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Income Tax

Mr. Stevenson: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what the additional revenue raised in Stoke-on-Trent by increasing the basic rate of income tax by one pence would be. [143876]

Dawn Primarolo: The additional full-year yield of increasing the basic rate of income tax by one pence in Stoke-on-Trent is £7.7 million in 2000–01. This estimate is based upon the 2000–01 Survey of Personal Incomes. The effects of the illustrative changes can be scaled up or down over a reasonably wide range. This result excludes any behavioural response to the tax change.

Mr. Stevenson: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what the additional revenue raised in Stoke-on-Trent would be if the top rate of income tax were raised to 50 pence in the pound for income over £100,000 per annum. [143877]

Dawn Primarolo: Reliable information on this is not available.

Inland Revenue Staff

Mr. Gray: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many of the Inland Revenue employees transferred from the International Division in 2000–01 had immediately prior to transfer worked as part of the Advisory/Casework Team within the International Division. [143603]

Dawn Primarolo: It would be inappropriate to disclose the information requested as it would facilitate the identification of individual members of staff of the Inland Revenue. Exemption 8(a) of the Code of Practice on Access to Government Information applies in this case.


Mr. Rosindell: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how much the Government have spent on (a) the conflict in Iraq and (b) rebuilding the infrastructure in Iraq to date. [143544]

Mr. Boateng: I refer the hon. Member to paragraph 2.57 of the Pre-Budget Report 2003 (Cm 6042).

National Statistics

Dr. Cable: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what the result was of the Treasury's review of pre-release access to National Statistics First Releases and associated briefing; and what changes to (a) procedures and (b) the list of people having access have resulted from the review. [143412]

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Ruth Kelly: The Treasury has not yet formally completed its review of pre-release access to National Statistics First Releases, but certain changes in procedure have already been put in place.

Penrose Report

Norman Baker: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer on what date he received (a) a draft copy and (b) the final copy of the Penrose Report into Equitable Life; when he intends to publish the report; and whether the published version will be in its complete form. [143841]

Ruth Kelly: Treasury Ministers have not received a draft or a final copy of Lord Penrose's report into Equitable Life. Ministers expect that when Lord Penrose does report, he will provide the final version.

Ministers intend to publish the report as soon as is reasonably practicable following its receipt.

Publication will be in full if at all possible.


Kevin Brennan: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what estimate he has made of the net cost to the Exchequer caused by short-falls in final salary occupational pension schemes arising from company insolvency since 1997; and if he will make a statement. [143753]

Ruth Kelly : The Pensions Schemes Registry (PSR), administered by the Occupational Pension Schemes Regulatory Authority (OPRA), holds information on the number of final salary schemes which are currently in the winding-up process and the number of schemes which have entered and completed winding-up. The registry database is, however, limited in a number of ways. Consequently, it does not provide all the information requested, though it nevertheless remains the most comprehensive source of information available on the aggregate number of pension schemes in the UK.

According to the PSR's most recent data, around 1,400 private sector final salary schemes were in the winding-up process at the beginning of September, and around 4,800 private sector final salary schemes have completed winding-up. The data do not permit any further analysis on whether these schemes have commenced/completed winding-up prior to 1997. It is not possible to split the above by whether they are connected to a solvent or insolvent employer. No alternative data source exists to provide this information.

There will be a cost to the Exchequer from schemes winding up in deficit, from the loss in income tax receipts on pensions and an increase in income related benefits. As regards estimating the cost to the Exchequer, we have not estimated this due to the above data deficiencies.

Public Expenditure

Mr. Rosindell: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how much the Government have budgeted to spend on (a) the reconstruction of Iraq and (b) education in the United Kingdom in 2004. [143545]

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Mr. Boateng: The information is as follows:

(a) At the International Donor's Conference in Madrid in October, the UK Government committed a total of £544 million to support the reconstruction of Iraq over the three years from April 2003. Of this, £296 million will be for the next two financial years, 2004–05 and 2005–06, including bilateral funds and the UK's share of the proposed EU contribution in Iraq.

(b) Education expenditure in the UK over a very similar period is forecast to be £190 billion (consisting of £58.6 billion in 2003–04, £62.9 billion in 2004–05 and £68.5 billion in 2005–06).

Public Sector Pensions

Mr. Gray: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what the actuarial liability estimated for the future payment of public sector pensions was in each year from 1997–98 to 2002–03; and what the value was of the funds existing in each year to meet this liability. [143615]

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Mr. Boateng: I refer the hon. Member to the answer my hon. Friend the Economic Secretary to the Treasury gave to the hon. Member for Aldershot (Mr. Howarth) on 7 January 2003 Official Report, column 172W.


Mr. Burstow: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will list the (a) total number and (b) number per 100,000 population of suicides amongst adult males in (i) England and (ii) each region in each year since 1997. [143705]

Ruth Kelly: The information requested falls within the responsibility of the National Statistician, who has been asked to reply.

Letter from Len Cook to Mr. Paul Burstow, dated 15 December 2003:

Number of deaths and rates(19) from suicide and injury undetermined whether accidentally or purposely inflicted(20), among adult males(aged 15 years and over) for England and Government Office Regions, 1997-2002(21)

North east212181209184157187
North west551608552519498456
Yorkshire and the Humber419390391322336310
East Midlands276298318311294258
West Midlands342376409367372370
East of England317366329319335342
South east528573550547512521
South west339343364365350331
North east21.518.421.318.815.919.0
North west21.323.521.420.118.917.5
Yorkshire and the Humber22.020.420.516.817.415.9
East Midlands17.118.419.519.017.815.4
West Midlands16.818.420.
East of England15.317.615.715.115.716.0
South east17.218.617.717.516.216.4
South west17.918.119.018.917.916.8

(19) Death rate per 100,000 population

(20) The cause of death was defined using the International Classification of Diseases, Ninth Revision (ICD-9) codes E950-E959 and E980-E989 excluding E988.8 for the years 1990 to 2000, and, for the year 2001 and 2002, the International Classification of Diseases, Tenth Revision (ICD-10) codes X60-X84 and Y10-Y34 excluding Y33.9 where the coroner's verdict was pending.

(21) Figures are for deaths occurring per calendar year.

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