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Byron Grote, BP plc
Nicolas Moreau, AXA (UK) plc
Duncan Tatton-Brown, Kingfisher plc
Andrew Maclaughlin, Royal Bank of Scotland Group plc
Michael Devereux, Saïd Business School
Parthasarathi Shome, HM Revenue and Customs
Adam Lent, Trades Union Congress
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. 
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.
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. 
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;
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. 
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.
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. 
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.
To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many cases have been dealt
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. 
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.
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. 
|Year awarded||Contract and duration||Value (£)|
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. 
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.
|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|
|(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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