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As National Statistician, I have been asked to reply to your recent question asking what the suicide rate has been amongst (a)men and (b) women in each year since 1991, broken down by (i) socio-economic and (ii) ethnic group. (18377)
Suicide rates for socio-economic groups are only available for the years 19911993 for males aged 2064.l The available figures are for Social Class (based on occupation) and have only been calculated for this period to ensure consistency with the population information available from the 1991 Census. Deaths were combined for the three-year period to ensure that the figures are sufficiently robust. Rates for England and Wales are provided in the table below.
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Norman Lamb: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many people in Norfolk received overpayments of (a) child tax credits and (b) working tax credits in 200304; what the total sum overpaid was; how much of this has been written off; and how many individuals have requested write off of the amount overpaid. 
Estimates for 200304 of the numbers of in-work families with tax credits awards, including information on overpayments and underpayments by constituency, based on final family circumstances and incomes for 200304 are published in Child and Working Tax Credits. Finalised Awards. 200304 Geographical Analysis". This publication and provisional estimates for the number of in-work families by constituency with tax credit awards as at selected dates
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in 200405 are available on the HMRC website at: http://www.hmrc.gov.uk/stats/personal-tax-credits/cwtc-geog-stats.htm.
Dawn Primarolo [holding answer 14 October 2005]: For the number of calls answered by the MPs' hotline in 200304 and for April to December 2004, I refer my right hon. Friend to the answer I gave the hon. Member for Northavon (Steve Webb) on 21 February 2005, Official Report, columns 7576W. The figures for 1 January 2005 to 31 August 2005 are given as follows.
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Mr. Frank Field: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what guidance on clarity and effective communication has been issued to staff at the tax credit office when replying to correspondence from hon. Members. 
Dawn Primarolo [holding answer 14 October 2005]: The Customer Service Manual and Customer Contact Clarity of Writing: 200506 Guide has been made available to all tax credit office staff who reply to correspondence.
Dawn Primarolo [holding answer 17 October 2005]: On 26 May I announced six measures that HM Revenue and Customs are taking to improve how the Department communicates with tax credits families; reduce the risk of errors adding to overpayments; and improve procedures for recovering overpayments. I will keep the House informed on the progress of these measures.
Mr. Laws: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what his latest estimate is of the number of tax credit awards overpaid in 200405; what the value is of these overpayments; and if he will make a statement. 
(2) what his estimate is of the cost of managing and paying tax credits in (a) 200102, (b) 200203, (c) 200304, (d) 200405, (e) 200506 (to date), (f) 200506 (estimated) and (g) 200607 (estimated), broken down by (i) child tax credits, (ii) working tax credits and (iii) other tax credits; and if he will make a statement. 
The cost of managing and paying the child and working tax credits in the financial year 200304 appear in note 3 to the Trust Statement in the Inland Revenue Annual Report and Accounts for 200304. The same costs for the financial year 200405 appear in note 3 to the Trust Statement in the Inland Revenue Annual Report and Accounts for 200405.
Miss McIntosh: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many people applied for child tax credit in the last 12 months; what percentage of applications were successful; and what the average payment was in each year. 
Anne Milton: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what the total cost of compensation paid by HM Revenue and Customs to those whose applications for working tax credit have not been processed satisfactorily is for each year since its introduction. 
Dawn Primarolo: I refer the hon. Member to the answers I gave the hon. Member for Yeovil (Mr. Laws) on 4 July 2005, Official Report, columns 9596W, and the hon. Member for Tatton (Mr. Osborne) on 19 Jul 2005, Official Report, column 1698W.
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