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Hywel Williams: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what the cost of administering (a) the PAYE system, (b) the child tax credit system and (c) the working tax credit system was in each of the last three years. 
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(b) and (c) The costs of managing and paying child and working tax credit for the last three years are set out in Notes 3.4 and 3.5 of the Trust Statement to HM Revenue and Customs Accounts for 2005-06, 2006-07 and 2007-08.
Pete Wishart: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what plans the Government has to improve access for hon. Members to assist them in dealing with constituent issues concerning HM Revenue and Customs. 
Mr. Frank Field: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer with reference to the answer of 2 June 2000, Official Report, column 720W, on Revenue and Customs: correspondence, on what dates and for what amounts tax credit manual payments have been issued to the constituent referred to in the Answer in 2008-09 to date; and how many of these were substitute payments. 
Mr. Timms: HM Revenue and Customs produce figures on amounts of bad and doubtful debts each year. These figures are shown in the Statement of Revenue and Expenditure in the Trust Statement which forms part of its published accounts.
Jonathan Shaw: The Department has an extensive range of policies, standards and procedures for the protection of information (including personal data), and the associated information technology systems. In common with all data controllers formally registered under the Data Protection Act, there are legal obligations placed on the Department to ensure that personal data is properly protected from theft or loss, and the Department takes these responsibilities very seriously. It is not in the interests of data subjects for the Department to publish the detailed methodologies, controls and processes which apply to the protection of information in general and personal information in particular, and the related security policies that apply to information technology systems. To do so could enable individuals to deduce how successful the Department is in protecting its systems, in identifying vulnerabilities, and detecting attacks, and might assist such persons in testing the effectiveness of the Departments controls, and thus unlawfully procuring information and data. This would not be in the public interest.
Jonathan Shaw: In accordance with the Cabinet Offices review of Data Handling Procedures in Government, the Department is required to conduct annual risk assessments of its information assets. A formal statement of the Accounting Officers overall assessment of the level of information risk will be given in the Departments annual Resource Account for the year ending March 2009. However, it is not in the interests of data security for the Department to publish its detailed assessments of the level of risk attached to specific data sets. To do so could enable individuals to exploit any identified vulnerabilities, and thus unlawfully to obtain information and data. This would not be in the public interest.
Paul Holmes: To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many civil servants in his Department have been (a) investigated, (b) suspended and (c) dismissed for (i) losing and (ii) deliberately disclosing (A) data stored on departmental equipment and (B) confidential information in each year since its inception. 
Jonathan Shaw: Information on the numbers of staff in the Department for Work and Pensions that have been (a) investigated, (b) suspended and (c) dismissed for (i) losing and (ii) deliberately disclosing (A) data stored on departmental equipment and (B) confidential information in each year since its inception is not available in the format requested.
The Department for Work and Pensions records the numbers of staff investigated, suspended and dismissed for misconduct under general headings but does not record this information under the specific categories requested. To extract more detailed information from individual records under the categories requested would be at disproportionate cost.
Following publication of the Data Handling Review in June 2008, the Department is introducing changes to its disciplinary rules and standards of behaviour to reinforce security measures around the handling and safeguarding of customer data and equipment. The
Departments Discipline and Standards of Behaviour policies and procedures in relation to data loss are brought to the attention of staff via the Departments intranet site.
Jonathan Shaw: The following information is taken from gas statistics published by HSE from data reported under the Reporting of Injuries, Diseases and Dangerous Occurrences Regulations 1995 (RIDDOR). While most of the reports made relate to domestic incidents some non domestic incidents may have been included. Because of the level of detail recorded on individual RIDDOR reports further separation of the statistics could be achieved only at disproportionate cost.
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|n/a = Not available|
(1) Provisional (subject to statistical verification)
Chris Huhne: To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what assessment he has made of the adequacy of standards in the regulation of domestic gas fitters and engineers; and what consideration he has given to the amendment of the existing regulatory regime. 
Jonathan Shaw: The Health and Safety Executive addressed these matters in a review of the domestic gas safety regime in 2006. From April 2009 a reformed and expanded gas installer registration scheme, itself based in gas safety law, will include new arrangements seeking to ensure competent gas work by registered installers.
Miss McIntosh: To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what discussions he has had with the Pensions Regulator on companies with final salary pension schemes making up shortfalls in assets following the credit crunch. 
Ms Rosie Winterton: DWP Ministers and officials have regular discussions with the Pensions Regulator to discuss the regulatory framework, including the ability of companies to make up final salary pension schemes shortfalls.
The regulators analysis of recovery plans shows positive trends in addressing pension deficits but recognises that there are challenges ahead. Reasonable affordability remains the key and the regulator has issued statements on 24 October and 11 December reaffirming the flexibility of the scheme funding regime in relation to current market conditions.
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