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Mr. Philip Hammond: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will place in the Library a copy of the latest staff satisfaction survey for (a) his Department, (b) each of its agencies and (c) HM Revenue and Customs. 
Sarah McCarthy-Fry: The Government regret that the parliamentary ombudsman felt it was necessary to lay her further report but stands by the response to her main report it made on 15 January 2009. The Government are now working to deliver the ex gratia payments scheme it has announced as quickly as possible.
Daniel Kawczynski: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer on what date Mr. Simon Bor was seconded from his Department to assist Sir John Chadwicks inquiry into the Equitable Life ex-gratia payment scheme. 
The Financial Ombudsman Service (FOS) is operationally independent of Government. The steps taken by the FOS to deal with the demands it faces are detailed in its corporate plan and budget 2009-10 published in March 2009. The Financial Services
authority (FSA) approves the budget of the FOS and has a duty to ensure that the FOS is at all times capable of exercising its functions.
Jenny Willott: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what guidance the Office of Government Commerce's Centre of Expertise in Sustainable Procurement has provided on environmental criteria for government ICT procurement; and if he will make a statement. 
Ian Pearson: The Centre of Expertise in Sustainable Procurement (CESP) guidance on environmental criteria for Government ICT procurement is outlined in the Quick Win' product specifications, which can be found on the DEFRA website:
Mr. Stephen O'Brien: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer with reference to the evidence given by the Health Service Ombudsman to the Public Bill Committee on the Health and Social Care Bill, Session 2007-08, what the outcome was of discussions between his Department and the Ombudsman on the additional funding required by the Ombudsman for her new role in the NHS complaints process. 
Mr. Graham Stuart: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many times Lord Paul of Marylebone has visited No. 11 Downing Street on matters related to his Departments responsibilities in each of the last five years; and if he will make a statement. 
Sarah McCarthy-Fry: Treasury Ministers and officials have meetings with a wide variety of organisations in the public and private sectors as part of the process of policy development and delivery. As was the case with previous Administrations, it is not the Governments practice to provide details of all such meetings.
Ann Winterton: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer when he plans to respond to the letter of 2 February 2009, ref 3/08735/2009, on value added tax from the hon. Member for Congleton on behalf of her constituent Mr Carl Hammonds. 
To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer when he plans to respond to the letter of 29 January 2009 from the right hon. Member for Banff
and Buchan on the closure of the Peterhead HM Revenue and Customs office. 
Mr. Sanders: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what assessment his Department has made of the (a) costs and (b) benefits of assisting private finance initiative projects through (i) its Infrastructure Finance Unit and (ii) direct funding from the public purse. 
Ian Pearson: The Government believe it is vital to get infrastructure projects under way as swiftly as possibleto support jobs and the economy this year as well as delivering important public services. Switching to alternative procurement methods or conventional funding for these projects at this late stage would incur significant additional delays or risk projects failing. For these reasons we have decided that providing additional debt finance is the most effective way to get construction underway swiftly and support jobs now.
Mr. McLoughlin: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what recent assessment he has made of the effectiveness of private finance initiatives in (a) West Derbyshire constituency and (b) Derbyshire. 
Mr. Keith Simpson: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer pursuant to the answer of 19 May 2009, Official Report, column 1328W, on Sri Lanka: international assistance, when he expects the International Monetary Fund to present a programme for Sri Lanka; and if he will make a statement. 
Mr. Stewart Jackson: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many residents of Peterborough constituency are in receipt of tax credits; and what the average level of tax credit payment to such residents was in the last 12 months. 
Mr. Timms: The latest information on the number of recipient families benefiting from tax credits, by each parliamentary constituency, is given in the HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) snapshot publication, Child and Working Tax Credits Statistics. Geographical Analyses. April 2009.
Information on average annual entitlements by each parliamentary constituency, based on incomes and final family circumstances in 2006-07, is produced in the HMRC publication, Child and Working Tax Credits Statistics. Finalised Annual Awards. Geographical Analyses. 2006-07. These publications are available on the HMRC website at:
Dr. Pugh: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many HM Revenue and Customs staff administered the provisions of anti-tax avoidance legislation (a) in 2007, (b) in 2008 and (c) on the latest date for which figures are available. 
Mr. Timms: HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) staff use whatever parts of the tax code are relevant to help people and businesses pay the right amount of tax and, where necessary, to tackle tax avoidance, evasion and fraud. HMRC is unable to provide information regarding the specific number of resources deployed on the separate elements of that work.
Ian Pearson: The intermediaries legislation also known as IR35 is not targeted at any particular occupation or business sector. It is anti avoidance legislation which prevents workers, who are providing their services under what would otherwise be considered employment terms, being able to pay less income tax and national insurance contributions (NICs) by providing their services through intermediaries, most commonly limited companies.
Mr. Timms: The vast majority of self-assessment (SA) taxpayers can take advantage of HM Revenue and Customs' online services to file their tax return via the internet. However, a small proportion of SA taxpayers (including Members of Parliament) need to complete special dedicated pages. These forms are not available online since it would be disproportionately costly to develop the links to departmental computer systems.
Richard Younger-Ross: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer pursuant to the answer to the hon. Member for East Dunbartonshire of 1 June 2009, Official Report, column 54W, on value added tax: repairs and maintenance, if he will reduce to five per cent. the rate of value added tax applicable to the maintenance and repair of listed buildings. 
Mr. Timms: VAT is a broad-based tax upon consumption and although the Government continue to keep the impact of VAT on all building work under review, it only applies reduced VAT rates where it believes these would provide well-targeted and cost-effective support for its policy objectives.
Jeremy Corbyn: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many residents of Islington North constituency are in receipt of tax credits; and what the average tax credit payment to such residents was in the last 12 month period for which information is available. 
Mr. Timms: The latest information on the number of recipient families benefiting from tax credits, by each parliamentary constituency, is available in the HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) snapshot publication Child and Working Tax Credits Statistics. Geographical Analyses. April 2009.
For the average amount paid, information on average annual entitlements by each parliamentary constituency, based on final family circumstances and incomes in 2006-07, is produced in the HMRC publications Child and Working Tax Credits Statistics. Finalised Annual Awards. Geographical Analyses. 2006-07. All of these publications are available at:
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