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Lynne Jones: To ask the Secretary of State for Health if she will list the primary care trusts in which United Health are (a) providing and (b) due to provide primary care services; and what the nature of the services provided are in each case. 
Mr. Hurd: To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the average waiting time was between general practitioner referral and hospital treatment in each London borough in the North West London strategic health authority area in each of the last five years. 
Measurement of the total patient pathway, from referral to treatment, will be in place in advance of 2008 to support delivery of the 18-week pathway. The Department is currently expected to commence monitoring of referral-to-treatment times across England from April 2007.
Since January 2006, the Department has been collecting information on diagnostic waiting times as well. The Department hopes to commence routine monthly publication of the diagnostics data in the spring once it is of sufficient quality.
David Howarth: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what estimate he has made of the potential change in carbon emissions arising from the changes to vehicle excise duty announced in the Budget. 
John Healey: The strengthening of environmental incentives announced in the Budget is designed to give a clear signal to motorists to consider the environmental performance of vehicles at the point of purchase and also to motor manufacturers in the development of new models. Estimates on the carbon savings arising from the Budget changes suggest a modest saving of around 0.06MtCe in 2010, though calculating this figure is complex and subject to a significant margin of error.
David Howarth: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what estimate he has made of the potential change in carbon emissions arising from the decision announced in the Budget to freeze air passenger duty. 
John Healey: It is very difficult to make an assessment of the carbon effect from a freeze in APD rates due to the uncertainty of the effect this policy will have on the number of flights. Therefore no specific assessment has been made.
David Howarth: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what estimate he has made of the potential change in carbon emissions arising from the decision announced in the Budget to increase duty on liquid petroleum gas and natural gas from 1 September 2006. 
John Healey: The LPG and CNG fuel markets constitute a relatively small proportion of the road fuel market, details of which can be found in Hydrocarbon Oils Duties bulletin and factsheets at: http://www.uktradeinfo.com/index.cfm?task=statindex
David Howarth: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what response he made to the proposal from the Italian Finance Minister that he support a statement condemning economic nationalism and protectionism. 
Mr. Ivan Lewis: The Government are committed to openness in trade and investment. We strongly believe that further steps are needed to drive up competition in the EU single market, as set out in the Budget. The UK will continue to advocate reforms that deliver these policy outcomes and will continue to raise these issues with the Commission and member states.
As National Statistician, I have been asked to reply to your recent Parliamentary Question asking what the average industrial wage was in (a) England and (b) Northern Ireland in (i) 1995 and (ii) 2005. (61418).
Average earnings for 2005 are estimated from the Annual Survey of Hours and Earnings (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.
Average earnings for 1995 are estimated from the New Earnings Survey (NES), 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 for NES. The NES also did not collect data on the self employed and people who do unpaid work.
The ASHE replaced the NES in 2004. The main difference between the ASHE and NES is that estimates are now weighted to population totals from the Labour Force Survey, and imputation is carried out for missing information. 2005 ASHE figures also include supplementary surveys to increase coverage. For these reasons there is a small discontinuity between ASHE and NES estimates provided.
The ASHE and former NES, 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.
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