§ Mr. Pollard
To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security what assessment he has made of the extent of increased administrative costs imposed on small businesses by the processing of state benefits through the payroll.
§ Dawn Primarolo
I have been asked to reply.
Having confirmed that my hon. Friend is referring to tax credits rather than to state benefits, I refer him to the regulatory impact assessment which was published and placed in the House Library in December 1999.