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Jane Kennedy: Ministers have a wide variety of meetings as part of the process of policy development and delivery. As was the case with previous Administrations, it is not the Governments practice to provide details of all such meetings.
Jane Kennedy: A revised version of the award notice, reflecting comments from the voluntary and community sector, has been in use since April 2006. Additionally, claimants now receive a two-page summary that explains the most important aspects of their award and tells them what information on their award notice they need to check. At the end of the year, a customer's renewal notice provides a full history of the changes made in the period of the award.
Mr. Steen: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will ensure that Mr. Goult of Littlehampton near Totnes can continue to repay the lump sum child benefit payment erroneously paid to him and his wife in July 2006 by the Child Support Agency in weekly instalments. 
HM Revenue and Customs is responsible for the payment of child benefit. Information relating to child benefit is strictly
confidential and may only be disclosed to or discussed with the applicant. Correspondence regarding an individual's child benefit payments should therefore be sent directly to the Child Benefit Office, Waterview Park, Washington, Tyne and Wear NE38 8QG.
Mr. Philip Hammond: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer (1) how many nationals of each A8 country were receiving UK child benefit for a child or children living in another EEA member state at the end of December 2007; and at what cost to the public purse; 
At the end of December 2007, there were around 21,000 ongoing awards to A8 nationals recorded as receiving child benefit for around 34,000 children living in another EEA member state. This equates to around a quarter of a per cent. of all child benefit awards.
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Damian Green: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer in respect of how many children in (a) Romania, (b) Bulgaria, (c) Poland, (d) the Czech Republic and (e) Slovakia UK child benefit was being paid on 31 December 2007. 
Jane Kennedy: For information relating to claims from nationals of Poland, the Czech Republic, and Slovakia for children resident in another EEA country, I refer the hon. Gentleman to the answer given to the hon. Member for Runnymede and Weybridge (Mr. Hammond) earlier today (183706). At the end of December 2007, there were 13 ongoing awards to Bulgarian and Romanian nationals for 14 children living in another EEA country broken down by nationality as follows:
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Yvette Cooper: The total costs of Sir James Crosby's report of the Public-Private Forum on identity management, copies of which are available in the Vote Office and the Printed Paper Office, were £702,870.39, including research, secretariat and sundry expenses.
Bob Russell: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many people are employed in the bingo industry; what forecast he has made of the size of that workforce in February 2009; and if he will make a statement. 
As National Statistician, I have been asked to reply to your Parliamentary Question on how many people are employed in the bingo industry; and what forecast has been made of the size of the workforce in February 2009. (191569)
Employment figures classified according to industry are routinely provided using the Annual Business Inquiry (ABI). The figure provided below, using SIC03 is compiled from the industry classified as Gambling and betting activities (SIC03 code 92.71). Bingo is not separately identified.
In 2006 the ABI records that there were 96,644 people employed in Gambling and betting activities. Forecasts relevant to this question are not compiled by the Office for National Statistics.
As with any sample survey estimates from the Annual Business Inquiry are subject to margins of uncertainty.
Stewart Hosie: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what steps he is taking to ensure that people whose tax credit claims are being dealt with clerically receive promptly the Healthy Start vouchers to which they are entitled. 
Jane Kennedy: A process is in place to ensure that applications for Healthy Start from clerically paid child tax credit claimants can be processed by the Healthy Start Issuing Unit (HSIU), with case by case assistance from HMRC.
In addition, where a tax credits recipient first appears to satisfy the Healthy Start eligibility criteria TCO staff are instructed to refer the recipient's details to the HSIU who prompt the individual to apply for Healthy Start if they have not done so already. Periodic ongoing checks with HMRC staff ensure that they continue to be supported for as long as they remain entitled.
Bob Spink: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what representations he has made to the US Administration on the repayment of costs incurred in assisting the US in the Iraq war; and if he will make a statement. 
Yvette Cooper: The UK seeks repayments from partner nations for their use of the MODs life support facilities in theatre such as catering and medical facilities. The UK in turn pays for any services provided to them. Beyond that, no representations have been made to the US Administration for the repayment of costs incurred as a consequence of the UKs contribution to the current military operations in Iraq.
To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many HM Revenue and Customs investigations
into employers alleged to be paying less than the minimum wage (a) have been undertaken since 1999 and (b) were undertaken in each year since 1999; and how many criminal prosecutions followed such investigations in each year. 
Jane Kennedy: The total number of investigations into employers paying less than the minimum wage in each year since 1999 and overall, can be found in the following table. There were no criminal prosecutions until 2007 when two employers were successfully prosecuted.
In the great majority of cases where minimum wage arrears are identified the employer pays any minimum wage arrears without the need for any formal enforcement action. Where arrears are not paid, an Enforcement Notice will be issued setting out the arrears that are considered to be due. An employer will then have 28 days to lodge an appeal and subsequently have his case heard before an Employment Tribunal. If the appeal is not upheld or the Enforcement Notice is not appealed against, the arrears become due.
Mr. Hoban: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what estimate he has made of the average value of the fund at retirement for people retiring with a private sector pension on the latest dates for which figures are available. 
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