§ Mr. Willetts
To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how much has been spent in each year for which figures are available on administering payments of the working families tax credit, broken down by(a) costs associated with direct payment of the working families tax credit and (b) costs associated with payment via employers. 
§ Dawn Primarolo
During the 12 months to March 2001 the cost to the Inland Revenue of administering working families' tax credit was £133.8 million. In the previous six months the cost was £36.1 million.
The Department does not record separately the costs of payment directly to the recipient and payment via the employer.