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Mr. Evennett: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many households in Bexleyheath and Crayford constituency were in receipt of (a) working tax credit and (b) child tax credit in the last 12 month period for which figures are available. 
Mr. Timms: The latest estimates of the average number of families benefiting from child and working tax credits awards, based on final family circumstances and incomes, are available in the HMRC publication, "Child and Working Tax Credits Statistics Finalised Annual Awards Geographical Analyses" for 2007-08. The publication is available on the HMRC website at:
Jon Trickett: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer (1) how many people in Hemsworth constituency are receiving (a) child and (b) working tax credit; and what the average monetary value of tax credits to those households was in the latest period for which figures are available; 
Estimates of the number of recipient families of working families tax credit, by parliamentary constituency, are given in the HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) quarterly publication 'Working Families' and Disabled Person's Tax Credit Statistics Geographical analyses' for the quarters ended May 2001 to November 2002. The publications are available on the HMRC website at
The latest information on the number of recipient families of Child and Working Tax Credits, by parliamentary constituency, is given in the HMRC snapshot publication, 'Child and Working Tax Credits Statistics Geographical Analyses April 2009'.
The latest estimates of the average annual entitlements by each parliamentary constituency, based on incomes and final family circumstances, are shown in the HMRC publication 'Child and Working Tax Credits Statistics Finalised annual awards Geographical Analyses' for 2007-08.
Mr. Evennett: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many households in Bexleyheath and Crayford constituency were overpaid (a) working tax credit and (b) child tax credit in the last 12 month period for which figures are available. 
However, estimates of the number of tax credits overpayments by parliamentary constituency, are available in the HMRC publication, "Child and Working Tax Credits Statistics Finalised annual awards Supplement on payments Geographical Analyses" for 2007-08. This publication is available on the HMRC website at:
Mr. Greg Knight: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what estimate his Department has made of the number of people who had their eligibility for tax credits removed as a result of failing to submit a renewal claim by 31 July in the last three years for which figures are available. 
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Mr. Timms: Estimates of the average number of families with children benefiting from working tax credit by country, region and local authority are given in the HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) finalised awards geographical publication, "Child and Working Tax Credits statistics Finalised annual awards Geographical analyses" for 2007-08. The publication is available on the HMRC website at:
Mr. Woodward: The Northern Ireland Office resource accounts for 2008-09 have been laid in Parliament on 15 July 2009 in time for the summer recess. The printed and bound version will be made available within four weeks of 15 July 2009.
Mr. Woodward: The Northern Ireland Office (NIO) has participated in stage one of the Government Carbon Offsetting Fund (GCOF) from 2006 to meet a Prime Ministerial commitment to offset ministerial and official air travel.
Lynne Featherstone: To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what percentage of employees in his Department are on a (a) flexible working contract and (b) job share employment contract. 
Paul Goggins: Within the Northern Ireland Office staff are expected to work conditioned hours, however there is a considerable amount of flexibility in the way staff are permitted to work. Flexible working time (that is, a flexible start and finish each day) is available to the majority of staff where operational/business needs permit.
In line with The Employment (NI) Order 2002 the Northern Ireland Office has processes in place to allow staff to request flexible working hours to enable them to balance their family and employment responsibilities.
The following table shows the percentage of staff, in the Northern Ireland Office and its agencies, on a flexible working contract (reduced hours, term time full-time and term time part-time) or job share employment contract at 1 June 2009.
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Mr. Woodward: The Northern Ireland Office, including the Public Prosecution Service Northern Ireland, and excluding its agencies and NDPBs has had no expenditure on (a) purchasing and (b) maintaining flags in each of the last five years.
Paul Goggins: Expenditure on furniture in the last five years by the Northern Ireland Office, including the Public Prosecution Service Northern Ireland but excluding its Agencies and Executive NDPBs is shown in the following table:
The Northern Ireland Office procures furniture across a number of sites which are mainly located in Belfast and London. This furniture is required to facilitate staff in providing a quality service and the expenditure has
been incurred in accordance with the principles of Managing Public Money and the Treasury handbook on Regularity and Propriety.
Sammy Wilson: To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what estimate he has made of the running costs associated with his Department's Northern Ireland Information Service in each of the last five years. 
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Paul Goggins: Following the restoration of the Northern Ireland Assembly on 8 May 2007, the Northern Ireland Office retains responsibility for a range of the reserved and excepted policy matters set out in Schedules 2 and 3 of the Northern Ireland Act 1998 and for executive functions within these areas.
Paul Goggins: In 2008-09 the Department held 15 development events for staff. Two events have taken place in 2009-10. Currently there are no other events planned for 2009 but further events would be organised if there is a business need.
Grant Shapps: To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how much his Department spent on tickets for (a) air and (b) rail travel for (i) Ministers, (ii) special advisers and (iii) civil servants in his Department which were not used in each of the last three years. 
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