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Tax Credits

Volume 455: debated on Thursday 18 January 2007

To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer pursuant to the answer of 8 January 2007 to Question 112990, on tax credits, by what percentage the total amount of compensatory payments in respect of tax credits altered in each of the last five years. (115154)

The information can be found in the following table:

Number

Increase in number of payments made (percentage)

Value (£ million)

Increase in total amount paid (percentage)

Average (around) (£)

Increase in level of average amount paid (percentage)

2003-04

10,800

0.370

34

2004-05

20,000

+85

1.24

+335

62

+82

2005-06

15,249

- 24

1.07

-14

70

+13

2006-07 (to end November)

4,834

n/a

0.415

n/a

85

+21

All percentage increases shown are a comparison with the same figure for the previous year

To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer when he expects the director of the tax credit office, Preston, to reply to the letter from the hon. Member for Walsall, North, dated 27 November 2006, on a constituent; if he will ensure that a reply is sent; and what the reasons are for the delay in replying. (116454)