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1. The tables show counts of events occurring in each period, as identified by HMRC monitoring, not the results of claims arriving in that period. If an A2 national appears in more than one claim then all his/her claims are included in this table.
2. The figures for 2007-08 include those for Quarter 1 in the calendar year 2007, to take account of the accession of Bulgaria and Romania to the EU on 1 January 2007.
3. The figures for 2008-09 are based on Quarters 2 to 4 in the calendar year 2008 and Quarter 1 in the calendar year 2009.
4. For both child benefit and tax credits, there are cases where a claim may be processed in a different month to that in which it was received and therefore the number of claims received will not total the number of approved and rejected claims. This is because once a claim is received HMRC makes further enquiries about the claimant's date of arrival in the UK and employment status, in order to ascertain whether the claimant has a right to reside.
Mr. Fallon: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will estimate the cost to the Exchequer of making the personal allowance transferable between members of couples individually subject to the basic rate of income tax who marry and have children after 1 April 2011 in each year from 2011-12 to 2015-16. 
Mr. Timms [holding answer 18 January 2010]: The cost to the Exchequer of making the personal allowance transferable between couples individually subject to the basic rate of income tax, will depend on whether one or both members of the couple are subject to the basic rate of income tax; and if one, whether the intended focus is for second member to be subject to a higher rate of income tax, or alternatively a zero rate of income tax. Any answer would be highly dependent on these factors.
The In and Out of Work Project has been working to ensure the new service reaches all local authority areas in England, Scotland and Wales and to date, it has been implemented in 370 out of 408 authorities. Rollout is scheduled to be completed by March 2010.
Mr. Liddell-Grainger: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many programmes for which HM Revenue and Customs is responsible have a verification procedure for access by users to (a) their tax records and (b) HM Revenue and Customs officials for discussions on their tax arrangements. 
Mr. Timms: HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) has a legal duty to protect the confidentiality of taxpayer information. Only authorised users may access HMRC services and access or submit data relating to them. Customers have to give their consent in writing if they wish an agent or personal representative to act on their behalf.
HMRC uses leading technologies and encryption software to safeguard data and operates strict security standards across the whole of its IT estate to prevent any unauthorised access to it. All customers who use the Department's online services to access their tax records are required to register and enrol with the UK Government Gateway to obtain a unique online User ID. Before they can access their records they must log in and provide further information to enable HMRC to verify their identity.
All individuals calling HMRC have to answer a series of security questions to validate their identity, before any tax information held on HMRC's systems can be disclosed. Customers who fail to satisfy the identity checks will be asked to put their inquiry in writing.
The Department operates strict internal security and audit arrangements in relation to officials' access to taxpayer accounts, with stringent control and monitoring processes to ensure that staff access to individual accounts is allocated and used strictly according to business need.
All staff accesses to taxpayer accounts are recorded automatically by HMRC's systems to identify any fraudulent or misappropriate use of access. The National
Audit Office also audits HMRC's security arrangements as part of its yearly audits of the Department's major processes.
Mr. Sanders: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what the evidential basis is for the statement in his Department's document, "Impact assessment of withdrawing the furnished holiday letting rules", that the difference in the tax treatment between furnished holiday lettings in the UK and furnished holiday lettings in the rest of the European Economic Area may not comply with European law; and when his Department was first informed of that evidence. 
Andrew George: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what recent assessment his Department has made of the extent of the practice of re-designating property ownership to avoid tax liability on the sale of second homes; and what estimate he has made of the likely effect on revenue of such practices in the last 12 months. 
Mr. Timms: No such assessment has been made, as it is not possible to distinguish between the cost of private residence relief attributable to nominations of main residences for avoidance and non-avoidance purposes.
Mr. Austin Mitchell: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many appeals from which ports against the (a) new rating assessments and (b) demands for retrospective payments by the Valuation Office Agency have gone to (i) regional hearings, (ii) lands tribunals and (iii) judicial reviews; and what funding his Department has provided to the Agency to meet its legal costs arising from such cases in 2009-10. 
Ian Pearson: Of the 567 proposals (appeals) settled under the fast track arrangements introduced by the Valuation Office Agency from 24 November 2008, (i) 18 have been heard before independent valuation tribunals, (ii) none have been heard before the Lands Tribunal and (iii) none have gone to judicial review.
Mr. Benyon: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what steps he has taken to prevent poor and vulnerable people being required to repay overpayments of tax credits received for 2003-04 and 2004-05; and if he will make a statement. 
John McDonnell: To ask the Secretary of State for International Development whether (a) his Department, (b) its agencies and (c) associated non-departmental public bodies plan to sign up to the 10:10 campaign for cutting carbon usage in 2010; and if he will publish the (i) criteria and (ii) research upon which such a decision will be taken. 
Grant Shapps: To ask the Secretary of State for International Development how much his Department has spent on (a) strategy and planning, (b) design and build, (c) hosting and infrastructure, (d) content provision and (e) testing and evaluation for its websites in each of the last three years; and what budget was allocated to each category in 2009-10. 
Grant Shapps: To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what volume of waste his Department and its predecessors generated in each of the last three years; what percentage of this was (a) paper, (b) plastic, (c) glass, (d) metal, (e) electrical goods and batteries and (f) food waste; and what percentage of his Department's waste was (i) disposed of securely, (ii) disposed of in landfill and (iii) recycled. 
|(1) Not separately recorded|
(2) All classified/confidential waste is shredded on site and therefore forms part of our recycled paper waste
DFID reports performance on waste as part of the Sustainable Development in Government process. DFID currently meets the two government targets on waste, namely to achieve a reduction of 5 per cent. relative to 2004/05 (DFID performance: 37.5 per cent. reduction) and to achieve at least 40 per cent. recycling by 2010-11 (DFID latest performance: 76 per cent.).
Mr. Michael Foster: The Department for International Development (DFID) supports malaria vaccine development through the European and Developing Country Clinical Trials Partnership (EDCTP). To date EDCTP has provided €20 million for malaria vaccine development, funding high quality clinical trials to accelerate the process of vaccine development. These trials are necessary to ensure that safe vaccines go beyond discovery and actually enter the market in developing countries.
DFID also supports the Advance Market Commitment (AMC). This funding mechanism, launched by the Prime Minister at the G8 summit, commits governments to fund agreed volumes of as yet unavailable vaccines, at an agreed price, if a product is successfully developed. The first AMC is funding the pneumococcal vaccine. The DFID White Paper, 'Eliminating World Poverty: Building our common future', makes a commitment to consider the funding of malaria vaccine as a possible future AMC.
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