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Mr. Timms: Since September 2003, seven countries (Guyana, Nicaragua, Niger, Ethiopia, Senegal, Ghana, Madagascar) have reached completion point in the HIPC initiative. All of these countries are now receiving irrevocable debt relief, taking the total number of post-completion point countries to 15 (March 2003Benin, Mali; June 2002Mauritania; April 2002Burkina Faso; November 2001Tanzania; September 2001Mozambique; June 2001Bolivia; May 2000Uganda).
A further 12 countries are at decision point and are receiving interim debt relief (July 2003Dem. Rep. of Congo; March 2002Sierra Leone; May 2001Chad; December 2000Gambia, Guinea, Guinea Bissau, Malawi, Rwanda, Sao Tome and Principe, Zambia; October 2000Cameroon; June 2000Honduras).
However many countries are still having to chose between servicing their debt and investing in health, education, infrastructure and other areas necessary to
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allow them to attain the Millennium Development Goals. That is why the UK is proposing that we match bilateral debt relief of up to 100 per cent. with multilateral debt relief of up to 100 per cent. The UK will provide its share, approximately 10 per cent., of multilateral debt owed by eligible countries to the International Development Association and African Development Bank, and will continue to call on others to join us in this initiative.
John Healey: Excise duty receipts for alcoholic products are included in the HM Customs and Excise 'Bulletins', for Spirits, Wine, Beer and Cider, which can be found on a HM Customs and Excise website address at:
The National Statistician has been asked to reply to your recent question concerning the number of children born to mothers resident in each constituency of the UK since 1st September 2002. I am replying in his absence. (199495)
Mr. Challen: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many winter cold related deaths have been recorded in each year since 1997, broken down by country and region in the UK; and how many of these were attributed to hypothermia. 
The National Statistician has been asked to reply to your recent question asking how many winter cold-related deaths have been recorded in each year since 1997, broken down by country and region in the UK; and how many of these were attributed to hypothermia. I am replying in his absence. (199698)
Numbers of cold-related deaths are not available, as cold is not recorded as a cause of death in itself. ONS does however publish annual excess winter death figures. These are the excess number of deaths each winter compared to the average during other months of the year. These figures are not routinely calculated for the United Kingdom but results for England and Wales and Government Office Regions in England have been published for winters from 1991/1992 to 2003/2004. This report, "Excess Winter MortalityBy Age Group and Region" can be found on the National Statistics website at:
For the period 1997 to 2003 (the latest year for which data are currently available) the annual total number of deaths where hypothermia was mentioned on the death certificate are presented in the attached table.
|Country/Government Office Region||1997||1998||1999||2000||2001||2002||2003|
|Yorkshire and The Humber||29||39||30||23||29||19||20|
|East of England||57||42||44||48||35||19||23|
Brian Cotter: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many excess winter deaths were recorded within (a) the South West Government office region, (b) the North Somerset local authority area and (c) the Weston-Super-Mare constituency in each of the last five years. 
The National Statistician has been asked to reply to your recent question asking how many excess winter deaths were recorded within (a) the South West Government Office Region, (b) the North Somerset local authority area and (c) the Weston-Super-Mare constituency in each of the last five years. I am replying in his absence. (199764)
The figures requested are presented in the table below from 1998/1999 to 2002/2003, the last winter for which figures are available for local authorities and parliamentary constituencies, and for which final figures have been published for Government Office Regions. For 2003/2004 a provisional figure of 2,300 excess winter deaths has been published for the South West Government Office Region. Figures are not yet available for smaller areas.
|Winter||South West Government Office Region||North Somerset local authority||Weston-Super-Mare parliamentary constituency|
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