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Jo Swinson: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many audits of performance of the Child Tax Credits Helpline there have been since the helpline was established; on what dates; and what the outcome of each such audit was. 
HMRC conducts a series of ongoing checks to monitor the effectiveness and performance of the Tax Credits Helpline which handles calls relating to Child Tax Credit. These checks include the daily recording and monitoring of general telephony performance, quality checks and complaints received.
Mr. Philip Hammond: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what analysis he undertook prior to the Budget 2008 of the effect of the proposed changes to vehicle excise duty on people in different income groups. 
Stewart Hosie: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what recent assessment has been made of the effect of changes in fuel prices on the cost of the provision of Government services; and if he will make a statement. 
Matthew Taylor: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what the average annual income was in (a) Cornwall, (b) each parliamentary constituency in Cornwall, (c) the South West and (d) England in the most recent year for which figures are available. 
Yvette Cooper: Information on average annual earnings is set out in the Annual Survey of Hours and Earnings (ASHE) by the Office of National Statistics. Data are made available on the basis of where a person lives and where they work, broken down by parliamentary constituencies, regions and country. Information on the basis of where people live is available at:
Lynne Jones: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer pursuant to the answer of 6th May 2008, Official Report, column 826W, on income tax: tax rates and bands, what representations he has received on compensating (a) carers and (b) retirees between the ages of 50 and 59 years who are paying more tax as a result of the abolition of the 10 pence starting rate; what plans he has to consult on mechanisms to compensate such carers and retirees; and if he will make a statement. 
Jane Kennedy: The Chancellor receives representations on a wide aide range of issues. On 13 May 2008 the Chancellor announced that income tax personal allowances would be increased by £600 for the current tax year, providing an additional £120 to basic rate taxpayers. This will support all basic rate taxpayers under 65, including many carers and retirees between the ages of 50 and 59. As the Chancellor said on 13 May, he will report on proposals for future years at the Pre-Budget Report.
Mr. Frank Field: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer pursuant to the oral statement of 13 May 2008, Official Report, columns 1201-2, on income tax, (1) what the effect of the (a) increase in personal allowances and (b) abolition of the 10 pence starting rate of tax is for those earning below £40,835, broken down by £1,000 income bands; and if he will make a statement; 
(2) what information he holds on the (a) age, (b) sex, (c) household composition and (d) earnings level of the 1.1 million people estimated to receive partial compensation as a result of his proposals in relation to those who lost out as a result of the withdrawal of the 10 pence starting rate of tax. 
Jane Kennedy [holding answer 20 May 2008]: The announcement on 13 May means that 80 per cent. of the households who stood to lose from the Budget 2007 reforms are compensated in full, and the remaining 1.1 million will see their losses more than halved.
Details of the 1.1 million households who are not fully compensated, including the information requested, are set out in the Government's memorandum to the Treasury Committee on its inquiry into Budget Measures and Low-Income Households.
Mr. Gauke: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what percentage of the £2.7 billion tax cut announced on 13 May will benefit persons paying higher rate or basic rate income tax, excluding those persons paying the basic rate only as a consequence of the abolition of the 10 pence rate. 
Mr. Laws: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer whether it is the policy of his Department that the proceeds of all asset sales by the Ministry of Defence should be available for re-investment within the defence budget; and if he will make a statement. 
Sir Michael Spicer: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer when he will respond to the letter from the hon. Member for West Worcestershire of 14 May, on the 10 per cent. tax band, PO Ref 1/571295/2008. 
Stewart Hosie: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what recent assessment he has made of the effect of changes in the prices of oil and gas on taxation revenues accruing to the Exchequer; and if he will make a statement. 
Higher oil prices generate greater receipts from both North sea corporation tax and petroleum revenue tax but there are a number of offsetting effects that limit the overall impact on the public finances. These include the impact of temporarily higher inflation on the indexation of tax allowances and social security benefits, the impact from lower demand for fuel on fuel duties and repercussions on other consumption and expenditure taxes and that higher oil costs could affect the profits of other companies.
Mr. Philip Hammond: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer when he expects the final report by Kieran Poynter into the data loss at HM Revenue and Customs to be published; and if he will make a statement. 
Mr. Philip Hammond: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how much was spent on (a) alcohol and (b) entertainment by each HM Revenue and Customs office in the last 12 month period for which figures are available. 
Jane Kennedy: Expenditure, including that on entertaining, is subject to audit and the principles of Managing Public Money and the Treasury handbook on Regularity and Propriety. £10,001 was spent within HMRC (excluding VGA) on entertaining during the 2007-08 financial year. Obtaining information on the amount spent on alcohol within this figure is available only at disproportionate cost.
Where there is a continuing award, tax credits overpayments are automatically recovered by adjusting the customer's payments. Such action involves minimal staff intervention. HMRC's Code of Practice 26 available at
In circumstances where a tax credits claim has ended and there is no continuing entitlement from which overpaid tax credits can be recovered, the overpaid amount will be recovered by direct payment from the claimant.
Staff engaged in direct recovery work of these overpayments comprise several grades at different recovery stages and it is not possible to isolate the number or calculate the average salaries of staff engaged solely in the direct recovery of tax credits overpayments.
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