|Average yield on
10-year maturity gilts
Chris Huhne: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what steps he is taking to reduce the level of long-term interest rates paid by the Government on their debt with a maturity of 10 years or more. 
Mr. Ivan Lewis: The Government's primary policy objective for managing Government debt is to minimise over the long-term the costs of meeting the Government's financing needs, taking into account risk, while ensuring that debt management policy is consistent with the aims of monetary policy. The Government's debt management policy is set out more fully in the Debt and Reserves Management Report 200506. The principles underpinning this policy are set out in the Code for Fiscal Stability.
Mr. Andrew Turner: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what level of standard rate of income tax he estimates would be required, assuming no other changes to behaviour, to recoup the revenue lost from (a) abolition of the lower rate of income tax and (b) plus raising the threshold to (i) £10,000 and (ii)£15,000. 
|Basic rate and higher rate required
for approximate tax neutrality
|Personal allowance (£)
Miss McIntosh: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will make representations to (a) the Association of British Insurers and (b) the wider insurance industry to ensure that (i) all domestic and commercial properties remain eligible for insurance policies and (ii) the excess on insurance is not put at a level that is out of the reach of householders and businesses. 
Mr. Ivan Lewis: The Government have regular discussions with the Association of British Insurers and the insurance industry on these issues. However, the availability and pricing of insurance is a matter for insurance companies themselves.
Mr. Flello: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what the incidence of (a) brain tumours, (b) other cancers, (c) Parkinson's disease and (d) other diseases of the nervous system per 1,000 of the population was in (i) England and (ii) the ST3 postcode area in the last period for which figures are available. 
The National Statistician has been asked to reply to your recent question concerning the incidence of (a) brain tumours, (b) other cancers, (c) Parkinson's disease and (d) other diseases of the nervous system per 1,000 population in (i) England and (ii) the ST3 postcode area in the last period for which figures are available. I am replying in his absence. 
The most recent available figures on newly diagnosed cases of cancer are for the year 2002. The number and rates of newly diagnosed cases of brain cancer and other cancers were published in Cancer registrations in England, 2002". This publication
Cancer incidence figures for the postcode sector ST3 can not be provided because of the risk to patient confidentially. The smallest areas for which cancer incidence figures are provided is primary care trusts. However, figures for brain cancer are not routinely available at this geographic level.
Rates of first diagnosis of Parkinsons disease in the fourth national study of Morbidity Statistics from General Practice, which covered England and Wales, were 36 per 100,000 population. Figures are not available from this study for smaller areas.
Mr. Ivan Lewis [holding answer 4 July 2005]: Dealers of electric powered wheelchairs are currently free to sell insurance policies, subject to the requirement that they be authorised to do so by the Financial Services Authority.
John Healey: Our work on the LRUC has strengthened the Government's view that distance-based charging for using the UK's roads is technically achievable. In particular, our proof of solution" work with prospective suppliers has enabled us to see the technology in action, and is confirming our expectations of its ability to deliver a distance-based charge.
Now that we are taking forward work on a national system of road pricing, so it is right for us to take forward the plans for distance based lorry charging as part of the wider work on national road pricingto work for a single comprehensive, cost-effective system.
So although the current procurement for lorry road user charging will not continue, we will continue to work with industry and ensure that we carry the full
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experience gained from the project into the wider work to develop a national road pricing system for cars and lorries.