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Revenue and Customs: Stroud

Mr. Drew: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what the average number of people visiting the Stroud tax office for advice each week was in each year since 1997. [171016]

Jane Kennedy: The information requested is not available in the format requested. However it is possible to provide a weekly average for the number of callers to HMRC's Stroud inquiry centre for each year from 2003-04 to the end of October 2007 and this information is provided in the following table. The figures prior to 2003 are not available.

Stroud inquiry centre
Total callers Weekly average

2003-04

12,019

231

2004-05

10,850

209

2005-06

9,953

191

2006-07

6,869

132

2007-08(1)

3,407

114

(1 )30 weeks to end of October 2007.

Revenue and Customs: Telephone Services

Mr. Swire: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how much money HM Revenue and Customs generated from revenue sharing telephone numbers in the latest period for which figures are available. [171686]

Jane Kennedy: I refer the hon. Member to the answer given by my hon. Friend the Exchequer Secretary on 5 July 2007, Official Report, column 1183W.

Social Security Benefits: EC Nationals

Mr. Evans: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many non-British EU citizens are in receipt of (a) family benefit and (b) child tax credits in respect of children who are not domiciled in the UK. [171374]

Jane Kennedy: I refer the hon. Member to the answer I gave the hon. Member for South-West Bedfordshire (Andrew Selous) on 15 October 2007, Official Report, column 817W.

Taxation

Mr. Gauke: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what his policy is on whether changes to the tax system should be announced to Parliament first. [168531]

Jane Kennedy: The vast majority of changes to the tax system are announced to Parliament as part of the Budget and pre-Budget report process. To ensure tax
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policy remains sufficiently flexible and reactive, for example to respond effectively to tax avoidance, tax announcements may also be made outside of this process.

Taxation: Sports

Mr. Hancock: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer (1) if he will overturn the decision by HM Revenue and Customs not to treat pigeon racing as a sport for tax purposes; [171659]

(2) what factors HM Revenue and Customs took into account when determining whether pigeon racing should be treated as a sport for tax purposes; and if he will make a statement. [171678]

Jane Kennedy: HM Revenue and Customs are not the arbiters of whether pigeon racing should be treated as a sport and have made no determination as such for tax purposes.

Unemployment: Greater London

Mr. Randall: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many 16 to 24-year-olds were not in employment, education or training in (a) the Uxbridge constituency, (b) each London borough and (c) England in each year since 1997. [169974]

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

Letter from Karen Dunnell, dated 6 December 2007:


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Table 1: Persons aged 16 to 24 who are not in full-time education, employment or training: 12 months ending February 1999
Area Number (thousand) Percentage of all 16 to 24-year-olds

Uxbridge constituency

1

12

City of London

(1)

(1)

Barking and Dagenham

4

20

Barnet

4

13

Bexley

4

15

Brent

5

14

Bromley

4

16

Camden

3

14

Croydon

6

17

Ealing

5

19

Enfield

5

15

Greenwich

4

25

Hackney

8

35

Hammersmith and Fulham

3

14

Haringey

7

23

Harrow

2

10

Havering

3

11

Hillingdon

3

10

Hounslow

4

19

Islington

6

28

Kensington and Chelsea

4

24

Kingston upon Thames

2

11

Lambeth

5

17

Lewisham

4

19

Merton

1

9

Newham

12

35

Redbridge

4

17

Richmond upon Thames

2

15

Southwark

10

27

Sutton

2

10

Tower Hamlets

7

26

Waltham Forest

7

23

Wandsworth

3

10

Westminster

4

25

England

811

16

(1) Sample size too small to provide estimates.
Notes:
1. Estimates are subject to sampling variability.
2. Changes in the estimates over time should be treated with caution
Source:
Annual local area Labour Force Survey


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Table 2: Persons aged 16 to 24 who are not in full-time education, employment or training: 12 months ending February 2000
Area Number (thousand) Percentage of all 16 to 24-year-olds

Uxbridge constituency

(1)

(1)

City of London

(1)

(1)

Barking and Dagenham

4

18

Barnet

6

14

Bexley

5

21

Brent

8

18

Bromley

3

12

Camden

1

5

Croydon

4

14

Ealing

4

11

Enfield

5

15

Greenwich

4

21

Hackney

9

33

Hammersmith and Fulham

5

22

Haringey

6

19

Harrow

4

16

Havering

3

15

Hillingdon

3

13

Hounslow

2

9

Islington

5

25

Kensington and Chelsea

2

20

Kingston upon Thames

2

14

Lambeth

7

24

Lewisham

5

18

Merton

2

13

Newham

11

33

Redbridge

5

17

Richmond upon Thames

1

13

Southwark

7

22

Sutton

2

13

Tower Hamlets

6

19

Waltham Forest

4

16

Wandsworth

4

14

Westminster

3

17

England

792

15

(1) Sample size too small to provide estimates.
Notes:
1. Estimates are subject to sampling variability.
2.Changes in the estimates over time should be treated with caution.
Source:
Annual local area Labour Force Survey

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