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Mr. Woodward: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what percentage of the work force had (a) an advanced degree, (b) a BA, (c) an associated degree and (d) undertaken higher or further education course work in (i) St. Helens, South, (ii) the St. Helens MBC area,
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(iii) Merseyside, (iv) Manchester, (v) the North West RDA region, (vi) the other RDA regions and (vii) England, in each of the last five years. 
Ruth Kelly: The information requested falls within the responsibility of the National Statistician. I have asked him to reply.
Letter from Len Cook to Mr. Shaun Woodward, dated 14 February 2002:
|Government office regions and St. Helens metropolitan borough council||All of working age(33) in employment(35),(36) (thousand)||Higher degree||First degree||Other degree||Other higher education below degree level|
|Autumn (September to November) 1997|
|Rest of North West||1,281||2.3||9.6||1.3||10.5|
|Yorkshire and Humberside||2,204||3.8||8.3||1.4||8.6|
|Autumn (September to November) 1998|
|Rest of North West||1,318||3.3||9.5||1.0||10.9|
|Yorkshire and Humberside||2,241||3.7||8.4||1.5||9.1|
||Autumn (September to November) 1999||UK||26,997||4.6||10.7||1.7||9.7
||Rest of North West||1,329||3.6||9.5||1.1||11.1
||Yorkshire and Humberside||2,265||3.9||8.2||1.8||9.5
||Autumn (September to November) 2000||UK||27,215||4.8||11.5||1.7||9.7
||Rest of North West||1,316||3.4||10.9||1.1||10.2
||Yorkshire and Humberside||2,291||3.9||9.0||1.4||9.9
||Autumn (September to November) 2001||UK||27,425||5.2||11.9||1.5||9.3
||Rest of North West||1,302||4.9||10.2||1.2||9.7
||Yorkshire and Humberside||2,280||4.3||9.6||1.0||8.8
(33) Men aged 1664 and women aged 1659.
(34) Base for percentages excludes people who did not state their qualifications.
(35) Includes people who did not state their qualifications.
(36) = 100 per cent.
(37) Sample size too small for reliable estimate.
ONS Labour Force Survey
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Mr. Willetts: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how much compensation has been paid in total to people who have been adversely affected by the problems with the NIRS2 computer system, broken down by year. 
Dawn Primarolo: The delay in the implementation of NIRS2 caused arrears of work in both the Inland Revenue and the then DSS. These arrears have been managed through an integrated recovery plan. The compensation costs paid to customers as a result of the delays are:
The compensation costs paid in 200001 have previously been overstated. The actual amounts paid from the National Insurance Fund are set out.
Mr. Willetts: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer since the NIRS2 computer system first became operational, how many people have received national insurance contribution rebates after the date they were due; how much money has been paid to these people in compensation; and what his best estimate is of the total value of late rebates that are outstanding. 
Dawn Primarolo: The Government have paid over £57.8 million in compensation for late rebate payments since 1998. This is for compensation paid, on behalf of individuals, to pension providers for the late payment of NI age-related rebates for 199798.
Rebate payments, together with any compensation due, are paid directly as an aggregate amount to the pension provider, not to the individual scheme member. The
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information in relation to these payments is not held in a way that makes it possible to quantify the number of people whose rebates for 199798 were paid late. It is not possible to estimate the total value of late rebates still outstanding, as this is partly dependent on the extent to which all relevant information for 199798 has been received from employers.
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