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The Labour Market Statistics national and regional First Releases, published monthly by the Office for National Statistics, contain analyses of employment by age, based upon the Labour Force Survey. These include estimates for people of working age, currently 16 to 64 for men and 16 to 59 for women; those over retirement age, and those aged 50 to retirement age.
|All aged 16 and over||28,159|
|All of working age(4)||27,164|
|50 and over||7,285|
|50 to 69||7,097|
Mrs. Spelman: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer whether a property purchased via right to buy is charged stamp duty on the selling price (a) net of discount and (b) before the discount is applied. 
Mr. Tyrie: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer on how many occasions between 31 March 2003 and 31 March 2004 departmental special advisers travelled (a) domestically and (b) abroad in an official capacity; what places were visited; and how much each visit cost. 
Mr. Timms: In respect of total travel costs and Ministers' travel costs, I refer to the answers given by the former Financial Secretary on 19 July 2004, Official Report, column 434W and 22 July 2004, Official Report, column 48283W.
Between 31 March 2003 and 31 March 2004 the Chancellor of the Exchequer's and Chief Secretary's special advisers travelled abroad on official business on 12 occasions at an average cost of £3,793 per trip. The places visited were: USA on 1114 April 2003, 2024 July 2003; 1518 September 2003 (X2), 2830 August 2003; 46 February 2004; Paris on 1618 May 2003; Dubai on 1922 September 2003; South Africa on 47 October 2003; Mexico on 2528 October 2003; Beijing on 2124 February 2004; Germany on 34 March 2004.
Equivalent information about special advisers' domestic travel for this period, or about special advisers' total travel costs in the years prior to 200304, could be obtained only at disproportionate cost.
Working families' and disabled person's tax credits were available from October 1999 to March 2003. Estimates of the number of recipient families appear in the published Quarterly Enquiries. These publications can be found on the Inland Revenue website, at www.inlandrevenue.gov.uk/stats/personal-tax-credits/menu.htm.
(2) how many appeals were made by civil servants to the Civil Service Commissioners regarding special advisers in his Department between 31 March 2003 and 31 March 2004 and when each appeal was lodged. 
Mr. Tyrie: To ask the Secretary of State for Wales whether departmental special advisers have given instructions to permanent civil servants without the explicit authorisation of Ministers since May 1997. 
I refer the hon. Member to the answer given to the right hon. Member for Haltemprice and Howden on 7 July 2004, Official Report, column 196W and the hon. Member for Twickenham on 11 October 2004, Official Report, column 257W.
Mr. Trimble: To ask the Solicitor General what the average length of time between the date of report of crime and submission of final police report to the Director of Public Prosecutions was in Northern Ireland in each of the last five years; and what the average length of time taken by the Director of Public Prosecutions to deal with cases from first report to laying of formal charges was in each of the last five years (a) in total and (b) broken down by (i) Crown court cases and (ii) Petty Sessions cases. 
The Solicitor-General: The Director of Public Prosecutions for Northern Ireland keeps records of the period from receipt of the police file to issue of direction. The average time taken is shown in the following table but excludes time spent on interim direction (time taken by the police to provide further necessary information sought by the Director):
|Direction type||200203||200304||200405 to 30 September 2004|
The Department of the Director of Public Prosecutions for Northern Ireland is currently running two Public Prosecution Service Pilot Schemes. The figures for the two pilots are not included in the table as they are compiled differently.
|Direction type||Belfast PPS Pilot||Fermanagh and Tyrone PPS Pilot|
|All prosecution decisions||27.3||39.7|
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