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Vocational Training

Mr. Bercow: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many people have claimed tax relief for vocational training in each of the last four years; and what has been the cost to public funds in each year. [24823]

Mr. Andrew Smith [pursuant to his reply, 8 January 2002, C.810W]: The table unfortunately contained a number of errors. The correct information is as follows:

YearClaims received(109)Cost of tax relief(110) £ million

(109) Number of claims received and not the number of trainees as an individual could make more than one claim in a tax year. It was estimated that there were probably about 200,000 people claiming VTR in 1997–98 and 1998–99.

(110) On an accrued basis.


Mr. Simon Thomas: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what plans he has to introduce a statutory

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minimum threshold for the amount or percentage of donations raised by registered charities to be dedicated to the charities' beneficiaries. [35254]

Angela Eagle: This issue is currently being considered by Cabinet Office's performance and innovation unit as part of its review of the legal and regulatory framework for charities and the voluntary sector. The report of the review is due to be published in spring.

Mr. Simon Thomas: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer (1) what estimate he has made of the average proportion of moneys raised by registered charities which is dedicated directly to the charities' beneficiaries in the last year for which figures are available; [35252]

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Angela Eagle: I have been asked to reply.

These are matters for the Charity Commission as the regulator of charities in England and Wales. The Chief Charity Commissioner will write to the hon. Member and a copy of his reply will be placed in the Library.