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Mr. Amess: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many babies were born in (a) England and Wales and (b) the Southend area, broken down by maternal age in each of the last five years for which figures are available; and how many were under (i) 2,500g and (ii) 3,000g in each case. 
The National Statistician has been asked to reply to your recent question asking, how many babies were born in (a) England and Wales and (b) the Southend area, broken down by maternal age: and how many were
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under (i) 2,500g and (ii) 3,000g in each case, in each of the last five years for which figures are available. I am replying in his absence. (9944)
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| England and Wales||Southend|
|Total number||Under 2,500g||Under 3,000g||Total number||Under 2,500g||Under 3,000g|
Mr. Salmond: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will provide additional tax and financial incentives to (a) promote the development of carbon capture and abatement technologies and (b) support the development and construction of carbon capture and abatement plants. 
John Healey: As the Chancellor announced in the Budget, the Government are examining how it might support the development of carbon capture and storage within the Climate Change Programme Review, including the potential for new economic incentives. Carbon capture and storage is also eligible for funding through the £25 million Carbon Abatement Technology strategy launched by the Minister for Energy on 14 June.
Bob Spink: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer pursuant to the answer of 28 June 2005, Official Report, column 1424W, on cost recovery, what advice his Department has given to the NHS on reaching agreement with hospices on levels of service and prices reflecting the full cost of services provided in relation to (a) adults and (b) children. 
Mr. Ivan Lewis:
Treasury has worked with the Department of Health to embed in the NHS principles set out in the 2002 Treasury "Cross cutting review of the role of the voluntary and community sector in service delivery". These apply equally when government funds any service delivered by the voluntary sector, including adults' and children's hospices: (a) working towards agreed levels of service with providers; (b) ensuring that the price for the agreed level of service reflects the full cost of the service to be provided, including the legitimate portion of overhead costs; and (c) achieving this by coming together in partnership with the sector in a compact-compliant manner. More detailed guidance on implementing the principle of full cost recovery will be published in a revised version of "Guidance to Funders" by the end of the year.
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Chris Huhne: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will estimate the effects on debt servicing costs if the Government refinanced its debt of 10-year maturity or longer at the same 10-year interest rates paid by (a) Greece, (b) Italy and (c) Spain. 
Mr. Ivan Lewis: The Government issues gilts at a range of maturities in order to fulfil its commitment to long-term minimisation of debt servicing costs while taking account of risk. The Government issues gilts in economic conditions that differ from those faced by the Eurozone countries when issuing in euros. Therefore, it would not be meaningful to base the costs of financing the Government's borrowing needs on Eurozone interest rates. In particular, the UK economy is growing more rapidly than the Eurozone and is, therefore, at a different point in the interest rate cycle. It would also be misleading to compare debt-servicing costs based on financing borrowing through 10-year bonds only because this would not take account of the range of maturities and yields at which governments issue bonds.
Chris Huhne: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what factors underlie the level of long-term interest rates (or bond yields) paid by the Government on their debt with a maturity of 10 years or more; and what assessment he has made of the level of such rates in comparable countries. 
Mr. Ivan Lewis:
The main factors underlying the level of gilt yields are: (i) the level of short-term interest rates; (ii) investor demand for gilts of different maturities; and
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(iii) market expectations about macroeconomic factors such as future inflation and interest rates. The Government issue gilts (denominated in sterling) in economic conditions that differ from those of other sovereign issuers (for example the United States that issues in dollars or Eurozone countries that issue in euros). In particular, the UK economy is growing at a different rate from the Eurozone and US economies and is, therefore, at a different point in the interest rate cycle. It would not be meaningful to assess the costs of financing the Government's borrowing needs by looking at the level of interest rates in other countries.
Mr. Amess: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many deaths linked with hypothermia there were in (a) the United Kingdom, (b) England, (c) Scotland, (d) Wales, (e) Essex and (f) the Southend area of those aged (i) 60 to 64 years, (ii) 65 to 79 years, (iii) over 80 years and (iv) all ages in each of the last five years. 
The National Statistician has been asked to reply to your recent question asking how many deaths linked with hypothermia there were in (a) the United Kingdom, (b) England, (c) Scotland, (d) Wales, (e) Essex, and (f) the Southend area of those aged (i) 60 to 64 years, (ii) 65 to 79 years, (iii) over 80 years, and (iv) all ages in each of the last five years. I am replying in his absence. (9910)
Available information relates to the number of deaths where hypothermia was mentioned on the death certificate. The latest year for which these figures are available is 2004. Figures for the areas requested are given in the attached table, for each of the years 2000 to 2004.
|(a) United Kingdom|
|(iii) 80 and over||183||155||121||101||108|
|(iv) All ages||374||344||255||217||222|
|(iii) 80 and over||154||123||98||86||85|
|(iv) All ages||300||250||195||180||167|
|(iii) 80 and over||20||18||15||9||13|
|(iv) All ages||49||60||32||22||30|
|(iii) 80 and over||4||6||5||4||7|
|(iv) All ages||13||18||14||7||14|
|(iii) 80 and over||1||4||4||1||1|
|(iv) All ages||7||10||6||2||2|
|(iii) 80 and over||1||0||0||0||2|
|(iv) All ages||2||0||1||0||2|
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