§ Mr. Clappison
To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many penalties have been imposed on claimants for(a) working families tax credit and (b) disabled persons tax credit in each year since the credits commenced; how many of these penalties were imposed as a result of fraud; and what the total value of the penalties was. 
§ Dawn Primarolo
The tables show the number of penalties imposed on applicants for working families tax credit and disabled person's tax credit (WFTC and DPTC) for the periods in question. Since WFTC and DPTC were introduced in October 1999 up to 31 December 2001, 645 penalties have been imposed against WFTC and DPTC applicants. The total value of these penalties is £596,863.13.
Number of penalties WFTC 1 October 1999–30 September 2000 106 1 October 2000–30 September 2001 401 1 October 2001–31 December 2001 128 DPTC 1 October 1999–30 September 2000 1 1 October 2000–30 September 2001 8 1 October 2001–31 December 2001 1