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Mr. Flight: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many UK taxpayers were subject to an income tax rate of 40 per cent. or more on the first day of tax years (a) 197980, (b) 199798 and (c) 200102. 
Ruth Kelly: I refer the hon. Member to "The Survey of Personal Incomes 197980", table 16 and "Inland Revenue Statistics", table 2.1. Both of these publications are 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.
Mr. Flight: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many incorrect penalties were issued to taxable persons >who had completed and sent off tax returns on time for the tax years (a) 199697, (b) 199798, (c) 199899, (d) 19992000 and (e) 200001 by (i) the Inland Revenue and (ii) HM Customs and Excise. 
Mr. Collins: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will make a statement about the continuation of deferred tax collection from businesses affected by the foot and mouth outbreak in Cumbria. 
Mr. Andrew Smith [holding answer 22 October 2001]: The Government keep all taxes under review and decisions will be made as part of the normal Budget process. Throughout the outbreak the Inland Revenue and Customs have been working constructively with businesses and their representatives to reschedule payments where possible. Deferment of payments is just one of the ways in which this can be achieved. Their approach has been to develop solutions that match the needs of individual businesses, rather than adopt a blanket approach.
The Inland Revenue and Customs will continue to take a sympathetic approach to businesses which have been affected by FMD, and are aware that some businesses will continue to suffer problems throughout the autumn and winter.
Confederation of British Industry
Federation of Small Businesses
Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales
Institute of Chartered Accountants of Scotland
Institute of Company Accountants
Institute of Directors
Institute of Indirect Taxation
Law Society of England and Wales
Law Society of Scotland
Small Business Service
The Chambers of Commerce and Industry of Birmingham, London, Manchester, and Milton Keynes and North Bucks
VAT Practitioners' Group
Alliance of Independence Retailers
Association of Convenience Stores
Association of Pensioner Trustees
British Association of Removers
British Decorator's Association
British Holiday and Home Parks Association
National Federation of Fish Friers
National Hairdressers' Federation
Professional Contractors' Group
Retail Motor Industry Federation. >
Mr. Boateng: Apart from those which consultees have asked should not be made public, responses will be placed in the Library when Ministers announce the outcome of the consultation. At that time Customs will also publish a summary of the responses received.
Mr. Keith Bradley: The Home Secretary's powers to consider alleged miscarriages of justice came to an end on 31 March 1997, and were replaced by new powers vested in an independent body called the Criminal Cases Review Commission. I understand that, to date, Mrs. Clark has not >submitted an application to the Commission. It remains open to her, or anyone acting on her behalf, to apply to the Commission for a review of her case.
David Maclean: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many days on average were lost per employee in his Department because of sickness; and how many officials retired early from his Department in each of the past 10 years. [R] 
Mr. Blunkett: Available comparable information on working days lost due to sickness is given in table 1. Available information on the number of staff having retired early from the Department is given in Tables 2 and 3.
Information on sickness absence data for the Civil Service between 1995 and 1998 was published in a British Medical Institute (BMI) Health Services Report, "Analysis of Sickness Absence in the Civil Service", produced on behalf of the Cabinet Office. These figures were based on staff years and are not therefore comparable with later figures based on the approved method using working days.
The Home Office and its agencies have introduced new guidelines, policies and procedures with a view to reducing sickness absence. The Department's service delivery targets for April 2001 to March 2004, which include a target for sickness absence, were published on Friday 3 November 2000 and are available on the Home Office website. The targets are to reduce sickness absence, and sustain this improvement thereafter in the:
|Home Office and non-Prison Service agencies(28)||10||7.5||7.2|
(27) Data for Home Office and non-Prison Service agencies are given by financial year. Prison Service data are given by calendar year (to August). Comparable data for earlier years are not available.
(28) United Kingdom Passport Agency, Forensic Science Service and Fire Service College.
Responsibility for the Fire Service College passed from the Home Office to DTLR in the 2001 machinery of Government changes.
|Early Retirement/severance on structural grounds or grounds of limited efficiency/postability||7||29||48||36||72||25||22||24||13||17|
|Compulsory early retirement/severance on redundancy/voluntary redundancy||75||48||57||30||33||60||3||3||2||2|
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