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Mr. Philip Hammond: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what training courses were attended by staff working at HM Revenue and Customs in each of the last three years; and what the cost of such courses was. 
As part of the avoidance disclosure regime, first introduced in 2004, promoters of schemes have to disclose to HMRC the details of the schemes developed and users should notify HMRC of a scheme in their tax return. For the last two years HMRC has published on its website a quarterly analysis of the number of avoidance schemes disclosed at:
Mr. Carmichael: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what steps his Department is taking to reduce the amount of tax revenue lost due to avoidance by large corporations; and if he will make a statement. 
The Government are committed to tackling avoidance and in recent years has taken a number of steps to identify and close down opportunities for avoidance. For example, they have introduced a disclosure regime which requires those designing and selling tax avoidance schemes to provide HM Revenue and Customs with details of those schemes within five days of them being first marketed.
On receipt, the schemes are assessed for tax risk and consideration whether an urgent announcement of a legislative fix is needed to prevent extensive use of the scheme.
Recent Finance Acts have all contained measures to close various loopholes in the tax system used by avoiders, most of these informed to some extent by information from the disclosure regime. This year will be no exception. In each of the last four budgets there have been revenue protection measures averaging around £1Â1/2 billion a year.
Mr. Drew: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what percentage of tax credit awards are currently experiencing technical difficulties having been unresolved for six months or more; and what plans he has to resolve such difficulties. 
Mr. Amess: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what (a) grants and (b) tax incentives the Government has made to the UK popular music industry in the last 10 years; what the cost to the public purse has been of such (i) grants and (ii) tax incentives in that period; what recent representations he has received on support for the industry; and if he will make a statement. 
Jane Kennedy: No specific tax incentives for the UK popular music industry have existed in the last 10 years. The Treasury holds no records of any representations having been made on the subject of specific tax incentives or grants for the music industry. The Treasury has not made any grants to the music industry during the period.
Robert Neill: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what the cost to the public purse has been to date of the contract between HM Revenue and Customs, on behalf of the Valuation Office Agency, and Rightmove.co.uk Plc. 
Jane Kennedy: I refer the hon. Member to the answer given to the hon. Member for Meriden (Mrs. Spelman) on 20 June 2007, Official Report, column 1861W. Expenditure in the year 2007-08 will be available in the Valuation Office Agencys annual report and accounts, when published.
Mr. MacNeil: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many people were prosecuted in (a) 2006-07 and (b) 2007-08 for tax credit fraud; how many people were found guilty; and how much money was fraudulently obtained in each such case where proceedings are complete. 
Danny Alexander: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer (1) what estimate he has made of the distribution of expenditure via (a) working tax credit, (b) child tax credit, (c) the childcare element of working tax credit and (d) the disability element of child tax credit, broken down by household income quintile; 
(2) what estimate he has made of the number and proportion of families eligible for (a) working tax credit, (b) child tax credit, (c) the childcare element of working tax credit and (d) the disability element of child tax credit in each income quintile. 
Jane Kennedy: Estimates of the proportion of households in each income quintile with entitlements to tax credits in 2007-08 and a quintile breakdown of estimated entitlements by value is provided in the following table.
|Household income quintile( 1)||Percentage households with entitlements||Percentage total entitlements (value)|
|(1) Households ranked according to equivalised income after direct taxes and benefits|
Entitlements to tax credits are modelled using family resources survey data, and are subject to sampling variation. Estimates are provided for tax credits overall; eligibility for working tax credit increases total tax credit entitlement but does not necessarily mean that a family will receive working tax credit. It is not possible to provide reliable estimates for the childcare element of working tax credit or the disability element of child tax credit in isolation.
Mrs. Maria Miller: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what proportion of families received the childcare element of the working tax credit during the last year for which data are available; and if he will make a statement. 
Jane Kennedy: Estimates of the total number of families benefiting from tax credits and the number of in-work families benefiting from the childcare element, based on final family circumstances and incomes at 4 December 2007, are published in the HMRC publication "Child and Working Tax Credits Statistics December 2007", which is available on the HMRC website at:
Depending on their income, families are generally eligible for the childcare element if they are working at least 16 hours a week, or in the case of a couple, both partners are working at least 16 hours a week. Their child must be in registered or approved childcare.
Mr. Allen: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many families in Nottingham North constituency were in receipt of working families tax credit in the most recent period for which figures are available. 
Estimates of the number of recipient families of working families' tax credit in 2001-2002, broken down by constituency, appear in the HMRC quarterly WFTC and DPTC geographical analyses. These publications are available on the HMRC website at:
Estimates for 2005-06 of the number of in-work families with tax credit awards, by constituency, based on final family circumstances and incomes for 2005-06 are published in "Child and Working Tax Credits Statistics Finalised Annual Awards 2005-06. Geographical Analysis." This publication and provisional estimates for the number of in-work families by constituency with tax credit awards as at selected dates in 2006-07 and 2007-08 are available on the HMRC website at:
Mr. Philip Hammond: To ask the Secretary of State for Wales how much his Department spent on (a) first and (b) other class travel by Eurostar in the last 12 months for which figures are available. 
Mr. Hoban: To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions (1) how much private agencies have collected on behalf of the Child Support Agency since such companies were first contracted to provide collection services on 7 July 2006; 
(2) how many debt collection cases for child support have been referred to private agencies; in how many such cases has (a) full collection and (b) partial collection been secured; and how the performance of private agencies compares to cases handled directly by the Child Support Agency over the same period since 7 July 2006. 
In reply to your recent Parliamentary Question about the Child Support Agency, the Secretary of State promised a substantive reply from the Chief Executive.
You asked the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how much private agencies have collected on behalf of the Child Support Agency since such companies were first contracted to provide collection services on 7th July 2006  and
How many debt collection cases for child support have been referred to private agencies; in how many such cases has (a) full collection and (b) partial collection been secured; and how their performance compares to cases handled directly by the Child Support Agency over the same period since 7(th) July 2006, 
The Agency contracted both Eversheds Limited Liability Partnership and iQor (formerly known as Legal and Trade) to collect debt on some of the Agencys cases from July 2006. By the end of 2007, over 63,000 cases had been referred to these debt collection agencies, who have to date collected debt from 15,619 cases, amounting to £9.3 million. Of those 15,619 cases, 3,092 cases have been repaid in full.
While it is not possible to compare directly as there are differences in the enforcement tools employed by the Agency and the debt collection agencies, the total amount of maintenance collected and arranged from all sources for the period was over £1.4 billion of which £159.6 million was arrears.
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