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Dr. Cable: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what the Government's most recent estimate is of the cost to the Exchequer of combat operations in Iraq in each month since the start of the conflict; and if he will make a statement. 
To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many (a) private sector jobs in (i) manufacturing
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and (ii) the service sector and (b) public sector jobs therewere in Tamworth constituency 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 organisations. However, estimates at local area level are not available.
Information at local area level is only available from the annual local area Labour Force Survey (LFS)/Annual Population Survey (APS) of individual people in households. However, in this source, the categorisation 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 and public sector employment, for people resident in the Tamworth Parliamentary Constituency as shown by the annual local area LFS for the 12 month periods ending February 1999 to February 2004, and from the APS for the 12 months ending December 2004. Estimates are not available for 1997.
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Mr. Amess: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many complaints have been made about the last national census; how many of those complaints have been upheld; and what action has been taken to address them. 
The National Statistician has been asked to reply to your question about how many complaints have been made about the 2001 Census, how many of those have been upheld and what action has been taken to address them. I am replying in her absence. (48883)
In responding to your question we haw interpreted complaints to mean all correspondence that has been received expressing concern either about the 2001 Census population estimates for England and Wales or the 2001 Mid Year Population Estimates (MYEs) for England and Wales which are based upon the 2001 Census. We have not included issues or complaints raised in the run up to the 2001 Census on questionnaire content and other logistical matters in carrying out a Census.
Following the 2001 Census ONS undertook an extensive programme of work to establish the reasons for the difference between the 2001 Census and the MYEs at both a national and local level. This research included a series of Local Authority studies carried out in 2004 which were designed to improve the MYEs in the areas that proved hardest to count in the 2001 Census in England and Wales. The results of these studies showed that
In addition to the 2004 Local Authority Studies, ONS is now investing substantially in a project to Improve Migration and Population Statistics (IMPS). Further information on this project can be found at: www.statistics.gov.uk/IMPS .
The key aim of this project is to reduce the size of the difference between population estimates and mid-year estimates for 2011 when the next Census is undertaken and to better understand any difference that does remain.
The IMPS project is allowing ONS to investigate possible ways to improve the accuracy of the population estimates and to establish where it is possible to introduce changes to data sources and methods that will improve the quality of the statistics. This work includes an evaluation of administrative data sources that might inform the population estimates process and further case studies with a small number of Local Authorities.
Stewart Hosie: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many staff the Royal Mint employs in (a) London, (b) each region of England, (c) Wales and (d) Northern Ireland; how much the Royal Mint paid (i) in rates and (ii) in other accommodation costs in each location in 200405; what the total administration costs were in each location in 200405; and how much funding the Royal Mint received from the Government for 200506. 
The Royal Mint paid £452,000 in rates to the local Council. The total of accommodation costs and administrative costs in 200405 (excluding costs directly attributable to factory activities but including rates) is captured as Common Costs in the Annual Report which are equal to £7.145 million. Due to commercial sensitivity, the Royal Mint cannot provide a more detailed breakdown.
Mr. Stephen O'Brien: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many businesses have applied for the small business relief scheme in each of the last five years; how many were eligible in each year; and how many of those were successful in each year. 
John Healey: The small business rate relief scheme came into effect from 1 April 2005. Applications for small business rate relief may be made up to six months after the end of the financial year to which the application relates, or six months from notification of an alteration to a rateable value that makes the hereditament eligible for relief. Information is not held centrally on the number of businesses that applied for and were granted relief in 200506.
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