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Excise Duties: Diesel Fuel

Mr. David Anderson: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will freeze the level of duty on diesel; and if he will make a statement. [185631]

Angela Eagle: I refer the hon. Gentleman to the answers I gave the right hon. Member for East Yorkshire (Mr. Knight) and the hon. Member for Southend, West (Mr. Amess) on 7 January 2008, Official Report, column 330W.


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Income Tax

Mr. Hoban: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what estimate he has made of the number of people who have made an incorrect income tax payment in each year since 1997. [184784]

Angela Eagle: The information requested is not available. At pre-Budget report (PBR) 2007, HMRC published ‘Developing Methodologies for Measuring Direct Tax Losses’. This included an estimate of the proportion of those receiving an income tax self assessment tax return (individuals, partnerships and trusts) who had understated their tax liability for each of 1999-2000, 2000-01 and 2001-02. It can be found on the internet at:

Intimidation

Mr. Hoban: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many cases of bullying have been reported in (a) his Department and (b) its agencies in each of the last 12 months. [182840]

Angela Eagle: The Debt Management Office, Government Actuary’s Department and National Savings and Investments have had no reported cases of bullying over the last 12 months.

HM Treasury, Office for National Statistics, Office of Government Commerce, OGC Buying Solutions, Royal Mint and the Valuation Office Agency have reported five cases or fewer but are unable to provide a further breakdown in order to avoid the possibility of identification of individuals.

The following table identifies the number of cases reported at HMRC. The figures do not reflect the outcomes of investigations that may have taken place.

Department/Agency: HM Revenue and Customs
Number

January

(1)

February

(1)

March

8

April

(1)

May

13

June

11

July

8

August

7

September

9

October

16

November

9

December

13

(1) Fewer than 5 cases

Lone Parents

Danny Alexander: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many working age lone parents his Department estimates live in each region in the UK, broken down by sex. [184848]

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


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Letter from Karen Dunnell, dated 7 February 2008:

Number of working age( 1) lone parents with dependent children( 2) by region and sex, April to June 2007, not seasonally adjusted
Thousand
Lone fathers Lone mothers All lone parents

North-east

8

77

85

North-west

19

220

239

Yorkshire and Humberside

13

136

149

East midlands

13

106

118

West midlands

17

159

176

Eastern

10

137

146

London

16

278

294

South-east

19

185

204

South-west

13

113

126

Wales

8

92

100

Scotland

18

141

159

Northern Ireland

3

48

51

United Kingdom

156

1,692

1,848

(1) Men aged 16 to 64 and women aged 16 to 59.
(2) Dependent children are those aged under 16 and those aged or 16-18 who are never-married and in full-time education.
Notes:
1. Figures at this detailed level are produced from the Labour Force Survey (LFS) microdata which are weighted to the population estimates published by ONS in spring 2003. They do not incorporate the more recent population estimates used in the headline LFS series.
2. As with any sample survey, estimates from the LFS are subject to a margin of uncertainty.
Source:
Labour Force Survey household dataset

Pay

Mr. Hoban: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what the (a) median employment income and (b) value of each (i) decile boundary and (ii) quartile boundary in employment income was in the most recent year for which figures are available. [185238]

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

Letter from Karen Dunnell, dated 7 February 2008:


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Revenue and Customs: Data Protection

Mr. Hoban: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer (1) on what date contract terms were agreed with consultants for work in relation to the Poynter Review; [184969]

(2) pursuant to the answer of 23 January 2008, Official Report, column 2098W, on Revenue and Customs: data protection, on what date the decision was taken to appoint Kieran Poynter to head the review; [184970]

(3) how many other candidates were considered to head the review; [184971]

(4) on what terms Kieran Poynter was contracted to head the review of data handling in HM Revenue and Customs; [184972]

(5) on what date the decision was taken to conduct a review into security processes and procedures for data handling in HM Revenue and Customs. [184973]

Angela Eagle: The Chancellor announced the appointment of Kieran Poynter to review of HMRC data handling procedures in his statement to the House on 20 November. It would be inappropriate to disclose details of the selection process.

Following this statement, HM Treasury entered into a contract with PricewaterhouseCoopers (PWC) who are supporting Kieran Poynter in delivering the Review. The contract is commercially confidential.

Revenue and Customs: Postal Services

Mr. Hoban: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer pursuant to the answer of 22 January 2008, Official Report, column 1962W, on Revenue and Customs: postal services, what proportion of non-recorded post was made up of bulk mail in (a) 2005-06, (b) 2006-07 and (c) 2007-08 to date. [184698]

Angela Eagle: The proportion of non-recorded post made up of bulk mail is as follows:

Percentage

2005-06

70.6

2006-07

72.7

2007-08 to date (December 2007)

76.9


Bulk mail covers any item of outward mail for which there is an element of pre-sorting or is dispatched from one of HMRC's major distribution or processing centres, i.e. self assessment tax returns sent to customers for completion.

Sexual Harassment

Mr. Hoban: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many complaints of ( a) sexual harassment and (b) sexual discrimination have been made by staff in (i) his Department and (ii) its agencies in the most recent year for which figures are available. [184692]


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Angela Eagle: The figures for 2007 are:

Department/agency Number of sexual harassment cases Number of sexual discrimination cases

HMT

0

0

HMRC

9

11

ONS

0

<5

OGC

0

0

OGCBS

0

0

GAD

0

0

VGA

<5

<5

Royal Mint

0

0

NS and I

0

0

DMO

0

0

Key: < = less than
Note:
When the number is less than five, the exact number cannot be disclosed on grounds of confidentiality.

Skin Cancer

Mrs. James: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer amongst what (a) age ranges and (b) social classes the incidence rates for malignant melanoma increased most rapidly in the latest period for which figures are available. [185435]

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

Letter from Karen Dunnell, dated 7 February 2008:


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