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Minimum Wage

Mr. Laws: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what his estimate is of the proportion of employees earning (a) the minimum wage and (b) less than £6.50 per hour who are employed (i) directly and indirectly in the public sector, (ii) in the private sector, (iii) in the services sector and (iv) in the tradeable goods sector; and if he will make a statement. [59492]

John Healey: The information requested falls within the responsibility of the National Statistician who has been asked to reply.
 
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Letter from Karen Dunnell, dated 21 March 2006:


2005 gross hourly earnings excluding overtime (£) pay for all workers jobs(53)

Percentage of employees earning < £6.50
Public Sector12.8
Private Sector28.5
Services Sector(54)25.4
Tradeable Goods Sector(55)46.5


(53) Employees on adult rates whose pay for the survey pay-period was not affected by absence.
(54) The service sector has been defined as Sections G to Q of the UK Standard Industrial Classification of Economic Activities 2003 (SIC 2003).
(55) The tradeable goods sector has been defined as Sector G of SIC 2003—wholesale and retail trades and the repair of motor vehicles, motorcycles, and personal and household goods.
Source:
Annual Survey of Hours and Earnings, Office for National Statistics.




Overseas Trade

Mr. Crabb: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what assessment he has made of the contribution made by overseas trade to UK gross domestic product. [60154]

John Healey: The Office for National Statistics publish net trade and GDP figures in their Quarterly National Accounts. HM Treasury's assessment of the contribution of net trade to GDP is set out in the pre-Budget report 2005, and will be updated in the financial statement and Budget report, to be published on the 22 of March 2006.

Post Office Card Account

Mr. Drew: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many people in Stroud constituency used a Post Office card account to access (a) child benefit, (b) child tax credits and (c) other tax credits in the latest period for which figures are available. [59882]


 
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Dawn Primarolo: I refer the hon. Gentleman to the reply given on 7 March 2006, Official Report, columns 1301–02W to the hon. Member for Inverness, Nairn, Badenoch and Strathspey (Danny Alexander).

Prostate Cancer

Sandra Gidley: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what the five year survival rate for prostate cancer patients is in each (a) region and (b) strategic health authority. [60153]

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

Letter from Karen Dunnell, dated 21 March 2006:

Small Firms

Mr. Prisk: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what definition of a small firm his Department uses. [59277]

John Healey: There is no single definition of a small firm. Terms such as small firm" and SME" (small and medium-sized enterprise) are regularly used. The Department makes use of both of the most common definitions: those provided by the European Union and the Companies Act 1985. The European Commission definition is based on headcount, turnover, balance sheet total and independence criteria. The Companies Act 1985 defines small firms for the purpose of certain exemptions from accounting and auditing requirements and is not applied universally.

These definitions can be found at http://europa.eu.int/comm/enterprise/enterprise_policy/sme_definition/index _en.htm and http://www.dti.gov.uk/cld/audit.htm. Some policies utilise other criteria in order to target specific populations that may also fall within the definitions cited above.

Sterling Stamp Duty

John Battle: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will introduce a sterling stamp duty to fund international development. [60342]

Mr. Ivan Lewis: A sterling stamp duty or currency transaction taxation is a long-established idea that has re-emerged in international discussions on how to raise development financing. The Government have studied the technical implications of this proposal carefully, and after serious consideration of the proposal it has reached the view that such a tax could not be practically enforceable given the multiple avenues for avoidance, and the
 
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consequently heavy regulatory and implementation costs such a tax would require. The UK Government remain fully committed to the millennium development goals, and has set a timetable to reach the target of 0.7 per cent. Overseas Development Assistance-GNI by 2013. With the International Finance Facility, the equivalent of 0.7 per cent. ODA-GNI could be achieved as early as 2008–09.

Suicide

Keith Vaz: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what proportion of men who committed suicide in the last five years were (a) not previously married, (b) divorced, (c) married and (d) fathers. [59519]

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

Letter from Karen Dunnell, dated 21 March 2006:


Proportion of deaths from suicide(56)and injury of undetermined intent(57), by marital status in men aged 16 and over, England and Wales, 2000 to 2004(58)

Single menDivorced menMarried menTotal no of suicide deaths
200044.514.232.73,631
200144.612.733.83,523
200243.914.033.53,455
200344.013.532.23,441
200444.414.531.23,381


(56) The cause of death for suicide was defined using the International Classification of Diseases, Ninth Revision (ICD-9) codes E950-E95 9 for 2000, and the International Classification of Diseases, Tenth Revision (ICD-10) codes X60-X84 for the years 2001 to 2004.
(57) The cause of death for undetermined intent was defined using the International Classification of Diseases, Ninth Revision (ICD-9) codes E980-E989 excluding E988.8 for 2000 and the International Classification of Diseases, Tenth Revision (ICD-10) codes X60-X84 excluding pending verdicts for the years 2001 to 2004.
(58) Figures are for deaths occurring in each calendar year.



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