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The attached table gives estimates of those people resident in the Easington Parliamentary Constituency who were in full-time or part-time employment for the twelve month periods ending in February from 2001 to 2004.
|12 months ending February||Total||Full-time||Part-time(14)|
Mr. Hurst: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what percentage of the population between the ages of 18 and 25 years were in either employment or education in (a) the County of Essex in each year from 1991 to 1997 and (b) the County of Essex and the boroughs of Thurrock and Southend-on-Sea in each year from 1998 to 2004. 
The National Statistician has been asked to reply to your recent Parliamentary Question asking what percentage of the population between the ages of 18 and 25 years were in either employment or education in (a) the County of Essex in each year from 1991 to 1997 and (b) the County of Essex and the Boroughs of Thurrock and Southend-on-Sea, in each year from 1998 to 2004. I am replying in his absence. (215115)
The attached table gives estimates of those people aged 18 to 24 years old, resident in the county of Essex and the Boroughs of Thurrock and Southend-on-Sea, either in employment or education, for the 12 month periods ending February each year for the years 1995 to 2004. Information is not available for earlier periods.
|Place of residence|
|12 months ending|
February each year
|County of Essex||Thurrock UA(16)||Southend-on-Sea UA(16)|
Mr. John Taylor: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what recent discussions (a) he and (b) his officials have had with the Parliamentary Commission for Administration concerning his inquiry into Equitable Life; and what indications he has given as to when he expects to publish his findings and recommendations. 
Mr. Timms [holding answer 10 February 2005]: In her letter to all hon. and right hon. Members of 24 November 2004 the Parliamentary Commissioner for Administration said that she hoped to complete her investigation during 2005. The Treasury received the statement of complaint from the ombudsman on 9 December. Treasury officials have maintained regular contact with the ombudsman's staff and are co-operating fully with the investigation.
To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer (1) how many times during the (a) Italian, (b) Irish and (c) Dutch presidency of the EU the
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Confidentiality of Statistics Committee met; when and where these meetings took place; what UK Government expert was present; and if he will make a statement; 
(2) how many times during the (a) Italian, (b) Irish and (c) Dutch presidency of the EU the Committee on the harmonisation of the compilation of gross national product at market prices met; when and where these meetings took place; what UK Government expert was present; and if he will make a statement. 
The National Statistician has been asked to reply to your recent Parliamentary Questions relating to past meetings of the EU Committee on Confidentiality of Statistics (CSC) and the Committee on the Harmonisation of the Compilation of Gross National Product at Market Prices (GNPMP). I am replying in his absence. (215900 & 215901)
During the Italian Presidency the CSC met on 3 December 2003. During the Irish Presidency the CSC did not meet. During the Dutch Presidency the CSC met on 10 December 2004. On both occasions the CSC met in Luxembourg. The UK was represented at both meetings by appropriate Office for National Statistics (ONS) officials. The CSC discusses issues of statistical confidentiality and access to data for the production of statistics for publication and research.
During the Italian Presidency the GNPMP met on 3/4 July 2003 and 5/6 November 2003. During the Irish Presidency the GNPMP met on 25/26 March 2004. During the Dutch Presidency the GNPMP met on 6 July 2004 and 4 November 2004. On all occasions the GNPMP met in Luxembourg. The UK was represented by appropriate ONS officials. The Gross National Income Committee, that replaced the GNPMP Committee, oversees the process for verifying statistics provided for the purpose of determining member states contributions to the EU budget.
Mr. Hayes: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer pursuant to his answer of 31 January 2005, Official Report, column 597W, if he will make a statement on appropriate vires concerning Government spending on information on the EU. 
The 2004 pre-budget report announced the establishment of a Financial Inclusion Taskforce, chaired by Brian Pomeroy. The membership of the Taskforce was announced on 28 January and the Taskforce will be formally launched on 21 February. The Pre-Budget Report also announced a Financial Inclusion Fund of £120 million over three years, to support initiatives to tackle financial exclusion. Further details on the Fund will be announced shortly.
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Mr. Timms: The Government announced a number of measures for credit unions in the Promoting Financial Inclusion document which was published alongside the pre budget report 2004. These are designed to boost the coverage, capacity and sustainability of the credit union sector in providing a source of affordable credit to the financially excluded.
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