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Tobacco: Price Elasticity

Mr. Lansley: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what recent assessment he has made of the price elasticity of demand for tobacco. [174769]

Angela Eagle: The latest assessment is in GES Working Paper 150 “The Demand for Tobacco Products in the UK” on the HMRC website.

Unpaid Taxes: Pensioners

Mr. Waterson: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many people over the age of 65 were issued bills for unpaid tax in each year since 1997. [175066]

Jane Kennedy: HM Revenue and Customs do not maintain details of unpaid tax for different age groups.

Voluntary Organisations: Finance

Mr. McGrady: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what discussions he plans to have with his ministerial counterparts in the devolved institutions in Great Britain and Northern Ireland on funding over the next three-year comprehensive spending review period for the voluntary and community sector, with particular reference to projects to improve disadvantaged areas judged to be at risk of social exclusion. [175567]

Andy Burnham: In devolved areas of policy, it is for the devolved Administrations to determine their own priorities and policies within their block budgets announced in the 2007 comprehensive spending review.

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Welfare Tax Credits: Overseas Residence

Mr. Clappison: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what assessment he has made of the likelihood of tax credit claimants not telling HM Revenue and Customs when they take up residence abroad; how many tax credit claims were found to be invalid because a claimant has gone abroad in the latest period for which figures are available; what research has been carried out into the effectiveness of checks to protect against wrong or fraudulent claims by workers
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who have gone abroad; and if he will make a statement. [172848]

Jane Kennedy: The information requested is not available.

HM Revenue and Customs has robust strategies in place for tackling non-compliance including a range of checks throughout the life of each claim. And it continually refines and develops its processes to ensure it can tackle those who seek to claim awards to which they are not entitled, and respond quickly when new compliance risks are identified.

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