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Census Helpline

Miss McIntosh: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer (1) how many telephone information lines are available on the Census helpline; [158957]

Miss Melanie Johnson: The information requested falls within the responsibility of the National Statistician. I have asked him to reply.

Letter from Len Cook to Miss Anne McIntosh, dated 30 April 2001:

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Climate Change Levy

Mr. Peter Ainsworth: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what forecast he has made of annual Exchequer revenues deriving from climate change levy to be paid by the hotel and restaurant industry. [159382]

Mr. Timms: It is not possible to say what the precise effect of the levy will be on any one particular industry. The impact of the levy and the associated reduction in NICs will depend on a number of factors, including: the future energy consumption by firms; the level of employment in those firms; what use they make of electricity generated from 'new' renewable sources of energy; and the extent to which they take advantage of the proposed introduction of a system of enhanced capital allowances for energy saving investments. The hotel and restaurant industry stands to benefit from the exemption of electricity generated from 'good quality' combined heat and power plants.


Sir Brian Mawhinney: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer (1) when the right hon. Member for North-West Cambridgeshire will receive a reply to his letter of 21 March on behalf of his constituent, Mr. Chilton; [159209]

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Mr. Andrew Smith: I have already replied to the right hon. Member's letters.

National Insurance

Mr. Webb: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will make a statement on the publicity campaign run by his Department in 2000 aimed at women who held a valid election to pay National Insurance contributions at the reduced rate. [159224]

Dawn Primarolo: An Inland Revenue Press Release published on 29 September 2000 provided details of the letter which was issued throughout October 2000 to around 250,000 women who had previously elected to pay reduced rate National Insurance contributions. The letter informed them of changes to the structure of employee National Insurance contributions introduced from April 2000 and advised them to consider their elections in light of these changes but taking into account their own particular circumstances. A dedicated helpline was set up to provide further information and assistance and some 63,000 telephone inquiries were received.


Mr. Brady: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what changes have been made to Inland Revenue guidelines on the implementation of IR35 since 1 April. [159269]

Dawn Primarolo: The wording of the guidance manual provided to Inland Revenue employees regarding the interpretation and application of the law on employment status is being reviewed; the underlying case law has not been changed.

Mr. Brady: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what revision has been made since 1 April to his Department's estimate of the revenue which will be raised by IR35. [159268]

Dawn Primarolo: None.

Mr. Brady: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what cost has been incurred to date in the implementation of IR35; and what the projected cost is for the 2001-02 financial year. [159226]

Dawn Primarolo: So far, the main additional activity undertaken by the Inland Revenue associated with the introduction of the 'ir35' legislation has been the provision of advice to taxpayers and their advisers. This service has been provided by existing staff as part of their normal duties.

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