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Mrs. Lait: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what estimate he has made of the likely financial effects of changes in the landfill tax escalator on local authorities over the next two years. 
Mr. Donohoe: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what discussions he has had with the Scottish Executive on the implementation of the powers of the Scottish Parliament to alter existing arrangements for local taxes; and if he will make a statement. 
Chris Grayling: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what estimate he has made of the number of people with marginal tax deduction rates of (a) between 50 to 60 per cent., (b) between 60 to 70 per cent., (c) between 70 to 80 per cent., (d) between 80 to 90 per cent. and (e) between 90 to 100 per cent. and (f) over 100 per cent. in each year since 1997 for which information is available. 
Mr. Timms: Estimates of the number of families with marginal deduction rates above 60 per cent. have been published in Budget reports since 1999 (table 4.2 in Budget 2008 shows the latest estimates). Comparable estimates over time for those with marginal deduction rates below 60 per cent. are not available.
Mr. Frank Field: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer on what date the chief executive of HM Revenue and Customs received the letter dated 24 September 2008 from the right hon. Member for Birkenhead on his constituent, reference chm/08593/2008; and when he expects the matter to be resolved. 
Mr. Timms: The acting Chief Executive Officer of HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) received a letter dated 16 September 2008 from the right hon. Gentleman on 22 September 2008. He will be writing to him this week to explain the circumstances surrounding his constituent's tax credits claim. HMRC will also be sending his constituent the tax credits payments that are due.
Sir Gerald Kaufman: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer when he plans to answer the letter dated 26th August from the right hon. Member for Manchester, Gorton on Mr Raja Afzal, transferred to his Department from the Department of Work and Pensions. 
Mr. Hunt: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer pursuant to the answer of 1 July 2008, Official Report, column 880W, on departmental NDPBs, how many times his Department has been asked to approve (a) capital projects of £6 million and above, (b) gifts and non-statutory contingent liabilities of £100,000 and above, (c) spending which exceeded limits set out in the relevant financial memoranda and (d) spending which could have set a potentially expensive precedent, caused repercussions for others or which was novel or contentious by bodies which the Department for Culture, Media and Sport sponsors in each of the last five years. 
Yvette Cooper: The Treasury keeps proposals for spending above delegated limits, and spending which would be novel and contentious, under review as part of an on-going discussion among officials. Detail of all discussions is not held centrally and the information requested could be provided only at disproportionate cost.
Mr. Mullin: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will place in the Library a copy of his predecessors response to the letter of 4 May 2007 from John Nichols on behalf of the Urban Redevelopment Chief Executives Group regarding the impact of the proposed abolition of the empty property relief on business rates; and if he will make a statement. 
Mr. Baron: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer whether he plans to review recent changes to (a) business rates and (b) empty properties relief in view of the current economic situation and its effect on small businesses. 
Mrs. Lait: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what estimate he has made of likely changes to levels of revenues to be received from property business rates over the next three years; and what assessment he has made of the reasons for such changes. 
Mr. Timms: Estimated and projected revenues for business rates for Great Britain, for 2007-08 and 2008-09, are published in table C6 of the Budget 2008 report. Receipts for 2007-08, estimates for 2008-09 and projections for 2009-10 will be published in the 2008 pre-Budget report.
During this period of temporary public ownership, Northern Rock is managed by its board at arm's length from the Government on commercial principles. It is a matter for the company's management to release specific business information and updates or provide any required disclosures in their audited annual report and accounts.
Mr. Gregory Campbell: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many litres of oil were recovered from sites producing illegal fuel oils in Northern Ireland in each of the last five years for which figures are available. 
Mr. Timms: There was a major restructuring of directorates following the merger of the Inland Revenue and HM Customs and Excise on 18 April 2005. Cost figures for the directorates involved in enforcement and compliance activities in the new structure are available from 2006-07.
Mr. Moore: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what timetable has been set for the Adjudicator's Office by his Department for the completion of investigations into complaints about HM Revenue and Customs. 
Bob Russell: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what estimate he has made of the costs to date arising from the actions pursued by HM Revenue and Customs against Mr. Philip J. Wright of Rowhedge Road, Colchester, in respect of Regulation 49 of the Income Tax (Employee) Regulations 1993 and section 8 of the Social Security Contributions (Transfer of Functions etc) Act 1999 for tax relating to the years ending 1999-2000 to 2003-04; and what estimate he has made of the number of staff hours spent on this case. 
Mr. Timms: Information on the loss of personal documents was not recorded centrally by HMRC and its predecessor Departments throughout this period. Improved central recording of data security incidents, consistent with the recommendations of the Poynter Review, has more recently been put in place.
Mr. Brady: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will make it his policy to raise the limit for the maximum monthly investment into a Save as You Earn Sharesave plan to £400 to take account of inflation since 1991. 
Ian Lucas: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many UK taxpayers would pay tax at 50 per cent. if a 50 per cent. rate were introduced for taxpayers with annual pay of (a) £100,000, (b) £150,000 and (c) £200,000. 
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Ian Lucas: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how much additional revenue would be raised if a 50 per cent. tax rate were introduced for UK taxpayers receiving annual pay of (a) £100,000, (b) £150,000 and (c) £200,000. 
Mr. Gregory Campbell: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what estimated additional revenue would be raised in 2009-10 by increasing the higher rate tax band to 50 per cent. for those with incomes in excess of £100,000 per annum from April 2009. 
Mr. Timms: Table 2a of the Generic Tax Tables 2008-09: Additional full-year yield from the introduction of additional higher rates of tax on GROSS incomes (Earnings and Savings) over a specific amount contains comprehensive information on income tax and is available in the Library of the House. The table excludes any estimates of behavioural response which could be significant and might eliminate a large proportion of the yield from any new higher rate band.
Mr. Hepburn: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what account he has taken of varying regional impacts of the proposed aviation duty in the formulation of the policy; and if he will publish his Departments modelling of the likely effects of the duty on each region before a decision on implementation is taken. 
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