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ONS also compiles statistics for local areas of people claiming Jobseekers Allowance (ISA). Table 2 shows the annual average number of people claiming ISA for more than 12 months resident in the Hartlepool parliamentary constituency, the Tees Valley sub-region and the North East region for the calendar years 1989-2005. Data are not available for the Hartlepool constituency prior to 1996.
|Table 1: Number of long-term unemployed( 1) in the Hartlepool parliamentary constituency, the Tees Valley sub-region and the North East region|
|12 months ending:||Hartlepool||Tees Valley sub-region||North East|
|(1) 12 months and over. Notes: 1. Estimates are subject to sampling variability. 2. Changes in the estimates from year to year should be treated with particular caution. Source: Annual local area Labour Force Survey; Annual Population Survey.|
|Table 2: Number of people claiming jobseekers allowance for more than 12 months( 1 ) in the Hartlepool parliamentary constituency, the Tees Valley sub-region and the North East region; annual averages; 1989-2005|
|Hartlepool||Tees Valley sub-region||North East|
|n/a = Not available. (1) Computerised claims only. Data rounded to nearest five for disclosure control. Source: Jobcentre plus administrative system.|
John Healey: The Treasury complies with the requirements of the Public Records Act 1967 and maintains such records of Private Members Bills and other parliamentary business as may be required for operational purposes. Information relating to Private Members Bills is available from published sources and from the House authorities.
John Healey: The Treasury and its agencies do not record recruitment, search and selection agency costs separate from other recruitment expenditure. This information could therefore be provided only at disproportionate cost.
David Simpson: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many staff in his Department have had (a) five or more, (b) four, (c) three and (d) two periods of sick leave of less than five days in each of the last three years. 
|Number of staff|
|Spells of sickness absence||2003-04||2004-05||2005-06|
Mr. Laws: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer on what date he plans to publish the HM Revenue and Customs Spring Departmental Report; in which month the Spring Report was published in each of the past five years; and if he will make a statement. 
|HMRC||Publication June 2005||Command number Cm6542|
|(1 )This was published as Inland Revenue: the Governments Expenditure Plans for 2002-04 (2 )Inland Revenue: the Governments Expenditure Plans for 2000-01 to 2001-02 (Cm4117) was published in April 2000.|
Anne Milton: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer pursuant to the answer of 25 January 2006, Official Report, column 2222W, on tax credits, what the results of the surveys to assess the effectiveness of tax credits communications were; and if he will place the results of the surveys in the Library. 
Joan Walley: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what the most recent (a) teenage pregnancy rate and (b) life expectancy rate was in (i) Stoke-on-Trent, (ii) the West Midlands and (iii) England. 
The National Statistician has been asked to reply to your recent question asking what the most recent (a) teenage
pregnancy rate and (b) life expectancy rate was in (i) Stoke-on-Trent, (ii) the West Midlands and (iii) England. I am replying in her absence. (80602)
Available figures are estimates of the number of pregnancies that resulted in a live birth, stillbirth or termination.
Teenage conception rates for 2004 (the most recent year for which data are available) are given in Table A. Data for 2004 are provisional.
Figures for life expectancy at birth for English regions and local authorities are published annually by ONS based on three-year rolling averages. The most recent figures, for 2002-04, are included in Table B.
|Table A: Teenage pregnancy rate, 2004|
|(1) Rates for women aged under 18 are based on the population of women aged 15-17.|
|Table B: Life expectancy at birth (years) by sex, 2002-04( 1)|
|(1 )Results are based on deaths registered in 2002-04 and mid-year population estimates for these years.|
Mr. Lansley: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what his most recent estimate is of (a) the proportion of tobacco products consumed in the UK on which duty has not been paid due to smuggling and fraud in each year since 1997 and (b) the resultant cost to the Exchequer. 
The proportion of cigarettes and hand rolling tobacco consumed in the UK on which duty has not been paid due to smuggling and fraud and the resultant cost to the Exchequer for 2000-01 to 2003-04 are given in Table 3.3 and Table 3.5 respectively of Measuring Indirect Tax Losses2005, published by HM Revenue and Customs in December 2005 and is available from the House of Commons Library. The proportion of cigarettes and hand rolling tobacco consumed in the UK on which duty has not been paid due to smuggling and fraud for 1999-2000 can be found in Table 3.2 and Table 3.5 respectively of Measuring indirect tax losses published in November 2002 by HM Customs and Excise, also available from the House of Commons Library, with the corresponding resultant cost to the Exchequer in Table 3.1 and 3.4 respectively.
To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what assessment
she has made of the likely effects of the city regions project on (a) Herefordshire and (b) other low wage economies. 
Mr. Woolas: Cities and city regions are often the economic drivers of economic growth within the wider region. Economic growth within the cities and city regions will often provide knock on benefits to the wider region. We are conscious, however, that no one size fits all and in considering the business case proposals from the core cities we are giving careful thought as to their impact on smaller towns and rural areas outside the city region.
My officials are working with DEFRA who are looking into the impact of city regions on rural areas both within and outside city regions. This research includes a number of case studies, one of which concentrates on the Birmingham city region and its impact on South Shropshire, the rural district with the highest proportion of employees earning less than two-thirds of the English median.
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