To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what plans he has for reducing delays for people applying for tax credits. 
I would refer the hon. Member to the answers I gave on 12 June 2003, Official Report, column 823, to the hon. Member for Hertford and Stortford (Mr. Prisk), and the hon. Member for South-West Bedfordshire (Andrew Selous), on 12 June 2003, Official Report, column 828.
To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what target he has for the time taken to process claims for tax credits. 
I would refer the hon. Member to the Inland Revenue Departmental Report 2003 (Cm 5925) and to the Inland Revenue Service Delivery Agreement 2003–06 (updated May 2003). Both are available on the Inland Revenue website at: www.inlandrevenue.gov.uk