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. 
As National Statistician, I have been asked to reply to your recent question concerning 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 is collated on survival rates in other Western nations. (213143)
Cancer survival rates are only produced for specific cancers. A figure giving the overall survival rate for all cancer patients is not produced as it would not be meaningful to combine figures for disparate conditions having very different survival rates.
The latest available one- and five-year survival rates for the 20 most common cancers in England and Wales are for adult patients (aged 1599 years) diagnosed during 199699 and followed up to 31 December 2001. These figures were published on the National Statistics website on 9th March 2004, and are available at:
Information on cancer survival in other Western nations is available for those countries within the European Union and is provided by the EUROCARE study. This covers parts of the UK and Europe. The most recently published results from this study provide information on survival up to five years after diagnosis for patients diagnosed with cancer during 199094 and followed up to the end of 1999. These results were published in:
Traditionally all income from court fines has been returned to the consolidated fund and re-allocated through the spending review process. However since 200203 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.
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. 
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.
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.
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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.
the free access commitment, which currently covers the main national museums and galleries, and the VAT refund scheme that helps deliver free access, will be extended to university museums and galleries.
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.
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. 
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. gov.uk./.
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