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The total estimated loss to HMRC from fraud committed by staff against HMRC is £6 million, of which £1.9 million related specifically to fraud committed against the tax credit system. The figures can be broken down as follows:
|Estimated loss from fraud committed by staff against HMRC||Estimated loss from fraud committed by staff against the tax credit system|
HMRC is committed to the highest levels of integrity and will not tolerate any threats to its perceived trust and level of service in the eyes of the public by its own staff. Robust procedures are in place to identify and combat all types of fraud by staff against HMRC.
Mr. Philip Hammond:
To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what bonus payments were made to HM Revenue and Customs staff in each of the last three
financial years, broken down by (a) grade and (b) department. 
Jane Kennedy: The information is as follows:
|SCS Grade||Number receiving a bonus||Bonus paid (£)||Number receiving a bonus||Bonus paid (£)|
It has not been possible to break down the data for delegated staff for years 2005-06 and 2006-07 so aggregate figures only are shown for those years.
|Performance related bonuses|
|Delegated grade||Number receiving a bonus||Bonus paid (£)|
|The data for delegated staff refers to HMRC staff only as VOA have their own pay structure.|
Mr. Salmond: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many cases have been passed from HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) call centres to HMRC offices in Scotland which are currently earmarked for closure in each of the last five years. 
Jane Kennedy: The information requested is not available. HMRC have announced plans to vacate some buildings in the Edinburgh and Glasgow areas but no decisions have been made regarding the future of other buildings it occupies in Scotland.
Mr. Roger Williams: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what (a) costs and (b) savings he expects to arise from the closure of HM Revenue and Customs' Brecon office, broken down by budget heading. 
Jane Kennedy: Proposals for the HMRC office at Government Buildings, Brecon, along with other individual locations in Wales, were published on 11 June 2008. Those proposals included vacation of the office in Brecon but final decisions are not expected until later this year. Detailed feasibility work as to how much HMRC might expect to save by the proposals is still at an early stage.
Mr. Roger Williams: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many redundancies he expects will take place if HM Revenue and Customs' Brecon (Powys) tax office closes. 
Jane Kennedy: No decisions have yet been made in relation to the HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) office in Brecon. The future of the Brecon office is currently subject to a programme of consultation and feasibility work. HMRC is committed to avoiding redundancies wherever possible and to helping staff find alternative posts either within the Department or elsewhere.
Mr. Philip Hammond: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what average annual amount was paid out in tax refunds in each of the last five years. 
Jane Kennedy: Estimates are available for income tax repayments made to individuals through payable orders and the Bankers Automated Clearing System (BACS) only and are as follows.
|Average amount per repayment (£)|
|PAYE or savings income||Self assessment|
Mr. Pickles: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer pursuant to the answer of 22 May 2008, Official Report, column 440W, on Valuation Office: cameras, what makes and models of digital camera were purchased. 
Jane Kennedy: The information requested is as follows:
|April to March:||Quantity|
|(1) These were all Olympus MJU740 models.|
(2) Of these, 25 were Olympus MJU760 models, 65 were MJU820 models and 600 were Olympus MJU840 models.
Mr. Pickles: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer pursuant to the answer to the hon. Member for Weybridge of 2 June 2008, Official Report, columns 715-6W, on Departmental travel, how many journeys on Eurostar were undertaken by Valuation Office Agency staff in 2006-07; at what cost; and what the purpose was of each such journey. 
Jane Kennedy: Six journeys were undertaken by Valuation Office Agency staff on Eurostar in the 2006-07 financial year. The cost of these journeys was £1047. All of the journeys were in connection with formal investigation procedure Article 88(2) of the EEC treaty.
Mr. Pickles: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will place in the Library a copy of the Valuation Office Agencys videos entitled (a) Breaking the Codean aid to understanding Dwellinghouse Coding, referred to on page 29 of the Agencys Council Tax Referencing Manual and (b) Breaking the Code referred to in Appendix A of the Agency document CTR(E) IA 270303. 
Jane Kennedy: This internal training video, which was produced in 1995, is now rarely used and there is limited availability. Additionally it requires redactions to protect the identity of an individual member of staff, which would mean it has to be converted to a modern format. The cost of sourcing the video and undertaking the editing would be disproportionate.
Mr. Hoban: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many tax credit overpayment notices his Department issued in each of the last 12 months. 
Jane Kennedy: The numbers of requests to pay back overpaid tax credits (forms TC610) issued by HM Revenue and Customs in each month from June 2007 to May 2008 are given in the following table:
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