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Mr. Gordon Prentice: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many and what proportion of those on the electoral register are (a) Irish citizens, (b) Commonwealth citizens and (c) non-UK EU nationals. 
The National Statistician has been asked to reply to your recent Parliamentary Question concerning what proportion of those on the electoral register are (a) Irish citizens, (b) Commonwealth citizens and (c) non-UK EU nationals. I am replying in her absence. (72349)
The attached table provides figures for 1 December 2005 on the percentage of the local government electorate who are entitled to vote through European Union citizenship. These figures do not include citizens of Malta and Cyprus who qualify under commonwealth status or Irish citizens.
Data on Irish citizens and Commonwealth citizens are not collected separately on electoral returns. Therefore, it is not possible to calculate the proportion of those oh the electoral register.
|Total European/Local Government Electorate and Electorate Entitled to Vote through European Citizenship, 1 December 2005|
|Electorate Qualifying through European Union Citizenship||Total European/Local Government Electorate||Percentage of European/Local Electorate Qualifying through EU Citizenship|
| Sources: Office for National Statistics, General Register Office for Scotland, Electoral Office for Northern Ireland.|
Mr. Brady: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what assessment his Department has made of the statement made by the EU Commissioner for Economic and Monetary Affairs that all the current EU member states will adopt the euro within 10 years; and whether he has responded to the Commissioner's statement. 
Ed Balls: Article 122 of the EC Treaty provides the procedure by which the derogation of relevant member states from the third stage of economic and monetary union is abrogated, thereby allowing them to adopt the euro. Under the Protocol on certain provisions relating to the UK, the UK does not have a derogation. The Protocol recognises that
the United Kingdom shall not be obliged or committed to move to the third stage of economic monetary union without a separate decision to do so by its government and parliament.
Government policy on membership of the single currency is unchanged. It remains as set out by the Chancellor in his statement to the House of Commons in October 1997, and again in the Chancellor's statement on the Five Tests assessment in June 2003.
Ed Balls: The Financial Services and Markets Act 2000 (FSMA) sets out the broad framework andthe respective responsibilities of the Financial Ombudsman Service (FOS) and the Financial Services Authority (FSA). The power to determine the detail of
the scope of the Financial Ombudsman scheme, how it operates and other detailed matters is split betweenthe FSA and the FOS. Both organisations are operationally independent of Government.
Ed Balls: The Financial Services and Markets Act 2000 (FSMA) sets out the broad framework of the Financial Services Ombudsman. The Financial Ombudsman Service (FOS) gained statutory powerson 1 December 2001. These powers were subject to extensive consultation before introduction.
Andrew George: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what estimate his Department has made of the level at which a flat income tax would need to be set in order to generate the same anticipated Government income for (a) 2005-06 and (b) 2006-07 as the present banded income tax system. 
Dawn Primarolo: Assuming that all personal allowances and reliefs remain at their current levels, a flat rate of income tax on earnings of 24 per cent. would be approximately revenue neutral in both 2005-06 and 2006-07, costing about £0.6 billion and £1.1 billion in each year respectively.
An estimated 17 million households would lose out under this system, while only 2 million would gain. Of the households gaining, around three-quarters would be in the richest 10 per cent. of households.
Mr. Crabb: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what daily subsistence allowance is payable to staff of HM Revenue and Customs working away from home where receipts (a) are provided and (b) are not provided. 
Receipts are required for payments relating to meals taken during official travel.
Over five hours, but not more than 10 hoursthe actual cost of one main meal on a train or boat;
Over 10 hoursthe actual cost of one main meal on a train or boat, together with the over five hour subsistence rate of £4.25, or the actual cost of two main meals;
£4.25 where an early start renders breakfast at home unreasonable. If this is claimed, the actual receipted cost up to two main meals on a train or boat may also be claimed.
absences over five hours£4.25 for one meal,
absences over 10 hours£9.30 for two meals
absences over 12 hours£9.30 plus 4.25 if breakfast purchased due to early start rendering breakfast at home unreasonable.
late meal allowance£3.25.
Chris Huhne: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what the (a) originally estimated, (b) most recently estimated and (c) outturn cost was in each of the five largest information technology contracts agreed by his Department with outside suppliers over the last five years. 
|IT system||Contract||Original estimate||Most recent estimate||Outturn cost|
Values incl. VAT. Annual Running costs are not included in the above figures and have been answered previously in the answer given to the hon. Member for Chipping Barnet (Mrs. Villiers) on16 January 2006, Official Report, column 1158W.
Mr. Gregory Campbell: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what the change was between 2000 and 2005 in the number of people employed part-time or full-time and earning less than £10,000 per annum. 
As National Statistician, I have been asked to reply to your recent Parliamentary Question to ask what has been the change in the numbers of people between 2000 and 2005 who are employed part-time or full-time and are earnings less than £10,000 per annum. I am responding in her absence (72621)
Currently average earnings are estimated from the Annual Survey of Hours and Earnings (ASHE), and are provided for 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.
The actual numbers of people are not available from ASHE data. Therefore I attach tables showing proportions of those earning less than £10,000 per annum for the years 2000 and 2005 for Employees on Adult Rates.
The ASHE survey is carried out in April of each year and is the most comprehensive source of earnings information in the United Kingdom. They are based on a one per cent sample of all employees who are members of pay-as-you-earn (PAYE) schemes.
|Gross annual (£) pay for all employee jobs( 1)|
|Proportion earning less than £10,000|
|Gross annual (£) pay for full-time employee jobs( 1)|
|Proportion earning less than £10,000|
|Gross annual (£) pay for part time employee jobs( 1)|
|Proportion earning less than £10,000|
|(1) Employees on adult rates whose pay for the survey pay-period was not affected by absence. Notes: 1. Guide to quality: The Coefficient of Variation (CV) indicates the quality of a figure, the smaller the CV value the higher the quality. The true value is likely to lie within +/- twice the CV e.g. for an average of 200 with a CV of 5 per cent., we would expect the population average to be within the range 180 to 220. 2. The above estimates all have a CV of less than 5 per cent. Source: Annual Survey of Hours and Earnings, Office for National Statistics.|
Mr. Amess: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many deaths there were of people aged (a) under one, (b) one to five, (c) six to 10, (d) 11 to 17, (e) 17 to 24, (f) 25 to 35, (g) 36 to 40, (h) 41 to 50, (i) 51 to 59, (j) 60 to 64, (k) 65 to 69, (l) 70 to 74, (m) 75 to
79, (n) 80 to 84, (o) 85 to 89 and (p) 90 years and over from (i) 1 April to 30 September 1997, (ii) 1 October to 30 April 1998, (iii) 1 April to 30 September 2001,(iv) 1 October to 30 April 2002, (v) 1 April to 30 September 2004 and (vi) 1 October to 30 April 2005; and what the death rate per 1,000 was in each case. 
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