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The Valuation Office Agency was invited to participate in the Plenary Meeting of the EU Permanent Committee on Cadastre held on 26 October 2005 at the Southampton offices of Ordnance Survey.
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In England and Wales, the bodies that contribute to the cadastre are Land Registry, Ordnance Survey and the Valuation Office Agency. That is why these three bodies were represented at the Plenary Meeting of the EU Permanent Committee on Cadastre.
The Valuation Office Agency was invited to make a presentation to the Plenary Meeting of the EU Permanent Committee on Cadastre to explain how its valuation work contributed to the cadastre" in England and Wales.
Mrs. Spelman: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many cases the Parliamentary and Health Service Ombudsman has considered in relation to the Valuation Office Agency and council tax since May 1997; and if he will place in the Library a copy of the ruling in each case. 
Dawn Primarolo: The Parliamentary Ombudsman, Ann Abraham, is an independent office-holder. She operates under the provisions of the Parliamentary Commissioner Act 1967 (as amended). The Parliamentary Ombudsman publishes information about the number of investigable complaints she has received in her annual report to Parliament. Her 200405 Annual Report, HC 348, was published on 20 July. Copies of the Parliamentary Ombudsman's annual reports are available in the Library of the House.
Mrs. Spelman: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many appeals the Valuation Office Agency has processed to date in relation to the council tax revaluation in Wales; and how many appeals are outstanding. 
Mrs. Spelman: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many cases the Adjudicator's Office has considered in relation to the Valuation Office Agency and council tax since May 1997; and if he will place in the Library a copy of the ruling on each case. 
Tim Farron: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many (a) private sector jobs broken down by (i) agricultural, (ii) manufacturing and (iii) service sector and (b) public sector jobs there were in Westmorland and Lonsdale in each year since 1997. 
The Office for National Statistics (ONS) compiles statistics for the United Kingdom of public sector employment from a quarterly survey of public sector organizations. However, estimates at local area level are not available.
Information at local area level is available from the annual local area Labour Force Survey (LFS) of individual people in households. However, in this source, the categorization of employment in the public or private sector depends upon the responses from the individuals interviewed. As reported by ONS in October 2005 in the publication Public Sector Employment Trends", some individuals tend to misreport private sector employment as being in the public sector hence leading to overestimates of the share of public sector employment.
With this reservation about the data quality, the attached table shows the number of persons in private sector employment, by the specified splits, and for the public sector, for people resident in the Westmorland and Lonsdale constituency as shown by the annual local area LFS for the 12 month periods ending February 1998 to February 2004.
|Private sector||Public sector||Total|
|Twelve months ending February:||Agriculture||Manufacturing||Services(13)||Other industries(14)|
Tim Farron: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many people in (a) the North West and (b) the Westmorland and Lonsdale constituency earn (i) £3.60 per hour, (ii) £3.61 to £3.80 per hour, (iii) £3.81 to £4 per hour and (iv) £4 to £4.50 per hour; and what percentage of total employees this constitutes in each case. 
Currently average earnings are estimated from the Annual Survey of Hours and Earnings (ASHE), and are provided for full time employees on adult rates whose pay for the survey period was not affected by absence. This is the standard definition used for ASHE. The ASHE does not collect data on the self employed and people who do unpaid work.
The ASHE, carried out in April of each year, is the most comprehensive source of earnings information in the United Kingdom. It is a one per cent sample of all employees who are members of pay-as-you-earn (PAYE) schemes.
|Proportions earning between|
|2005||Number of jobs (thousand)||£3.60 and under||£3.60-£3.80||£3.81-£4.00||£4.00-£4.50|
Tim Farron: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how much council tax was paid as a proportion of gross income by households in each income quintile group in Westmorland and Lonsdale in the latest year for which data are available. 
As National Statistician, I have been asked to reply to your recent Parliamentary Question asking how much council tax was paid as a proportion of gross income for households in each income quintile group in Westmorland and Lonsdale in the latest year for which data is available. (43151)
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