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The National Statistician has been asked to reply to your recent question asking what the most recent infant mortality rate was in (a) Stoke-on-Trent, (b) the West Midlands and (c) England. I am replying in her absence. (80606)
The table below gives the infant mortality rate for the most recent year available.
|Infant mortality rate( 1) , Stoke-on-Trent, West Midlands and England, 2004|
|(1) Rate per 1,000 live births.|
Dawn Primarolo: The following table shows the full-time equivalent numbers of staff employed by HM Customs and Excise at 1 April 1997 to 1 April 2005, split between those in front-line work (i.e. dealing with traders and customers) and those in support and policy work.
|Year at 1 April||Front line||Support and policy||Total|
Dawn Primarolo: HMRC has a service standard which aims to deal with 80 per cent. of postal contact within 15 working days of receipt and 95 per cent. within 40 working days, against which the Department achieved cumulative results in 2005-06 of 79.2 per cent. and 91.7 per cent. respectively. Results for 2006-07 are not yet available.
Mr. Laws: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what the latest estimate is of the number of open cases at each HM Revenue and Customs office in each month since January 2005; and if he will make a statement. 
Mr. Amess: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many people HM Revenue and Customs employs in collecting taxes; how many there were (a) 5, (b) 10 and (c) 20 years ago; what his estimate is of the cost of tax collection in 2006-07; and what it was (i) 5, (ii) 10 and (iii) 20 years ago. 
The number of staff involved in collected taxes and the associated costs for 5, 10 and 20 years ago can be obtained from the annual reports of HM Customs and Excise and HM Inland Revenue for the financial years 1985-86, 1995-96 and 2000-01. These publications Command Documents 9831, 5, 230, 3427, 3446, 5304 and 5309can be obtained from the Library of the House.
Dawn Primarolo: The latest estimates for the mean and median of total income (for taxpayers only) by constituency can be found in table 3.15 Income and tax by Parliamentary Constituency on HM Revenue and Customs website http://www.hmrc.gov.uk/stats/income_distribution/menu-by-year.htm#315.
Because sample sizes at constituency level are small and estimates can demonstrate a large variability from year to year, inference from the information in the table for 2003-04 should take into account the confidence intervals in table 3.15a Income and tax by Parliamentary Constituency, Confidence Intervals.
Dawn Primarolo: The standard income tax reliefs are the personal allowance, £5,035 in 2006-07, and the age related levels of the personal allowance, £7,280 in 2006-07 for people aged 65-74 and £7,420 for people aged 75 and over. All attract relief at the marginal rate.
Mr. Amess: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer (1) what the loss of revenue to the Exchequer would be if allowances against tax on incomes were raised by (a) £50, (b) £100, (c) £150, (d) £200, (e) £250 and (f) £300; 
(2) what increase in tax revenue would follow from raising the standard rate of income tax by (a) two pence and (b) six pence at current levels of income and with no changes in the income tax allowances and rates. 
Dawn Primarolo: The information requested can be calculated from the figures shown in table 1.6 "Direct effects of illustrative tax changes" on HM Revenue and Customs website at http://www.hmrc.gov.uk/stats/tax_expenditures/menu.htm.
Mr. Amess: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer on what occasions an (a) individual and (b) organisation has applied for a judicial review against his Department in each year since 1997; and what the (i) reason for the review and (ii) outcome was of each. 
John Healey: Our records show that the number of occasions on which persons have written a letter before action or instituted a claim for judicial review against HM Treasury have been one each in 1997 and 1998, three in 1999, 0 in 2000, five in 2001, 0 in 2002, two in 2003, one in 2004 and four in 2005.
There were three applications for judicial review in 2005. Two of these were unsuccessful at permission stage and the other one was withdrawn on the basis of
a settlement agreed between the parties. The former cases concerned the award of a waste management contract and a refusal to permit the payment of taxes into a separate fund out of which military expenditure is not paid. The latter case concerned the operating and financial review for public companies. It is not possible to provide similar information for cases in earlier years without incurring disproportionate cost.
The Treasury has been involved in other litigation since 1997 in addition to the cases mentioned but it is not possible to distinguish those further cases which were judicial reviews without incurring disproportionate cost.
Lynne Featherstone: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many people aged (a) 22 years and over, (b) 18 to 21 years and (c) under 18 years are receiving the minimum wage in each (i) London borough and (ii) constituency; and if he will make a statement. 
As National Statistician, I have been asked to reply to your recent Parliamentary Question to ask how many people aged (a) 22 years and over, (b) 18 to 21 years and (c) under 18 years are receiving the minimum wage in each (i) London borough and (ii) national constituency. (82934)
Estimates for the number of jobs paid at the minimum wage for Parliamentary Constituencies and Local Authorities are not available. However the Office for National Statistics (ONS) estimates the number of jobs paid less than national minimum wage rates for the United Kingdom and Government Office Regions. A guide to measuring low pay and associated articles and data can be found on the National Statistics website at:
James Brokenshire: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer (a) how many named day written parliamentary questions his Department received in each of the last three years; (b) what percentage of named day written parliamentary questions his Department answered within the requested time limit; and (c) what the average delay was for those questions which were not answered within the requested time limit. 
|Session||Questions tabled||Percentage answered on the named day|
Mr. Hoban: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many people his Department calculated as being liable for payment of national insurance contributions in each year since 1997; and if he will make a statement. 
Dawn Primarolo: Information on the estimated number of individuals making national insurance contributions is shown in Table CQY 1.0 on the Department for Work and Pensions internet website http://www.dwp.gov.uk/asd/asd1/dsu/contsandqualify/Conts_and_Qual_Years_tables05.xls
Ed Balls: The term orphan funds can refer to unclaimed assets. The Government and the industry have agreed that the definition of an unclaimed asset should generally cover bank and building society accounts where there has been no customer activity for a period of 15 years as that will best identify those accounts that are genuinely unclaimed. On this basis, initial record searches by the industry suggest that several hundred million pounds may currently lie unclaimed.
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