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VAT: Fuels

Mr. Carmichael: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will consider the merits of (a) suspending and (b) reducing value added tax on domestic fuel to assist low income households with heating costs. [204311]

Jane Kennedy: Supplies of fuel and power for domestic use already benefit from a reduced rate of VAT of 5 per cent. This is the lowest rate available under our VAT agreements with our European partners.

Welfare Tax Credits: Scotland

Mr. Sarwar: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many people in Scotland are eligible for (a) working tax credits, (b) child tax credits and (c) pension credits; and what recent estimate he has made of the level of uptake of each credit. [204384]

Jane Kennedy: Estimates of the take-up rate for child and working tax credits in 2005-06, for which latest figures are available, by country and region, are produced in Table 9 of the HMRC publication “Child and Working Tax Credit Take-up rates 2005-06”. This publication is available on the HMRC website at:

We do not produce statistics separately for child tax credit and working tax credit.

Estimates of eligibility and the take-up rate for pension credit are not available below the level of Great Britain. However, latest estimates of take-up rates and the number of pensioners who were entitled to but not claiming pension credit in Great Britain were published in the “Income Related Benefits Estimates of Take-Up in 2005/06” report. A copy of this report is available in the Library.

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