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Dr. Cable: To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many children have been given (a) the single MMR vaccine and (b) the three separate vaccines in each of the last five years for which figures are available. [17800]

Caroline Flint: Information about the uptake of measles, mumps and rubella (MMR) immunisations and other childhood immunisations is published annually in the Department's statistical bulletins. The latest bulletin, NHS Immunisation Statistics, England: 2004–05", is available in the Library and on the Department's website at:

Quarterly figures on MMR Uptake from April 2005 to June 2005 are available on the Health Protection Agency website at:

The Department does not routinely collect information on uptake of single vaccines.


Child Trust Fund Vouchers

Julie Morgan: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many (a) £250 and (b) £500 child trust fund vouchers have been converted into accounts in (i)England and (ii) Wales. [19332]

Mr. Ivan Lewis: All children eligible for the child trust fund receive a £250 voucher. Children from low income families receive an additional £250 paid directly into their child trust fund account when the family's child tax credit award has been finalised. Information on the number of child trust fund vouchers issued and the number of accounts opened, including the latest data as at 31 August, is published quarterly on the HMRC website at:

Data at a sub-UK level would be available only at disproportionate cost.
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Civil Service Personnel

Andrew Rosindell: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer whether the planned reduction of civil service personnel has begun. [19358]

John Healey: In Budget 2005 the Chancellor announced that Departments have delivered the first 12,500 reduction in civil service posts, towards the Government's planned gross reduction of 84,000 civil service posts by 2008. Departments will report on further progress in their Autumn Performance Reports.


Mr. Laws: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer when he will reply to the letter from the hon. Member for Yeovil of 25 April 2005 on behalf of a constituent, Mrs. Sally Noel, regarding her request for a public inquiry, and to subsequent letters written by the hon. Member on this issue on 24 June, 9 August, 6 September and 16 September. [18683]

Mr. Ivan Lewis: I have already done so.

Mr. Laws: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer when the Paymaster General will reply to the letter from the hon. Member for Yeovil (Mr. Laws) of 1 August, regarding Chard Neighbourhood Nurseries Initiative. [19281]

Dawn Primarolo: I have done so.

Mr. Allen: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will make it his Department's policy to copy hon. Members in on correspondence arising from an intervention by hon. Members on behalf of their constituents. [19342]

Dawn Primarolo: It is the usual practice of Treasury Ministers and their officials to copy to hon. Members correspondence relating to their constituencies and their constituents. Where it is appropriate to do so, the letters concerned are also deposited in the Library of the House,

Following the debate on tax credits which the hon. Gentleman secured on 7 June in Westminster Hall, HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) wrote to a number of individuals whose cases had been raised in the House. Those letters should have been copied to the hon. Members concerned, including the hon. Gentleman. Iunderstand that they were not. I apologise for this oversight on the part of HMRC.

Departmental Rebranding

Dr. Cable: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how much has been spent on rebranding in (a) his Department and (b) related agencies in each of the last five years. [18080]

John Healey: For the Treasury and National Savings and Investments, I refer respectively to the answers given by the then Financial Secretary (Ruth Kelly) to the hon. Member for Yeovil (Mr. Laws) on 12 February 2004, Official Report, column 1553W, and to the
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hon. Member for Buckingham (John Bercow) on 26 February 2002, Official Report, column 1209W. Neither the Treasury nor NS&I has incurred any
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expenditure on rebranding in the intervening years. For the Chancellor's other departments and their agencies, the figures are set out in the following table.

HM Revenue and Customs(10)1,096749481501
Office for National Statisticsnilnilnil12253
Royal Mintnilnilnilnil10
Government Actuary's Departmentnil33nilnilnil
Valuation Office Agencynilnilnilnilnil
Debt Management Officenilnilnilnilnil
Office of Government Commercenilnilnil15nil

(10)Branding spend for HM Revenue and Customs prior to 2001–02 could be provided only at disproportionate cost.
(11) only came into existence in 2001.

Departmental Vehicles

Bill Wiggin: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many vehicles for which the Department is responsible are fitted with retreaded tyres. [17981]

John Healey: The Treasury do not own any vehicles. For information on the use of retread tyres in vehicles provided to the Department by the Government Car and Despatch Agency I refer the hon. Member to the letter of 11 October 2005 which he received from the chief executive of the GCDA, reference UIN15087 and UIN15088. Copies of this letter are available in the Library.

Devolved Administrations (Funding Formula)

Lembit Öpik: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer(1) what plans his Department has to reform the Barnett formula of funding for the devolved administrations; [17299]

(2) what assessment his Department has made of alternative systems of funding for the devolved administrations; and if he will make a statement. [17300]

Mr. Des Browne: The Government keep all aspects of public expenditure under review. However the Government have no plans to replace the Barnett formula. The formula is updated on a regular basis to reflect the ONS mid-year estimates of population and revised comparability factors. The Government's funding policies for the devolved administrations were set out in the updated Statement of Funding Policy published by the Treasury in July 2004.

Earnings Statistics

Mr. Laws: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what estimate he has made of the (a) number and (b) proportion of (i) women and (ii) men in work who had earnings below the lower earnings limit in each year since 1992–93. [18630]

Dawn Primarolo: The number and proportions of individuals earning below the lower earnings limit is provided in the table.
Weekly lower earnings limit (£)Total
Males (thousand)Females (thousand)Percentage of males earning below the lower earning limit(12)Percentage of females earning below the lower earning limit(13)

(12)The number of males earning below the lower earning limit as a percentage of all male employees.
(13)The number of females earning below the lower earning limit as a percentage of all female employees.

Estimates in the table have been provided by the office for National Statistics and UK estimates prior to 1994 are not available.

The significant increase in the 1997–98 estimates is due to improvements in data sampling. Since spring 1997 questions on earnings in the LFS are asked of
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respondents receiving their first and fifth (final) interviews. Prior to this they were only asked of people in their fifth interview.

The estimates are based on gross weekly earnings in the main job reported in the labour force survey. Figures represent a snapshot and are seasonally unadjusted—individuals' earnings may vary during the year.

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