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Mr. Byrne: As I announced in the House on 21 October 2009, the Government have asked Sir John Chadwick to submit his final report by spring 2010. We will consider his advice as quickly as possible and announce a payment scheme that is practical to deliver and fair to both policyholders and taxpayers.
Mr. Timms: The most recent published research, commissioned by HM Revenue and Customs in 2006, by the National Centre for Social Research estimated that there were 9,600 organisations providing child care vouchers in late 2005. The report is available at
Since its introduction on 24 November 2008 the Business Payment Support Service has agreed over 220,300 time to pay arrangements with businesses to spread tax payments of about £3.9 billion. This has helped to support more than 150,000 businesses, the
vast majority of whom are small and medium sized, that employ an estimated 600,000 people. Just over 90 per cent. by value of the payments due under time to pay arrangements are being paid on time.
While we have made no formal assessment of the effect on small businesses, businesses tell us that they have found the service very helpful by giving them the breathing space they need and by helping them pay their tax bills in a managed and structured way with the full help and support of HMRC.
Kelvin Hopkins: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what estimate he has made of the cost to public funds of (a) child tax credit and (b) child benefit for families with children aged 16 to 19 years in full-time education and training in 2008-09; what proportion of this expenditure were paid to families with gross incomes of over (i) £25,000, (ii) £40,000, (iii) £60,000 and (iv) £100,000 per year; and if he will make a statement. 
Dr. Whitehead: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what exemptions there are to the application of the climate change levy in respect of the burning of recovered fuel oil in industrial manufacturing processes. 
Sarah McCarthy-Fry: Recovered fuel oil is a hydrocarbon oil within the meaning of the Hydrocarbon Oil Duties Act 1979 and as such is outside the scope of the climate change levy. Therefore, the burning of recovered fuel oil in any process, not just industrial manufacturing, will not be subject to the climate change levy.
Sarah McCarthy-Fry: The Royal Mint is working with banks, the Post Office, cash handling and sorting businesses, the police and the vending industry to remove counterfeit £1 coins from circulation before they reach the pockets of members of the public. Coin handling businesses, such as banks and the Post Office, handle over three billion £1 coins every year. They use high-speed, automated systems to process customer deposits and prepare coin for reissue. These automated systems are capable of detecting and withdrawing a significant number of counterfeit coins. All counterfeit coins detected from coin processing are sent to the Royal Mint for disposal.
The Royal Mint does not currently undertake regular surveys for other denominations. It is widely believed (by the Royal Mint, the Serious Organised Crime Agency and industry partners) that there is not a significant counterfeit issue with any other denominations.
2005 Rating List: £7,300,000;
Draft 2010 Rating List £12,870,000.
Mr. David Jones: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what his most recent assessment is of the level of growth in the UK economy compared with those of other OECD economies; and if he will make a statement. 
Mr. Byrne: All member economies of the OECD have been affected by the global recession. The OECD's Interim Assessment in September noted that there are signs of confidence returning across the world economy and to financial markets. However, complacency remains our biggest risk and the G20 Finance Ministers have agreed to continue delivering the necessary support measures until recovery is secured. The Chancellor will publish his latest assessment of conditions in the UK and world economies in the Pre-Budget Report later this autumn.
Paul Rowen: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what recent discussions officials of his Department have had with representatives of the public house industry on alcohol duty; and if he will make a statement. 
Sarah McCarthy-Fry: Treasury officials receive representations from a wide range of organisations and individuals 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 Government's practice to provide details of all such representations.
Robert Neill: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer with reference to the answer to Lord Oakeshott of Seagrove Bay of 13 October 2009, Official Report, House of Lords, column 24WA, on stamp duty, what estimate has been made of the (a) number of house transactions and (b) average level of house prices for (i) first-time buyers and (ii) all buyers in each year from 2010-11 to 2013-14. 
For the purposes of the public finance projections the Treasury uses an assumption for the level of the house prices in each year of the forecast horizon. This assumption is based on an average of independent external forecasts and audited by the National Audit Office. Details of the assumed level of house prices can be found in paragraphs B.76 and B.77 of the Budget Report (HC 407).
Lady Hermon: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer for what reasons the Financial Services Authority did not investigate the financial activities of the Presbyterian Mutual Society prior to its entering administration in November 2008. 
Sarah McCarthy-Fry: The Presbyterian Mutual Society (PMS) was registered by the Department of Enterprise, Trade and Investment in Northern Ireland under the Industrial and Provident Societies Act 1969. As such, it was exempt from regulation by the Financial Services Authority (FSA) in respect of accepting deposits in the form of withdrawable share capital up to the statutory maximum of £20,000. Therefore, the FSA did not have cause to investigate the financial activities of the PMS prior to its entering administration in 2008. It has since been established that the PMS was conducting regulated activities which required FSA authorisation, but that it did so without having sought and obtained the necessary authorisation.
Andrew George: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what recent assessment he has made of the accuracy of records of (a) tax take and (b) public expenditure held at (i) local authority and (ii) regional level. 
Sarah McCarthy-Fry: The Treasury does not publish a breakdown of total taxes by region and local authority and does not produce a breakdown of total public spending by local authority. However, it publishes a breakdown of total identifiable public spending by region in Public Expenditure Statistical Analyses (PESA) at:
Mr. Laurence Robertson: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what discussions he has had with Ministerial colleagues on the effect on the UK freight industry of changes in the taxation of aviation. 
Sarah McCarthy-Fry: Government consulted on a per plane tax in early 2008, and before taking the decision to reform APD, the Chancellor took representations from a range of stakeholders, including other ministers, as per the usual process in tax development.
Mr. Don Foster: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many requests for meetings on his Department's consultation on the taxation of gaming machines his Department has received in the last 12 months; and how many such requests have resulted in a meeting with Ministers. 
Sarah McCarthy-Fry: Treasury Ministers and officials meet with a wide range of organisations and individuals in the public and private sectors as part of the usual policy making process. As was the case with previous Administrations, it is not the Government's practice to provide details of all such discussions.
Robert Neill: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer with reference to HM Revenue and Customs tax manual advice EIM60007, ministers of religion: exemption of income: overview; what Freedom of Information Act 2000 exemptions apply to the text that has been withheld from publication. 
Mr. Timms: The part of the guidance that has been withheld is for use by HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) staff that require advice on this matter and contains a internal hyperlink that takes them to the person who can help. The withheld text states:
"If a claim to benefit from the special rules is pressed but you are doubtful whether the claimant can be regarded as a minister, consult PAYE Technical."
The published guidance incorrectly states that this has been withheld on freedom of information grounds, rather than for internal use. HMRC will update this guidance to correct this error and place the withheld guidance, minus the hyperlink, into the public domain.
Ian Pearson: The Information Commissioner's Office (ICO) provides guidance on the use of PIAs. The ICO envisages PIAs only being used where a project is of such a wide scope, or will use personal information of such a nature, that there would be genuine risks to the privacy of the individual. PIAs will usually be recommended where a change of the law would be required, new and intrusive technology is being used, or where private or sensitive information which was originally collected for a limited purpose is going to be re-used in a new and unexpected way.
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