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Care Homes

Mr. Burstow: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what estimate the Valuation Office has made of the likely annual receipts from charging care homes NNDR where they provide intermediate care. [41831]

Dawn Primarolo: The Valuation Office Agency has no information regarding the number of intermediate care homes which exist at present, or are likely to be constructed or adapted in the future. It is unable to provide information regarding individual liability since this will depend on the size and location of the property in question. Nor does it have knowledge of the council tax liability which might accrue in such cases if they were not subject to business rates.

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Mr. Burstow: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will review the decision of the Valuation Office to make care homes providing intermediate care liable for NNDR. [41830]

Dawn Primarolo: The decision as to whether a property should be entered in the valuation list for council tax, or the rating list for business rates, is based on the definition of domestic property in section 66 of the Local Government Finance Act 1988. In short, if the accommodation is wholly or mainly provided for short periods to individuals whose sole or main residence is elsewhere then it will no longer be domestic and must be treated as non-domestic and, therefore, will be liable to business rates.

Personal Allowance

Matthew Taylor: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will estimate the distribution of benefits for the personal allowance by income deciles in (a) pounds per annum and (b) percentage terms; and if he will make a statement. [41310]

Dawn Primarolo: The reductions in income tax labilities of taxpayers from personal allowances by income decile are in the table.

Tax reductions from personal allowances

Income decile of taxpayers in 2001–02£ billion per annumAs a percentage of income
Top5.03
Second3.14
Third2.74
Fourth2.85
Fifth2.86
Sixth2.98
Seventh2.99
Eighth2.911
Ninth2.914
Bottom2.516

These estimates are based on the Survey of Personal Incomes.

Tax Credits

Mr. Cousins: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer for which benefits he proposes the proposed pension credit and the general employment credit to be a passport. [41595]

Dawn Primarolo: The benefits passported from tax credits or social security benefits are the responsibility of the Departments that administer them, and it is they who set the rules for entitlement.

The Treasury continues to discuss with the relevant Departments the effect of the new tax credits on the populations currently entitled to various passported benefits.

Accommodation Costs

Mr. Bercow: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what the cost was of hotel accommodation for departmental staff working away from home in each of the last four years. [41057]

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Ruth Kelly: The table shows the total cost of all hotel accommodation, subsistence allowances and associated expenditure for HM Treasury staff making official trips away from the office. No further disaggregation is available.

Expenditure

£000
1997–98141
1998–99162
1999–2000210
2000–01166

Class 3 Contributions

Mr. Boswell: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how much has been raised in each of the last three years by Class 3 contributions sent in from those resident abroad, broken down by country where this amounts to more than 5 per cent. of total numbers, and for the remainder collectively. [40688]

Ruth Kelly [holding answer 5 March 2002]: Reliable information could be provided only at disproportionate cost.

Working Families Tax Credit

Mr. Willetts: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer which of the promotional campaigns for the WFTC have been evaluated by (a) the Government and (b) independent bodies on behalf of the Government; and if he will place copies of the reviews in the Library. [40452]

Dawn Primarolo: All working families tax credit promotional campaigns have been evaluated by independent external agencies managed by COI Communications Research Unit on behalf of Inland Revenue Marketing and Communications.

Qualitative research has been undertaken to develop the creative proposals for the advertising campaigns and measure the effectiveness of the proposals to convey the campaign messages to the target audiences.

Quantitative tracking research has also been organised to evaluate the success of the campaign, by measuring the awareness levels among the target audiences and understanding of the message. The Inland Revenue also monitors the number of calls to helplines, the number of booklets ordered and the take up of WFTC.

The tracking research reports have not been placed in the House of Commons Library, but are held by Inland Revenue Marketing and Communications team and the COI Communications Research Unit. These reports are used to develop all following campaigns.

Quantitative tracking research has been carried out five times since the first WFTC advertising campaign in 1999. Wave 1 was 1999, wave 2 and 3 in 2000, wave 4 in 2001 and wave 5 in 2002 (currently under way).

Landfill Tax

Mr. Salmond: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how much of the landfill tax proceeds have passed to Entrust in (a) 1998–99, (b) 1999–2000 and (c) 2000–01 for (i) the UK and (ii) Scotland separately. [41199]

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Mr. Boateng [holding answer 8 March 2002]: Entrust, the regulator of the environmental bodies landfill tax credit scheme, receives none of the proceeds from landfill tax. Figures for contributions are collected by calendar year. Contributions made by landfill site operators under the scheme to environmental bodies are:

£

For the UKFor Scotland
199982,676,1837,488,354
200096,221,8857,992,538
2001115,774,4547,808,311

Mr. Salmond: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how much has been raised by the landfill tax in (a) 1998–99, (b) 1999–2000 and (c) 2000–01 in (i) the UK and (ii) Scotland; and how much of this landfill tax has been used for tax credits in (A) 1998–99, (B) 1999–2000 and (c) 2000–01 for (1) the UK and (2) Scotland. [41198]

Mr. Boateng [holding answer 8 March 2002]: Figures related to landfill tax receipts and environmental tax credits for the UK can be found in the HM Customs and Excise "Landfill Tax Factsheet", which is available in the Library.

Separate figures for Scotland are not available. This is due to the method of calculation of the tax, where each landfill operator is registered according to the location of their head office.

Mr. Salmond: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what the expenditure of Entrust has been in (a) 1998–99, (b) 1999–2000 and (c) 2000–01 for (i) the UK and (ii) Scotland. [41200]

Mr. Boateng [holding answer 8 March 2002]: Figures for expenditure by environmental bodies under the environmental bodies landfill tax credit scheme are collected by calendar year. They are:

(i) For the UK:

£
199946,835,182
200082,040,006
2001117,659,082

(ii) For Scotland:

£
19995,475,538
20009,904,464
20012,670,705

Pete Wishart: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what landfill tax proceeds have passed to Entrust in (a) 1998–99, (b) 1999–2000 and (c) 2000–01 for (i) the UK and (ii) Scotland. [36449]

Mr. Boateng [pursuant to his reply, 25 February 2002, c. 1054W]: The information relating to landfill site operators' contributions should have been presented by

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calendar year, the basis on which Entrust calculates its figures, not by financial year. The table should have read:

(i) For the UK:

£
199982,676,183
200096,221,885
2001115,774,454

(ii) For Scotland:


£
19997,488,354
20007,992,538
20017,808,311

Pete Wishart: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what Entrust's expenditure was in (a) 1998–99, (b) 1999–2000 and (c) 2000–01 for (i) the UK and (ii) Scotland. [36450]

Mr. Boateng [pursuant to his reply, 26 February 2002, c. 1204W]: The information relating to landfill site operators' contributions should have been presented by calendar year, the basis on which Entrust calculates its figures, not by financial year. The table should have read:

(i) For the UK:

£
199946,835,182
200082,040,006
2001117,659,082

(ii) For Scotland:

£
19995,475,538
20009,904,464
20012,670,705


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