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Tax Credit: Overpayments

Jenny Willott: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what the average cost of pursuing a court case for tax credit overpayment recovery was in (a) 2006-07, (b) 2007-08 and (c) 2008 to date. [241969]

Ian Pearson: The information requested is not readily available and could be provided only at disproportionate cost.

Tax Credit: Telephone Services

Jenny Willott: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will place in the Library a copy of each of the scripts used by tax credit helpline staff. [241459]


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Angela Eagle: I refer the hon. Member to the answer given by the then Financial Secretary to the Treasury, my right hon. Friend the Member for Liverpool, Wavertree (Jane Kennedy) on 11 December 2007, Official Report, column 375W.

Jenny Willott: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer whether it is the policy of his Department’s tax credit helpline to offer a callback to callers upon request. [241460]

Angela Eagle: I refer the hon. Member to the answer given by my right hon. Friend the former Financial Secretary to the Treasury (Jane Kennedy) on 21 April 2008, Official Report, column 1691W.

Jenny Willott: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many calls have been received by the hon. Members’ tax credit helpline in each month since it was established. [Official Report, 21 January 2009, Vol. 486, c. 7MC.] [241465]

Angela Eagle: For the number of calls answered each month by the Tax Credit Office MP Hotline up to and including May 2007, I refer the hon. Member to the answer that the then Paymaster-General, my right hon. Friend the Member for Bristol, South (Dawn Primarolo) gave the hon. Member for Yeovil (Mr. Laws) on 25 June 2007, Official Report, column 419W.

The information requested for the period June 2007 to November 2008 is provided in the following table.


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Number of calls to Tax Credit Office MP Hotline

2007

June

1,291

July

1,071

August

976

September

1,146

October

1,404

November

1,233

December

887

2008

January

934

February

1,025

March

775

April

947

May

994

June

1,118

July

1,083

August

826

September

912

October

1,009

November

775


VAT: Hotels

Mr. Hunt: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many VAT-registered (a) hotels, (b) guest houses, (c) bed and breakfast establishments and (d) licensed premises there were in each of the last five years. [240650]

Angela Eagle: HMRC does not collect information at the requested level of detail.

Numbers of VAT registered enterprises by broad sector (at the three-digit standard industrial classification level) are published on the website of the Department for Business Enterprise and Regulatory Reform.

Voluntary Work

Bob Spink: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will make it his policy to monitor and provide estimates of the amount of unpaid work undertaken in the economy; and if he will make a statement. [240448]

Angela Eagle: The independent Office for National Statistics has made occasional estimates of the amount of unpaid work in the economy. There is an ongoing programme of work looking into producing these estimates on a regular basis.


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