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Mr. Amess: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what his latest estimate is of the birth rate per 1,000 women in (a) the UK and (b) other EU member states; and what forecast he has made for each of the next 20 years. 
As National Statistician I have been asked to reply to your question regarding, estimates of the birth rate per 1,000 women in (a) the UK and (b) other EU member states; and what forecast has been made for each of the next 20 years. (64019)
General fertility rates for other EU member states are not readily available. However, Eurostat publish total fertility rates for each country annually (the total fertility rate measures the average number of children who would be born to a group of women if current age-specific fertility rates persisted throughout their lives). Estimates for 2004 are shown in Table B. Eurostat's latest projections of future total fertility rates are available at: http://epp.eurostat.cec.eu.int/portal/page?_pageid=0,113618,0_ 45572595&_dad=portal&_schema=PORTAL
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The National Statistics Centre for Demography at ONS participates, with colleagues in other European countries and at Eurostat, in scientific discussions of fertility trends across Europe. In particular, there have been consultations between Eurostat and member states on the fertility assumptions underlying Eurostat's latest set of population projections for EU member states.
James Duddridge: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer (1) how many cases of (a) upper gastro-intestinal, (b) urological, (c) head and neck, (d) breast, (e) lung, (f) prostate, (g) stomach, (h) colon and (i) bowel cancer in 2005 were treated in each cancer network, expressed as (i) an absolute figure and (ii) as a proportion of the population covered by the network; 
(2) how many cases of (a) female cancers and (b) male cancers were treated in each cancer network in 2005, expressed as (i) an absolute figure and (ii) a proportion of the population covered by the network. 
As National Statistician I have been asked to reply to your recent Parliamentary Questions asking (1) how many cases of (a) upper gastro-intestinal, (b) urological, (c) head and neck, (d) breast, (e) lung, (f) prostate, (g) stomach, (h) colon and (i) bowel cancer in 2005 were treated in each cancer network, expressed as (i) an absolute figure and (ii) as a proportion of the population covered by the network and (2) how many cases of (a) female cancers and (b) male cancers were treated in each cancer network in 2005, expressed as (i) an absolute figure and (ii) a proportion of the population covered by the network. (63669 & 63671)
Nationally comparable incidence rates are available for England, Government Office Regions, and Strategic Health Authorities (but not for other areas such as cancer networks). The latest year for which figures are available by single years for Strategic Health Authorities (SHAs) is 2002. These can be found on the Clinical and Health Outcomes Knowledge Base website at the address below, for the following cancer sites: skin, malignant melanoma, bladder, colorectal, lung, oesophagus and stomach (for both sexes), breast and cervix (for females), and prostate (for males). http://www.nchod.nhs.uk/
Mr. Hancock: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many applications were received by the Registrar General for a search of the closed decennial census records for (a) 1901 and (b) 1911 in each year from 1994 to 2005; and what average number of staff hours was required for searches in that period. 
I have listed the number of applications by individual year from 1997 to 2001. For 19941996 the information relates only to the number of searches carried out as information on the number of applications is no longer available. The 1901 Census was opened to the public in January 2002.
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The average man-hours for a search of the 1901 Census records was originally 2 hours. This included travelling time and administration time for supplying the information. The average reduced to 1 hour when the records had been microfilmed and no travelling time was involved.
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From 19942004 the numbers relate to applications made under a concession announced in 1993. The numbers for 19972004 revise the information supplied in the reply to your similar question in July 2005 as a result of further research. Not all of the applications resulted in a search. There were some cases where the Registrar General was not satisfied that all the conditions were fulfilled; in some instances the applicants decided not to pursue their application. From 2005 applications were made under the Freedom of Information Act. The number of applications is significantly lower than for 1901 because the concession which allowed the release of information from the 1911 Census was more restrictive.
The average man-hours for a search of the 1911 Census was 5 hours 20 minutes including travelling and administration time for supplying the information. This is higher than for a 1901 Census search as more travelling was involved (the 1911 records were located at a more remote site) and also because of a lack of searching aids such as a street index.
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