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Family Size

Bob Spink: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many families in the United Kingdom there are with (a) one child, (b) two children and (c) five or more children, broken down by ethnic group. [42905]

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John Healey: The information requested falls within the responsibility of the national statistician who has been asked to reply.

Letter from Karen Dunnell, dated 19 January 2006:

Table C0613: Count of families by number of children in families by ethnic group of family reference person
Population: families

United KingdomWhiteMixedIndianPakistaniBangladeshiOther Asian
One child5,282,57539,559115,89262,88522,76926,071
Two children3,197,28923,50186,31448,17718,28319,086
Five or more children53,1398961,5857,9143,906847

Population: families

United KingdomBlack CaribbeanBlack AfricanOther BlackChineseOther Ethnic groupTotal family reference persons
One child86,92946,9569,92522,67120,6865,736,918
Two children41,81730,9345,34914,93514,5373,500,222
Five or more children9482,32722623859472,620

1.Cells in this table have been randomly adjusted to avoid release of confidential data.
2.The table counts all families with children (dependent and non-dependent) and the ethnic group is that of the family reference person.
5.43 Family
A family comprises a group of people consisting of a married or cohabiting couple with or without child(ren), or a lone parent with child(ren). It also includes a married or cohabiting couple with their grandchild(ren) or a lone grandparent with his or her grandchild(ren) where there are no children in the intervening generation in the household. Cohabiting couples include same sex couples. Children in couple families need not belong to both members of the couple.
5.44 Family Reference Person (FRP)
In a Lone parent family, the family reference person (FRP) is taken to be the lone parent in a lone-parent family. In a couple family, the FRP is chosen from the two people in the couple on the basis of their economic activity (in the priority order; full-time job, part-time job, unemployed, retired, other). If both people have the same economic activity, the FRP is identified as the elder of the two or, if they are the same age, the first member of the couple on the form.
5.18 Child
There is no age limit on the term child. For example, a married couple living with their son aged 40 would be classified as a family consisting of a married couple and their child unless the son has a spouse, partner or child living in the household.
5.31 Dependent child
A dependent child is a person aged 0–15 in a household (whether or not in a family) or aged 16–18 in full-time education and living in a family with his or her parent(s). This is a change from the 1991 definition which was a person aged 0–15 in a household or a person aged 16–18, never married, in full-time education and economically inactive. The revised 2001 definition has been agreed following consultation with users. An 'adult' in a household is any person who is not a dependent child.
2001 Census.

Film Industry

Mr. Hoban: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what tax reliefs were available for the film industry in each year since 1997; what the cost was in each year; andwhat assessment he has made of the contribution made by the film industry to the economy in each year. [42646]

Dawn Primarolo [holding answer 17 January 2006]: With regard to tax relief available to the film industry, I refer the hon. Gentleman to the answer given on 8 December 2005, Official Report, column 1823.

The information is not available to assess the overall contribution to the economy of the UK film industry, however the UK Film Council publishes statistics including the value of British film productions. These can be found in the UK Film Council's Statistical Yearbook 2004–05", at Chapter 12.
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Golden Rule

Mr. Austin Mitchell: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what the impact on the golden rule is of (a) writing off local authority debt and (b) providing gap funding on stock transfers. [40835]

Mr. Des Browne: Performance against the golden rule is measured using fiscal aggregates that cover the entire public sector: central Government plus local authorities plus public corporations. Transfers between the different levels of Government have no effect on the overall public sector fiscal aggregates.

As such, the impact on the golden rule is:

Local Tax Offices

Dr. Cable: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many local tax offices there are; how many have closed in each of the last five years for which information is available; and if he will make a statement. [38349]

Dawn Primarolo: HMRC currently operates from 661 sites, of which 242 were former HM Customs and Excise offices and 419 former Inland Revenue offices.

The number of offices closed since 2001 is shown in the table. Many of these closures arose as Inland Revenue or HM Customs and Excise moved work to other existing buildings within the same location. Information prior to 1 April 2001 is not readily available.
PeriodHM Customs and ExciseInland Revenue
1 April 2001 to 31 December 2001215
1 January 2002 to 31 December 20021226
1 January 2003 to 31 December 20031119
1 January 2004 to 31 December 20041716
1 January 2005 to 16 December 20051023

Pool Re

Sarah Teather: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how much Pool Re has (a) paid out as a result of the recent London tube and bus bombings, (b) paid out overall during its lifetime and (c) in reserves; and what income has been derived by HM Treasury from Pool Re since it was established. [43952]

Mr. Des Browne: Pool Re provides reinsurance cover for commercial property damage and consequent business interruption resulting from an act of terrorism on mainland Great Britain (excluding war and cyber terrorism risks).
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Since Pool Re was established £243 million has been paid to HM Treasury in respect of amounts due under the Retrocession Agreement.

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