To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many claims were made to the Inland Revenue on forms (a) P161; (b) R27 and (c) R40 in the last year for which figures are available; how many of these claims were successful; and what estimates he has made of the numbers who were entitled to the benefit concerned. 
522,371 R40 forms were received during the year ended 31 March 2003, of which 521,533 were successfully processed by 31 March. In addition, some forms were issued and processed by local offices. No estimate is available of the number of individuals who received repayments of tax.
Information relating to forms P161 and R27 is not held centrally and could only be provided at disproportionate cost.