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In inviting members, the Government have endeavoured to involve people who have practical experience of managing tax issues in a global context or are experts on the economics of tax.


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Taxation: Small Businesses

Mr. Austin Mitchell: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what discussions he has had with (a) small businesses and (b) organisations representing small businesses on membership of the business-Government forum on tax. [205593]

Jane Kennedy: The Chancellor made clear in announcing the business-Government forum that it would focus on discussing ways in which the tax system can provide the long-term certainty multinational companies need. This reflects both the importance of these companies to the UK economy and the fact that many aspects of global economic change most directly affect them. The membership of the forum will reflect this.

The Government do consult widely with small business on specific tax issues, for example in the current consultations on tax simplification for smaller businesses. In addition, the Small Business Forum (SBF), set up in May 2007, provides an informal mechanism for Ministers to engage with the small business community on a wide range of issues.

Taxation: Trade Unions

Mr. Austin Mitchell: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what discussions he has had with trades unions on membership of the business-Government forum on tax. [205594]

Jane Kennedy: The Government have invited Adam Lent, the Trades Union Congress’ Head of Economics and Social Affairs, to be a member of the business-Government forum on tax.

Welfare Tax Credits: Complaints

Jon Trickett: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many complaints his Department has received on the tax credit system from residents of Hemsworth constituency in the last 12 months. [205998]

Jane Kennedy: The information is not available at constituency level.

Welfare Tax Credits: Daycare

Susan Kramer: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will estimate the cost to the public purse of extending the child care element of the working tax credit to workless households; and if he will make a statement. [205623]

Jane Kennedy: The information requested is not available.

The child care element of working tax credit is designed to help overcome the child care cost barrier that often prevents people taking up or returning to work.

Welfare Tax Credits: ICT

Mr. Chope: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer when he expects the technical problems on the HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) computer system which are preventing the resolution of the tax credits claim for 2004-05 by Mr. Marshall of Ferndown to be overcome;
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what the technical problems are; what estimate he has made of the number of HMRC customers who are similarly affected; and if he will make a statement. [206550]

Jane Kennedy: I refer the hon. Member to the answer given by the Exchequer Secretary (Angela Eagle) on 7 February 2008, Official Report column 1374W, which explained that the Tax Credit Office wrote to him on 6 February 2008.

Zurich Financial Services

David T.C. Davies: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how much his Department paid to Zurich Financial Services in each year since 1997; and what the purpose of the payment was in each case. [199608]

Angela Eagle: The Treasury has no record of any payments having been made to Zurich Financial Services since 2002-03 when a new accounting system was introduced. Information on payments made prior to that date could be provided only at disproportionate cost.

Home Department

Asylum

Mr. Clappison: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many cases have been dealt
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with under the legacy exercise; how many have (a) resulted in the grant of leave to remain in the UK, (b) resulted in the removal of an individual from the UK and (c) been discovered to be the result of a duplicate file or error; and how many dependants have been granted leave to remain in the UK as the result of the grant of leave to remain to an individual. [206269]

Mr. Byrne: In her letter of 17 December 2007 to the Home Affairs Select Committee, Lin Homer, Chief Executive of the UK Border Agency stated that of the 52,000 older asylum cases that had been concluded, 19,000 had led to grants of leave, 16,000 had led to removals and 17,000 had been closed due to previously erroneous or duplicate records. Lin Homer is due to update the Home Affairs Select Committee on the work to clear the backlog next month.

Bird and Bird

Mr. Hands: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what contracts were awarded by her Department to Bird and Bird solicitors in each year since 2005; and what the (a) value and (b) duration of each such contract was. [201640]

Mr. Byrne: The (a) value and (b) duration of contracts awarded by the Home Department to Bird and Bird solicitors in each year since 2005 are as follows:

Year awarded Contract and duration Value (£)

2005-06

IPS ad hoc property legal advice

6,889

2006-07

IPS ad hoc property legal advice

7,757

2007-08

IPS ad hoc property legal advice

3,025


Crimes of Violence: Children

James Brokenshire: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many children under the age of 10 years were the victims of recorded crimes of (a) assault, (b) actual bodily harm, (c) grievous bodily harm and (d) other crimes of violence in (i) 2005, (ii) 2006 and (iii) 2007, broken down by police force area. [203250]

Mr. Coaker: It is not possible to determine the age of crime victims from the recorded crime statistics collected centrally by the Home Office.

Separate information is collected for offences initially recorded as homicide. Available data relate to homicides recorded by police in England and Wales between 2004-05 and 2006-07, and are given in the table. Data for 2007-08 are not yet available.


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Homicides currently recorded( 1 ) where victim aged under 10 years, by police force area: England and Wales 2004-05 to 2006-07( 2)
Year offence initially recorded as homicide( 3)
Police force area 2004-05 2005-06 2006-07

Avon and Somerset

1

Bedfordshire

1

British Transport Police

2

Cambridgeshire

1

2

Cheshire

1

1

Cleveland

1

1

Cumbria

Derbyshire

Devon and Cornwall

2

1

1

Dorset

1

Durham

2

Dyfed Powys

Essex

2

1

1

Gloucestershire

1

1

Greater Manchester

3

3

5

Gwent

1

Hampshire

2

1

2

Hertfordshire

1

Humberside

2

1

2

Kent

3

Lancashire

1

2

Leicestershire

1

2

3

Lincolnshire

London, City of

Merseyside

5

1

Metropolitan Police

9

7

12

Norfolk

North Wales

1

2

North Yorkshire

1

Northamptonshire

2

Northumbria

2

1

Nottinghamshire

1

1

South Wales

1

1

South Yorkshire

2

1

Staffordshire

1

Suffolk

Surrey

Sussex

2

1

Thames Valley

2

2

1

Warwickshire

West Mercia

2

West Midlands

3

2

5

West Yorkshire

1

1

2

Wiltshire

1

Total

48

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(1) As at 12 November 2007; figures are revised as cases are dealt with by the police and by the courts, or as further information becomes available.
(2) Data for 2007-08 are scheduled to be published in January 2009.
(3) Offences are shown according to the year in which the police initially recorded the offence as homicide. This is not necessarily the year in which the incident took place or the year in which any court decision was made.

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