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Mr. Don Foster: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how much grant-in-aid the Department for Culture, Media and Sport and its predecessors spent as a percentage of gross domestic product in each year since 1993; and if he will make a statement. 
I am unable to provide the exact data sought: accruals based expenditure data has only been available since 19992000. The following table sets out the Department's expenditure in each financial year since then as a percentage of GDP.
Percentage of GDP
Table 1, attached, shows the total numbers of unemployed young people aged 16 to 24 who were resident in the Hemel Hempstead Parliamentary Constituency. The table covers the 12 month periods ending in February each year from 2001 to 2004 and the 12 month period ending in March 2005. These estimates, as with any from sample surveys, are subject to sampling variability. Changes in the estimates from year to year should be treated with particular caution.
The Office for National Statistics also compiles statistics for local areas of people claiming Jobseeker's Allowance (JSA). Table 2, attached, shows the annual average number of JSA claimants, aged 18 to 24, resident in the Hemel Hempstead constituency for 2000 to 2004.
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Dawn Primarolo: HM Revenue and Customs is preparing business plans to meet its efficiency savings for 200508. HMRC have more than 600 offices and there is a constant backdrop of change arising from leases ending and other circumstances beyond their or their estate suppliers control, such as compulsory purchase.
Although there will be changes to some HMRC offices the Department will continue to recognise its Public Service Agreement objectives to improve customer experience, support business and reduce the compliance burden and will continue to provide a face-to-face service to customers for whom it is the most appropriate form of contact.
Mr. Peter Robinson: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how much money HM Revenue and Customs received through fines and enforcement orders directly related to the illegal use of fuel in motor vehicles in Northern Ireland in 200405. 
John Healey: HM Revenue and Customs does not receive any revenue in connection to fines issued by a court. In 200405 there were two fines imposed by the court directly related to the illegal use of fuel totalling £5,000.
The National Statistician has been asked to reply to your recent question asking the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many people in each (a) county and (b) ward, broken down by county described themselves as Irish in the 2001 Census. I am replying in her absence. (25600)
The number of people who described their ethnicity to be Irish, broken down by both ward and county, is available in table KS06 on the CD supplement to the Key Statistics for local authorities in England and Wales, which is available in the House of Commons Library.
John Healey: In Growth and Opportunity: Prioritising Economic Reform in Europe" (HM Treasury, February 2005) the Government set out their assessment of the Lisbon strategy. While some progress has been made, concerted action is still needed to increase employment and productivity in Europe.
In particular, to meet the Lisbon target of 70 per cent. employment by 2010, 23 million more Europeans will need to find work. This necessitates a comprehensive programme of reform to improve levels of skills in the labour force and to facilitate greater adaptability to change.
In addition, US productivity levels remain substantially above those in the EU. Tackling this requires further structural reform to enhance product market competition in Europe and to create the right climate for enterprise and innovation to flourish.
A further assessment of the structural economic challenges facing Europe was set out in Global Europe: Full Employment Europe" published by the Chancellor of the Exchequer in October 2005 available at http://www.hm-treasury.gov.uk/documents/international_ issues/eu_presidency_2005/eu_presidency_2005_index.cfm
Mr. Holloway: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer whether he plans to use the UK's presidency of the European Union to achieve progress towards the Lisbon goals for European economic reform. 
At an Informal ECOFIN Council on 10 September in Manchester, Ministers and the European Commission agreed on the need for urgent actionat the European level and nationally in the context of Lisbon National
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Reform Programmesto deliver growth and full employment for Europe in a global economy, including through:
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