ASHE is carried out in April each year and is the most comprehensive source of earnings information in the United Kingdom. However, ASHE methodology cannot be used to provide estimates of the numbers of employees whose salary is more than a specific amount, but can be used to provide estimates of proportions of employees in that category.
|Proportion of UK employees earning more than £40,000 in 2007( 1)
|(1) Employees on adult rates who have been in the same job for more than one year.
Annual Survey of Hours and Earnings, Office for National Statistics.
Mr. Stephen O'Brien: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer pursuant to his predecessors statement on 6 December 2006, Official Report, column 308, if he will place in the Library evidence that nutrition for pregnant mothers is most important in the last months of pregnancy. 
Jane Kennedy [holding answer 18 December 2007]: There is a wide range of evidence that nutrition for pregnant mothers is important throughout pregnancy. The importance of maternal health during pregnancy was recognised by the Royal College of Midwives and the Royal College of Nursing, in HM Treasurys 14 November 2007 Press Notice on the Health in Pregnancy Grant, on the HM Treasury website.
Mr. Hoban: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what recruitment process was used to select Kieran Poynter to head the review of security processes and procedures for data handling in HM Revenue and Customs announced on 20 November 2007. 
Harry Cohen: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many days in each year people of non-domiciled tax status may spend in the UK without altering their status; and what arrangements his Department has to monitor the time such individuals spend in the UK. 
|(1) Figures given for HMRC between January 2005 and April 2006 are a combination of the former Inland Revenue and HM Customs and Excise accountancy systems.
Mr. Pickles: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what physical or electronic mechanisms the Valuation Office Agency uses to transfer data between (a) its regional offices and (b) government departments and agencies. 
Jane Kennedy: The VGA uses a variety of mechanisms and channels to transfer data within the organisation and to its clients, including paper, VOA network applications, VOA intranet, internet file transfer sites, e-mail, fax, and CD/DVD dependent on the protective classification required.
Jane Kennedy: The Agencys best practice guide in the use of digital photography is internal technical instructions on use of the Agencys digital photography application and how, when and where to store digital photographs on the Agency's central database to ensure overall system performance is not affected. It is not appropriate to place these documents in the Library.
Jane Kennedy: As at 9 January 2008, the Valuation Office Agency held 1,096,931 digital photographs relating to non-domestic properties in the 2005 Valuation List. This figure includes photographs that show more than one property, or a locality rather than a particular building.
Mr. Maude: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer for what reasons the number of communications staff included as working for the Valuation Office Agency in the Central Office of Informations White Book differs from the answer of 8 October 2007, Official Report, column 241W, on Valuation Office Agency. 
Jane Kennedy: The question asked by the hon. Member for South-West Hertfordshire (Mr. Gauke) referred to number of press officers employed by the Valuation Office Agency rather than number of communications staff.
Staff listed in the White Book are those involved in the full range of communications activities, both internal and external. Nine of those listed are involved in press office work, (averaging around 10 per cent. of their time) which together with a media relations manager, amounts to two full-time equivalent people with press officer responsibilities.
Mr. Letwin: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many (a) people and (b) businesses had to pay penalties as a result of filing VAT returns one day late after the bank holiday Monday on 7 May 2007. 
Angela Eagle: HM Revenue and Customs do not issue penalties for the late filing of VAT returns. A penalty is issued only where a return is not paid in full by the due date. A total of 27,067 penalties were issued in May 2007 for late payment of VAT. Information on the penalties issued for payments received on a particular day in May 2007 could be obtained only at disproportionate cost.
Julia Goldsworthy: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer pursuant to the answer of 15 November 2007, Official Report, column 409W, on welfare tax credits, for what reason some tax credit overpayments resulting from official error have not been remitted. 
Julia Goldsworthy: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what the (a) total and (b) average value is of consolatory payments made since April 2003 to tax credits claimants who have appealed against a decision of the HM Revenue and Customs. 
Jane Kennedy: The circumstances in which HM Revenue and Customs will make compensation payments to its customers are explained in the Departments fact sheet, Complaints and Putting Things Right, which is available at:
For the number and value of compensation payments made in 2003-04, 2004-05 and 2005-06 I refer the hon. Member to the answer I gave on 8 January 2007, Official Report, column 427W to the hon. Member for St. Albans (Anne Main). The number and value of compensation payments made in 2006-07 and from April to December 2007 is shown in the following table.
|Value (£ million)