for 2005-06 showed the following:

Non-domiciles Not-ordinarily residents

Number of individuals



Total declared UK taxable income, of which:



remitted foreign income (£ billion)



Reported non-taxable unremitted foreign employment income (£ billion)



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Taxation: Pensioners

Dr. Cable: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many pensioners will experience a higher marginal deduction rate as a result of the changes announced in the 2007 Budget. [143315]

Jane Kennedy: Budget 2007 reforms to personal taxation included increases to higher personal allowances for those aged 65 and over by £1,180 above indexation in April 2008, removing around 600,000 pensioners from paying tax, and ensuring that around 95 per cent. of pensioner households either gain or are unaffected by the reforms overall. Pensioner households are on average £1,450 a year better off in real terms since 1997.

We estimate that marginal deduction rates will fall for around 2.8 million pensioner heads of household in 2009-10 as a result of the reforms, and that they may rise for around 600,000 pensioner heads of household, in most cases reflecting changes in marginal rates of income tax. Not all of those with higher marginal deduction rates will be worse off as allowances have risen.

These estimates reflect today’s pensioner population, projected tax and benefit parameters in 2009-10.

Unpaid Taxes

Mr. Philip Hammond: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what estimate he has made of the (a) amount of uncollected tax that was written off by HM Revenue and Customs in each year since 1997 and (b) the proportion of uncollected tax written off in each year which was due to taxpayer insolvency. [159018]

Jane Kennedy: Details of revenue losses including tax written off by Her Majesty’s Revenue and Customs (HMRC) is published annually in the departmental accounts and are available on the departmental website. The information on the proportion of tax written off by HMRC and its legacy Departments attributable to taxpayer insolvency from 1997 can be provided only at disproportionate cost.

Valuation Office

Mr. Pickles: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will place in the Library a copy of the presentation and handout produced by representatives of the Valuation Office Agency at the workshop on automated valuation models of real estate for cadastral purposes organised by the Permanent Committee on the Cadastre in the European Union held at Santiago de Compostela, Spain, in October 2006. [158060]

Jane Kennedy: A copy of the presentation has been placed in the Library. No handouts were issued.

Mr. Pickles: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer (1) if he will place in the Library a copy of the final report of the Gateway Review by the Valuation and Lands Agency for the Computer Assisted Mass Appraisal Implementation Project and the Public Interface Project; [158062]

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(2) what estimate his Department has made of the net revenue generated from domestic rates, including district and regional rates, in Northern Ireland in (a) 2006-07 and (b) 2007-08; [158068]

(3) how much revenue was generated from domestic rates in Northern Ireland in each year since 1997-98. [158069]

Angela Eagle: These are matters for the Northern Ireland Statistics and Research Agency, an agency within the Northern Ireland Department of Finance and Personnel.

Mr. Pickles: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what work is being carried out by the Valuation Office Agency into the merits of acquiring a geographic information system. [158064]

Jane Kennedy: The Valuation Office Agency is considering the merits of procuring a geographic information system and commissioned its IT partner, Aspire, to prepare a design proposal.

Mr. Pickles: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer pursuant to the answer to the hon. Member for North-East Bedfordshire (Alistair Burt) of 24 July 2007, Official Report, column 1018W, on the Valuation Office Agency, what the purpose was of the visit to Japan by the Valuation Office Agency. [158285]

Jane Kennedy: The International Property Tax Institute (IPTI) was invited to meet with officials in Japan to discuss their local property tax system and a member of the VOA attended that meeting in his capacity as a member of the IPTI Advisory Board. IPTI met all the costs involved.

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Mr. Pickles: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer on what date the Valuation Office Agency’s Council Tax Toolkit was last updated. [158412]

Jane Kennedy: The Council Tax Toolkit is a live set of training modules on the Valuation Office Agency’s intranet, which are continually being updated.

Mr. Pickles: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what use the Valuation Office Agency makes of unique property reference numbers. [158416]

Jane Kennedy: The VOA uses unique property reference numbers to distinguish individual property records.

Valuation Office: Contracts

Mr. Pickles: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many invitations to tender (a) the Valuation Office Agency and (b) HM Revenue and Customs has issued since January 2003; and for what purpose in each case. [158404]

Jane Kennedy: VOA have not directly placed any Invitations to Tender in the OJEU (Official Journal of the European Union) since January 2003.

The following is a list of contracts advertised through OJEU—a total of 76 Invitations to Tender (ITTs) were issued since January 2003. As HM Revenue and Customs was formed on 18 April 2005 following the merger of HM Customs and Excise (HM C and E) and Inland Revenue (IR), information for years prior to the merger are shown for the respective departments.

The list excludes any contracts awarded through Government-wide Framework Agreements and collaborative tenders where HMRC are not the contracting authority.

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Invitation to tender


HM C and E: Records Management

February 2003

HM C and E: Baggage X-Ray Machines

March 2003

HM C and E: Provision of Legal Services in Scotland

May 2003

IR: Electronic Completion of Income Tax Assessment

August 2003

HM C and E: Forensic Examination of Telephone Equipment

July 2003

HM C and E: Business Advice Day Sponsorship

July 2003

HM C and E: Payroll Management Services

August 2003

HM C and E: Security Transport Services

October 2003

HM C and E: Civil Recovery of Debt Services

October 2003

IR: Collection, Transportation and Disposal of Products of Animal Origin

November 2003

HM C and E: Haulage, Storage and Disposal of Seized Fuel Products, Chemicals

November 2003

HM C and E: Economics and Commercial Awareness Training

December 2003

HM C and E: Narcotics and Explosives Trace Detectors


IR: Print, Mailing and Print Management


Training Services


IR: Vehicle Hire Car and Van Rental


IR: ASPIRE IT Services


IR: Fleet Management

January 2004

IR: Employers Orderline and Mailings

January 2004

HM C and E: Tax Stamps

February 2004

IR: Medals and Insignia

February 2004

HM C and E: Office Furniture Contract

April 2004

HM C and E: Collection, Transportation and Disposal of Products of Animal Origin and Plant Based Goods

April 2004

HM C and E: Vehicle Conversion for Road Fuel Testing

April 2004

IR: Sortation of Incoming and Outgoing Post

May 2004

HM C and E: Security Printing

June 2004

IR: Collection and Delivery of International Mail

June 2004

HM C and E: Provision of Work Wear, Personal Protective Equipment and H and S Clothing

July 2004

HM C and E: Illicit Drugs Detection System

July 2004

HM C and E: Courtroom Skills Training

August 2004

IR: Electronic Self-Assessment Filing Partnerships

October 2004

HM C and E: Airside Vehicle Management

October 2004

IR: Supply and Maintenance of Post Room Machinery, Equipment, Furniture

October 2004

IR: Distribution of Government Publications

November 2004

HM C and E: Design and Delivery of Taxation Training

December 2004

HM C and E: Static X-Ray Machines

December 2004

HM C and E: Mobile X-Ray Units


Sprint: IT Hardware and Software


IS Consultancy


Delivery and Management of Business Link


Detection Equipment


Eyesight Testing


Satellite Communication

March 2005

HM C and E: Production and Distribution of Duty Stamps

April 2005

Provision of Radiation Protection Advice Services

June 2005

Supply of Relocatable Scanners to HM Revenue and Customs

July 2005

Government Banking Project

July 2005

Audit Professionalism Training

August 2005

Supply of Radio Batteries

October 2005

Scientific Referrals

November 2005

Bulk Scanning Services


Medical Assistance for Staff Travelling Abroad


IT Consumables


Mobile Telephone and SMS Contract


Occupational Health and Screening Services

April 2006

Secure Collection and Transportation of High Value/High Risk Items

April 2006

Vehicle Lease Contract Hire

May 2006

Vehicle Disposal

August 2006

Specialist Consultancy Framework

August 2006

Press Cuttings and Media Services

October 2006

Specialist Coaching and Development Framework

November 2006

Professional Role Player Framework

November 2006

Remedial Works to Bradford Contact Centre

January 2007

Castle Meadow Office Support Services Contract

May 2007

Law Costs Draftsmen Framework Agreement

June 2007

Radio Communications Solution

June 2007

Managed Services for Residential Staff Training Facility

June 2007

Detection Equipment

August 2007

Information Technology Services: Import and Export Processing

August 2007

Disposal of Office Furniture, Office Machines and Sundry Office Equipment

July 2007

Records Management Service

August 2007

Emergency Medical Responder Training

August 2007

Customer Insight Framework

August 2007

Recruitment and Related Services

August 2007

Firearms and Explosives Safety Awareness Training

September 2007

Bathgate AC Remedial Works Contract (Estates)

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