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Tax Credits

Volume 406: debated on Wednesday 11 June 2003

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To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many telephone calls have been received on the hotline for hon. Members to resolve constituents' tax credit queries in each week since 1 January. [115803]

The number of calls answered by the MPs' tax credit hotlines in each week to the end of April is shown in the following table:

Week starting:Calls answered by the GB and NI tax credit hotlines for MPs
30 December 20021
06 January 200310
13 January 20039
20 January 20035
27 January 20038
03 February 20031
10 February 200314
17 February 20037
24 February 200313
03 March 200311
10 March 200315
17 March 200313
24 March 200325
Week starting:Calls answered by the GB and NI tax credit hotlines for MPs
31 March 200354
07 April 2003218
14 April 2003412
21 April 2003470
28 April 2003827
1 indicates less than 5.

To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what assessment he has made of delays in settling outstanding tax credit queries arising from the changes to the tax credit system on 6 April. [115806]

I refer the hon. Member to my statement to the House on 28 April 2003, Official Report, column 53, and to the comments I made during the debate in Westminster Hall on 4 June 2003, Official Report, column 99–122WH.