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Dr. Cable: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what estimate he has made of (a) the number of people affected by his decision to levy tax on pension funds above £1.8 million rather than of £1.4 million and (b) the effect on revenue to the Exchequer of (i) his decision to levy tax on pension funds above £1.8 million instead of £1.4 million, (ii) his decision to levy tax on pension funds above £1.4 million at 55 per cent. rather than 60 per cent. and (iii) his decision to delay the introduction of the 55 per cent. tax on pension funds above £1.4 million until 2010; and if he will make a statement. 
The exit charge on funds crystallized in excess of the life time allowance (LTA) is designed to place a maximum on tax relieved pension saving. We do not expect the exit charge to raise significant revenue and there is negligible Exchequer cost of reducing the rate to 55 per cent..
Mr. Dismore: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what representations he has received from bingo clubs in Hendon constituency on the impact of liability of bingo clubs to both value-added tax and gross profits tax. 
Treasury Ministers and officials receive representations from a wide range of organisations and individuals in the public and private
sectors as part of the process of policy development and delivery. As was the case with previous Administrations, it is not the Government's practice to provide details of all such representations.
Mr. Philip Hammond: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many man hours officials in his Department spent on average on each tax credits claimant in each year for which figures are available. 
Maria Eagle: My Department offers flexible working arrangements to the majority of our employees. Under these arrangements the ability to work from home is one option that is available to most grades on both a formal and an ad hoc basis. As there is no requirement to maintain records of arrangements centrally, this information could be collated only at disproportionate cost.
To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what proportion of his Departments translation and
interpreting work is outsourced under framework agreements with commercial providers; and if he will make a statement. 
For the majority of face-to-face interpreting work the Department engages individuals registered with the National Register of Public Service Interpreters on the basis of the fees set out in accordance with the Costs in Criminal Cases (General) Regulations 1986.
Richard Younger-Ross: To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many and what proportion of parliamentary questions for answer on a named day to his Department and its predecessor received an (a) holding and (b) substantive answer on the named day in each year since 2001. 
|Named day PQs that received a substantive answer on the day named||Holding replies|
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Records have only been available electronically since May 2005. Therefore, information for the former Department for Constitutional Affairs and the Lord Chancellors Department prior to May 2005 is not held centrally and could be provided only by manually checking paper records at a disproportionate cost.
David Davis: To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many of the 359 appeals against a notice of intent to deport between 1 August and 31 October 2006 were successful; and what the grounds were for those appeals which were successful. 
Bridget Prentice: We have been analysing the responses received on the consultation paper on Fees for the Marked Register of Electors produced at the UK Elections. A response paper is currently being prepared and will be published imminently.
Mr. Shepherd: To ask the Secretary of State for Justice (1) what assessment he has made of whether electoral registration form RP 12 reflects the legal residency qualifications required of Commonwealth citizens to register; 
Under the Representation of the People Act 1983 those entitled to vote at UK Parliamentary, European Parliamentary and local government elections are those who have attained the age of 18 and who are British citizens, citizens of Commonwealth countries who are resident on a permanent basis or have leave to remain, and resident citizens of the Republic of Ireland.
The annual canvass form and the provisions for rolling registration effectively capture a persons nationality. The Electoral Registration Officer (ERO) will use this information to determine a person's eligibility to register. When there is doubt about eligibility the ERO may investigate and request further information from the elector.
Mr. Shepherd: To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what guidance his Department has given to electoral registration officers on the promotion of credit referencing as a reason to apply for inclusion on an electoral roll on council-maintained websites. 
Bridget Prentice: Responsibility for issuing guidance to Electoral Registration Officers (EROs) on electoral registration lies with the Electoral Commission. I understand that it has not issued any guidance on the promotion of credit referencing as a reason to apply for inclusion on an electoral register. Promotion of electoral registration within each local authority is a matter for the independent EROs.
Mr. Llwyd: To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many firms of solicitors held contracts with the Legal Services Commission for the supply of legal advice in family law matters in the latest period for which figures are available. 
Mr. Gray: To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what progress has been made in implementing the suicide prevention strategy; and what assessment he has made of whether the target for the reduction in the number of suicides will be met. 
The target is to reduce the death rate from suicide and injury of undetermined intent by at least a fifth by 2010. This target is measured in three-year pooled rates. Between 1995 and 1997 there were 9.2 deaths per 100,000 population and between 2004 and 2006 the rate had fallen to 8.3 deaths per 100,000 populationa fall of 10 per cent. from the baseline.
The rate of decline had slowed, but there are now signs that the rate of decline may once again be increasing. An increased rate of decline must be sustained if the target is to be met. We are continuing to take action at local, regional and national levels to help reduce the number of suicides in our communities.
Mr. Roger Williams: To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many solicitors in Wales have ceased providing legal services to clients who require legal aid for (a) family law and (b) criminal law for each of the last three years, broken down by local authority. 
Maria Eagle: The information is not available by local authority but can be broken down by bid zone (Dyfed-Powys, Gwent, North Wales and South Wales). My noble Friend Lord Hunt of Kings Heath, will write to the hon. Member in the next few days, once this information has been extracted.
Mr. Straw: Prisoners fail to return to prison following release on temporary licence. Between 1 April 1997 and 31 January 2008 there were 2,880 breaches of a temporary release licence following release on temporary licence from an open prison. This equates to an average of 266 breaches per year. Not all breaches of a temporary release licence are for failing to return to the prison, but this specific information could be determined only at disproportionate cost by examining each of the 2,880 incidents. Prison Service Order 6300 Release on Temporary Licence was introduced in January 2006.
Maria Eagle: The number of defendants proceeded against at magistrates courts for offences relating to perjury and attempting to pervert the course of justice in England and Wales in the years 2002 to 2006 can be viewed in the following table.
|N umber of defendants proceeded against at magistrates courts for offences relating to perjury and attempting to pervert the course of justice, in England and Wales for the years 2002 to 2006( 1,2)|
|(1) These data are on the principal offence basis.|
(2) Every effort is made to ensure that the figures presented are accurate and complete. However, it is important to note that these data have been extracted from large administrative data systems generated by the courts and police forces. As a consequence, care should be taken to ensure data collection processes and their inevitable limitations are taken into account when those data are used.
RDSOffice for Criminal Justice Reform - Ministry of Justice
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