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. 
As National Statistician, I have been asked to reply to your recent Parliamentary Question concerning 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) the private sector, (iii) in the services sector and (iv) in the tradeable goods sector. (59492)
The Annual Survey of Hours and Earnings (ASHE) does not provide estimates on numbers or proportions of employees with specific levels of earnings. Therefore estimates have not been provided for numbers earning the minimum wage. However ASHE can estimate proportions of those earning under certain levels. Please find attached a table which give the relevant information for those employees earning less than £6.50 per hour.
Average earnings are estimated from the ASHE, and are provided for full time employees on adult rates whose pay for the survey period was not affected by absence. This is the standard definition used for ASHE. The ASHE does not collect data on the self employed and people who do unpaid work.
The ASHE, carried out in April of each year, is the most comprehensive source of earnings information in the United Kingdom. It is a one per cent. sample of all employees who are members of pay-as-you-earn (PAYE) schemes.
|Percentage of employees earning < £6.50
|Tradeable Goods Sector(55)
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.
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. 
As National Statistician, I have been asked to reply to your recent Parliamentary Question asking what the five year survival rate for prostate cancer patients is in each (a) region and (b) strategic health authority. (60153)
The latest available one-year and five-year survival rates by government office region and strategic health authority for cancer of the prostate, are for adult patients diagnosed during 19951997 and followed up to the end of 2002. These were published on the National Statistics website on 21st April 2005, and are available at: http://www.statistics.gov.uk/StatBase/Product.asp?vlnk=1199l&Pos=44&ColRank=l&Rank=272.
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.
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 200809.
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. 
As National Statistician, I have been asked to reply to your recent question asking what proportion of men who committed suicide in the last five years were (a) not previously married, (b) divorced, (c) married and (d) fathers.
The most recent year for which figures are available is 2004. The table shows the proportion of deaths with a verdict of suicide or undetermined intent in men aged 16 and over by marital status, for England and Wales for the years 2000 to 2004.
|Total no of suicide deaths