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As National Statistician and Registrar General for England and Wales I have been asked to reply to your recent questions asking what plans there are to review the process of collecting data for the national census. (132)
The Office for National Statistics published in March 2004 an information paper which set out the proposed design for the 2011 census. This document can be found on our website at http://www.statistics.gov.uk/statbase/Product.asp?vlnk=10790
Included in the design are proposals to have flexibility in data collection by providing various ways in which the public might respond. Alternative collection methods offer opportunities for increased coverage and allow investigation of suitable completion methods for disadvantaged groups such as the visually impaired. Advances in technology may present further alternatives but the present design covers collection via paper, internet and telephone.
At this stage we see the internet as having the possibility of quite radically changing the range of languages we could use for the census, and the timing and quality of response, although this depends on our processes for effectively developing a register of households, which is in hand elsewhere in Government.
As National Statistician I have been asked to reply to your recent Parliamentary Question asking what the death rate has been among people aged over 75 years in each of the last 24 months, broken down by major cause of death. (257)
The latest year for which figures are available is 2003. The attached table shows the crude annual death rate at ages 75 and over and the number of deaths in each month in 2002 and 2003 at this age. Figures are given for five major cause groups, based on chapters of the International Classification of Diseases, Tenth Revision (ICD-10).
|All causes||Circulatory diseases||Neoplasms||Respiratory diseases||Digestive diseases||Mental disorders||Other causes|
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Mr. Des Browne: By implementing the recommendations of the Gershon review of public sector efficiency, the Government will achieve £21 billion of annual efficiency gains by 200708 and a gross reduction of 84,000 civil service and administrative posts. The Government have already achieved efficiency gains exceeding £2 billion and a reduction of 12,500 posts. By implementing the Lyons review of public sector relocation over 4,300 posts have already been moved out of London and the south east. These efficiency gains will help to drive increases in Government output and productivity. The Government have previously welcomed the Atkinson review as the first step to improve the measurement of Government output and productivity and to ensure that measures of the impact of increased investment in our schools, hospitals and other public services are informative and robust. In the year to October 2004, measured public sector output grew by just over 5 per cent. nearly twice as fast as during the previous 12 months.
Mr. Donaldson: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what estimate he has made of the average amount that will be paid to a primary school in respect of the extra payments announced in the Budget for 200506. 
Budget 2005 announced increases in the Schools Standards Grant payment to headteachers of £100 million for 200607 and £150 million for 200708. These increases were additional to increases already promised for 200506. As a result, direct payments to the headteacher of a typical primary school in England will increase from around £30,000 in 200405 to £31,000 in 200506, rising to around £34,000 in 200607 and around £36,000 in 200708. Barnett consequentials arising from these resources have been allocated to Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales in the usual fashion.
As National Statistician, I have been asked to reply to your recent Parliamentary Question concerning what the death rate from intentional self-harm and injury of undetermined intent has been in each year since 1975. (245)
The most recent available figures on intentional self-harm and injury of undetermined intent are for the calendar year 2003. The figures in the attached table show the age-standardised mortality rate for intentional self-harm and injury of undetermined intent by sex and for all persons for the calendar years 1975 to 2003.
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