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Swale Borough Council

Mr Wyatt: To ask the Deputy Prime Minister how many requests have been made to the Legal Department of Swale Borough Council under Section 7 of the Data Protection Act 1998 since 24 November 2003. [152337]

Phil Hope: It is a matter for Swale Borough Council to answer.

Thames Gateway

Bob Spink: To ask the Deputy Prime Minister how many additional housing units have been targeted for (a) Castle Point and (b) Canvey Island since March 2000. [152438]

Keith Hill: The housing growth targets for Castle Point (and Canvey Island) have been determined by Regional Planning Guidance 9 and are set out within Essex County Council's current Structure Plan, which relates to the period 1996 to 2011. For that period, Castle Point is required to accommodate 2,400 new dwellings.

The East of England Regional Assembly is in the process of preparing new Regional Planning Guidance for the East of England (RPG14). This will contain housing growth targets for local authority areas within the region (including Castle Point).


Advancing Enterprise Summit

Mr. Prisk: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer (1) who the speakers are at the Advancing Enterprise summit; [150764]

John Healey: The speakers and chairs at the conference 'Advancing Enterprise: Britain in a Global Economy' on 26 January 2004 were my right hon. Friends the Chancellor of the Exchequer and the Secretaries of State for Education and for Trade and Industry, myself and:

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A list of the senior business leaders and Government representatives who attended has been placed in the Library of the House.

The costs of the conference are being met entirely from HM Treasury's resources. The aggregated cost of all Departmental events will be included in HM Treasury's annual report.

Asylum Seekers

Mr. Lilley: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what allowance is made in the Government Actuary's projection of future immigration for (a) the number of people whose claims for asylum are rejected who remain in this country, (b) the number of people who overstay their visas and (c) the ending of visa restrictions for inhabitants of new member states of the EU. [152857]

Ruth Kelly: The latest (2002-based) official population projections for the United Kingdom were published by the Government Actuary's Department in December 2003. The migration assumptions underlying the projections use the internationally agreed definition of a migrant. A migrant is defined as someone who changes his or her country of usual residence for a period of at least a year so that the country of destination becomes the country of usual residence.

For the long-term migration assumptions, an allowance is made for asylum seekers who are granted leave to stay in the UK. It is assumed that asylum seeker applications will be processed within twelve months and no allowance is made for failed asylum seekers who may remain in the UK for longer than 12 months as there is no reliable evidence on which to base such an estimate.

The migration assumptions include an allowance for persons who enter the UK as short-term visitors but are subsequently granted an extension of stay for a year or

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longer. No allowance is made for those who overstay their visas illegally, again as there is no reliable evidence on which to base such an estimate.

Failed asylum seekers who do not leave the UK and people who overstay visas illegally are part of the illegal population. The size of this group is particularly difficult to estimate because they often do not show up in official records and are motivated to remain hidden. This is also a problem experienced by most other EU countries: in a recent survey only one country out of 15 reported that they made any allowance for illegal migration in their population projections.

No allowance has been made for the possible effects of enlargement of the European Union. At present, the precise impact of this change cannot be predicted, although recent Home Office research has concluded that the effect on the UK is likely to be fairly small.


Sandra Gidley: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what estimate he has made of the number of carers aged 65 years and over. [152757]

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

Letter from Len Cook to Sandra Gidley, dated 4 February 2004:

Number of people aged 65 and over providing unpaid care, 2001: England and Wales

Care provided per weekNumber
1 to 19 hours501,318
20 to 49 hours102,182
50 or more hours341,150
Total number of carers944,650


Table SO25 Census 2001 National Report for England and Wales

Child Mortality

Tim Loughton: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what the main cause of death in children aged under 15 years was in 2003. [152564]

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. Tim Loughton, dated 4 February 2004:

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Percentage of deaths by age-group for main causes of death(5), England and Wales, 2002(6)

Cause of deathAll ages under 15Under 11–45–14
Infectious and parasitic diseases6.
Blood and blood-forming organs1.
Endocrine, nutritional and metabolic disorders4.
Mental disorders0.
Nervous system10.78.611.412.8
Circulatory system4.
Respiratory system6.
Digestive system3.
Pregnancy and childbirth8.619.81.30.0
Congenital malformations15.420.517.67.8
Signs, symptoms and ill-defined conditions9.419.63.41.0
External causes of death14.35.316.323.9
Other causes0.
Number of deaths2,3771,001551825

(5) The causes of death were selected using the International Classification of Diseases, Tenth Revision (ICD-10) codes. The cause groups presented are entire chapters from the ICD-10 classification, as follows:

Infectious and parasitic diseases—AOO-B99;


Blood and blood-forming organs—D50-D89;

Endocrine, nutritional and metabolic disorders—EOO-E90;

Mental disorders—FOO-F99;

Nervous system—GOO-G99;

Circulatory system—100–199;

Respiratory system—JOO-J99;

Digestive system—KOO-K93;

Pregnancy and childbirth—OOO-O99;

Congenital malformations—QOO-Q99;

Signs, symptoms and ill-defined conditions—ROO-R99;

External causes of death—V01-Y89.

(6) Figures are for the number of deaths occurring in the calendar year.

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