HC Deb 25 February 2002 vol 380 c1060W
Mr. Bercow

To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many people have claimed tax relief for vocational training in each of the last four years; and what has been the cost to public funds in each year. [24823]

Mr. Andrew Smith

[pursuant to his reply, 8 January 2002, C.810W]: The table unfortunately contained a number of errors. The correct information is as follows:

Cost of tax relief2
Year Claims received1 £ million
2000–01 125,000 30
1999–2000 250,000 60
1998–99 300,000 50
1997–98 300,000 45
1 Number of claims received and not the number of trainees as an individual could make more than one claim in a tax year. It was estimated that there were probably about 200,000 people claiming VTR in 1997–98 and 1998–99.
2 On an accrued basis.

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