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Dawn Primarolo: In its 2004 report, the Low Pay Commission proposed the introduction of a National Minimum Wage for 16 and 17-year-olds, at an hourly rate of £3.00 per hour. The Government accepted the Commission's recommendation and the Youth Rate was introduced in October 2004.
The Low Pay Commission are currently considering a range of matters in connection with the minimum wage, including the impact of the new rate for 16 and 17-year-olds workers, and we expect to receive their report in spring 2006.
Mr. Kemp: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many businesses were found to be employing workers for less than the minimum wage in (a) Houghton and Washington East and (b) Sunderland city council area in each year since the minimum wage was introduced; and how many were (i)fined and (ii) forced to cease trading. 
22. Simon Hughes: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer when he expects a resolution satisfactory to city academies to be reached following the discussions between his Department and colleagues at the Department for Education and Skills. 
John Healey: Discussions with the Department for Educations and Skills are on-going, including about the impact of the VAT rules on academies. The Government are also in discussion with academies about this issue.
Mr. Des Browne:
Progress against the golden rule is measured by the average annual surplus on the current budget as a percentage of GDP since the cycle began. The independent Office for National Statistics produces
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the public finance and national accounts statistics on which this measurement is based. These statistics are subject to the same safeguards and quality control procedures that apply to all statistics produced within the National Statistics framework.
Rosie Cooper: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequerhow many child trust fund vouchers had been issued up to 30 September in West Lancashire; how many of these have been cashed; and if he will make a statement. 
Mr. Ivan Lewis: The information requested is available only at disproportionate cost. UK-wide information on the number of child trust fund vouchers issued and the number of accounts opened are published quarterly on the HMRC website at http://www.hmrc.gov.uk/stats/child_trust_funds/child-trust-funds.htm. The second set of quarterly figures was published on 31 August 2005.
Dawn Primarolo: Estimates of the cost of the new tax and national insurance contributions (NICs) exemption for employer supported child care were included in page6 of the Economic and Fiscal Strategy Report" and Financial Statement and Budget Report 2004" 1 . Her Majesty's Revenue and Customs are monitoring the levels of take-up but the information is not yet available.
Andrew Selous: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what his policy is on the use of the word spouse in official documents; if he will encourage the use of the term spouse/partner; and if he will make a statement. 
Dawn Primarolo: For tax purposes, official documents and forms will continue to use the term spouse" where it already occurs. Following the start of the civil partnership scheme on the 5 December 2005 documents and forms will in due course include the term civil partner" to recognise this new relationship.
From 5 December, in line with the changes to tax credits legislation made by the Civil Partnership Act and consequential regulations, child and working tax credits forms and documents will refer to an extended definition of the term 'couple', including same-sex couples.
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Mr. Martyn Jones: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will list the dates of meetings that have taken place between his officials and representatives of (a) banks and (b) building societies to discuss dormant accounts in the last two years; and if he will make a statement. 
Mr. Martyn Jones: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what progress has been made in discussions between his officials and representatives of (a) banks and (b) building societies on dormant accounts; and if he will make a statement. 
Mr. Ivan Lewis: As stated in the Budget 2005, HM Treasury is engaged in constructive discussions with the industry to take work on unclaimed assets forward. A report on progress will be made in due course.
The most recently available information is for deaths in 2004. Figures for deaths in farm workers or farm owners from suicide or injury or poisoning of undetermined intent are shown in the table for each year from 2000 to 2004.
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