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Smuggling: Fuels

David Simpson: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer (1) what percentage of fuel smuggling-related detections in Northern Ireland made in each of the last three years were made by (a) the Police Service of Northern Ireland and (b) HM Revenue and Customs; [214983]

(2) what percentage of fuel smuggling-related detections in England and Wales in each of the last three years were made by HM Revenue and Customs. [214943]

Angela Eagle: The numbers of fuel related detections by HMRC in the last three years are as follows:

Detections Northern Ireland England and Wales Total

2007-08

1,158

2,759

3,917

2006-07

1,190

2,683

3,873

2005-06

932

2,536

3,468


HMRC do not centrally record fuel smuggling detections made by other agencies and therefore cannot estimate the percentages requested.

David Simpson: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many vehicles were seized by the authorities in Northern Ireland as a result of being used for smuggling cross border fuel in each of the last three years; what the total amount of fuel seized from these vehicles was; how many arrests were made in such seizures; and how many convictions were secured as a result of these arrests. [215028]

Angela Eagle: The information requested is as follows:

As at 31 March each year Vehicles detected smuggling fuel into Northern Ireland Fuel smuggled into Northern Ireland and seized (litres)

2005

108

301,020

2006

67

297,260

2007

37

240,600

2008

53

247,303


Tax Allowances: Taxis

John Barrett: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will adjust the tax free mileage allowance for taxis and minicabs in line with changes in fuel prices. [216885]

Angela Eagle: Tax free mileage allowances are available to employees who use their own motor vehicles for business journeys and are reimbursed by their employer for doing so. They do not affect drivers of taxis and minicabs who are in most cases self-employed.


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Taxation: Fuels

Mr. Greg Knight: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how much revenue the Exchequer received from (a) fuel duty and (b) value added tax on fuel in the last 12 months. [214613]

Mr. Weir: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer (1) what level of duty was applied to the highest-selling variants of (a) unleaded petrol and (b) diesel in each year since 1997; [214560]

(2) what proportion of the pump price of the highest-selling variants of (a) unleaded petrol and (b) diesel accrued to HM Treasury in (i) duty, (ii) VAT and (iii) both taxes combined was in each year since 1997. [214561]

Angela Eagle: I refer the right hon. Member for East Yorkshire and the hon. Member for Angus to the answer I gave the hon. Member for East Londonderry (Mr. Campbell) on 7 May 2008, Official Report, column 912W. The latest release of the Hydrocarbon Oils Bulletin details receipts to April this year. Table 4.1.2 of the latest release of Quarterly Energy Prices published by the Department for Business Enterprise and Regulatory Reform contains retail petroleum product price data—this can be viewed at www.berr.gov.uk/energy/statistics/publications/prices.

HM Revenue and Customs does not collect data on VAT from individual goods and services.

Taxation: Oil

Nick Ainger: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how much revenue from oil movements was paid to HM Revenue and Customs by (a) Chevron Pembroke Refinery, (b) Murco/Total Fina EG Refinery, Milford Haven and (c) Sem Logistics Petro Plus/Milford Haven in (i) 2007-08, (ii) 2006-07 and (iii) 2005-06. [216625]

Angela Eagle: Section 18 of the Commissioners for Revenue and Customs Act 2005 does not permit HM Revenue and Customs to disclose information relating to the tax affairs of individual taxpayers.

Historic and monthly excise duty receipts from total quantities of oil released for consumption can be found in table 3 of the HM Revenue and Customs Hydrocarbon Oils Bulletin, a copy of which can be found at:

Taxation: Rebates

Matthew Taylor: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how much his Department has paid in tax rebates in each year since 1979. [216205]

Jane Kennedy: Information on income tax credits and repayments, other than those made through the self assessment system, is published in Table 2.9 on the HMRC website. A link to the most recent publication (covering the years 1996-97 to 2007-08) is as follows:


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Information for earlier years is not available in the same detail but the corresponding totals were:

£ million

1979-80

5,596

1980-81

7,290

1981-82

7,515

1982-83

7,962

1983-84

6,969

1984-85

8,201

1985-86

9,751

1986-87

9,824

1987-88

10,488

1988-89

11,167

1989-90

13,773

1990-91

16,104

1991-92

16,478

1992-93

17,233

1993-94

15,552

1994-95

15,264

1995-96

15,170


Valuation Office: Northern Ireland Land and Property Services

Robert Neill: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer pursuant to the answer to the hon. Member for Brentwood and Ongar (Mr. Pickles) of 6 May 2008, Official Report, column 829W, on Valuation Office: Northern Ireland Land and Property Services, where and when each meeting was held; and what the official title or group name given to each of the meetings was. [211829]

Jane Kennedy: Meetings were held in London on 21 June and 29 November 2007; in Belfast on 3 April, 8 May and 18 October 2007, and on 18 February and 4 April 2008; and in Dublin on 6 November 2007. The title "Steering Committee on Harmonisation" has commonly been used for these liaison meetings.

VAT: Lighting

Mr. Francois: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer pursuant to the answer to the hon. Member for Montgomeryshire of 4 June 2008, Official Report, column 929W, on VAT: housing, what progress has been made on plans for lowering the rate of VAT on energy efficient light bulbs at the EU level. [216423]

Jane Kennedy: The availability of VAT reduced rates is governed by the European VAT agreements, signed by successive Governments. The Government are currently making the case at EU level for wider application of reduced VAT rates to energy-saving and energy efficient products. In March 2008 the European Council invited the Commission to examine areas where economic instruments, including VAT rates, can have a role to play to increase the use of energy-efficient goods and energy-saving materials. This work is currently under way and we expect it to be discussed by member states later in the year. Decisions on the scope of any new reduced VAT rate would be a matter for unanimous agreement of all member states.


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Welfare Tax Credits

Jenny Willott: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer (1) how much was received on average in (a) working tax credits and (b) child tax credits by claimant families with a child (i) claiming and (ii) not claiming disability living allowance in the most recent period for which figures are available; and if he will make a statement; [216548]

(2) how many and what proportion of families with a child claiming disability living allowance are claiming (a) working tax credit and (b) child tax credit; and if he will make a statement. [216966]

Jane Kennedy: The information requested is not available.

Welfare Tax Credits: Armed Forces

Jenny Willott: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many military service personnel are in receipt of (a) child tax credit and (b) working tax credit, broken down by service; and if he will make a statement. [216052]

Jane Kennedy: Information on the number of child and working tax credit claimants broken down by occupation is not available.

Welfare Tax Credits: EU Nationals

Mr. Evennett: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many claims for (a) working tax credits and (b) child tax credits were made by citizens of other EU member states resident in Bexleyheath and Crayford constituency in the last financial year; and if he will make a statement. [216882]

Jane Kennedy: The information requested is not available.

Welsh Language

Mr. Crabb: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what recent assessment he has made of the level of demand for the services provided by (a) his Department and (b) its agencies and non-departmental bodies to be provided in the Welsh language; and if he will make a statement. [210538]

Angela Eagle: HM Treasury and its agencies provide Welsh language versions of its publications on request as part of their own Welsh Language Scheme. Welsh language versions of literature are provided under the Welsh Language Act 1993.

Detailed records on the level of demand for publications issued by HM Treasury, NS&I, OGC Buying Solutions, VOA and the Royal Mint do not exist, but key reports are translated and printed in Welsh including:


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HM Revenue and Customs monitors the level of demand for Welsh Language Services through statistical information collected by its Welsh contact and service centre. In the period 1 April 2007 to 31 March 2008, the Department received approximately:

Number

Telephone Calls

20,026

Inquiry Centre Visits

1,111

Self Assessment returns

2,462

Letters and forms

24,367


In March 2008, HMRC renewed its commitment to provide a Welsh Language Service when it agreed a four-year Welsh Language Scheme with the Welsh Language Board. This undertaking outlines the Department’s commitment to approximately 10,000 Welsh language customers who have contacted it asking for a Welsh Language Service.

Written Questions: Government Responses

Ms Gisela Stuart: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer when he plans to answer question 203260, tabled on 28 April 2008, on the Council of Ministers; and what the reasons are for the time taken to answer. [216944]

Kitty Ussher: I have done so.

Health

Accident and Emergency Departments

Mr. Ellwood: To ask the Secretary of State for Health what estimate he has made of the number of accident and emergency admissions which took place in the week commencing (a) 24 March and (b) 31 March 2008. [214448]

Mr. Bradshaw: The primary source of information on accident and emergency (A&E) activity is the quarterly monitoring accident and emergency dataset, which collects and publishes information, including on emergency admissions via type 1 A&E departments in England, on a quarterly basis. The most recently-published data shows that there were 771,217 emergency admissions via type 1 A&E departments in England for the period January to March (quarter four) 2007-08.

Limited information on emergency admissions via type 1 A&E departments is collected from national health service trusts as weekly, unvalidated data for performance management purposes.

Information is available on attendances at A&E departments but this is collected separately.


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