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Ministerial Corrections

Volume 497: debated on Monday 12 October 2009

Ministerial Corrections

Monday 12 October 2009

Treasury

Tax Credit Office: Correspondence

To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how long on average the Tax Credit Office took to respond to written queries in the latest period for which figures are available; and if he will make a statement.

[Official Report, 29 June 2009, Vol. 495, c. 24W.]

Letter of correction from Mr. Timms:

An error has been identified in the written answer given to the hon. Member for Rochford and Southend, East (James Duddridge) on 29 June 2009. The full answer given was as follows: (282923)

To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how long on average the Tax Credit Office took to respond to written queries in the latest period for which figures are available; and if he will make a statement. (282923)

The information is not available in the format requested.

For information about the time taken to provide a substantive response to tax credits complaints in 2008-09 I refer the hon. Member to the following table:

Response times to written complaints on tax credits by the Tax Credit Office in 2008-09

Cleared within

Percentage clearance

Cumulative percentage

Less than 1 week

3

3

1 to 2 weeks

14

16

2 to 3 weeks

18

34

3 to 4 weeks

14

48

4 to 5 weeks

11

59

Over 5 weeks

41

100

International Development

Afghanistan

To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what expenditure his Department has incurred in (a) Helmand Province and (b) elsewhere in Afghanistan in 2009-10 to date.

[Official Report, 15 July 2009, Vol. 496, c. 508W.]

Letter of correction from Michael Foster:

An error has been identified in the written answer given to the hon. Member for Bournemouth, East (Mr. Ellwood) on 15 July 2009. The full answer given was as follows: (286922)

The budget for Helmand province in 2009-10 is £18 million and the rest of Afghanistan is £109.5 million. We anticipate spending our full combined budget of £127.5 million by the end of 2009-10.

The Department for International Development (DFID) publishes expenditure in its annual report and the Statistics in International Development publication. These are available in the Library of the House and on the DFID website:

www.dfid.gov.uk

The approved aid framework for DFID Afghanistan in 2009-10 is recorded in the 2009 annual report is £123.5 million. As noted in the annual report, this is only an indicative planning figure and we anticipate spending £127.5 million in 2009-10.

The figure in the annual report creates the potential for confusion and so we would like to amend the previous answer and replace it with the following:

The current indicative budget for Helmand province in 2009-10 is £18 million and the rest of Afghanistan is £109.5 million. We anticipate spending a total of £127.5 million by the end of 2009-10.

The Department for International Development (DFID) publishes previous and planned expenditure in its annual report and the Statistics in International Development publication. These are available in the Library of the House and on the DFID website:

www.dfid.gov.uk

Afghanistan: Overseas Aid

To ask the Secretary of State for International Development how much his Department spent on aid to Afghanistan in 2008-09; and what proportion of such aid was delivered directly in Helmand province.

[Official Report, 21 July 2009, Vol. 496, c. 1241W.]

Letter of correction from Michael Foster:

An error has been identified in the written answer given to the hon. Member for Bournemouth, East (Mr. Ellwood) on 21 July 2009. The full answer given was as follows: (289143)

The Department for International Development (DFID) provided £143 million of support to Afghanistan in 2008-09 through its bilateral programme. Of this, we spent £21.9 million on growth, livelihoods and governance programmes directly in Helmand province.

DFID publishes expenditure in its Annual Report and the Statistics in International Development publication. These are available in the Library of the House and on the DFID website:

www.dfid.gov.uk

We stated that the amount of aid delivered directly in Helmand Province in 2008-09 was £21.9 million pounds. The quoted figure includes a £1.3 million project which was accidentally counted twice. The amount of aid delivered directly in Helmand Province in 2008-09 was therefore £20.6 million.

The correct answer should have been:

The Department for International Development (DFID) provided £143 million of support to Afghanistan in 2008-09 through its bilateral programme. Of this, we spent £20.6 million on growth, livelihoods and governance programmes directly in Helmand province.

DFID publishes previous and planned expenditure in its Annual Report and the Statistics in International Development publication. These are available in the Library of the House and on the DFID website:

www.dfid.gov.uk