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Staff Union Duties

Volume 403: debated on Monday 14 April 2003

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To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many staff in his Department, agencies and non-departmental public bodies receive paid leave to undertake union duties; how many days they are allocated; and what has been the cost to public funds in 2002. [106735]

The information relating to the Chancellor of the Exchequer's Departments is set out in the table.

I refer the hon. Member to my answer to the hon. Member for Havant (Mr. Willetts) on 19 March 2003, Official Report, column 760W.

To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many child and working tax credit application reminder notices were issued in each of the last six months. [108482]

3.6 million reminders to claim were sent out in November 2002, 2.2 million in February 2003 and 2.2 million in March 2003.

To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many people he estimates in Suffolk are eligible for (a) the Child Tax Credit and (b) the Working Tax Credit; and how many people he estimates will take up these credits in 2003–04. [108628]

It is estimated that (a) 460,000 families are expected to receive the Child Tax Credit and (b) 90,000 families are expected to receive the Working Tax Credit in the Eastern region in 2003–04.

To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many tax credit application forms have been sent out and how many completed application forms have been received, broken down by month. [106484]

[holding answer 1 April 2003]: The cumulative monthly figures to the end of February 2003 are as follows.

Child tax credit and Working tax credit: claim forms issued and claims received—cumulative monthly figures
Month1Claim forms issuedClaims received2
August 2002500<503
September 20022,3003003
October 20024,0001,1003
November 20024,5001,4003
December 20024,7002,0003
January 20035,1002,6003
February 20035,5003,200
1Final Friday in month.
2Including on-line.
All figures are quoted to the nearest 100,000.

To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many families (a) were entitled to and (b) received the children's tax credit. [108484]

For the number of benefiting families, I refer the hon. Member to paragraph 5.11 of the April 2002 Economic and Fiscal Strategy Report. HC 592.

DepartmentSite addressCosts (£)Visits
HM Customs and,5772,715,850
HM Customs and Excisewww.uktradeinfo.com284,000439,693
HM Customs and,970No figures. Site closed March 2003
HM Treasury,634 excluding staff costs, year18 million year ending 31 January
ending 31 January 20022002
Government Actuary's Department,400246,000
National Savings and Investmentswww.nsandi.com165,000 estimated cost (excluding SBS payments) (3)12.6 million since July 2002
Office for National,5422,675,833 since July 2002
Debt Management,000 (estimated)91,255 projected visitors
Office of Government,1451244,560 (estimated visitors)
Office of Government,3762298,527
Valuation,332698,000 projected visitors
1Office of Government Commerce (OGC) (1) figures for visitors are estimated on the basis of available data because OGC have no facility to accurately measure discrete visits to publicly accessible websites due to the use of security firewalls and proxy servers that disguise the identity of individual computers connecting to a website. (2) Visitor data is unavailable for some of OGCs websites prior to June/July 2002.
2Office of Government Buying Solutions visitor data is unavailable for some of OGCbuying, solutions websites prior to May 2002.