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Mr. Laws: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer further to the answer to the hon. Member for Aylesbury (Mr. Lidington) of 15 October 2001, Official Report, column 1034W, if he will publish his estimate of the proportion of people of pension age in each local authority area. 
Mr. Oaten: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will place in the Library a copy of the record kept under clause 9 of the Code of Conduct for Special Advisers of contacts between his special advisers and the news media since July. 
Ruth Kelly [holding answer 18 October 2001]: All civil servants, including special advisers, are expected to keep departmental Heads of Information informed of contacts with the media. Details of such contacts are for internal purposes only.
Mr. Laws: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer (1) what his estimate is of the annual revenue which >would be raised by (a) raising the employee national insurance rate by 1 per cent., (b) raising the upper earnings limit of employee national insurance contributions to the starting level for paying the upper rate of income tax and (c) restricting the value of the personal income tax allowance to the basic rate of tax; 
Dawn Primarolo [holding answer 25 October 2001]: The full-year effect of raising the upper earnings limit to the higher rate threshold is estimated to yield £750 million. This estimate was provided by the Government Actuary's Department.
The full-year effect of restricting the personal allowance to the basic rate of income tax is estimated to yield around £3 billion in 200203. This estimate is based on the Survey of Personal Incomes.
For the other questions, I refer the hon. Member to "Inland Revenue Statistics", tables 1.6 and 2.5, available in the Library of the House. The latest data on Inland Revenue Statistics can also be accessed on the Inland Revenue website www.inlandrevenue.gov.uk/stats.
Dawn Primarolo: The Government have made their commitment to increasing resources over the next three years for the NHS, funded from general taxation and linked to reform. Decisions on taxation and spending will be taken in the Budget and Spending Review, respectively, next year.
Mr. Chope: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will list the schemes under section 590 of the Income and Corporation Taxes Act 1988 the Inland Revenue has approved which relate to retirement ages. 
Dawn Primarolo: Approximately 200 schemes have received Inland Revenue approval under section 590 of >the Income and Corporation Taxes Act 1988. The identity of individual schemes is protected by obligations of taxpayer confidentiality.
Mr. Spring: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what assessment he has made of the proposal by the European Commission for a single consolidated tax base; and what plans he has to discuss these proposals with his EU counterparts. 
Dawn Primarolo: Tax harmonisation, including proposals for a consolidated company tax base, is not the way forward for Europe. The Government will not support any action at European level that will threaten jobs or the competitive position of British business.
Mr. Cousins: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, pursuant to his answers of 15 October 2001, Official Report, columns 854W-56W, if he will distinguish between total managed expenditure for 19992000 in United Kingdom Department programmes comparable with programmes covered by the Barnett formula in Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland and total managed expenditure in England, Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland in programmes not compared for the purposes of the Barnett formula. 
Mr. Andrew Smith: Separate figures are not published for the English equivalent of devolved programmes. Furthermore, it is for the devolved administrators to allocate funding to programmes within their block allocations. However, the Statement of Funding Policy published by the Treasury in July 2000 set out the Barnett formula including the comparability factors used in the formula and information on which elements of the devolved administrations' budgets are determined by the Barnett formula. Data for 19992000 relating to DEL expenditure are given in table 1.17 of Public Expenditure Statistical Analyses published in April 2001.
Mr. Cousins: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, pursuant to his answer of 15 October 2001, Official Report, column 838W, what is the degree of convergence >already achieved between expenditure by the devolved Administrations and their predecessor Departments, covered by the Barnett formula comparable to UK Department programmes since 199697; and what changes there have been in the composition of those comparable programmes since 199697. 
Mr. Andrew Smith: Separate figures are not published for the English equivalents of devolved programmes. However information on identifiable total managed expenditure per head by country including years since 199697 was published in Chapter 8 of Public Expenditure Statistical Analyses in April 2001. Details of the Barnett formula were published in the Statement of Funding Policy published in March 1999.
Mr. Flight: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how much revenue was raised for HM Treasury through fines imposed by (a) HM Customs and Excise and (b) the Inland Revenue for (i) late completion of tax forms and (ii) late payment of tax owed in the last 10 financial years. 
Dawn Primarolo: The tables show the revenue raised by Inland Revenue and Customs and Excise from late filing penalties on tax forms and late payment surcharges over the last ten years. The Inland Revenue accounts for its receipts in accounts years running from November to October.
The penalty figures are for Income Tax (including Pay- As-You-Earn), Self Assessment (from 1998), Company Tax (from 1991), Company Tax Pay and File (from 1995), Company Tax Self Assessment (from 2000) and Capital Gains Tax. The main impacts on penalty receipts were the introduction of:
|Accounts year||(i) Penalties paid||(ii) Surcharge paid|
|Financial year ending March||Value added tax||Excise||Insurance premium tax||Air passenger duty||Landfill tax|
|1996||73,000,000||From the outset of each tax|
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