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Crown Estate

Mr. Carmichael: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what the total value of applications made to the Crown Estate's Research Committee for research proposals has been for the financial year 2004–05; how many applications have been made for funding; what the total value of research funding allocated is for the financial year 2004–05; and how many applications for research funding in 2004–05 have been successful. [185971]

Mr. Timms [holding answer 22 July 2004]: Since September 2003, The Crown Estate Fish Farming Research Committee has become part of the independent Scottish Aquaculture Research Forum (SARF). The Crown Estate has committed £100,000 per annum to SARF for 2004–05 and 2005–06.

Additional marine based research funding is also available from The Crown Estate. This includes other aquaculture funding, the offshore research fund, the marine stewardship fund, and the renewables and communities fund. The Crown Estate expects to spend around £650,000 on these projects for the year 2004–05.

For the financial year 2004–05, 32 applications (17 of which were not costed) have been received for the marine stewardship fund. Three have been successful and a further seven are still under consideration. Two applications have been made for aquaculture projects, of which one has been successful and the other is under consideration. Three applications have been made for marine aggregate research projects, of which one has been successful and the other two are under consideration. Finally, two applications have been made to the renewables and community fund and are still under consideration.

Day Memberships

John Barrett: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer (1) when he will announce the results of the consultation on his plans to amend the gift aid rules on day memberships; [187948]
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(2) pursuant to his answer of 30 March 2004, Official Report, columns 1350–351W, on gift aid, for what reasons an announcement on the results of the consultation on his plans to amend the gift aid rules on day memberships was not made at around the time of the 2004 Spending Review. [188253]

John Healey: The consultation period ended on 11 June. We are evaluating the responses to that consultation and will announce the results in due course.

Departmental Recycling

Bob Spink: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what the latest available 12 month figures are for the proportion of the Department's redundant documentation, waste paper and card that is recycled; and if he will make a statement on the Department's recycling policy. [188687]

Mr. Timms: It is the policy of the Treasury to recycle all waste paper and card. The figures for the period 1 September 2003 to 31 August 2004 were 160,820 kg of paper, and 10,420 kg of cardboard.
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Eating Disorders

Mr. Burstow: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many deaths there were of patients suffering from eating disorders, broken down by (a) age and (b) gender, in each year since 1997. [187870]

Mr. Timms: 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 14 September 2004:

Table 1: Finished Consultant Episodes (FCE's)1, 2 with death as method of discharge and eating disorders(4) mentioned as a diagnosis, by sex and broad age group, 1997–98 to 2002–03, NHS Hospitals in, England(5)

Under 15000000
Male Total141318151216
Under 15000000
Female Total663443495665

* Small number (Figures between 1 and 5, with secondary suppression to avoid disclosure by differencing) have been suppressed to protect patient confidentiality.
(2) An FCE is defined as a period of admitted patient care under one consultant within one healthcare provider. The figures do not represent the number of patients, as a person may have more than one episode of care within a year.
(3) These figures represent a count of all FCEs where the diagnosis was mentioned in any of the 14 (7 prior to 2002–03) diagnosis fields in a Hospital Episodes Statistics record.
(4) International Classification of Diseases Tenth Revision (ICD-10) code F50
(5) Figures are grossed for coverage, except for 2002/03 which are not yet adjusted for shortfalls.
Hospital Episode Statistics, Department of Health

Table 2: Number of deaths where an eating disorder(6) was mentioned on the death certificate, by sex and broad age group, England and Wales, 1997–2002(7)

Age group199719981999200020012002
Under 15000000
65 plus566271
Male total81015792
Under 15000000
65 plus111717241817
Female total453141524352

(6) Cause of death was defined using ICD-9 codes 307.1 and 307.5 for 1997–2000, and ICD-10 code F50 for 2001–2002. Figures coded to different revisions of the 1CD are not completely comparable.
(7) Figures are based on deaths occurring in 1997–2002.
Office for National Statistics

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Endowment Mortgage Mis-selling

Paul Flynn: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what estimate he has made of the number of people who are eligible to claim compensation for the mis-selling of endowment mortgages; and what proportion of those who have claimed have been successful. [188662]

Mr. Timms: Given the passage of time since the majority of endowment policies were sold and the lack of contemporaneous records of the advice given at the time, it is difficult to be certain of the number of consumers who may have been mis-sold their policy. The Government supports moves by the FSA to take forward a programme of research to form a better understanding of the numbers of endowment policies facing shortfalls. The FSA had received a total of 452,201 complaints on this subject by 31 March 2004. Information provided by the FSA indicates that the proportion of consumer complaints upheld by firms is now approximately 60 per cent. in favour of consumers, and from those complaints reaching the Financial Ombudsman Service, the figure for cases decided in favour of the consumer is 42 per cent.

Environmentally Sustainable Economic Activity

Sue Doughty: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer (1) what the growth rate has been in environmentally sustainable economic activity in each year since 1997; [188164]

(2) if he will make a statement on (a) the performance of environmental investments funds as an indicator of the strength of environmentally sustainable economic activity and (b) the success of Government policies for promoting environmentally sustainable economic activity. [188165]

John Healey: The Government are committed to developing and implementing policies that will simultaneously deliver social, economic and environmental progress. We do not separately measure the growth rate in 'environmentally sustainable economic activity' but in 1999 we established a set of 15 headline indicators and a wider set of core indicators to provide a baseline against which progress on sustainable development could be measured. Economic, social and environmental indicators are included and are reported on in the "Achieving A Better Quality of Life" annual reports. The indicators are being reviewed as part of the review of the UK Sustainable Development Strategy.
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The Government welcome innovation in investment products to meet the needs of their clients' preferences, of which environmental investment funds are one option.

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