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Dawn Primarolo: We are not aware of any taxpayers who are waiting to have their national insurance contributions to be recorded on the computer system since 2003. Any taxpayers who contact HMRC will have their query dealt with as quickly as possible.
Mr. Donaldson: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will take steps to extend the period within which policy holders can lodge a claim for compensation for the mis-selling of endowment policies. 
FSA rules, introduced after extensive public consultation, allow time limits for complaints, as they recognise that firms need to be able to limit their liability in terms of stale or frivolous claims.
Mr. Laurence Robertson: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what recent discussions he has had with the Financial Ombudsman Service on steps it can take to speed up the consideration of claims for pension mis-selling; and if he will make a statement. 
Mr. Ivan Lewis:
The Financial Ombudsman Service (FOS) is operationally independent of Government. Ministers and officials meet the FOS on a regular basis to discuss a wide range of issues.
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Mr. Laurence Robertson: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what the average time taken was by the Financial Ombudsman Service to determine claims for pensions mis-selling in 200405; and if he will make a statement. 
Mr. Ivan Lewis: The Financial Ombudsman Service (FOS) is unable to provide figures for mis-selling cases only, as they record their data for cases received by product type, rather than complaint type. The average time taken by the FOS to resolve all complaints about pension products is 8.5 months.
The time taken by the FOS to resolve cases depends largely on whether the consumer and the firm both agree at an early stage to any recommendation or informal settlement that we may suggest, or whether either the consumer or the firm request the formal process. Factors that can affect the time taken by the FOS to resolve complaints include the complexity of cases, the volume of cases in a particular product area and the time taken by both firms and consumers to respond to inquiries.
Mr. Holloway: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what assessment he has made of the likely impact of the proposed planning gain supplement on (a) levels of house building and (b) house prices in Gravesham. 
As set out in the consultation document published alongside the 2005 pre-Budget report, a planning-gain supplement (PGS) would capture a portion of the increase in land value created by the grant of planning permission to help finance the infrastructure needed to support new development. PGS would be used to ensure that land value uplifts benefit local communities and support efforts to expand housing supply.
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Mr. Drew: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what assessment he has made of the likely impact of the proposed planning gain supplement on the granting of planning permission on exception sites in rural areas. 
The most recent population estimates for wards are for mid-2002. The estimates for wards in Chorley are given in the attached table. The closest available geography to current electoral wards, for which population estimates are available, is Census Area Statistics (GAS) wards. This geography was created for outputs from the 2001 Census and is based mainly on 2003 electoral wards. The CAS ward level population estimates have been published with the status of experimental statistics". Therefore, the estimates, and figures towed from them, should be treated with some care. The margin of confidence for population estimates is proportionately larger at ward level than at local authority level.
|Adlington and Anderton||6,500|
|Astley and Buckshaw||3,600|
|Brindle and Hoghton||2,200|
|Chorley North East||6,800|
|Chorley North West||6,100|
|Choriey South East||6,000|
|Chorley South West||6,600|
|Clayton-le-Woods and Whittle-le-Woods||6,900|
|Clayton-le-Woods West and Cuerden||4,400|
|Eccleston and Mawdesley||6,100|
|Heath Charnock and Rivington||2,200|
|Wheelton and Withnell||4,200|
Mr. Jenkins: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what assessment he has made of the accuracy of census figures for (a) Tamworth constituency and (b) Staffordshire in each of the last two censuses; and if he will make a statement. 
As National Statistician I have been asked to reply to your recent Parliamentary Question asking what assessment has been made of the accuracy of census figures for (a) Tamworth constituency and (b) Staffordshire in each of the last two censuses. (53446)
Following the 2001 Census for England and Wales, the Office for National Statistics (ONS) undertook an extensive programme of work to investigate the reasons for the difference between the 2001 Census and the mid-year population estimates (MYEs) at both national and local authority levels. This program of work 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 Census. The results of these studies showed that better estimates of the population could be made in 15 areas and an adjustment was made to the MYEs in these areas. For the rest of the country, including the eight local authorities in Staffordshire, it was found that the 2001 Census-based population estimate remains the best estimate of the population. A full report on these Local Authority Studies can be found at: www.statistics.gov.uk/downloads/theme_population/LAStudy_FullReport.pdf
The Census 2001 Quality report for England and Wales provides information about all aspects of quality relating to the 2001 Census. It provides an overview of the quality issues and the studies and analyses that have been carried out to improve the quality of census data. The Quality report is held in the House of Commons Library or can be downloaded from www.statistics.gov.uk/census2001/proj_qr.asp
Official assessments of the quality of the 1991 Census were published in the 1991 Census General Report (ISBN 0116916168) and User Guide 58 (Undercoverage in Great Britain). These were carried out at national level and no assessment of quality was made for individual Local Authorities. The General Report is held in the House of Commons Library and User Guide 58 may be obtained from Census Customer Services: email@example.com
The 1991 Census Validation Survey assessed the coverage of the Census and the quality of the Census information recorded about those people who were successfully enumerated. The 1991 Census Validation Survey: Quality Report (ISBN 0116916885) and 1991 Census Validation Survey: Coverage Report (ISBN 0116915919) are also held in the House of Commons Library.
Mr. Jenkins: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what his estimate is of the current population of each ward in the Tamworth constituency based on (a) the 2001 census, (b) electoral rolls and (c) health service users; and what projections he has made for the next five years. 
As National Statistician, I have been asked to reply to your recent Parliamentary Question regarding the estimate of the current population of each ward in the Tamworth constituency based on (a) the 2001 Census, (b) electoral rolls and (c) health service users; and what projections have been made for the next five years. (53447)
The table attached provides the information you have requested. The most recent population estimates for wards are for mid-2002. The closest available geography to current electoral wards for which population estimates are available, is Census Area Statistics (CAS) wards. This geography was created for outputs from the 2001 Census and is based mainly on 2003 electoral wards The CAS ward level population estimates have been published with the status of experimental statistics". Therefore, the estimates, and figures derived from them, should be treated with some care.
The 2002 electorate counts are given for comparison with the population estimates, the latest available electorate counts are for 2004. It should be noted that the number of people eligible to vote is not the same as the resident population aged 18 and over. There
Patient register figures for July 2002 and July 2004 are included in the table. The 2002 patient register figures are given for comparison with the population estimates, the latest available patient register counts are for 2004.
It should be noted that patient register counts differ from estimates of the usually resident population for a number of reasons. Patient registers include people who are in the country for at least three months, whereas population estimates are based on a usual residence definition requiring a stay of 12 months or more. The patient registers exclude individuals who are ineligible to be registered with a GP. People may be on a patient register after having left the country and not deregistered with their GP; similarly people may have moved to another area and not re-registered. Some patients may have more than one NHS number e.g. they may have been issued a temporary number for a short period. Again, these factors have a differentia impact from place to place.
|Ward name||Population Estimate Mid-2002||Electorate|
|Mease and Tame||3,400||2,816||2,901||3,399||3,553|
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