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Simon Hughes: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, what percentage of breast cancer patients live for at least five years following treatment in the United Kingdom; and what the average survival rate is in the European Union. 
As National Statistician, I have been asked to reply to your recent question concerning what percentage of breast cancer patients live for at least five years following treatment in the United Kingdom; and what the average survival rate is in the European Union. (214360)
Survival figures for the UK as a whole are not currently available. The latest available survival rates for breast cancer in England and Wales are for adult patients (aged 1599 years) diagnosed during 199699 and followed up to 31 December 2001. The five-year age-standardised1 relative survival rate for female patients diagnosed with breast cancer during 199699 2 in England and Wales was 77.5% (125,093 patients included in analysis 3 ). These statistics are available on the National Statistics website at
The most recently published results from this study provide information on survival up to five years after diagnosis for patients diagnosed with breast cancer during 199094 and followed up to the end of 1999. These results were published in:
1 As cancer survival varies with age at diagnosis, rates have been age standardised (directly age standardised to the 198690 cancer patients population) to control for changes in the age profile of cancer patients over time.
2 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.
3 Eligible patients included in the survival analysis. The criteria for excluding patient records are given in Health Statistics Quarterly 2000; 6: 7180, for example where the registration was of a second (different) primary cancer:
Dawn Primarolo: Nationally nearly 600,000 companies have a corporation tax liability each year. All will benefit from the cuts in the main, small and starting companies' rates of corporation tax that have been introduced in recent years. However, it is not possible to identify precisely those businesses that trade in specific areas such as Lancashire.
Dr. Cable: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what the average (a) unsecured debt per person, (b) secured debt per person and (c) annual income per person has been in each year since 1997. 
The information requested is shown in the table below. The data for secured debt, unsecured debt (households' total financial liabilities other than secured debt) and income (households' gross disposable income) used in the calculations are national accounts series for the combined household and non-profit institutions serving households (NPISH) sectors. The accounts for the household and NPISH sectors are currently combined: separate estimates are not available.
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John Healey: Betting via the internet already falls within the scope of general betting duty and is taxed at 15 per cent. of gross profits. Existing social legislation makes no provision for licensing internet-based gaming so all such gaming is currently provided from outside the UK and is beyond the scope of UK tax.
The Gambling Bill will introduce new licensing arrangements for all forms of gambling via the internet and other 'remote' media (such as mobile telephones and interactive digital TV). HM Treasury, together with
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HM Customs and Excise, will consider the tax implications of this as part of a wider examination of gambling taxation in the light of the Gambling Bill changes.
As National Statistician, I have been asked to reply to your recent Parliamentary Question asking what the life expectancy is of (a) men and (b) women in (i) Hartlepool, (ii) Tees Valley, (iii)the North East Region and (iv) the UK. (213503)
Figures for life expectancy at birth for the UK and its constituent countries are published annually by the Government Actuary's Department. Figures for life expectancy at birth for English regions and local authorities are published annually by the Office for National Statistics. Both sets of figures are based on three-year rolling averages and are calculated separately for males and females. The most recent available figures, for 20012003, are given in the table below.
Mr. Sayeed: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what estimate he has made of the likely reimbursement of tax revenues necessary if actions of a similar class to the Marks and Spencer case against the Inland Revenue at the European Court of Justice are successful. 
Dawn Primarolo: It is impossible to assess how many other potential litigants are in the same circumstances as Marks and Spencer. Consequently, it is not possible to quantify the amount of tax potentially reimbursable.
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