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Paul Flynn: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what has been the total yield of the climate change levy in each year since its introduction; what its expected yield is in the 200506 financial year; by how much the income of the National Insurance Fund has been reduced in each year since the introduction of the climate change levy by the off-setting cuts in employers' contributions; and whether he plans to arrange for future proceeds of the levy to be transferred to the National Insurance Fund to pay for increases in pensions and other benefits. 
John Healey: The climate change levy was introduced in 2001 with offsetting tax cuts for business, which included a 0.3 per cent. cut in employers' national insurance contributions. The information requested is given in the following table.
|Value of 0.3 per cent. cut|
in employers' NICs(11)
The Government are committed to enabling pensioners to share in the country's rising prosperity. Reforms to pensioner tax and benefits since 1997 have meant that pensioners on average are £29 per week better off and the poorest third of pensioners are £39 per week better off than they would have been under the 1997 system.
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Mr. Lidington: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what estimate he has made of the number of deaths in each year since 2000 that were attributable to Clostridium difficile; and if he will make a statement. 
As National Statistician, I have been asked to reply to your recent Parliamentary Question asking what estimate has been made of the number of deaths in each year since 2000 that were attributable to Clostridium difficile. (3764)
In the Tenth Revision of the International Classification of Diseases (ICD-10), deaths involving enterocolitis due to Clostridium difficile can all be identified from the code A04.7. Enterocolitis is the commonest illness caused by C. difficile infection. For causes other than enterocolitis that are also known to be associated with C. difficile, it is not possible to identify from ICD codes alone the number of deaths where C. difficile actually contributed to the death. For this reason, the only routinely available mortality statistics on C. difficile are those where it was associated with enterocolitis.
The table below gives total mentions of C. difficile enterocolitis and the number where it was also the underlying cause of death for 2001 onwards. Comparable figures are not currently available before 2001, because no specific code exists in the Ninth Revision of the ICD.
|Total mentions||Underlying cause|
Mr. Walker: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer (1) what the estimated value is of the orphan assets of banks, building societies and insurance companies in the UK; and if he will make a statement; 
Mr. Ivan Lewis: The Government announced in Budget 2005 that they continue to believe that it is right in principle that more should be done to reunite assets with their owners. Where assets and their owners cannot be reunited, the Government believe that the assets should be reinvested in society, as long as the original owners' entitlements to reclaim are preserved. As the Budget noted, the Government are engaged in constructive discussions with the banking industry to take this forward.
Looking ahead, the Government expect to agree with industry a common definition of an unclaimed asset, and for the industry to search their records and to set out the full value of their assets so defined, by the time of the 2005 pre-Budget report. The Government also expect the industry to explore what more could be done to reunite owners and assets, including the possibility of a National Register, and to set out how they will achieve this by the time of the 2005 pre-Budget report.
Lady Hermon: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer whether his recently-announced shared-ownership scheme to help first time buyers who have been priced out of the housing market will extend to Northern Ireland. 
The recently announced proposals are designed to address particular problems in England and will not apply in Northern Ireland. A shared ownership schemethe Co-ownership schemealready operates in Northern Ireland. The scheme assists first time buyers on marginal incomes to become home owners. The Department for Social Development has secured additional funding over the next three years for the scheme to provide almost £39 million over the period. This will help support around 2,400 applicants over the period.
John Battle: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what steps he has taken in the preparation for the G8 Summit to extend debt cancellation to (a) Peru and (b) other highly indebted countries with large numbers living in absolute poverty which are not on the Highly Indebted Poor Countries list; and if he will make a statement. 
Mr. Ivan Lewis: The debt of heavily indebted poor countries is addressed under the Heavily Indebted PoorCountries' Initiative (HIPC). The UK continues to be absolutely committed to the rapid and full implementation of the HIPC Initiative to ensure that it delivers maximum debt relief for the world's poorest countries.
Peru has rescheduled its external debt to Paris Club eight times since 1968. The last rescheduling was in 1996. Peru has not requested any further debt relief from
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Paris Club creditors since then. If Peru were to do so, and its request was accepted, the UK would deliver its share of any debt relief agreed in the Paris Club.
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