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Adam Price: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer when he plans to respond to the letter of the First Secretary of the National Assembly for Wales on fiscal variations; and if he will make a statement. 
Mr. Boateng: For Customs' estimate of cross-Channel smuggling in 2000 I refer the hon. Member to the answer my hon. Friend the Paymaster General gave to the hon. Member for Preseli Pembrokeshire (Mrs. Lawrence) on 7 March 2001, Official Report, columns 22930W. Results from the first year of the "Tackling Tobacco Smuggling" strategy, including Customs' estimate of cross-Channel smuggling in 2001, will be published at the time of the pre-Budget report.
Mr. Lidington: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what his estimate is of the share of the tobacco market represented by illicit supplies in (a) 200001 and (b) 200102 to the most recent date for which information is available. 
Mr. Boateng: Results from the first year of the "Tackling Tobacco Smuggling" strategy, including the level of the illicit market for 200001, will be published at the time of the pre-Budget report. Customs estimate of the size of the illicit market during 200102 will be published on a full financial year basis during 200203.
Mr. Lidington: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many cigarettes were seized by HM Customs and Excise in (a) 200001 and (b) 200102 to the latest date for which information is available to him. 
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Chris Grayling: To ask the Deputy Prime Minister how many special advisers employed by the Government participate directly with civil service press and public relations staff in the planning and implementation of press and media announcements. 
Mr. Leslie: Central data on civil service personnel is collected twice yearly on the basis of staff in post at 1 April and 1 October. Changes in civil service staffing levels, including any attributable to the departmental changes announced in June, will not therefore become apparent until figures for October 2001 are available.
Mr. Bercow: To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Lord Chancellor's Department if the Lord Chancellor will take steps to change the law on the registration of deaths to ensure equality of treatment as between married and unmarried couples. 
In 1998, the then Economic Secretary to the Treasury commissioned the Registrar-General to carry out a fundamental review of the civil registration service in England and Wales. This was in recognition of the fact that much of the civil registration system is outdated and does not meet the needs of today's society.
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1999. The responses have been used to set out options for the future development of the registration service, so that it can adapt to the changing needs and attitudes of a modern society.
Many of the responses to the consultation document were in support of equality of treatment for men and women in the records of births, deaths and marriages. Proposals on how this could be achieved are now being formulated and the intention is to publish a policy paper in due course.
Margaret Moran: To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Lord Chancellor's Department what action she intends to take on the Family Law Act Sub-Committee's report on the murder of Georgina McCarthy. 
Ms Rosie Winterton: The Sub-Committee's recommendations are currently being considered by a working party of the inter-departmental group on Violence against Women and Domestic Violence. The working group, which comprises officials from the Lord Chancellor's Department, Home Office and Department of Health, met on 1 November 2001. Areas were identified for action by each Department and work has begun on developing an inter-departmental strategy to deal with the issue of improving co-operation between the criminal and civil/family jurisdictions.
Ms Rosie Winterton: I refer my hon. Friend to the written answer given to my hon. Friend the Member for Monmouth (Mr. Edwards) by my hon. Friend the Parliamentary Secretary on 19 July 2001, Official Report, column 451W.
The consultation period for the Green Paper 'Towards Effective Enforcement' ended on 12 October 2001. We are very grateful to the wide range of individuals and organisations who have used their time and expertise to respond to the Green Paper.
Mr. Dobson: To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Lord Chancellor's Department in each of the last five years for which figures are available, how many applications for legal aid in claims for clinical negligence against the NHS were (a) accepted and (b) rejected. 
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in 200001: 8 per cent.
Mr. Dobson: To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Lord Chancellor's Department what was the cost, in each of the last five years for which figures are available, of legal aid in claims for clinical negligence against the NHS. 
The Commission records the value of main bills paid, comprising solicitors' costs, disbursements and counsels' fees. The total figures for each year also include the value of claims which are met in full by the opponents. The net cost to the Commission of clinical negligence cases is therefore less than the figures given:
Prior to the introduction of civil contracting in January 2000, clinical negligence was not separately identified as a category of advice work. The figures therefore do not provide information regarding payments for advice and assistance work done under the former 'green form' system.
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