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John Healey: The Government established the current Framework for National Statistics, which became operational in 2000. The Government's overriding aim in introducing the Framework has been to assure the quality of official statistics, and ensure freedom from political interference in their compilation and presentation. The Government committed to review the operation of the Framework after five years.
Mr. Ivan Lewis: Since 1997 the Government have consistently delivered macro-economic stability with strong growth and low inflation, thus establishing a track record that has been internationally acknowledged. The Government's approach to taxation balances the need to finance better quality public services, promote sustainable development and economic activity and ensure a fair tax environment.
Mr. Ivan Lewis:
The IFF for Immunisation (IFFIm) is a pilot for the UK's proposal for an IFF to raise an additional $50 billion a year in development aid to help
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developing countries achieve the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs). The IFFIm will demonstrate the technical feasibility of the larger IFF and the significant benefits of frontloading aid, disbursing $4 billion to save an additional 5 million children's lives in the years to 2015.
The UK, France and Sweden have committed to participate in the IFFIm and Germany and Italy support the proposal. We will continue to engage with other countries within the G8, EU and UN in order to finalise and launch the IFFIm.
Mr. Ivan Lewis: The Government's measures to achieve full employment in every region are built on a platform of macro-economic stability, and include new deal, investment in skills and training, and policies to make work pay. These policies have seen over 2 million more people in work since 1997, a record employment level.
To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what the minimum fruit content is, expressed in
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percentage by volume, required for an alcoholic beverage to be treated as a cider or perry for the purposes of duty. 
Dawn Primarolo: For the purposes of excise duty, cider and perry are defined as being of a strength exceeding 1.2 per cent. but less than 8.5 per cent. alcohol by volume, and obtained from the fermentation of apple or pear juice. HMRC also allow the addition of certain approved ingredients to impart colour or flavouring to the cider or perry.
Mr. Laurence Robertson: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what estimate he has made of the percentage of people suffering from autism who are in employment; and if he will make a statement. 
The National Statistician has been asked to reply to your Parliamentary Question about the percentage of people suffering from autism who are in employment in the UK. I am replying in his absence. (676)
The attached table shows the information available relating to the health problems which were quoted by respondents to the Labour Force Survey, who were in employment, as affecting the work they do. The condition of autism is not specifically identified in the available data.
|Not seasonally adjusted|
|Total of working age||36.4||100.0|
|Condition quoted by LFS respondents:|
|Problems or disabilities (including arthritis or rheumatism) connected with arms or hands||||0.8|
|Problems or disabilities (including arthritis or rheumatism) connected with legs or feet||||1.5|
|Problems or disabilities (including arthritis or rheumatism) connected with back or neck||||2.2|
|Difficulty in seeing (while wearing spectacles or contact lenses)||||0.2|
|Difficulty in hearing||||0.4|
|A speech impediment||||0.0|
|Severe disfigurement, skin conditions, allergies||||0.5|
|Chest or breathing problems, asthma, bronchitis||||2.8|
|Heart, blood pressure blood circulation problems||||2.5|
|Stomach, liver, kidney or digestive problems||||1.0|
|Depression, bad nerves or anxiety||||0.4|
|Severe or specific learning difficulties (mental handicap)||||0.2|
|Mental illness or suffer from phobia, panics or other nervous disorders||||0.1|
|Progressive illness not included elsewhere (e.g. cancer, multiple sclerosis, symptomatic HIV, Parkinson's disease, muscular dystrophy)||||0.4|
|Other health problems or disabilities||||1.4|
Mr. Salmond: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer when he will reply to the letter, from the hon. Member for Banff and Buchan (a) dated 29 March regarding Inland Revenue penalties and (b) dated 5 April regarding small business tax burden. 
Dawn Primarolo: As at 1 May 2005, there were 24 drug dogs in operation in HM Revenue and Customs at major ports of entry into the UK. All operational dogs are fully trained however at this present time there are no drugs dogs undergoing training.
As National Statistician I have been asked to reply to your recent Parliamentary Question asking how many drug-related deaths there have been in (a) Wales and (b) England in each year since 2001. (1077)
Figures are readily available from death certification on deaths due to drug poisoning, not the total number that were drug-related. The most recent year for which figures are available is 2003. Numbers of deaths certified as due to drug poisoning for (a) Wales and (b) England in the three years 2001 to 2003 are given in the table below.
|Calendar year||(a) Wales||(b) England|
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