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Taxation: Aviation

Graham Stringer: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer (1) what economic modelling he has undertaken in assessing the likely effect of the introduction of the proposed new aviation duty; and if he will make a statement; [229478]

(2) what assessment he has made of the effect on the number of flights using UK airports of the introduction of the proposed new aviation duty. [229477]

Mr. Laxton: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer (1) what modelling has been undertaken in assessing the likely impact on the economic viability of the aviation industry of the introduction of the proposed new aviation duty; [229598]

(2) what assessment he has made of the likely effect on the number of flights using UK airports of the introduction of the proposed new aviation duty. [229599]

Mr. Leech: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer (1) what modelling has been undertaken to assess the likely effect on the financial viability of the aviation industry of the introduction of the proposed new aviation duty; [229256]

(2) what estimate has been made of the likely effect on the number of flights using UK airports of the introduction of the proposed aviation duty. [229255]

Paul Rowen: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer (1) what assessment he has made of the likely effect on the number of flights using UK airports of the introduction of the proposed aviation duty; [230759]

(2) what modelling of likely effects on the economic viability of the aviation industry of the introduction of the proposed aviation duty he has undertaken. [230760]

Mr. Dodds: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer (1) what modelling has been undertaken in assessing the likely impact on the economic viability of the aviation industry following the introduction of aviation duty; [231205]

(2) what assessment he has made of the effect on the number of flights using UK airports of the introduction of the proposed aviation duty. [231206]

Mr. Wilshire: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer (1) what modelling his Department has undertaken to assess the likely effect of the proposed introduction of aviation duty on the economic viability of the aviation industry; [230122]


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(2) what estimate he has made of the effect of the introduction of the proposed aviation duty on the number of flights using UK airports. [230124]

Angela Eagle: A formal consultation on aviation duty was published on 31 January 2008 and closed on 24 April 2008. 170 consultation responses were received and these have been considered in developing the policy.

The Government are modelling overall impacts of the tax on the whole economy, including airports and the aviation industry. The details of the duty have not yet been set. The Chancellor plans to make an announcement in the autumn.

Taxation: Self-assessment

Bob Spink: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what estimate he has made of the loss to the Exchequer caused by late tax returns in the latest period for which figures are available; and if he will make a statement. [227540]

Mr. Timms: No such estimate has been made.

Bob Spink: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how much income was received from (a) penalty charges and (b) interest charged to people who did not meet tax return deadlines in each of the last five years. [Official Report, 20 November 2008, Vol. 483, c. 4MC.] [227556]

Mr. Timms: The following information relates to self-assessment tax returns.

(a) The following penalty charges were charged for the late submission of self-assessment tax returns. The figures relate to each of the tax assessment years rather than the year in which income was received.

Tax year £ million

2003-04

73.7

2004-05

126.1

2005-06

113.2

2006-07

149.4

2007-08

(1)

(1) Return due:
Paper: 31 October 2008
Online: 31 January 2009.

Information is only available for four tax years. Information prior to 2003-04, can be provided only at disproportionate cost.

(b) Interest is not charged for late submission of a self-assessment tax return; interest is charged on the late payment of any income tax due. While interest charges may arise on a tax liability following late submission of a tax return, this information is not available separately from interest charged generally on income tax liabilities that are paid late.

Bob Spink: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what recent representations he has received on his policy of advertising deadlines for tax returns to be made. [227557]

Mr. Timms: There have been no recent representations.


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Bob Spink: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how much was spent on advertising the need for people to make timely tax returns in each of the last five years; and if he will make a statement. [227558]

Mr. Timms: Media costs for the Self Assessment campaign for the last five years are as follows:

£

2003-04

5,527,234.00

2004-05

5,462,351.00

2005-06

5,994,946.00

2006-07

3,009,975.00

2007-08

1,928,725.00


Treating Customers Fairly Scheme

Dan Rogerson: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer (1) what the average cost of investigating an independent financial adviser under the Treating Customers Fairly scheme was in the last 12 months; [229349]

(2) how many complaints the Financial Services Authority have received about independent financial advisers under the Treating Customers Fairly scheme in the last 12 months; how many were investigated; and how many investigations resulted in penalties or other sanctions being imposed on the adviser concerned. [229350]

Ian Pearson: The matters raised in these questions are the responsibility of the FSA, whose day to day operations are independent from Government control and influence. I have asked the Chief Executive of the FSA to write to the hon. Member on the issues he raises.

VAT: Channel Islands

Mr. Olner: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer whether his officials are participating in the European Commission's investigation into the legality of the continued availability of low value consignment relief from value added tax in respect of imports of food supplements, herbal remedies and other items from the Channel Islands; and if he will make a statement. [229755]

Mr. Timms: A reply was sent to the European Commission in April 2008 by HMRC. This was in response to the Commission's request for comment about the UK's application of the low value consignment relief.

To date no further correspondence has been received.

VAT: Local Government

Mark Fisher: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer which items of expenditure in a local election or local referendum are liable for value added tax. [229611]

Mr. Timms: The normal VAT liability rules will apply to expenditure in connection with local elections or local referenda. They will be subject to VAT at the standard rate unless covered by any of the reduced rate, zero rate or exemption provisions.


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Welfare Tax Credits

Charles Hendry: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer pursuant to the answer of 17 October 2008, Official Report, columns 1593-94W, on social security benefits, how many people applied for either working tax credit or child tax credit in each month since January 2006. [229705]

Mr. Timms: The number of new claims for working tax credit or child tax credit received from households in each month since January 2006 is given in the following table. It is not possible to say how many people are included in each claim except at disproportionate cost.

New claims received by household

200 6

January

89,397

February

101,742

March

113,842

April

66,273

May

108,440

June

110,773

July

84,857

August

119,459

September

117,658

October

115,724

November

115,482

December

78,388

2007

January

97,324

February

101,048

March

116,460

April

81,984

May

90,815

June

110,234

July

100,482

August

111,926

September

91,973

October

116,177

November

115,522

December

72,092

2008

January

88,503

February

103,560

March

102,006

April

94,724

May

100,102

June

107,390

July

121,180

August

104,541

September

120,090


Welfare Tax Credits: Chelmsford

Mr. Burns: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many complaints from customers in West Chelmsford constituency he received on tax credits in each year for which figures are available. [230517]


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Mr. Timms: The information requested is not available at constituency level.

Written Questions: Government Responses

Chris McCafferty: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer when he plans to answer question 221509, tabled on 17 July 2008 for named day answer on 22 July 2008, on Civil Service pay. [229269]

Yvette Cooper: I have done so.

Leader of the House

Departmental ICT

Mr. Hoban: To ask the Leader of the House what IT projects her Office is undertaking; and what the most recent estimate of (a) the cost and (b) the completion date of each is. [229167]

Chris Bryant: The Leader of the House of Commons' Office is currently considering the feasibility of one IT project, the “Electronic Parliamentary Community” (ePC), the aim of which is to enable the processing of parliamentary questions and answers electronically between Parliament and Government Departments.

Funding for the project is subject to approval by the Cabinet Office. A completion date will be established if funding is approved.


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