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Mr. Gill: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many people have under the age of 25 years suffered from cancer in (a) England, (b) the East Midlands and (c) Leicester South in each year since 1997. 
As National Statistician, I have been asked to reply to your recent Parliamentary Question concerning the number of people under the age of 25 years who suffered from cancer in (a) England, (b) the East Midlands and (c) Leicester South in each year since 1997. (224284)
The most recent available figures are for the year 2001. The number of newly diagnosed cases of cancer in people under the age of 25 years registered in the years 1997 to 2001 are given in the table below for England, East Midlands Government Office Region and Leicester unitary authority (which includes the Leicester South Parliamentary Constituency). Information cannot be provided for Parliamentary Constituencies that are not coterminus with administrative areas.
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John Healey: The Listed Places of Worship Grant scheme was introduced while we negotiate with our European partners to secure a reduced rate of VAT for the repair and maintenance of listed places of worship. The Government recognise the importance of these buildings within their communities and that the need to use specialist craftsmen and costly materials means that their upkeep can be a heavy burden, particularly on small congregations. The same considerations do not apply to all places of worship.
Sir Teddy Taylor: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer which Departments and agencies he expects will be affected by the proposed reduction in civil service numbers; what account his Department has taken of local unemployment levels in preparation of these plans; and whether he expects that the proposed changes will affect civil servants employed in Southend-on-Sea. 
It is for each Department to develop their own efficiency plans, including those for workforce reductions, taking into account their business needs. Departments are currently working through detailed implementation planning including location and local numbers, in consultation with all stakeholders including unions and staff. Departments will come forward with details of their plans as these are finalised.
Mr. Quentin Davies: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will list the Departments and agencies in which the 12,500 reduction in civil service posts outlined in the Budget have been achieved. 
Dawn Primarolo: Currency transaction taxation is a long-established idea that has recently re-emerged in international discussions on how to raise development financing. The Government are prepared to consider all proposals for raising international finance for development, but there would be significant technical problems with a tax of this sort and it is not being actively considered at the present time. We believe the International Finance Facility remains the most developed proposal for providing additional resources in the region of the required $50 billion estimated for meeting the Millennium Development Goals.
To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer (1)what his estimate is of the cost of funding additional travel to work by staff of the Droitwich Spa Customs and Excise following the closure of the office; 
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Dawn Primarolo: Customs are looking at the feasibility of moving staff to their offices in Wolverhampton, Birmingham and possibly Coventry. No final decision has been taken as to where staff will be relocated and it is not possible to quantify any additional travelling costs.
There is a mix of permanent and fixed term contract staff at Droitwich. The fixed term staff were originally employed on work that was not due to be retained at Droitwich on a permanent basis. The closure of Droitwich has not altered this position.
All staff based at Droitwich are being consulted on an individual basis about the practicalities of them following their work. An initial assessment has been completed and local managers are in the process of exploring options with each member of staff.Customs' Regional Head would be pleased to meet the hon. Member to explain where matters stand once the picture is clearer.
Mr. Timms: Resource and capital departmental expenditure limit (DEL) budgets up to 200708 are set out by department in annex C of Budget 2005. DEL budgets beyond 200708 will, as normal, be determined in future spending reviews.
The total number of companies that ticked a box on their Corporation Tax returns to show a claim to enhanced capital allowances (ECAs) on their annual investment in designated environmentally beneficial technologies, including cars with low carbon dioxide emissions is detailed as follows.
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Dawn Primarolo: There are no special rules for businesses claiming enhanced capital allowances for investments in environmentally beneficial technologies (ECAs). Businesses claim these allowances in their corporation or income tax returns, in the same way as they would claim other capital allowances. The Inland Revenue keep all processes connected with tax reliefs under regular review, and are not aware that businesses have any particular difficulty in claiming ECAs.
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