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Myeloma

Sarah Teather: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what estimate he has made of the number of people suffering from myeloma in London in each year since 1997. [15133]

John Healey: The information requested falls within the responsibility of the National Statistician, who has been asked to reply.

Letter from Karen Dunnell to Sarah Teather, dated 10 October 2005:


Number of newly diagnosed cases of multiple myeloma(93) in London(94), 1997–2002

Number of cases
1997336
1998403
1999393
2000398
2001371
2002359


(93)From 1995 to 2002, International Classification of Diseases, Tenth Revision (ICD-10) code C90.
(94)Government Office Region.
Source:
Office for National Statistics




 
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National Insurance Fund

Anne Main: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer (1) how much surplus existed within the National Insurance Fund for the last period for which figures are available; what plans his Department has to reduce the surplus; and if he will make a statement; [16235]

(2) what the forecasted surplus in the National Insurance Fund is for 2005–06. [16236]

Dawn Primarolo: I refer the hon. Member to Table 2 on page 7 of the Report by the Government Actuary (CM 6457) on the drafts of the Social Security Benefits Up-rating Order 2005 and the Social Security (Contributions) (Re-rating and National Insurance Funds Payments) Order 2005. The Report, published in February 2005, estimates the receipts of NICs and payments from the National Insurance Fund for the years 2004–05 and 2005–06 and the balance in the fund at the start and end of each year. The Fund provides for state retirement pensions and other contributory benefits, and the Government are determined to continue managing it prudently.

Non-oil Gross Value Added

Mr. Philip Hammond: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what methodology was used for estimation of the trend rate of growth of non-oil gross value added. [16081]

John Healey: The Treasury's methodology for estimating trend growth has been set out in detail in successive Treasury publications: 'Trend growth: prospects and implications for policy' (November 1999); 'Trend growth: recent developments and prospects' (April 2002); and 'Evidence on the UK economic cycle' (July 2005). Further information concerning the methodology for dating on-trend points can be found in 'Fiscal policy: public finances and the cycle' (March 1999).

Mr. Philip Hammond: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will publish for each quarter since Q1 of 1997 the estimate of trend growth of non-oil GVA over the current cycle (a) before and (b) after the ONS data revisions on 30 June 2005. [16082]

John Healey: Prior to the publication of the 2005 Blue Book dataset on 30 June 2005, average annual growth of non-oil GVA was estimated to have been 3.2 per cent. per quarter between the estimated on-trend points in 1997H1 and 2001Q3. On the basis of the revised dataset this is now estimated to be 3.3 per cent. However, given that HM Treasury estimates of trend growth are based on whole economic cycles, and that the current cycle is
 
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now estimated to have started in 1997H1 and not ended, it is not yet possible to give definitive estimates of trend growth over the current economic cycle.

Mr. Philip Hammond: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will publish the standard errors on the estimate of trend non-oil GVA growth used to underpin chart 4.1 of the Treasury publication Evidence on the UK Economic Cycle. [16083]

John Healey: Estimates of the sampling and non-sampling standard errors for non-oil Gross Value Added (GVA) data published by the Office for National Statistics are not available. Hence, neither are estimates of the standard errors of the Treasury's trend non-oil GVA growth estimates.

Mr. Philip Hammond: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will publish the estimates for each quarter since Q1 of 1997 of (a) actual non-oil gross value added, and (b) non-oil gross value added if it had grown according to trend, that underpin chart 3.1 of the Treasury publication Evidence on the UK Economic Cycle. [16226]

John Healey: The trend rate of growth assumed in chart 3.1 of the Treasury publication 'Evidence on the UK economic cycle' is 3.06 per cent. a year between the estimated on-trend points in 1997H1 and 2001Q3, as documented in table B2 of Budget 2005 (HC 372), and the assumed rate of 2 per cent. a year thereafter. The requested information, reproduced below, has since been superseded by revised ONS estimates of non-oil gross value added released on 30 June 2005 as shown in chart 4.1 of Evidence on the UK economic cycle".

Actual non-oil GVA
Trend non-oil GVA as assumed in chart 3.1
1997Q1187795187866
1997Q2189000189099
1997Q3190470190509
1997Q4192771191930
1998Q1194305193362
1998Q2195608194804
1998Q3197606196257
1998Q4199228197721
1999Q1199457199196
1999Q2200604200682
1999Q3202254202200
1999Q4204540203752
2000Q1207372205315
2000Q2209154206891
2000Q3211142208478
2000Q4212050210078
2001Q1213786211690
2001Q2214332213314
2001Q3214951214951
2001Q4215950216414
2002Q1216597217887
2002Q2216736219369
2002Q3219210220862
2002Q4219625222365
2003Q1220627223878
2003Q2221699225402
2003Q3223896226936
2003Q4226384228480
2004Q1227769230035
2004Q2229929231601
2004Q3231422233177
2004Q4233176234763

 
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Opinion Surveys

Mr. Weir: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what the (a) subject matter and (b) dates were of opinion survey research undertaken by the Department and its agencies in the last 12 months; if he will place copies of the results of each survey in the Library; which companies were used in conducting the research; and how much each was paid. [14807]

John Healey: The Treasury has not undertaken any opinion survey research in the last 12 months.

Pensions

Stephen Hammond: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what the latest available figure is for the public sector pension liability; and by how much it has changed since 1997. [16667]

Mr. Ivan Lewis: Total unfunded public service pension liabilities are estimated to be £460 billion as at 31 March 2004. (This is based on figures published in 2003–04 Resource Accounts and Accounts for 2004–05 have still to be finalised and published.) Figures for 1997 on the same basis are not available.

Petroleum Fuel Duty

Mr. Spellar: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many points of collection there are for petroleum fuel duty; and what percentage of the total collected in 2004–05 came from (a) the top 10 and (b) the top 20 oil companies. [15146]

John Healey: Hydrocarbon oils become liable to duty when they are imported or, if produced in the UK, when they are delivered for home use from a refinery. There are therefore no fixed points of collection for oils duty.

The percentages of the total excise duty on petrol paid by the top 10 and 20 oil companies in the UK are given in the following table.
Petroleum fuel duty
Percentage

Top 10 oil companiesTop 20 oil companies
2004–0597.699.3


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