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Ministerial Corrections

Volume 486: debated on Wednesday 21 January 2009

Ministerial Corrections

Wednesday 21 January 2009

Treasury

Tax Credit: Telephone Services

To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many calls have been received by the hon. Members’ tax credit helpline in each month since it was established.

[Official Report, 10 December 2008, Vol. 485, c. 199-200W.]

Letter of correction from Angela Eagle:

An error has been identified in the written answer given to the hon. Member for Cardiff, Central (Jenny Willott) on 10 December 2008. The figures given in the table were incorrect. The correct answer should have been: (241465)

For the number of calls answered each month by the Tax Credit Office MP Hotline up to and including May 2007, I refer the hon. Member to the answer that the then Paymaster-General, my right hon. Friend the Member for Bristol, South (Dawn Primarolo) gave the hon. Member for Yeovil (Mr. Laws) on 25 June 2007, Official Report, column 419W.

The information requested for the period June 2007 to November 2008 is provided in the following table.

Number of calls to Tax Credit Office MP Hotline

2007

June

1,355

July

1,081

August

989

September

1,170

October

1,419

November

1,249

December

898

2008

January

950

February

1,039

March

800

April

966

May

1,042

June

1,173

July

1,101

August

848

September

1,025

October

1,127

November

911

Communities and Local Government

Jenny Watson

To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government for how many days a year Ms Jenny Watson is contracted to work for the Audit Commission; and what remuneration she receives for that work.

[Official Report, 19 January 2009, Vol. 486, c. 1078W.]

Letter of correction from John Healey:

An error has been identified in the written answer given to the hon. Member for Wolverhampton, North-East (Mr. Purchase) on 19 January 2008. The reference to the average amount of time that board members devote to work for the Audit Commission was incorrect. The correct answer should have been: (246858)

Ms Jenny Watson is not a contractor working for the Audit Commission, but holds office as a member of the Audit Commission having been appointed by the Secretary of State. There are no specific requirements of board members as to the time they should devote to work for the Audit Commission but there is an expectation that this will, on average, equate to three days per month during the course of the year. Ms Jenny Watson receives remuneration of £14,146 per annum, which is the amount specified by the Secretary of State for payment to the majority of the Audit Commission board members.