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Home Workers

Mrs. Spelman: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what estimate the Office for National Statistics has made of the number of home workers; and how the number has changed since 1997. [60103]

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

Letter from Karen Dunnell, dated 23 March 2006:


Number of people working from home(28)United Kingdom, not seasonally adjusted

Thousand
Homeworkers(28)
Three months ending November, each yearTotal(29)Works mainly in own homeWorks in different places using home as a base
19972,4376911,746
19982,6186641,954
19992,6866352,052
20002,6606851,975
20012,7746922,082
20022,9387022,235
20033,0757402,335
20043,0957632,333
20053,2337822,451


(28) Home workers are people who work mainly in their own home, or in different places using home as a base, in their main job.
(29) Excludes those who did not answer the homeworking questions.
Source:
ONS, Labour Force Survey





 
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Recycled Paper

Rosie Cooper: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how much income was raised from tax on (a) recycled paper and (b) virgin pulp in the last period for which figures are available. [60224]

John Healey: This information is not available. HM Revenue and Customs does not collect data at this level of detail on international trade or on VAT from individual goods and services.

Revenue and Customs

Mrs. Maria Miller: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what assessment has been made by HM Revenue and Customs of the likely impact of closure of its Basingstoke office on residents and local businesses in Basingstoke; and whether the Department has completed an equality impact assessment of the closure. [58932]

Dawn Primarolo: HMRC carries out a detailed social, economic and service delivery impact assessment as part of the process of looking at individual locations which may be subject to reorganisation. This assessment includes the effect on staff and the provision of services for customers.

Stock Transactions Stamp Duty

John Battle: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how much revenue the stamp duty on stock transactions raised in each year since its introduction. [60346]

John Healey: Receipts from stamp taxes on share transactions for 1999–2000 to 2004–05 are available on the HM Revenue and Customs website at http://www.hmrc.gov.uk/stats/stamp_duty/l5_1_sep05.xls.

Receipts for previous years, where the information is available, can be obtained from the publication Inland Revenue Statistics", which is available in the Library of the House.

Tax Credits

Greg Clark: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what statistics the Government collect on the distribution of earned income excluding tax credits. [60616]

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

Letter from Karen Dunnell, dated 23 March 2006:


 
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Valuation Office Agency

Mr. Pickles: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many photographs of domestic properties in England the Valuation Office Agency stores digitally. [56213]

Dawn Primarolo: The total number of domestic properties in England, as the total number of properties is currently around 22 million.

The Valuation Office Agency holds photographs linked to 2.5 per cent. of domestic properties in England.

Mrs. Spelman: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will place in the Library a copy of the pay scheme documentation, including incentive schemes, which is in operation for Valuation Office Agency staff. [60100]

John Healey: Copies of the documentation regarding the Valuation Office Agency's pay structure and incentive scheme have been placed in the Library as requested.

MINISTER FOR WOMEN

Equal Pay

20. Daniel Kawczynski: To ask the Minister for Women and Equality, if she will make a statement on the gender pay gap. [60693]

Meg Munn: The Government are determined to take action to address the causes of the gender pay gap highlighted by the Women and Work Commission in their report published last month and will issue an action plan within six months.

Sunday Trading

22. Mr. Andy Reed: To ask the Minister for Women and Equality, what assessment she has made of the impact on work-life balance of liberalising Sunday trading hours. [60695]

Meg Munn: We are currently asking for views on all aspects of the impact of further liberalisation of Sunday trading hours.

Houses of Parliament

24. David Taylor: To ask the Minister for Women and Equality, what recent assessment she has made of the gender balance in the membership of the Houses of Parliament; and if she will make a statement. [60697]


 
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Meg Munn: The numbers of women MPs continues to increase—nearly 20 per cent. of MPs are now women compared with 9 per cent. before 1997. There are now 134 female peers in the House of Lords (18.5 per cent.). The UK is ranked 14th within the EU and internationally, 50th in the Inter-Parliamentary Union table of women's political representation. In the Devolved Administrations we are doing particularly well—50 per cent. of the Welsh MPs are women and 40 per cent. of Scottish MPs are women. Positive measures such as those included in the Sex Discrimination (Election Candidates) Act are necessary as there are more than 500 male MPs in the House of Commons now, but in the course of the history of the House, there have only ever been 291 women MPs.


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