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As National Statistician I have been asked to reply to your recent question asking what the death rate for cancer was in (a) males and (b) females under 75 years of age in each year since 1976. (68832)
The most recent year for which figures are available is 2004. The attached table shows the age-standardised death rate from cancer, for males and females aged under 75 years in England and Wales for the years 1976 to 2004. Although coding changes within this period mean that figures are not completely comparable between 1976 and 2004, nevertheless a strong overall downward trend can be seen in cancer mortality across these years.
|Death rates( 1) from cancer( 2) , for males and females aged under 75( 3) , England and Wales, 1976 to 2004( 4)|
|Deaths per 100,000 population|
|(1) Rate per 100,000 population standardised to the European Standard Population. (2) Selected using the International Classification of Diseases, Eighth Revision (ICD-8) codes 140-207 for the years 1976 to 1978, Ninth Revision (1CD-9) codes 140-208 for the years 1979 to 2000, and Tenth Revision (ICD-10) codes C00-C97 for 2001 onwards. Between 1984 and 1992 a different interpretation ofICD-9 selection rule 3 was used to code underlying cause of death in England and Wales to that used internationally. This change means that comparisons between this period and years before and after, should be interpreted with caution. The impact of the change on mortality statistics was analysed and reported in annual mortality publications in 1984 and 1994*. The introduction of ICD-10 for coding cause of death in 2001 also means that figures are not completely comparable with data for years before this date. Comparisons between the data before and after 2001 should therefore also be interpreted with caution. An article specifically examining the effect of the change in classification for cancer trends was published in Health Statistics Quarterly 23**. More information about these changes, as well as the results of the study, can be found on the National Statistics website at www. statistics.gov.uk/icd10mortality (3) Aged 0 to 74 years, excluding babies aged under 28 days from 1986 onwards. (4) Figures are for registrations of death in each calendar year from 1976 to 1992 and for occurrences of death in each calendar year from 1993 onwards. * Mortality statistics: Cause 1984. DH2 No. 11, pg viii-ix. Mortality statistics: Cause 1993 (revised) and 1994. DH2 No. 21, pg xxv-xxxiii. ** Brock A, Griffiths C, Rooney C (2004) The effect of the introduction of ICD-10 on cancer mortality trends in England and Wales. Health Statistics Quarterly 23, 7-17.|
Ed Balls: On 4 May 2006, the former Economic Secretary to the Treasury convened a meeting of representative stakeholders, including banks, independent ATM providers and consumer groups, to address ATM charging. The discussion was open and extremely constructive. With the agreement of industry and consumer bodies present, my predecessor invited John McFall MP to chair a working group to take forward work on the key issues. This group will report back to me within a specific time-frame.
Mr. Hancock: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many communications have been received by (a) his Department and (b) the Office for National Statistics from hon. Members since 1 January 2005 on the failure of the Registrar General to transfer decennial census records for England and Wales to the National Archives not later than 30 years after their creation in accordance with the Public Records Act 1958 s.3(4). 
As National Statistician and Registrar General I have been asked to reply to your recent Parliamentary Question asking how many communications have been received by (a) the Treasury and (b) the Office for National Statistics from hon. Members since 1st January 2005, on the failure of the Registrar General to transfer decennial census records for England and Wales to the National Archives not later than 30 years after their creation in accordance with the Public Records Act 1958 s.3(4). 66496
There has been just one communication in total from Members of Parliament since 1 January 2005 concerning the transfer of census records but this related to the 1981 and 1991 Censuses which are, of course, not yet 30 years old.
I should clarify that in accordance with Section 3(4) of the Public Records Act I have obtained approval for retention of decennial census records which are over 30 years old. Lord Chancellor's Retention Instrument number 81 approves retention of the 1921 and 1951 censuses and the Lord Chancellor's Retention Instrument number 63 approves retention of the 1961 and 1971 censuses. There are no surviving decennial population census records for 1931 and no census was taken in 1941.
Anne Snelgrove: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will take steps to limit punitive charges that can be levied when (a) a bank account goes overdrawn and (b) a credit card limit is breached. 
Ed Balls: The Office of Fair Trading has been investigating the question of credit card default charges. In April it produced a statement of the principles they think card issuers should follow in setting default charges in their standard contracts with consumers in order to meet the test of fairness set out in the Unfair Terms in Consumer Contracts Regulations 1999.
The OFT has made it clear that it expects all credit card issuers to recalculate their default charges in line with the principles set out in the statement and to take action where needed to reduce the level of credit card default fees. The OFT also noted that the principles also apply to default charges in other consumer contracts such as those for bank overdrafts, store cards and mortgages.
John Healey: The Treasury looks sympathetically at requests from its employees to work beyond its current retirement age of 60. The Department's retirement age policy is currently under review to take account of the Employment Equality (Age) Regulations 2006.
John Healey: 76.9 per cent. of the staff of the Chancellor's Office are male and 23,1 per cent. are
female. None of the staff concerned have declared themselves as being disabled.
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