HC Deb 15 May 2002 vol 385 cc715-6W
Lynne Jones

To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what discussions he has had with ministerial colleagues about the conduct of consultation exercises; and if he will make a statement about conformity with Criterion 6 Cabinet Office Guidelines. [55707]

Mr. Leslie

No formal discussions have taken place with ministerial colleagues on the general conduct of consultation exercises. The conduct of such exercises is the responsibility of each Government Department and its agencies. Compliance with the Code of Practice on Written Consultation, including conformity with criterion 6 of the Code, also rests with each Department. he will break down the total expenditure on the new tax credit system into figures showing the cost of each individual credit. [56469]

Dawn Primarolo

I have been asked to reply.

The costs of the new tax credit system are shown in Table A.1 on page 154 of the Financial Statement and Budget Report April 2002. It is not possible to split these costs between the working tax credit and the child tax credit.