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Council Tax: Valuation

Mr. Todd: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer pursuant to the answer of 6 May 2008, Official Report, columns 817-8W, on Council Tax: Valuation, whether a statutory gateway will be introduced. [205523]

Jane Kennedy: Statutory gateways exist in so far as they are provided by Commissioners for Revenue and Customs Act 2005 and other legislative provisions. This Department has no current plans to introduce further gateways.

Income Tax: Tax Rates and Bands

Mr. Austin Mitchell: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will estimate the change in tax revenues which would occur if incomes at £100,000 or above were taxed at a marginal rate of 50 per cent. in 2008-09. [205252]

Jane Kennedy: The estimate of extra revenue if incomes at £100,000 or above were charged at 50 per cent. would be around £7.9 billion for 2008-09. This figure excludes any estimate of behavioural response which could be significant given the scale of the change.

This estimate is based on the 2005-06 Survey of Personal Incomes projected forward using Budget 2008 assumptions and includes changes announced in Budget 2007.

Mr. Willis: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer whether his proposals to compensate those who lost out as a result of the abolition of the 10p tax rate will extend to people over the age of 65 years; and if he will make a statement. [206287]

Jane Kennedy: In Budget 2007, the Government announced an increase the age-related allowances for taxpayers aged 65 or over of £1,180 above indexation from April 2008. This is worth £236 a year to people benefiting in full from the age-related allowances, greater than the £232 a year maximum loss from the withdrawal of the 10p rate.

Liam Byrne

Mr. Gauke: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what the ministerial responsibilities of the hon. Member for Birmingham, Hodge Hill are within his Department. [204504]

Mr. Darling: My hon. Friend the Member for Birmingham, Hodge Hill (Mr. Byrne) is the Minister of State for Borders and Immigration (Home Office) and Minister of State with responsibility for revenue protection at the border (HM Treasury).

As a Treasury Minister my hon. Friend is responsible for the operational delivery of the UK Border Agency’s (UKBA) revenue protection functions, delivery of targets covering revenue protection and the examination of goods at the frontier. my hon. Friend works closely with his Treasury ministerial colleagues to shape effective operational policy, based on the UKBA’s experience of implementation.


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Northern Rock

Mr. Philip Hammond: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer (1) what progress has been made in appointing a valuer as laid down in the draft Northern Rock plc Compensation Scheme Order 2008; [205538]

(2) when he will appoint a valuer as laid down in the draft Northern Rock plc Compensation Scheme Order 2008. [205539]

Kitty Ussher: The position of independent valuer to assess any compensation for those affected by the transfer of Northern Rock into public ownership will be advertised shortly.

Mr. Philip Hammond: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer with reference to the statement by the Exchequer Secretary to the Treasury in the Delegated Legislation Committee on the draft Northern Rock plc Compensation Scheme Order on 11 March 2008, Official Report, column 7, what timetable has been set for the completion of the valuation of Northern Rock. [205614]

Kitty Ussher: We will of course wish to ensure that the valuer is suitably qualified and resourced to undertake his assessment of the amount of any compensation effectively and expeditiously. The valuer must, however, be independent and so the Government cannot prescribe a timetable.

Real Estate Investment Trusts

Mr. Austin Mitchell: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what companies have formed real estate investment trusts under the provisions of the Finance Act 2006. [206198]

Kitty Ussher: There are now 19 Real Estate Investment Trusts. The names of the companies are not disclosed as to do so would breach taxpayer confidentiality: it is not HMRC’s practice to disclose information relating to the tax status of individual taxpayers.

Real Estate Investment Trusts: Fees and Charges

Mr. Austin Mitchell: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what initial fees have been collected from companies forming real estate investment trusts under the provisions of the Finance Act 2006. [206197]

Kitty Ussher: HMRC does not publish information relating to tax paid by individual taxpayers. Given the small number of companies involved, disclosure of information relating to the entry charge paid so far by Real Estate Investment Trusts would be likely to result in a breach of taxpayer confidentiality.

Revenue and Customs: Secondment

Andrew Selous: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what access HM Revenue and Customs staff seconded to the Child Support Agency have to
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HM Revenue and Customs data systems while on secondment; and if he will make a statement. [206097]

Jane Kennedy: None.

Tax Allowances

Mr. Austin Mitchell: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will estimate the cost to the public purse of raising the personal taxation allowance in (a) 2009-10 and (b) 2010-11 by (i) 10 per cent. and (ii) 20 per cent. [205253]

Jane Kennedy: The cost of increasing all income tax personal allowances by 10 per cent. is regularly published, with latest estimates available in Table 1.6 “Direct effects of illustrative tax changes” on the HM Revenue and Customs' website:

Tax Rates and Bands

Mr. Hoban: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what the basis is for the rate of increase for each of the taxes and allowances which are uprated on an annual basis. [205513]

Jane Kennedy: The basis for the annual uprating of taxes and allowances is set out in paragraph A.2.5 (page 131) of the Budget 2008 publication (HC 388).

Welfare Tax Credits: Mentally Ill

Dr. Cable: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what steps his Department is taking to support people with mental health problems who are on low incomes to gain access to affordable credit; and if he will make a statement. [205359]

Kitty Ussher: The Government have a range of programmes to provide assistance to those with mental health problems, including outreach services, and is developing a National Strategy for Mental Health and Work to improve the employment chances of those with a mental health condition. In addition, many people on low incomes, and particularly those from vulnerable groups, are unable to access sources of affordable credit that meet their needs. The Government are therefore committed to increasing the supply of affordable credit from credit unions and has allocated £80 million over five years (2006-11) as a Growth Fund to support credit unions and other third sector lenders. Funded organisations have provided more than 70,000 loans to financially excluded customers, including those from vulnerable groups, since 2006. In addition, “Financial inclusion: an action plan for 2008-11”, published in December 2007, announced a commitment from the high street banks to support third sector affordable credit, including actions to develop new provision in 25 high priority areas.


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