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Welfare Tax Credits

Volume 476: debated on Thursday 22 May 2008

I was appointed as the Financial Secretary to the Treasury in June 2007 and as the Minister responsible for HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) I have visited a number of HMRC offices, including the tax credit office in Preston in September 2007, and tax credit staff working in Liverpool in February 2008.

To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what the cost to the public purse was of tax credits awarded to deceased persons in the last financial year. (205877)

I refer the hon. Member to the answer I gave him on 8 October 2007, Official Report, column 243W.

The same information for 2006-07 will be available from 20 May 2008.

To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer which user groups he has consulted on the operation of the tax credit system. (206866)

[holding answer 20 May 2008]: HMRC consults on a regular basis with a wide range of organisations.

It also has a tax credit specific consultation group, which has met regularly since the scheme began. Members of this group include organisations such as Child Poverty Action Group, One Parent Families, Citizens Advice and Low Incomes Tax Reform Group. The minutes of those meetings are published on HMRC's website at

www.hmrc.gov.uk.

HMRC also seeks the advice of the Social Security Advisory Committee under the terms of the memorandum of understanding signed between the former Inland Revenue and the Committee.