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Railways: Standards

Mr. Evans: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what estimate he has made of the effect on the UK economy of cancelled train services in December 2007 and January 2008. [179357]

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

Letter from Colin Mowl, dated 15 January 2008:

Registration of Births Deaths Marriages and Civil Partnerships: Internet

Mr. Gauke: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how much compensation has been paid by the General Register Office to local authorities in consequence of difficulties arising in the introduction and operation of Registration On-line. [177094]

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

Letter from Karen Dunnell, dated 15 January 2008:

Taxation: Occupational Pensions

Tony Baldry: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what assessment he has made of the effect of the tax changes introduced in April 2006 in relation to occupational pension schemes, with particular reference to tax relief for employer contributions on the same basis as other business expenditure. [177884]

Jane Kennedy: The regulatory impact assessment (RIA) of April 2004 ‘Simplifying the Taxation of Pensions’ at:

and the annex to that RIA of March 2005 at:

set out the Government's assessment of the impact of the new rules including the plans to evaluate their effects on changes on private pension saving.

VAT: Drinks

Dr. Cable: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer (1) which drinks are exempt from value added tax; and if he will make a statement; [178029]

(2) what representations he has received calling on him to (a) reduce and (b) abolish value added tax on 100 per cent. fruit drinks; and if he will make a statement. [178030]

Jane Kennedy: I refer the hon. Member to the answer the Paymaster General gave to the hon. Member for Bristol, West (Stephen Williams) on 17 October 2006, Official Report, column 1114-15W.

Full details of the scope of the zero rate can be found in HM Revenue and Customs' (HMRC) Notice 701/14, ‘Food’, which is published on HMRC's website at

Representations are regularly made to Treasury Ministers and officials on a wide range of issues.

Welfare Tax Credits: EU Nationals

Mr. Stewart Jackson: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many claims for (a) working tax credits and (b) child tax credits were made by citizens of other EU member states resident in Peterborough constituency in 2006-07; and if he will make a statement. [178430]

Jane Kennedy: The information requested is not available.


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