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Estimates of annual growth in these regions for the years 1997 to 2004, based on data published by the ONS in December 2005, are shown in table A below.
|Table A - Growth in headline( 2) GVA at current basic prices by region, 1997 and 2004( 3)|
|Region( 4)||Growth in GVA 1997 to 2004 (Percentage)|
|(1 )Information presented here is gross value added (GVA) which is gross domestic product (GDP) less taxes (plus subsidies) on products. (2 )The headline regional GVA series for this publication have been calculated using a five-period moving average. (3 )2004 data is provisional. (4 )Wales and Scotland are NUTS (Nomenclature of Units for Territorial Statistics) regions, but the ONS does not recognise the combined region of London and the South East as a standard geography.|
Dawn Primarolo: HMRC are satisfied that significant improvements in productivity from improvements in risk processes, re-designing audit and inspection processes, reforming HMRCs range of interventions, and developing better electronic tools for communicating with taxpayers will not only mitigate the impact of the staff reduction in tax enforcement but also result in an overall improvement in performance.
The numbers of staff employed in civil service departments and agencies, including the Inland Revenue, HM Customs and Excise and HM Revenue and Customs are available on the Cabinet Offices Civil Service Statistics website at http://www.civilservice.gov.uk/management/statistics/index.asp. The effects of changes in departmental responsibilities on staff numbers are also available on the website.
Mr. Hayes: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many illegal immigrants have been discovered to be employed by his Department in each year since 2001; in what capacities they were employed; how many were discovered as part of a criminal investigation; and what the nature of the charges brought against them were. 
John Healey: The increases in the standard rate of landfill tax are contributing to a move away from over reliance on landfill in the UK. Provisional figures show that over the period 1997-98 to 2005-06 the total amount of waste landfilled in the UK at sites registered for landfill tax fell by 25 per cent. while the amount of active waste landfilled fell by 14 per cent.
Dawn Primarolo: HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) Visually Impaired Media Unit (VIMU) will produce on request any piece of HMRC literature in alternative formats for the visually impaired. This includes large print, Braille and audio versions, and the offer of home visits when more suitable.
Mr. Davey: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer (1) what (a) human and (b) financial resources committed to tackling missing trader intra-community (MTIC) fraud; and what plans he has to allocate more (i) existing and (ii) new staff to investigate MTIC fraud; 
HMRC have had a strategy for tackling missing trader intra-community (MTIC) VAT fraud since September 2000. In recent months they have
committed significant additional resources to strengthen their strategy, including re-deploying 420 compliance staff and 55 detection staff, and recruiting 48 new criminal investigators. There are now over 1,000 staff engaged in tackling MTIC fraud. HMRC will continue to review their strategy, including the deployment of resources, to ensure that it remains effective. HMRCs financial accounts do not provide financial resource figures for individual strategies.
Dawn Primarolo: HMRCs latest estimates of attempted MTIC fraud, overall VAT losses, and the methodology for estimating the latter were published in Measuring Indirect Tax Losses2005, which is available from the following website: www.hmrc.gov.uk/pbr2005/mitl2005.pdf.
The methodology for estimating MTIC fraud was first published in Measuring Indirect Tax Fraud2001. This was updated in Measuring and Tackling Indirect Tax Losses2004, which can be found on the following website: http://customs.hmrc.gov.uk/channelsPortalWebApp/channelsPortalWebApp. portal?_nfpb=true&_pageLabel=pageVAT_Show Content&id=HMCE_PROD_011582&propertyType =document.
As National Statistician, I have been asked to reply to your recent Parliamentary Question asking what the neonatal mortality rate among (a) premature babies and (b) all births was in each of the last five years. (74658)
Information on the neonatal mortality rate among premature babies is not available as gestation is not collected at registration on live births in England and Wales.
The neonatal mortality rate among all live births in England and Wales from 2000 to 2004 (the latest year for which figures are available) are shown in the table below.
|Neonatal mortality rate( 1) , England and Wales, 2000-2004|
|Neonatal mortality rate( 1)|
|(1 )Per 1,000 live births|
Mr. Timms: Total identifiable public expenditure on services by country and region is set out in table 7.1 of Public Expenditure Statistical Analyses 2006 (Cm 6811). The latest outturn data available are for 2004-05 with data for spending plans provided for 2005-06.
Gross value added (GVA), (which is the Governments preferred measure of economic output), for each region is available on the Office for National Statistics website (http://www.statistics.gov.uk/articles/economic_trends/ET627_Marais.pdf). The latest available data are for 2003-04.
Mr. Redwood: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how much (a) public spending was undertaken and (b) revenue was collected in (i) Wales, (ii) Scotland, (iii) London and the South East and (iv) the UK in 2005-06. 
Mr. Timms: Total identifiable public expenditure on services by country and region is set out in table 7.1 of Public Expenditure Statistical Analyses 2006 (Cm. 6811). The latest outturn data available are for 2004-05 with data for spending plans provided for 2005-06.
Current receipts at the UK level are set out in table C8 of the Budget 2006 report (HC 968). Receipts are not hypothecated to particular regions and comprehensive data on the regional distribution of tax receipts are not readily available.
John Healey: I refer the hon. Member to the answer I gave him on 25 May 2006, Official Report, column 1912W. The Treasury is located in Westminster and is well served by public transport. Very few staff travel to work by car and no special incentives exist to encourage car sharing except when public transport is disrupted.
The Government introduced the Child Trust Fund in April 2005. To show we understood the
issue of older children the Government backdated the eligibility date to all children born on or after 1 September 2002 to align with school years. It is important to recognise that to realise the full benefits of the Child Trust Fund for future generations we must draw a line somewhere.
There already exists considerable scope for tax-relieved savings for children. All children have their own personal tax allowance and parents are taxed on income generated from contributions to their childs account only when those gifts produce more than £100 gross income per parent per year.
Mr. Timms: There are no plans to give the Scottish Executive borrowing powers to fund infrastructure projects. Scottish local authorities have prudential borrowing powers. The funding arrangements for the Scottish Executive are detailed in the Treasury publication Funding the Scottish Parliament, National Assembly for Wales and Northern Ireland Assembly, A Statement of Funding Policy published in July 2004.
Joan Walley: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many properties sold in England and Wales in 2004 attracted stamp duty at (a) 0 per cent., (b) 1 per cent., (c) 3 per cent. and (d) 4 per cent. 
|Price range||Stamp duty rate (percentage)||Number of property transactions 2004 (thousand)|
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