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Written Answers to Questions

Tuesday 18 January 2005


Alcohol-related Deaths (Humberside)

Shona McIsaac: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer in respect of how many deaths within the Humberside police area alcohol was found to be the primary cause in each of the past five years. [208364]

Mr. Timms: The information requested falls within the responsibility of the National Statistician, who has been asked to reply.

Letter from Len Cook to Ms Shona McIsaac, dated 18 January 2005:

Alcohol-related deaths(1) for Humberside police area (which comprises the four unitary authorities of Kingston upon Hull, City of, East Riding of Yorkshire, North East Lincolnshire and North Lincolnshire)(2),1999 to 2003(3)


(1) For the years 1999–2000 the cause of death was defined using the International Classification of Diseases, Ninth Revision (ICD-9). The codes used by ONS to define alcohol-related deaths are listed below:
291—Alcoholic psychoses
303—Alcohol dependence syndrome
305.0—Non-dependent abuse of alcohol
425.5—Alcoholic cardiomyopathy
571—Chronic liver disease and cirrhosis
E860—Accidental poisoning by alcohol
For the years 2001–03 the International Classification of Diseases, Tenth Revision (ICD-10) was used. To maintain comparability with earlier years the following codes:
F10—Mental and behavioural disorders due to use of alcohol
142.6—Alcoholic cardiomyopathy
K70—Alcoholic liver disease
K73—Chronic hepatitis, not elsewhere classified
K74—Fibrosis and cirrhosis of liver
X45—Accidental poisoning by and exposure to alcohol
The selection of codes to define alcohol-related deaths is described in: Baker A and Rooney C (2003). Recent trends in alcohol-related mortality, and the impact of ICD-10 on the monitoring of these deaths in England and Wales. "Health Statistics Quarterly" 17, pp 5–14.
(2) Usual residents of these areas.
(3) Deaths occurring in each calendar year.

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Child Trust Fund

Mr. Frank Field: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, if he will extend to older children the advantages of saving up to £1,200 a year tax free, which is available to younger children under the Child Trust Fund. [209270]

John Healey: The Child Trust Fund goes live on 6 April 2005 and the Government have already backdated eligibility to September 2002. Older children can benefit from tax-free saving too. The market offers a wide range of savings and investment accounts designed especially for children from National Savings and Investment products to Friendly Societies, banks and building societies. Every child has a personal tax allowance of £4,745 a year and parents are taxed on their child's account only when the gift produces more than £100 gross income per year, per parent. The Child Trust Fund offers new opportunities and new incentives that never existed before. In conjunction with other saving products offered by the market it will help to encourage saving for all children. The Government keeps all saving incentives under review.

Departmental Expenditure

Mr. Bercow: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will list the European Union directives and regulations relating to his Department that have been implemented in each of the last two years, specifying (a) the title and purpose of each, (b) the cost to public funds of each and (c) the cost to businesses of each. [202501]

Mr. Timms: The Treasury plays a leading role in the UK's EU policy on financial services, tax and certain aspects of social security provision.

Information on directives and regulations in the field of financial services can be found in the document "The EU Financial Services Action Plan: Delivering the FSAP in the UK", published by HM Treasury in conjunction with the Financial Services Authority and the Bank of England in May 2004. The Financial Services Action Plan (FSAP) set out a programme of legislative and other action in the area of financial services. The above document sets out the purpose of FSAP and related measures, with a timetable for their implementation, and is available via the Treasury's public website.

Over the last two years, the Treasury has led on the implementation of a number of tax directives; of which the principal ones have been:

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EC regulations are, in general, directly applicable in the member states, without the need for further incorporation into national law. However, some regulations require UK measures to make them workable and enforceable. Some regulations enact small or technical amendments. Since 17 April 2002, HM Treasury has implemented:

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We do not hold information on the costs to public funds of implementation. regulatory impact assessments (RIAs) are produced for all proposals, including European legislation, likely to impose costs on business, charities or voluntary organisations. Copies of these are placed in the Libraries of the House, and on the Treasury's public website. In some cases, new directives and regulations may be deregulatory measures that impose no costs, or even reduce costs for business.

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