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Promoting macro-economic stability
Supporting work for those who can and ensuring that work pays, through the new deals, a national minimum wage and the working tax credit
Providing financial support for groups at particular risk of poverty, such as child Benefit and the child tax for families, and the pension credit for pensioners.
Across the UK, these measures have helped lift more than a million people out of poverty since 1997. Tax credits are benefiting more than 550,000 families in the north west region, and in the City of Chester, claimant unemployment has fallen by 48 per cent. youth unemployment has fallen by 63 per cent. and long-term unemployment has fallen by 85 per cent.
Mr. Amess: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many public appointments are within his patronage; what (a) salary and (b) other emoluments are attached to each; and what the comparable figures were in (i) 1976, (ii) 1986 and (iii) 1996. 
John Healey: Details of the public appointments to bodies sponsored by the Treasury can be found in Public Bodies, copies of which are in the Library. Public Bodies has been published annually since 1980 and the most recent edition provides figures for 2005. Each edition of Public Bodies contains details on the number of public appointments and remuneration details for that particular year. Comparable information for 1976 is not held centrally and could be provided only at disproportionate cost.
Chris Huhne: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what estimate he has made of the number of seasonal workers in (a) rural areas and (b) non-rural areas in each year since 1997; and if he will make a statement. 
As National Statistician, I have been asked to reply to your Parliamentary Question about seasonal workers in employment in (a) rural areas and (b) non-rural areas in each year since 1997. (82031)
The Office for National Statistics (ONS) compiles statistics of types of seasonal employment from the annual Local area Labour Force Survey (LLFS) and Annual Population Survey (APS). The urban and rural identifier is not available on the annual datasets.
The table overleaf shows the available data for the 12 month periods ending from 1999-2005.
These estimates, as with any from sample surveys, are subject to a margin of uncertainty.
|Employees in seasonal work, 1999 to 2005, March to February each year, United Kingdom|
|12 months ending||Thousand|
Changes in the estimates from year-to-year should be treated with caution.
Lynne Featherstone: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many people committed suicide in each of the last five years, broken down by (a) age and (b) ethnic origin, 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 question asking how many people committed suicide, broken down by (a) age and (b) ethnic origin, in each of the last five years in each (i) London Borough and (ii) national constituency. (82959)
Although information on country of birth is collected at death registration, ethnicity is not collected.
The most recent year for which figures are available is 2005. A table which shows the number of deaths with an underlying cause of suicide or injury/poisoning of undetermined intent by age group for each parliamentary constituency in England and Wales and for each London Borough for the years 2001 to 2005 has been placed in the House of Commons library.
Mr. Laws: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what his latest estimate is of the costs of administering tax credits in (a) 2004-05, (b) 2005-06 and (c) 2006-07; what the original spending plans were for each year; and if he will make a statement. 
Mr. Illsley: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer (1) what recent discussions his Department has had with the tobacco industry on introducing an anti-counterfeiting labelling scheme for tobacco products; 
John Healey: In a paper published at the 2006 BudgetNew Responses to New Challenges: Reinforcing the Tackling Tobacco Smuggling Strategywe announced that Her Majestys Revenue and Customs and the tobacco manufacturers would jointly be examining a range of practical measures that could be implemented against counterfeit cigarettes, such as covert markings. HMRC and the largest UK tobacco manufacturers have established a joint working group to identify the best means of detecting counterfeit tobacco products and preventing them from infiltrating the UK retail sector. As part of its work programme, the group has shared experiences of technological anti-counterfeiting measures introduced in other countries. Several possible solutions are now being closely examined by the group, with a view to informing the Government's decisions on the way forward.
John Healey: The most recent HM Revenue and Customs estimate of the money lost to the UK Exchequer through the illicit trade in tobacco is for 2003-04. The money lost to the UK Exchequer through the illicit trade in tobacco between 2000-01 to 2003-04 for cigarettes and hand rolling tobacco is given in Table 3.3 and Table 3.5 respectively of Measuring Indirect Tax Losses-2005, published by HM Revenue and Customs in December 2005 and available from the House of Commons Library.
Lynne Featherstone: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many girls under the age of 16 years (a) became pregnant and (b) gave birth in each London borough in each of the last five years, broken down by age; and if he will make a statement. 
As National Statistician I have been asked to reply to your recent question asking how many girls under the age of 16 years (a) became pregnant and (b) gave birth in each London borough in each of the last five years, broken down by age. (82954)
(a) Numbers of conceptions to girls aged under 16 in each London Borough for the years 2000-2004 (the most recent year for which figures are available), are shown in the attached table. Figures for 2004 are provisional.
Conceptions are made up of pregnancies that resulted in a live birth, stillbirth or termination.
ONS does not publish figures by single year of age below the age of 16 by either local or health authority because of the risk of disclosing individuals information.
(b) Numbers of maternities in each London Borough for the years 2000-2004 are shown in the attached table.
Maternity counts are for girls aged under 16 in each year at which either one or more live birth or stillbirth occurred.
|(a) Number of conceptions to girls aged under 16 years by area of usual residenceLondon boroughs, 2000-04( 1)|
|Area of usual residence||2000||2001||2002||2003||2004( 1)|
|(1) Figures for 2004 are provisional.|
To preserve confidentiality, counts for City of London have been combined with those for Hackney LB.
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