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Inflation

Mrs. Spelman: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, what the estimated (a) retail price index, (b) RPIX and (c) CPI rate of inflation is for financial years (i) 2004–05 and (ii) 2005–06. [207952]

Mr. Timms: The forecasts for the Retail Prices Index and CPI inflation are as set out in Annex B, Table B3 of the pre-Budget report published in December 2004. RPIX inflation is forecast to be 2¼ per cent in 2004–05 and 2½ per cent. in 2005–06.

Mrs. Spelman: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what the (a) retail price index, (b) RPIX and (c) CPI measures of inflation were in each financial year from 1996–97 to 2003–04 inclusive. [207953]

Mr. Timms: The information requested falls within the responsibility of the National Statistician. I have asked him to reply.

Letter from Len Cook to Mrs. Caroline Spelman, dated 17 January 2005:


RPI, RPIX and CPI financial year inflation rates (percentage)(2)1996–97 to 2003–04

Financial yearRPIRPIXCPI(3)
1996–972.43.02.3
1997–983.32.71.7
1998–993.12.71.6
1999–20001.62.21.2
2000–012.92.00.9
2001–021.52.31.3
2002–032.12.31.3
2003–042.82.71.3


(2) Financial year percentage changes are derived from financial year indices, which were computed using an average of monthly indices (April to March inclusive).
(3) Official figures for the CPI index level are available from January 1996. CPI index levels prior to January 1996 are estimated, as described in O'Donoghue, J. (1998) 'Harmonised index of consumer prices: historical estimates', Economic Trends No.541, December 1998, www.statistics.gov.uk/cci/article.asp?ID=31
Source:
Office for National Statistics



IT Procurement

Dr. Pugh: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what procurement policies the Government has in place to prevent rapid obsolescence of its IT equipment and software. [207884]

Mr. Boateng: The Office of Government Commerce has in place a Memorandum of Understanding with Microsoft, which entitles Government Departments to take advantage of an attractive package for Microsoft software including options for upgrading to new versions of its operating system software. The Office of Government Commerce also provides other mechanisms for Government to gain the best value for money from IT goods and services.
 
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Mortgage Income Tax Relief

Mrs. Spelman: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what the cost to public funds was of providing mortgage income tax relief in each year from 1995–96 until its abolition. [207954]

Dawn Primarolo: Please refer to Table 2.9: Income tax credits and repayments (1,2,3,4): analysis by type 1994–95 to 2003–04 on the Inland Revenue website. This gives the amount of MIRAS relief from 1994–95 to 2003–04.

MIRAS was abolished in April 2000.

Ovarian Cancer

Dr. Gibson: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what the most recent figures are for survival rates for ovarian cancer in the UK. [208363]

Mr. Timms: The information requested falls within the responsibility of the National Statistician. I have asked him to reply.

Letter from Len Cook to Dr. Ian Gibson, dated 17 January 2005:


One- and five-year age-standardised(4) relative survival rates (Percentage) for adult patients (aged 15–99 years) diagnosed with ovarian cancer during 1996–99(5), England and Wales
Number of patients(6)20,177
One-year Survival (Percentage)65
Five-year Survival (Percentage)36


(4) As cancer survival varies with age at diagnosis, rates have been age standardised (directly age standardised to the 1986–90 cancer patients population) to control for changes in the age profile of cancer patients over time.
(5) Complete five-year follow-up is currently only available for those diagnosed in 1996. For patients diagnosed in later years the most up-to-date estimates of shorter-term survival were used in this analysis of survival rates.
(6) Eligible patients included in the survival analysis. The criteria for excluding patient records are given in Health Statistics Quarterly 2000; 6: 71–80, for example where the registration was of a second (different) primary cancer: http://www.statistics.gov.uk/downloads/theme_health/HSQ6Book.pdf
Source:
Office for National Statistics.
Available on the National Statistics website: http://www.statistics.gov.uk/statbase/ssdataset.asp?vlnk=7899




 
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Pensioner Household Statistics

Mrs. Spelman: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many (a) single occupied pensioner households and (b) households occupied by two pensioners there are in each constituency. [207960]

Mr. Timms: The information requested falls within the responsibility of the National Statistician. I have asked him to reply.

Letter from Len Cook to Mrs. Caroline Spelman, dated 17 January 2005:

Mrs. Spelman: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many households in England with two or more adults contain at least one pensioner but are not solely comprised of pensioners. [207961]

Mr. Timms: The information requested falls within the responsibility of the National Statistician. I have asked him to reply.

Letter from Len Cook to Mrs. Caroline Spelman, dated 17 January 2005:


All households with at least one person of pensionable age


Area
One or more pensioners(7)with one or more non-pensioners
England1,606,782


(7) Pensionable age is 65 and over for males and 60 and over for females
Source:
"Table T062001 Census National Report for England and Wales"




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