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The National Statistician has been asked to reply to your recent Parliamentary Question about GDP per capita in Wales, England and the UK in the last period for which figures are available. I am replying in his absence. (1078)
The estimates in the table are based on the regional Gross Value Added 1 (GVA) estimates published in December 2004. These are available on the National Statistics website at http://www.statistics.gov.uk/StatBase/Product.asp?vlnk=7359. The figures are in current prices and do not, therefore, allow for the change in prices over time (inflation) or differences in price levels (purchasing power) between regions at a point in time.
|GVA per capita Wales||GVA per capita England||GVA per capita UK less extra-regio(12)|
Mr. Des Browne: Figures for total managed expenditure as a percentage of gross domestic product are available from Budget 2005 (HC 372) in Table C25: Historical series of Government expenditure (page 275).
John Hemming: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what the average income level was of the lowest earning 20 per cent. of households in each Government Office Region in the last period for which figures are available. 
The average net equivalised weekly household income of the lowest earning 20 per cent. of households in each Government Office Region in 200405 is listed as follows
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|Government region||Mean income||Median income|
|York and Humber||221||231|
The average household incomes are on a before-housing-cost basis and are based on the department's tax and benefit model (IGOTM) using the Family Resources Survey 200304, uprated to 200405 prices. Analysis by government office region often results in small sample sizes and therefore these results should be treated with caution.
Mr. Ivan Lewis: The most recent estimates come from the Government Actuary's latest (2003-based) national population projections. The information requested is available from the GAD website at: http://www.gad.gov.uk/Population/2003/methodology/migrass.htm
John Hemming: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what contribution has been made to the UK's balance of trade by oil exports in each year from 1999 to 2004; and what contribution it is estimated will be made for each year between 2005 to 2010. 
John Healey: The UK runs a trade surplus in oil. In 2004 this surplus stood at £2 billion. In the same period, exports of oil accounted for 8.3 per cent. of total UK goods exports and 5.8 per cent, of total UK goods and services exports. The following table includes figures showing oil exports as a percentage of total exports from 19992004.
|Share of total goods exports (percentage)||Share of total goods and services exports (percentage)||Trade balance in oil (£ million)|
Mr. Laws: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what his latest estimate is of the cost of tax relief on pensions in the last year for which figures are available, broken down by each area of relief; and if he will make a statement. 
Mr. Ivan Lewis: Latest estimates of the annual cost of tax relief on private pensions are available on Her Majesty's Revenue and Customs website at: http://www.hmrc.gov.uk/stats/pensions/table7_9_september04.pdf
These estimates take account of the relief given on contributions to personal, stakeholder and occupational pensions and the investment income of funds, net of tax on existing private pensions in payment.
Lynne Jones: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer when the Paymaster General will reply to the letter of 10 March 2005 from the hon. Member for Birmingham, Selly Oak on overpayments of tax credits to constituents. 
Mr. Laws: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer in how many of the 20 parliamentary constituencies with the highest unemployment rates in 1997 there were increases in the unemployment rate between 1997 and 2005; and if he will make a statement. 
Of the 20 parliamentary constituencies in Great Britain with the highest unemployment rates in 199798, none showed an increase between then and 200304. This is based on annual local area Labour Force Survey data which, as with any statistical sample survey, is subject to sampling variability.
ONS also compiles statistics of those claiming Jobseeker's Allowance (JSA) for local areas. Of the 20 parliamentary constituencies with the highest proportion of claimants of JSA expressed as a percentage of the resident working age population in April 1997, none had a higher proportion in April 2005.
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