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Mr. Bellingham: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what estimate his Department has made of the cost to public funds of absenteeism within the public sector; and if he will make a statement. 
Mr. Boateng: The Treasury does not collect data on absence in the public sector but there are other published sources. Figures for the civil service, including estimates of cost, are published annually by the Cabinet Office in "Analysis of Sickness Absence in the Civil Service". The Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development published a survey in July titled "Employee absence 2004A survey of management policy and practice" which included estimates of average sickness absence across the public sector.
Mr. Cousins: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if, pursuant to his reply of 20 July 2004, Official Report, column 187W, what the (a) increase in the public expenditure programmes used as the comparator spend for the purposes of the Barnett formula for Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland between 200001 and 200304, (b) actual increases in the Barnett formula allocations to Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland between 200001 and 200304 and (c) increase in public spending between 200001 and 200304 in the North East for programmes used as comparator programmes for Barnett formula assessments were. 
John Healey: The operation of the Barnett formula is set out in the Statement of Funding Policy. The formula is applied to increases in the spending of the comparable Government Departments. The increases in spending of Government Departments were announced in the 2000, 2002 and 2004 Spending Review White Papers. The increases in spending for the devolved Administrations were also announced in these White Papers. Information on identifiable public spending in the North East is published in Public Expenditure Statistical Analyses 2004 (Cm 6201). The Barnett formula is not applied to English regional spending.
Dawn Primarolo: The UK has a number of film tax reliefs that are designed to assist the production of British qualifying films, as certified by the Department for Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS). The estimated tax cost of Section 48 film tax relief is £440 million for the period 199798 to 200102 and the estimated costs for 200203 and 200304 are £300 million and £140 million respectively. The tax cost of the other film tax reliefs is estimated to be an additional £70 million a year.
To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what resources the Government have
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provided to reduce child poverty in (a) St. Helens and (b) the UK, broken down by region, since 1997. 
Dawn Primarolo: St. Helens, like the rest of the UK, has benefited from a range of measures since 1997 to reduce unemployment and make work pay, and to raise the incomes of the poorest families with children. Since 1997, the Government have committed substantial resources to tackle child poverty, both through universal and targeted public services and through financial support. For example, by 200405, total spending on financial support for children through tax credits, child benefit and other benefits will have increased by £10.4 billion in real terms from its 1997 level, a rise of 72 per cent. In addition, the Government have increased spending on the Sure Start Unit, and has invested over £2.9 billion on child care, early years and Sure Start local programmes from 199899 to 200304.
Dawn Primarolo: The Government are making steady progress towards the PSA target to reduce by a quarter the number of children in low-income households by 200405, as a contribution to the longer-term goals of halving child poverty by 2010 and eradicating it by 2020. By 200203 there were around half a million fewer children in relative low-income households compared to 199899. The 2004 Spending Review announced a new child poverty PSA target, shared by the Department for Work and Pensions and HM Treasury, to halve the number of children in relative low-income households between 199899 and 201011, on the way to eradicating child poverty by 2020. The Government will also set an additional target in the 2006 Spending Review to halve by 201011 the number of children suffering a combination of material deprivation and low income. The child poverty review, published alongside the 2004 Spending Review, sets out a range of key measures to reduce child poverty and improve poor children's life chances, thus breaking cycles of deprivation.
Virginia Bottomley: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many children (a) under two, (b) under five and (c) aged five to 16 years there were in (i) South-West Surrey constituency, (ii) Waverley borough council, (iii) Surrey county and (iv) England in (A) 1997 and (B) the latest available year; and what the estimate is for (1) 2007 and (2) 2012. 
As National Statistician I have been asked to reply to your recent Parliamentary Question asking how many children (a) under two, (b) under five and (c) aged five to 16 years there were in (i) South West Surrey constituency, (ii) Waverley borough council, (iii) Surrey county and (iv) England in (A) 1997 and (B) the latest available year; and what the estimate is for (1) 2007 and (2) 2012. (187288)
I attach a table showing the 1997 and 2002 mid-year population estimates and the 2007 and 2012 population projections for the areas requested. However, South West Surrey parliamentary constituency is coterminous with the area covered by Waverley borough council.
Please note that population figures for the years shown are presently on different bases and cannot be compared precisely. This is because of work to improve population statistics following the 2001 Census, which is being incorporated progressively into statistical outputs. By November 2004, all the data shown in the tables will be available on a consistent basis.
This follows an announcement made on 8 July 2004 about population estimates, which contains information about population estimate revisions and can be found at: http://www.statistics.gov.uk/downloads/theme population/PEUannouncement 08Jul.pdf
Information about the subnational population projections due for release on 16 November 2004 can be found at:
|Area||Age group||1997 (83)||2002 (83)||2007 (84)||2012 (84)|
|Waverley borough council area||All ages||115.0||116.0||115.4||116.4|
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