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John Healey: HM Revenue and Customs' figure for value for money procurement savings for 200405 is due to be audited and submitted to the Office of Government Commerce at the end of July. During 200405, HMRC delivered a total net full time equivalent reduction of 1,045 posts.
The Treasury's target for efficiency savings over the Spending Review 2004 period includes the delivery of £1 million of efficiencies by 200708 through improvements to the Treasury's procurement strategy. The plans to achieve this target include securing economies of scale through sharing of services with HMRC and maximising income opportunities through sub-letting of the building. Quantified procurement savings are currently being identified.
During 200405 the Treasury has secured efficiencies in working practices and processes which have enabled it to make good early progress on its full time equivalent post reduction target. By April 2005 efficiencies had been secured leading to a reduction in 100 full time equivalent posts. Both the HMRC and Treasury reductions in posts are adjusted for the 150 tax policy posts that transferred from HMRC to the Treasury during 200405.
Accrued council tax income (net collectable debit) in England in the years 199798 to 200405 are available in Local Government Financial Statistics England No 15
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2004. Outturn figures for 200405 will be published in an Office of the Deputy Prime Minister statistical release on 23 June.
The National Statistician has been asked to reply to your recent Parliamentary Question asking how many deaths were caused by hepatitis C infection in Burton Constituency in (a) 2003 and (b)2004. I am replying in his absence. (4427)
Information on cause of death is available from death certificates. This information relates to where hepatitis C was either the underlying cause of death (i.e. the disease or condition that initiates the train of morbid events leading directly to death) or was mentioned on the death certificate as contributing to this sequence of events leading to death.
Information is not recorded at death if the certifying doctor did not know about the existence of a hepatitis C infection (which may have been contracted many years earlier), or where hepatitis C infection was not considered to be one of the factors contributing to the death.
There were no deaths of usual residents of Burton constituency registered in 2003 or 2004 where hepatitis C was the underlying cause of death. There was one death registered in 2003 where hepatitis C was mentioned on the death certificate.1
This is a targeted measure that is expected to help up to 110,000 homebuyers over the next five years. While this is a substantial boost for first time buyers it needs to be considered in the context of the measures the Government is taking to increase housing supply, with 200,000 new homes expected to be built in this year alone and similar levels of home building in future years, and which are on top of a housing stock of some 26 million homes. With supply increasing far faster than the provision of these shared equity schemes, and this being on top of a total housing stock that
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dwarfs the number of homes that will be bought through shared equity schemes, we believe the effect on house prices in general will not be significant.
What really matters for the majority of homebuyers in terms of house prices is low and stable interest rates which this Government's monetary policy frameworkin particular the independence of the Monetary Policy Committeeis delivering, alongside increasing housing supply, helped by a series of supply side reforms, including on planning.
Dawn Primarolo: The number of people who did not pay income tax in 200405 can be estimated from the difference between the current projections of the UK's population and the projections of the number of income taxpayers. Information on the estimated number of income taxpayers in 200405 is available in table 2.1 'Number of individual income taxpayers' on the HM Revenue and Customs internet website at http://www.hmrc.gov.uk/stats/income_tax/table21.pdf
Population projections are prepared by the Government Actuary's Department and the UK projected population estimates can be found on the following link http://www.gad.gov.uk/Population/2003/uk/wuk03singyear.xls
John Healey: Treasury staff are allowed to make reasonable private use of the internet for browsing and e-mail, but any deliberate access to, or sending of, inappropriate material is treated as a serious disciplinary offence.
Filtering software is used on the Department's firewalls to block access to most websites that contain inappropriate material, and to prevent similar material from entering the Treasury via e-mail. All internet activity, both for web browsing and e-mail is logged automatically on Treasury IT systems and can therefore be examined if any misuse is suspected.
The National Statistician has been asked to reply to your recent Parliamentary Question concerning the number of primary school age children there are predicted to be in Tamworth for the next five academic years. I am replying in his absence. (4940)
Official 2003-based Subnational Population Projections for England were published by the Office for National Statistics in November 2004. The attached table shows the projected mid-year population of 5 to 11-year-olds for Tamworth taken from these projections.
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