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Dr. Murrison: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what the survival rates for (a) all cancers and (b) each cancer classified by target organ were in the latest period for which figures are available; and what comparative information he collates on survival rates in other Western nations. [213143]

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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. Andrew Murrison, dated 4 February 2005:

Court Fines

Simon Hughes: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how much revenue has been paid to the Exchequer from court fines in England in each year since 1995. [214409]

Dawn Primarolo: The table shows the total amount of fine income collected between 1994–95 and 2003–04. DCA forecast fine income to be £145 million in 2004–05.

Traditionally all income from court fines has been returned to the consolidated fund and re-allocated through the spending review process. However since 2002–03 DCA has piloted a scheme aimed at increasing recovery rates of fines, in order to increase the effectiveness of the punishment as a deterrent. As part of this scheme DCA retain a proportion of the fine income to finance enforcement costs. DCA DEL was adjusted to take account of this new arrangement.
Fine Revenue to the Exchequer—1995 to 2004

£ million

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Departmental Allocations

Mr. Laws: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer whether the Treasury has given directions to other Government Departments to make provision for a contingency reserve out of their existing departmental allocations; and if he will make a statement. [213961]

Mr. Boateng: The Treasury has recommended, consistent with best practice, that all Departments should set aside a Departmental Unallocated Provision (DUP) to help them manage any pressures within their agreed spending plans.

Economic Growth

Mr. Hoyle: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what the projected rate of economic growth in (a) the North West, (b) Lancashire and (c) Chorley is in (i) 2004–05 and (ii) 2005–06. [213934]

Mr. Timms: HM Treasury does not produce economic forecasts for individual regions of the United Kingdom. However, I can report that the regional policies this Government have put in place to level up the performance of all regions to that of the best has seen the North West enjoying above UK average growth of GVA per capita in recent years and the highest employment and lowest unemployment since records began.

Employment Statistics

Mr. Willetts: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what percentage of (a) married, (b) cohabiting and (c) lone mothers are in (i) part-time and (ii) full-time work. [213897]

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

Letter from Len Cook to Mr. David Willetts, dated 4 February 2005:

Percentage of mothers with dependent children workingfull or part-time; three months ending November 2004
Not seasonally adjusted

Percentage working:
Mothers(27) with dependent children(28)Full-timePart-time
Lone mothers1,644,00025.328.6

(27) Aged 16 and over.
(28) Dependent children are those aged under 16 and those aged 16–18 who are in full-time education and have never married.
ONS Labour Force Survey

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Mr. Gordon Prentice: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what estimate he has made of the prevalence of the use of the euro in the UK; and if he will make a statement. [213942]

Mr. Timms: The Government has not made any assessment of euro-based transactions in the UK. Information on the use of the euro in the City of London and UK's external trade was published in Box 6.1 on Page 29 in the "Report on Euro Preparations, December 2004", available in the House of Commons Library.

It is entirely a commercial decision for UK business to determine whether or not they wish to accept the euro or any other foreign currency.

Goodison Review

Mr. Swire: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer (1) what progress his Department has made in implementing the Goodison Review; [213938]

(2) which of the recommendations of the Goodison Review have yet to be implemented. [213939]

Mr. Timms: In the 2004 Spending Review the Government announced that:

Other recommendations relating to tax are being considered as part of our ongoing work. The Department for Culture, Media and Sport also plans to transfer administrative functions to the Museums Libraries and Archives Council (formerly Resource) as recommended by the Goodison Review.

Departmental Policies (Hemsworth)

Jon Trickett: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will set out, with statistical evidence relating as closely as possible to Hemsworth constituency, the effects of changes to departmental policy since 1997 on Hemsworth constituency. [214497]

Mr. Timms: The Government have put in place a broad programme of both macroeconomic and microeconomic reform since our election in 1997 designed to better the economic performance of all parts of the UK. Since these policies were implemented, the economic performance of the Hemsworth constituency has improved considerably. For example, since May 1997, claimant unemployment has fallen by 68 per cent. and both long-term unemployment and long-term youth unemployment have nearly been eliminated, falling by 93 and 94 per cent. respectively.

The Neighbourhood Statistics Service provides a wide range of statistical information at Parliamentary constituency level, taken from the 2001 Census and other sources. This service is available on the National Statistics website at http://neighbourhood.statistics.
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