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Mr. Swire: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will list for (a) Scotland, (b) England, (c) Wales, (d) Northern Ireland, (e) each English region and (f) each local authority in the United Kingdom (i) GDP per head of population, (ii) average gross weekly full-time earnings, (iii) average gross weekly household incomes, (iv) VAT registrations as a percentage of stock business and (v) VAT registered business per 10,000 population aged 16 and over. 
|(i) GDP per head of population||Regional Accounts articles in (a) Economic Trends March 2001 and (b) Economic Trends May 2001 www.statistics.ons.gov.uk/regional accounts: (a) GDP per capita for the countries and regions up to 1999 and (b) GDP per capita for sub-regions and local areas up to 1998|
|(ii) Average gross weekly full-time earnings||New Earnings Survey data are available from the NOMIS labour market data system. Countries and Regions of the United Kingdom and Local Authority District level information is available|
|(iii) Average gross weekly household incomes||Family Spending (2002), provides average gross weekly household incomes for Countries and Regions of the United Kingdom|
|(iv) VAT registrations as a percentage of stock business and (v) VAT registered business per 10,000 population aged 16 and over||VAT registration statistics are available from the Small Business Service of Department of Trade and Industry at www.sbs.gov.uk/statistics. Countries and Regions of the United Kingdom and Local Authority District level information is available.|
Mrs. Spelman: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will make a statement on the creation of a Commonwealth Education Fund; who will be in charge of it; and whether the £10 million funding will be for 2002 only. 
Mr. Boateng: Under Clare Short's leadership, DFID have committed over £600 million since 1997 to achieving universal primary education. The Commonwealth Education Fund will complement this effort by supporting civil society to help Commonwealth Governments to ensure that the poorest and most marginalised children are able to enrol in and complete good quality primary education. The fund will support innovative ways of working with the most vulnerable and disadvantaged children (including street children, former child soldiers and nomadic children). It will also help promote public participation in education planning and delivery in the Commonwealth.
The Government have pledged an initial £10 million to kick-start the fund. They will also match contributions by business, pound for pound including tax relief. Money raised by this year's Comic Relief "Sports Day" earmarked for education in Commonwealth countries will also be matched pound for pound, including tax relief, by the Government.
Mr. Boateng: Over the past three years, the Government have been working with our G7 partners to reform the international financial architecture and to deliver an international financial system that is less prone to crises and better able to withstand them when they occur. A key component of this reform effort has been the development of a new framework for private sector involvement in crisis prevention and resolution which ensures that all parties who benefit form the international financial system play their part in maintaining stability.
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Recent experience has highlighted some of the legal and practical obstacles that may prevent countries with unsustainable private debt burdens from restructuring those debts in a timely and orderly manner. An international bankruptcy procedure has the potential to address some of these obstacles and thereby improve the overall operability of the crisis resolution framework. The Government therefore welcome the recent proposal by the IMF to explore options for establishing a new Sovereign Debt Restructuring Mechanism.
Separately, the UK continues to work hard to ensure that the Heavily Indebted Poor Country (HIPC) initiative delivers a sustainable relief from debt for eligible countries. We also call on other countries to follow our leads on bilateral policies, such as 100 per cent. relief at Decision Point, and in holding payments in trust for those countries yet to receive debt relief. Already 24 countries have qualified for debt relief, and they will benefit from over $56 billion in debt reduction, which will bring their debts to below the average of developing countries.
|Students enrolled in 199798(27)||24,360|
|of which, those graduating in:|
(26) Includes home domiciled and overseas students on clinical and pre-clinical medical courses. Figures have been rounded to the nearest 10.
(27) Census count as at 1 December 1997.
Following a review of the medical workforce, published in December 1997 which recommended that the intake to medical schools in the UK should be increased by 1,000 a year, and the commitments made in the Year 2000 NHS Plan, the number of places available to study medicine will increase to almost 5,900 by 2006an increase of some 2,150 over 1997 levels.
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Andrew George: To ask the Secretary of State for Health how much has been spent by each acute trust on agency nurses as (a) a total annual amount and (b) a proportion of the annual expenditure in each of the last three years for which records are available. 
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