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|Table 2: Average weekly household income 2004-05( 1)|
|£ per week|
|Net weekly equivalised household income (before housing costs)( 2)||Net weekly equivalised household income (after housing costs)( 2)|
|(1) Figures rounded to the nearest 10.|
(2) Housing costs include rent (gross of housing benefit), water charges, mortgage interest payments, structural insurance and ground rent and service charges.
(3) Based on a population weighted average of medium layer super output areas.
ONS, Department for Work and Pensions.
Adam Afriyie: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what the value was of research and development (R and D) tax credits paid to (a) small and medium sized enterprises and (b) larger companies in each year since the R and D tax credit was introduced. 
Mr. Philip Hammond: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what steps HM Revenue and Customs takes to inform private courier firms of the sensitivity of the contents of packages it employs them to deliver. 
Jane Kennedy [holding answer 3 December 2007]: On 20 November the Chancellor announced an independent review of HMRC's data handling procedures to be conducted by Kieran Poynter, the chair of PricewaterhouseCoopers.
Mr. Willetts: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what form of encryption algorithm is used to encrypt data sent (a) from the Student Loans Company to HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) and (b) from HMRC to the Student Loans Company. 
Andrew Selous: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many staff work for the International Claims Processing Section of HM Revenue and Customs; and what its annual operating costs were in the last year for which figures are available. 
Jane Kennedy: HM Revenue and Customs have a range of powers to obtain information relevant to ascertaining liability to tax and other duties. Estate agents, like others, can come within the scope of these powers but there are no information powers specifically concerned with obtaining information on estate agent transactions.
Mr. Gauke: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer pursuant to the answer of 29 November 2007, Official Report, column 587W, on Revenue and Customs: prosecutions, how many of the 15 criminal prosecutions completed against HM Revenue and Customs staff for matters relating to their employment during 2006-07 related to (a) fraud, (b) fraud involving financial gain and (c) fraud involving financial gain relating to tax credits. 
Six prosecutions related to fraud involving financial gain
Six prosecutions related to fraud involving financial gain relating to tax credits.
Mr. Byers: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what the (a) number and (b) percentage of those in employment who were (i) agency workers and (ii) temporary employees was in each year since 1995. 
The National Statistician has been asked to reply to your Parliamentary Question about the (a) number and (b) percentage of those in employment who were (i) agency workers and (ii) temporary employees in each year since 1995. I am replying in her absence. (174026)
The attached table gives the number and percentage of people in the categories requested for the three month period ending June each year, from 1997 to 2007. Comparable estimates are not available prior to 1997 said for 1998 and 2000.
Estimates are taken from the Labour Force Survey (LFS). As with any sample survey, estimates from the LFS are subject to a margin of uncertainty.
|Number of people aged 16 and over who are temporary employees, April to June, 1997-2007, United Kingdom, not seasonally adjusted|
|Thousand, except where indicated|
|Three months ending June each year||Total in employment||Temporary employees||Temporary employees as a percentage of total in employment||Temporary agency workers( 1)||Temporary agency workers as a percentage of total in employment|
|(1) Temporary agency workers are included in the temporary employees total.|
Comparable data not available for 1998 or 2000.
Labour Force Survey (LFS)
Jane Kennedy: The Council Tax Process Maps and Best Practice guidance is contained in the Valuation Office Agency's "How2" toolkit. This is held in linked electronic formats within the Valuation Office Agency's main IT systems and can be viewed with full functionality only through the appropriate software package. To provide a copy in the Library could be done only at disproportionate cost.
Mr. Pickles: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how much the Valuation Office Agency spent on purchasing floodplain polygons from the Environment Agency; and what use is made of the data for valuation purposes. 
Mr. Pickles: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer whether the Valuation Office Agency has purchased a licence to use the pictometry product which Ordnance Survey sells on behalf of Blom Aerofilms Ltd. 
Mr. Pickles: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer (1) what the average values are of coefficients for the Valuation Office Agency's value significant codes of (a) ZL, (b) ZI and (c) ZH for those sections of the country for which they are available; 
(3) what the coefficients are for the Valuation Office Agencys value significant codes of (a) ZL, (b) ZI and (c) ZH, broken down by (i) time period, (ii) area and (iii) property type; and whether the dependent variables are calculated on a linear basis. 
Hire cars are used by the Agency as a cost effective alternative to paying a mileage rate for private car use on official business. The nature of VOA responsibilities necessitates considerable travelling to inspect and value properties.
Mr. Pickles: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what effects the restructuring of HM Revenue and Customs Aspire contract has had on the commissioning of services from Cole Layer Trumble for the Valuation Office Agency. 
Mr. Pickles: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer for what functions and business areas of the Valuation Office Agency Cole Layer Trumble have provided consultancy advice or support in the last 12 months. 
Jane Kennedy: Over the past 12 months, Cole Layer Trumble has provided consultancy to the Valuation Office Agency on using automated valuation modelling techniques to support the Agency's functions relating to local taxation.
Mr. Pickles: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer into which local authority areas the 10,000 localities that the Valuation Office Agency has established for developing the automated valuation model fall. 
Mr. Pickles: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what plans the Valuation Office Agency has to increase digitisation and computerisation of its records in relation to individual premises or properties. 
Jane Kennedy: The VOA constantly reviews the way in which it holds its key records. Further digitisation or computerisation of its records will only be undertaken where it is considered to be both cost-effective and affordable.
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