Child Benefit: Peterborough

Mr Stewart Jackson: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many families whose head of household was (a) a Polish, (b) a Lithuanian, (c) a Latvian, (d) a Czech, (e) a Slovak, (f) a Portuguese and (g) an Estonian national resident in the Peterborough city council area were in receipt of child benefit in each year since 2005; and if he will make a statement. [200289]

Nicky Morgan: This information is not available.

Children: Day Care

Catherine McKinnell: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what details parents will be required to provide for the quarterly reconfirmation process for tax-free child care; what measures will be in place to ensure that parents are reminded about the deadline for quarterly reconfirmation; and what provisions he will put in place in the event that parents fail to provide the necessary details for (a) one quarter and (b) more than one quarter. [200215]

Nicky Morgan: Details on the tax-free child care reconfirmation process were included in the Government's consultation response published on 18 March 2014, which set out how reconfirmation will enable a smooth customer journey while protecting the scheme from error and fraud.

Equal Opportunities

Mrs Hodgson: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what targets his Department has for increasing diversity; and what progress has been made on meeting those targets in the last year. [199937]

Andrea Leadsom: In common with other Government Departments the Treasury has diversity targets for its workforce (gender, ethnicity and disability), monitors progress and implements diversity initiatives where appropriate.

HM Treasury diversity targets for its senior civil service (SCS)
GroupTarget (%)

Women

42

BME

5

Disability

5

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HM Treasury’s diversity targets for its employees below the SCS
GroupTarget (%)

Women Range E

50

Women Range D

50

BME Range E

14

BME Range D

18

Disability Range E

6

Disability Range D

8

On progress against the targets, the Treasury publishes information on the proportion of its employees by gender, ethnicity and disability by each civil service pay scale. The most recent information, March 2013, is in HM Treasury’s “Annual Report and Accounts 2012-13”, page 43, available on the Treasury’s external website.

The March 2014 data will be published in the “Annual Report and Accounts” 2014 in due course.

Mrs Hodgson: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what consideration his Department gives to the diversity policies and records of businesses or other organisations when considering their bid for commercial contracts or grants. [199958]

Andrea Leadsom: In July 2013 HM Treasury's procurement functions transferred to the Crown Commercial Service (CCS—formerly the Government Procurement Service, GPS). HM Treasury decides selection criteria and weightings for procurements based on advice from CCS.

The selection criteria and weightings in the procurement procedures used by CCS are not fixed, but vary from project to project. UK public procurement policy is to award contracts on the basis of value for money, which means the optimum combination of cost and quality over the lifetime of the project. Public sector procurers are required to assess value for money from the perspective of the contracting authority using criteria linked to the subject matter of the contract, including compliance with the published specification.

Diversity policies and records of businesses can be taken into account at tender evaluation stage if they relate directly to the subject matter of a contract from the point of view of the contracting authority.

The Treasury's procurements are evaluated against response guidance provided to bidders as part of Invitations to Tender (ITT) or Requests for Quotes (RFQ). Since January 2011, central Government Departments have been required to publish on Contracts Finder information on the tenders issued and contracts they award with a value over £10,000 (excluding VAT):

https://www.gov.uk/contracts-finder

Selection criteria and weightings applied in procurements form part of the information published.

Film: Tax Allowances

Ms Harman: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what recent estimate he has made of (a) the total amount paid out in film tax relief and (b) the resultant benefit to the UK economy as a result of such tax relief since 2007; and if he will make a statement. [200470]

Mr Gauke: HMRC data indicate that between January 2007 and March 2013, over 1,200 film productions have claimed £1.3 billion of tax relief.

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According to the Office of National Statistics and the BFI, the film and video production industry generates around 46,000 jobs and film investment is over £1 billion a year.

To support this important sector the Government have modernised film tax relief and extended the relief to animation, high-end television and video games.

The BFI statistics for 2013 show that these reforms are working, with an increase in overall UK film investment, and that the new TV and animation tax reliefs have supported growth in production in the UK.

Highways Agency

Richard Burden: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer with reference to the answer of 8 May 2014, Official Report, column 298W, on Highways Agency, what the (a) criteria and (b) procedures are for considering the extension of the provisions of section 41(3) of the VAT Act 1994 to a new body. [200463]

Mr Gauke: Section 41(3) of the VAT Act 1994 applies to Government Departments and health authorities. It is governed by a Treasury Direction. Any extension of the provisions is a matter for Treasury Ministers.

Infrastructure

Jonathan Edwards: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer which infrastructure projects have accessed the UK Guarantees Scheme; and how much funding was issued in each such case. [200328]

Danny Alexander: Three guarantees and one stand-by facility have been signed under the UK Guarantees Scheme, with a total value of £1,090,800,000. This includes Drax Power (£75 million), Sustainable Development Capital-UK Energy Efficiency Investment Funds (£8.8 million), Northern Line Extension (£750 million) and Mersey Gateway Bridge (£257 million).

Any guarantees signed are reported to Parliament as required by the legislation, Infrastructure (Financial Assistance) Act 2012, underpinning the Scheme and can also be found on the gov.uk website.

Insurance

Frank Dobson: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what assessment he has made of the contribution to economic growth of payment protection insurance repayments. [200336]

Andrea Leadsom: The Office for Budget Responsibility (OBR) is responsible for producing independent economic and fiscal forecasts. The effects of payment protection insurance repayments were taken into account in their latest forecast of the economy, published in the March 2014 Economic and Fiscal Outlook.

Minimum Wage: North East

Mrs Hodgson: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer (1) how many employers registered in (a) Washington and Sunderland West constituency, (b) the Sunderland local authority area and (c) the North East region have been the subject of enforcement action for paying employees less than the national minimum wage in each of the last three years; [200000]

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(2) how many complaints have been made against employers registered in (a) Washington and Sunderland West constituency, (b) the Sunderland local authority area and (c) the North East region for paying employees less than the national minimum wage in each of the last three years. [200001]

Mr Gauke: The Government take the enforcement of NMW very seriously and HMRC enforces the national minimum wage legislation on behalf of the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills (BIS) and has done so since the introduction of NMW in April 1999. It does that by investigating all complaints made about employers suspected of not paying the minimum wage, and carrying out targeted enforcement where it identifies a high risk of non-payment of NMW across the whole of the UK.

HMRC does not capture complaints or the outcomes of its investigations by reference to Government regions, constituencies or county. Its management information relates to the work of teams who are multi-located. Additionally, because it resources to risk, work relating to a specific geographical area is not always done by the NMW team based in that area.

Prior to 6 April 2009, HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) issued penalty notices to those employers who failed to comply with an enforcement notice, within 28 days. A new enforcement regime, introduced in April 2009, saw the introduction of automatic penalties for employers who are found to have underpaid their workers.

I refer the hon. Lady to the answers I gave the hon. Member for Islington South and Finsbury (Emily Thornberry) on 6 May 2014, Official Report, column 110W, which gives the number of completed inspections and number of non-compliant cases across the UK in the financial years 2009/10 to 2013/14.

North Sea Oil

Mr Raab: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how much funding for the extraction of North sea oil has come from (a) the Government, (b) the Scottish Government and (c) the private sector in each year from 1984. [199747]

Michael Fallon: I have been asked to reply on behalf of the Department of Energy and Climate Change.

Government Departments and agencies, including notably the Department of Energy and Climate Change and its predecessor Departments, have for many years supported research aimed at identifying UK hydrocarbon potential and finding ways of finding and extracting it more cost-effectively. Comprehensive records of the amount spent on such activities by year across Government are not available.

The Department of Energy and Climate Change does not have detailed information on the annual expenditure of the Scottish Government.

Estimates of total annual pre-tax expenditure in £ billions by the private sector on finding and developing UK hydrocarbons (oil and gas, in the North sea as well as elsewhere in the UK and on the UK Continental Shelf) for the period 1984 to 2013 are given in the following table. More detailed information through to 2012 is available online at:

https://www.gov.uk/oil-and-gas-uk-field-data#ukcs-income-and-expenditure

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 £ billion

1984

6.3

1985

6.5

1986

5.6

1987

5.0

1988

5.3

1989

6.1

1990

8.0

1991

10.4

1992

10.2

1993

9.5

1994

8.5

1995

9.4

1996

9.4

1997

9.6

1998

9.9

1999

7.8

2000

7.5

2001

8.3

2002

8.6

2003

8.2

2004

8.4

2005

9.9

2006

12.0

2007

12.4

2008

13.1

2009

13.3

2010

14.9

2011

18.3

2012

21.8

2013

25.8

Private Finance Initiative

Charlie Elphicke: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will make it his policy to introduce a clause into private finance initiative contracts to limit the ability of contractors to move offshore. [200422]

Danny Alexander: The Government are committed to effective anti-avoidance rules to ensure that profits arising on UK activities are not artificially diverted to low tax jurisdictions. At the same time, they needs to ensure that the tax system is competitive for all companies and have set out their plans to make the UK an attractive place to do business while retaining proportionate anti-avoidance protection.

UK-resident PFI contractors, regardless of their shareholders' registered jurisdiction, will be charged UK corporation tax on profits earned within the UK. To limit the freedoms properly available to investors would be anti-competitive and contrary to European Union law. These points are not unique to the private finance initiative (PFI) but apply equally to non-PFI companies and investors.

Self-employed

Stephen Timms: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many people are registered as self-employed in each region and constituent part of the UK. [200518]

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Mr Gauke: Estimates of the number of individuals with self-employment sources for each region of the UK in the year 2011-12 are provided in the following table.

RegionNumber of self-employed(Thousand)

North East

158

North West and Merseyside

497

Yorkshire and the Humber

402

East Midlands

352

West Midlands

418

East of England

556

London

883

South East

844

South West

559

Wales

240

Scotland

368

Northern Ireland

177

Address abroad

34

All UK

5,490

These estimates are based on the Survey of Personal Incomes for 2011-12, which is the latest year available.

Thames Tideway Tunnel

Jonathan Edwards: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what assessment his Department has made of the ability of Thames Water to service the costs of building the proposed Thames Tideway Tunnel. [200297]

Danny Alexander: The Government’s Reasons for Specification Notice, published on 5 June 2014, explains in detail why the Government believe that the project is of a scale and complexity that would threaten Thames Water’s ability to provide services to its customers. Paragraphs 21 to 35 provide this explanation.

The Reasons Notice is available from the following link:

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/thames-tideway-tunnel-project-specification-and-preparatory-work-notices

Jonathan Edwards: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what financial risk assessment he has carried out in respect of offering guarantees for the proposed Thames Tideway Tunnel. [200335]

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Danny Alexander: The Government have not proposed a guarantee for the Thames Tideway Tunnel. They have instead put in place a package of contingent financial support designed to cover low probability but high impact risks, prioritising the delivery of value for money for both taxpayers and customers. Further details are provided by the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, the right hon. Member for North Shropshire (Mr Paterson) in a Written Ministerial Statement on 5 June 2014.

This statement is published in Hansard at:

http://www.publications.parliament.uk/pa/cm201415/cmhansrd/cm140605/wmstext/140605m0001.htm#14060532000008

Welfare Tax Credits

Rachel Reeves: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what the total value was of tax credits paid to claimants who were (a) out of work, (b) self-employed and (c) employed in each of the last five years. [199850]

Nicky Morgan: The following table is based on finalised tax credits administrative data for each financial year. The latest data available are for 2012-13.

£ million
  Total entitlement for households who are classified as ‘in work'
Tax yearTotal entitlement for households who are classified as ‘out of work'Households who are classified as self-employed onlyHouseholds who are classified as employed onlyHouseholds who are classified as both employed and self- employed

2008-09

6,811

2,376

14,315

1,615

2009-10

7,486

2,780

15,260

1,845

2010-11

7,606

3,036

15,908

1,992

2011-12

8,138

3,327

15,730

2,009

2012-13

8,936

3,420

15,256

2,007

Data from ONS Labour Market statistics show that self-employment as a proportion of total UK employment has been growing since around 2003 and is part of a long-term trend.