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Dawn Primarolo: Reducing national insurance contributions for those on low incomes forms part of the Government's strategy to make work pay. As a result of reforms since 1997, around 1 million lower paid employees have been taken out of having to pay NICs altogether. Cautious estimates show that labour supply has increased by around 160,000 people as a result of the entire package of measures to make work pay since 1997, including the reductions in income tax and national insurance contributions as well as working families tax credit and disabled persons tax credit.
|Change between April and August 2001||(10)-59|
(9) Seasonally adjusted
(10) -1.5 per cent.
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These estimates are based on the results of regular sample surveys of employers which count the number of employee jobs. The data are published in Statbase on the National Statistics website www.statistics.gov.uk./statbase/tsdataset.asp?vlnk=342 under series identifier YEJL.
|Calendar year||Meningitis||Carbon monoxide poisoning (excluding suicide)|
(11) Cause of death in these years was coded to the International Classification of Diseases Ninth Revision (ICD9)
The codes used to define the terms used in the table are as follows:
MeningitisICD9 underlying cause codes 036, 320322
Carbon monoxide poisoningICD9 nature of injury code 986
SuicideICD9 underlying cause codes E950-E959, E980-E989 excluding E988.8
Matthew Taylor: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer on what date his Department established a working group of officials to prepare his Department for the implementation of the Freedom of Information Act 2000; and on what dates this committee has met since it was set up. 
Matthew Taylor: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, pursuant to his answer of 6 November 2001, Official Report, column 154W, on excessive working hours, if he will place in the Library the results from the aggregated data for every sub annual period since the data was first collected; if he will place a greater level of detail on his methodology in the Library; and if he will make a statement. 
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Paddy Tipping: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer when he last met trade union representatives to discuss (a) miners' pension issues and (b) pension funds surpluses; and if he will make a statement. 
Mr. Drew: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer (1) if he will make a statement on how IR35 will affect training provision for IT contractors; and what new incentives are available to increase this training; 
Dawn Primarolo: Employees who pay for their own training are not in general entitled to a tax deduction for this expense. Individuals affected by the 'service company' legislation are in a similar position. However they are entitled to an additional 5 per cent. flat rate deduction for expenses on top of all the other expenses normally available to an employee, which they can use to provide for their training needs if they so wish. The withdrawal of individual learning accounts has had the same effect on all individuals previously eligible for them, and service company workers are not affected any differently from anybody else.
Mr. Drew: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what discussions he has had with the DFES regarding the decision to end individual learning accounts, with specific reference to training for IT contractors. 
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Barbara Follett: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer when he will submit to the House the double taxation conventions that the Government recently concluded with Jordan and Lithuania; and if he will make a statement. 
Dawn Primarolo: The conventions with Jordan and Lithuania were signed on 22 July and 19 March respectively. The texts of the conventions with Jordan and Lithuania have each been published today as a schedule to a draft Order in Council and laid before the House. After signature the texts were deposited in the Library of the House and made available on the Inland Revenue's website.
Mr. Bercow: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will publish figures indicating the effective upper earnings limit on the equivalent of national insurance contributions for each EU member state in the latest year for which figures are available. 
Dawn Primarolo: Information and details about the social security contributions systems of other EU member states, and more generally about other OECD member countries, is published annually in the OECD publication "Taxing Wages". A copy of this publication is available from the House of Commons Library.
Mr. Jack: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what estimate he has made of the receipts of (a) income tax, (b) corporation tax and (c) national insurance for November and December and January 2002. 
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