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TREASURY

Africa (Debt Repayments)

Ann McKechin: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what the net flow of resources between the United Kingdom and Africa was when the bilateral debt repayments from all African countries to the United Kingdom are subtracted from the United Kingdom aid budget to Africa excluding debt cancellation for (a) the 2005 calendar year and (b) financial year 2004–05; and what the expected figure is for 2005–06. [42086]

Mr. Ivan Lewis: In fiscal year 2004–05 the UK's bilateral assistance to Africa amounted to £970 million. The UK also gave very considerable sums of money via
 
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multilateral agencies, however the data are not disaggregated to show how much went to Africa. The estimated figure for the UK's bilateral assistance to Africa for fiscal year 2005–06 is £1 billion.

During fiscal year 2004–05, the UK received official bilateral debt payments from countries in Africa amounting to approximately £152.8 million. The UK also wrote off almost £351.6 million of African official bilateral debt in 2004–05. During fiscal year 2005–06, the UK expects to receive official bilateral debt payments from countries in Africa amounting to approximately £1,112.5 million. The UK expects to write off almost £1,143.3 million of African official bilateral debt in 2005–06.

Benzodiazepines

Mr. Grogan: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many deaths in which benzodiazepines abuse was given as a (a) cause and (b) factor occurred in each of the last 10 years. [47324]

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

Letter from Colin Mowl, dated 1 February 2006:


Number of deaths from drug-related poisoning(18) where benzodiazepines were mentioned on the death certificate, England and Wales, 1994–2003(19)

Calendar yearNumber of deaths
1994279
1995253
1996230
1997248
1998245
1999240
2000207
2001222
2002242
2003211


(18) Cause of death was defined using the International Classification of Diseases, Tenth Revision (ICD-10) codes F11-F16, F18-F19, X40-X44, X60-X64, X85 and Y10-Y14.
(19) Data are for deaths occurring in each calendar year.
Source:
Table 2 of the annual report: " Deaths related to drug poisoning: England and Wales, 1999–2003 , published in Health Statistics Quarterly 25 in February 2005.


Citizens Juries

Mr. Wills: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer on how many occasions his Department consulted citizens' juries on departmental policies in the last five years; in
 
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how many of those consultations the recommendations of the citizens' jury differed from existing departmental policy; and on how many occasions departmental policy was changed to reflect the recommendations of the citizens' jury. [46238]

John Healey: This information is not held centrally in Treasury and could be obtained only at disproportionate cost.

Civil Servants (Overseas Visits)

Mr. Jenkins: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what costs were incurred by his Department as a result of sending civil servants on overseas visits in each of the last 10 years. [46278]

John Healey: I refer to the answer I gave to the hon. Member for Southend, West (Mr. Amess) on 15 December 2005, Official Report, column 2272W.

Colon Cancer Deaths

Mr. Gauke: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many deaths occurred in the United Kingdom in 2005 as a consequence of colon cancer. [46188]

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

Letter from Colin Mowl, dated 1 February 2006:

Departmental Website

Mr. Jenkins: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what the cost of maintaining his main departmental website was for the last year for which figures are available; and how many visitors there were to the site in each of the last 12 months. [46310]

John Healey: The cost of maintaining the main HM Treasury website for the financial year 2004–2005 was £123,133. The visitor numbers for each of the last 12 months are as follows:
DateNumber of unique visits
January 200591,710
February 200596,022
March 2005141,507
April 2005101,113
May 2005100,699
June 200593,244
July 200579,419
August 200577,768
September 200594,514
October 2005105,491
November 2005113,712
December 2005120,005

 
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The term unique visits, refers to the number of different visitors logged during this period. These figures do not include repeat visitors nor do they differentiate between different users coming from behind a shared firewall.

Departmental Staff

David T.C. Davies: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many departmental employees have taken early retirement due to ill-health in each of the past five years for which figures are available. [46772]

John Healey: The information for HM Treasury is shown as follows:
Number
20000
20011
20020
20031
20042
20051

Earnings

Stewart Hosie: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many and what percentage of (a) male, (b) female and (c) all (i) employees, (ii) full-time employees and (iii) part-time employees in (A) Scotland, (B) each of the unitary local authority areas in Scotland and (C) the United Kingdom had weekly gross earnings including overtime below (1) £285.71, (2) £214.50 and (3) £181.87 in the last period for which figures are available. [46142]

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

Letter from Colin Mowl, dated 1 February 2006:


 
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