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Small Firms

Mr. Bacon: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will make a statement on the taxation of small firms that trade as (a) limited companies and (b) unincorporated businesses. [56853]

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Dawn Primarolo: Small firms trading as limited companies are subject to corporation tax on their trading profits. The owners of small firms trading as unincorporated businesses are subject to income tax on the trading profits of the business.

Lone-parent Families

Martin Linton: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many children are in lone-parent families in (a) London, broken down by borough and (b) in the Battersea constituency. [55803]

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. Martin Linton MP, dated 15 May 2002:

Number of—(a) dependent children in lone parent families and (b) dependent children in all families; and (c) lone parent families with dependent children by London Boroughs, 1991

London BoroughDependent children(15) in lone parent families (a)Dependent children(15) in all families (b)Percentage of dependent children(15) in lone parent families (a) divided by (b) times 100Lone parent families with dependent children (c)
City of London.07.2033.05
Hammersmith and Fulham9.225.7365.6
Kensington and Chelsea6.422.4294.3
Tower Hamlets10.644.2246.4
Westminster, City of6.525.7254.3
Inner London163.3514.832102.6
Barking and Dagenham6.131.7193.9
Kingston upon Thames3.226.2122.3
Richmond upon Thames3.930.1132.7
Waltham Forest10.245.6226.4
Outer London150.1896.81795.5
Greater London313.31,411.622198.1

(15) A dependent child is either a person aged 0–15 in a household; or one aged 16–18, never married, in full-time education, and economically inactive.


Estimated numbers have been calculated at London Borough level then summed to obtain estimates for Inner London, Outer London and Greater London


1991 Census (based on 10 per cent. Census figures, grossed up)

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Intermediate Care

Mr. Burstow: To ask the Secretary of State for Health with reference to his Department's guidance HSC/LAC (2001) 1 Intermediate Care, if he will publish a breakdown of the allocation of the £900 million spending announced in the NHS Plan for Intermediate Care. [52279]

Jacqui Smith: Health service circular 2001/001: local authority circular (2001)/1 Intermediate Care, issued on 19 January 2001, explains that, as part of the extra £900 million made available by 2003–04 for intermediate care and related services to promote independence, around £255 million is specifically for national health service investment in intermediate care. This is on top of the extra £150 million available recurrently from 2000–01, and a further £64 million is for community equipment services.

The circular also confirms that £100 million will be available in 2003–04 for a personal social services (PSS) performance fund, focusing initially on development of intermediate care. Beyond that, a substantial component of the £900 million relates to resources being provided to local government, mostly through the PSS standard spending assessment. Deployment of those resources remain a decision for councils to make in the light of local circumstances.

The circular is in the Library.

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Young People

Dr. Starkey: To ask the Secretary of State for Health on what subjects and on which dates his Department has consulted organisations representing young people; and if he will list such organisations. [52500]

Jacqui Smith: Quality Protects is the Government's flagship programme to improve the management and delivery of children's social services. Participation of children and young people underpins the Quality Protects programme and is a priority area for special grant funding. In September 2000, the Department formed a Quality Protects young people's reference group to ensure the contemporary views of children and young people inform the development of the programme. The Department meets with this group three times a year. The last meeting took place on 6 April 2002. Topics discussed included the Department's review of foster care (Choice Protects) and draft advocacy standards.

In addition to the Quality Protects reference group, the Department meets regularly with A National Voice—a young people's organisation which exists to enable young people currently or previously in care to have an effective voice in consulting and developing policies that will bring about positive change for young people. A National Voice is unique in that it is managed and staffed by young people with experience of having been in care.

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Further, as part of the paediatric cardiac review, the Department has consulted children, young people and parents about their experiences of heart treatment and care. Visits took place to 14 heart units across the country in September 2001 and November 2001.

Consultation on policy developments relating to children routinely takes place involving organisations representing young people, alongside other organisations.

GP Recruitment

Tim Loughton: To ask the Secretary of State for Health when he expects to make a statement on the review process of the qualification level for health authorities to receive the extra golden hello funding incentive for recruitment of general practitioners in their area. [53328]

Mr. Hutton [holding answer 29 April 2002]: We are currently reviewing the list of under-doctored primary care trusts which qualify for an additional general practitioner golden hello payment. We expect to publish our proposals shortly and the revised list to take effect from 1 October 2002.

Solar Panels

Ian Lucas: To ask the Secretary of State for Health what buildings owned by his Department have solar panels installed. [53493]

Ms Blears: None of the buildings owned and occupied by the Department for its own use has solar panels installed.

This reply does not include information about the national health service.

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