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One-parent Households

Mr. Woodward: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what estimate the Government have made of
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(a) how many and (b) what percentage of children lived in one parent households in (i) St. Helens and (ii) the UK, broken down by region, in each year since 1997. [186821]

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. Shaun Woodward, dated 7 September 2004:

Number of dependent children living in lone parent families—UK Government Office Regions, 1997–2004

Area of residence19971998199920002001200220032004
United Kingdom2,7622,9162,9052,8633,0433,0373,0333,084
North East142146145148144149164158
North West392428405397410464430411
St. Helens(91)(91)(91)(91)1112(91)(91)
Yorkshire and Humberside241247242242260248249262
East Midlands175174163162196195187170
West Midlands240258251257279269254255
South East298289289285325325328315
South West181193192175209197192191
Northern Ireland93989510010394108110

Percentage of dependent children living in lone parent families—UK Government Office Regions, 1997–2004

Area of residence19971998199920002001200220032004
United Kingdom20.822.021.921.623.323.223.223.6
North East24.324.824.726.226.327.430.530.6
North West24.726.825.725.426.728.926.726.3
St. Helens(91)(91)(91)(91)26.927.2(91)(91)
Yorkshire and Humberside21.422.421.922.223.323.523.524.5
East Midlands19.119.117.618.021.320.920.318.7
West Midlands19.821.821.221.423.122.721. 821.4
South East17.316.416.315.918.618.719.418.1
South West17.418.618.416.220.319.319.218.6
Northern Ireland19.320.921.122.622.921.124.024.9

(91) Not available.
Labour Force Survey and 2001 Census, ONS
2001 Census Northern Ireland Statistics
2001 Census General Register Office for Scotland

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Pensions (Tax Relief)

Mr. Love: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what the cost to public funds was of tax relief for individuals on pension contributions in each of the last five years; and if he will make a statement. [186634]

Dawn Primarolo: Available estimates of the cost of tax relief on private pensions are contained in table 7.9 of Inland Revenue Statistics. The latest version is on the Inland Revenue website: 9.pdf These estimates are due to be updated in September 2004.

Personal Income Tax Allowance

Mr. Willetts: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what the effects would be on the incomes of households in each quintile of the income distribution of raising the personal income tax allowance to £10,000 per annum. [186783]

Dawn Primarolo: The information is as follows.
Percentage increase

Percentage change in net equivalised household income (before housing costs)

These changes in household income are based on IGOTM tax and benefits model using the Family Resources Survey 2002–03.

Personal Tax Allowance

Sandra Gidley: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what plans he has to change the personal tax allowance for those of pensionable age. [186582]

Dawn Primarolo: The Government's policy is to increase the age-related personal allowances for those 65 and over at least in line with earnings for the remainder of the Parliament.

PFI/PPP Contracts

Matthew Taylor: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many contracts his Department had with (a) Barclays, (b) the Royal Bank of Scotland, (c) UBS Warburg and (d) the Bank of Scotland for advice on private finance initiative and public private partnership contracts in each financial year since 2001–02; and what fees were paid in each case. [186662]

Ruth Kelly: None
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Mr. Cousins: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what level of costs for insurance is included in PFI/PPP schemes agreed in the last two years; what review of insurance costs has been undertaken; and what conclusions have been reached. [186845]

Mr. Boateng: The contractor in a PFI consortium is responsible for procuring the necessary insurance for a PFI scheme. The costs will vary depending on the nature of the project as well as the conditions in the insurance market at the time the insurances are taken out.

There has been no official review of PFI insurance costs by HM Treasury. However, guidance on the treatment of insurance costs is contained in the HMT Standardisation of Contracts Version 3 (SOPC3) and OGC Business and Operational Guidance "PFI Contracts: Insurance Costs". SOPC3 states that the risk of increases in insurance costs should be borne by the contractor, while recognising that it will not represent best value for money if bidders price in worst case scenarios for future insurance premium levels in to their bids. The OGC guidance therefore sets out a mechanism for sharing insurance cost increases should there be exceptional circumstances in the international insurance market.

Population Changes

Mr. Hayes: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what estimate he has made of the change in population arising from changes in (a) net indigenous population and (b) net immigration in each decade to 2050, broken down by region. [187335]

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. John Hayes, dated 7 September 2004:

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Projected Population by Government Office Region for Decades—Total population for Government Office Regions as shown, 2000, 2010, 2020

EnglandTotal population49,730.251,031.652,361.2
(10-year change)1,301.51,329.6
Net natural change640.8669.0
Net international migration658.6658.6
North EastTotal population2,584.02,539.42,511.8
(10-year change)-44.7-27.6
Net natural change-18.7-16.5
Net international migration10.910.9
North WestTotal population6,875.46,823.76,809.4
(10-year change)-51.7-14.3
Net natural change25.536.5
Net international migration-5.3-5.3
Yorkshire and
Total population5,065.25,122.95,193.5
the Humber(10-year change)57.770.6
Net natural change43.156.1
Net international migration34.334.3
East MidlandsTotal population4,217.04,369.44,510.4
(10-year change)152.4141.0
Net natural change25.220.2
Net international migration41.741.7
West MidlandsTotal population5,338.55,369.25,407.5
(10-year change)30.738.3
Net natural change53.347.5
Net international migration42.442.4
EastTotal population5,418.85,678.45,918.1
(10-year change)259.6239.8
Net natural change63.244.5
Net international migration58.258.2
LondonTotal population7,191.67,442.67,712.3
(10-year change)251.0269.7
Net natural change422.8480.8
Net international migration310.0310.0
South EastTotal population8,088.68,496.58,869.5
(10-year change)407.9373.0
Net natural change81.867.2
Net international migration113.5113.5
South WestTotal population4,951.05,189.65,428.7
(10-year change)238.6239.1
Net natural change-55.4-67.3
Net international migration53.053.0

Office for National Statistics

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