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Mr. Ivan Lewis: It is not possible to estimate the cost of introducing the euro. The cost of a changeover would depend on a number of individual factors, for example the timing, the overall approach and individual management decisions.
Mr. Ivan Lewis:
The Welsh Assembly Government received Barnett formula consequentials in the normal way, at Budget 2005, when the allocation was made to implement the recommendations of the Russell Commission report on youth volunteering. The Welsh
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Assembly Government are funded on a block budget basis and it is for the Welsh Assembly to decide how to allocate its block budget.
Mr. Ivan Lewis: Firms that are based in the UK that undertake investment management business are required to be authorised and regulated by the FSA even if the funds that they manage are domiciled outside the UK.
Mr. Kilfoyle: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer whether the remit of the Financial Services Authority specialist hedge fund supervision team includes firms which manage hedge funds domiciled outside the UK. 
Mr. Ivan Lewis: A UK authorised and regulated firm is required to report to the FSA's markets division for market monitoring purposes the investment transactions it undertakes. This includes those firms outside the UK, unless the firm is a member of a foreign exchange on which they trade, in which case they would be subject to the reporting requirements of the foreign exchange.
Mr. Ivan Lewis: There are no general requirements in the UK to register transfers of monies for investment purposes. However, financial sector firms are required by UK law to put into place anti-money-laundering controls, and the Proceeds of Crime Act 2002 introduces a number of requirements to report knowledge or suspicion of money laundering to the National Criminal Intelligence Service (or the Serious Organised Crime Agency from 1 April 2006).
To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer pursuant to the answer of 16 March 2006, Official
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Report, column 2416W, on incentive tools, if he will place a copy of the report of the joint research referred to in the Library. 
Mr. Des Browne: Three final reports have been produced by the University of Bristol, evaluating the introduction of incentive schemes in Jobcentre Plus, HM Customs and Excise and the Child Support Agency. These reports will be placed in the Library as requested.
As National Statistician I have been asked to reply to your recent Parliamentary Question asking how many children died from meningitis and associated conditions in each of the last five years. (61101)
The most recent year for which figures are available is 2004. The table below shows the number of deaths from bacterial and viral meningitis and other meningococcal diseases in children aged 0 to 15 in England and Wales for the years 2000 to 2004.
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Mr. Laws: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what the direct costs would be of introducing a minimum hourly rate of pay of (a) £5.75, (b) £6.00 and (c) £6.50 for all employees in the public sector; and if he will make a statement. 
Mr. Des Browne: Our usual source for these figures is the Annual Survey of Hours and Earnings (ASHE) collected by the Office for National Statistics. In this case, however, it has not been possible to obtain these figures. The ASHE is unable to provide estimates of the number of people earning below these thresholds, on a statistically reliable basis (only proportions of people are available), and consequently it has not been possible to perform the calculation that is requested.
To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what the standardised mortality rate per 100,000
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population has been for (a) cancer, (b) coronary heart disease and (c) respiratory disease in each year since 1997. 
As National Statistician I have been asked to reply to your recent parliamentary question asking what the standardised mortality rate per 100,000 population has been for (a) cancer, (b)coronary heart disease and (c) respiratory disease in each year since 1997. (61272)
The most recent year for which figures are available is 2004. The attached table shows the age-standardised death rate in persons of all ages by underlying cause of death in England and Wales for the years 1997 to 2004.
|(a) Cancer(27)||(b) Coronary heart disease(28)||(c) Respiratory diseases(29)|
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