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Mr. Philip Hammond: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will estimate the net present value of accrued pension liabilities in respect of (a) present and (b) former employees of his Department. 
The Principal Civil Service Pension Scheme is an unfunded multi-employer defined benefit scheme and individual departments' pension liabilities are not available. The Cabinet Office: Civil Superannuation Resource Accounts for 200405 showed that the total pension liability at 31 March 2005 was £84.1 billion. The value of pension liabilities was assessed as follows:
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Mr. Des Browne: Data on public sector employment levels since 1997 can be found in the National Statistics quarterly publication Public Sector Employment First Release", published on the ONS website. The latest release can be foundat the following web address: http://www.statistics.gov.uk/pdfdir/pse0106.pdf.
There are no centrally collated figures measuring the cost of new jobs created in the public sector. Departments total expenditure on pay is recorded in table 3.7 of Public Expenditure Statistical Analyses 2005, which can be found at the following web address: http://www.hm-treasury.gov.uk/economic_data_and_tools/finance_spe
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nding_statistics/pes_publications/pespub_pesaOS.cfm. There are no figures, centrally collated or collected by individual Departments, that break down expenditure between new and existing public sector employees.
Sammy Wilson: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many suicides there were in (a) England, (b) Wales, (c) Scotland and (d) Northern Ireland in each of the past five years, broken down by (i) sex and (ii) age. 
As National Statistician, I have been asked to reply to your recent question asking how many suicides there were in (a) England, (b) Wales, (c) Scotland and (d) Northern Ireland in each of the last five years, broken down by sex and age. (59471)
The most recent year for which figures are now available is 2004. The table below shows the number of deaths with a verdict of suicide or undetermined intent by sex, age group and country of residence in the United Kingdom for the years 2000 to 2004.
|(a) England||(b) Wales||(c) Scotland||(d) Northern Ireland||(a) England||(b) Wales||(c) Scotland||(d) Northern Ireland|
The most recent year for which figures are available is 2004. The table below shows the number of deaths with a verdict of suicide or undetermined intent by sex in the United Kingdom for the years 2000 to 2004.
|(a) Persons||(b) Males||Females|
Mr. Laws: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what technical problems were experienced with the tax credit computer system in (a) November and December 2005 and (b) January 2006; how many claims were delayed as a result; and if he will make a statement. 
Dawn Primarolo [holding answer 6 February 2006]: There were no problems with the availability of the tax credits IT system, in terms of unplanned downtime, during the period specified. However, a technical problem with the IT system meant that some 44,000 tax credit payments, which should have been made between 26 and 28 December, were paid late. All had been paid by 4 January.
Lynne Jones: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what the cost of (a) child tax credit and (b) working tax credit has been in each year since their introduction; and what percentage of these costs was accounted for by administration. 
Dawn Primarolo: Expenditure on Child Tax Credit and Working Tax Credit in 200304 and 200405 can be found in Note 3 of the Trust Statement for the Department of Inland Revenue 200304 and 200405 Accounts respectively.
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