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Dawn Primarolo: HMRC do not keep records of such cases in searchable form; but the Department pass all relevant reports to the UK Immigration Service or the Serious Organised Crime Agency who have responsibility for countering people trafficking, for follow-up action.
The National Statistician has been asked to reply to your recent Parliamentary Question concerning what the purchasing power is of the pound sterling compared with (a) 1976, (b) 1986 and (c) 1996.1 am replying in her absence. (83802)
A pound in May 2006 is worth:
(a) 20p compared with its 1976 purchasing value;
(b) 49p compared with its 1986 purchasing value; and
(c) 77p compared with its 1996 purchasing value.
Mr. Laws: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what steps he is taking to reduce tax avoidance opportunities for company directors drawing salary in dividend form; and if he will make a statement. 
Dawn Primarolo: As stated at Budget 2006, the Government believe that all individuals and businesses must pay their fair share of NICs and tax, irrespective of legal form. The Government will continue to review the tax and NICs systems to ensure that this is the case and will bring forward proposals for discussion that are consistent with simplicity for compliant businesses, support for businesses in their aspirations to grow and maintaining the attractiveness of the UK as a business location.
Mr. Timms: Data on tax revenues and Government borrowing from 1976 onwards are available in the Key Fiscal Aggregates table and Table C1 in the Public Finances Databank. This is available on the Her Majestys Treasury website at:
Chris Ruane: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what the (a) total and (b) percentage rate of (i) unemployment, (ii) long-term unemployment and (iii) youth unemployment was in each constituency in each of the last 10 years, grouped by region. 
As National Statistician, I have been asked to reply to your Parliamentary Question about unemployment. (79828)
The Office for National Statistics (ONS) compiles statistics of unemployment for local areas from the annual local area Labour Force Survey (LFS) and Annual Population Survey (APS) following International Labour Organisation definitions.
Tables 1 to 5, attached, show estimates for each parliamentary constituency in great Britain, for the 12 month periods ending in February from 1997 to 2004 from the annual LFS, and for the 12 months ending December 2004 from the APS. Table 1 shows the number of unemployed aged 16 and over resident in each constituency; Table 2 shows unemployment rates; Table 3 shows the number of long-term (more than 12 months) unemployed; Table 4 shows the number of unemployed aged 16 to 24 and Table 5 shows the unemployment rate for those aged 16 to 24.
These estimates, as with any from sample surveys, are subject to a margin of uncertainty. Changes in the estimates from year-to-year should be treated with particular caution.
ONS also compiles statistics for local areas of people claiming Jobseekers Allowance (JSA). Tables 6 to 10, attached, show annual averages for claimants of JSA resident in each constituency in the United Kingdom for 1996 to 2005. Table 6 shows the total number of claimants; Table 7 shows the number of claimants as a proportion of the resident population of working age; Table 8 shows the number of claimants claiming JSA for over 12 months; Table 9 shows the number claiming over 12 months as a proportion of the working-age population and Table 10 shows the number of people aged 18 to 24 claiming JSA. Proportions for the 18 to 24 age group are not available for parliamentary constituencies.
Since the information is so extensive, copies of these tables have been placed in the House of Commons Library.
Derek Wyatt: To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs when he expects to reply to the letter from Mrs. Pauline Penton, a constituent of the hon. Member for Sittingbourne and Sheppey, sent on 19 January. 
Chris Huhne: To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what volume of waste he estimates was illegally fly-tipped in each year since 1992, broken down by the nature of the waste. 
Mr. Bradshaw: DEFRA has worked with the Environment Agency to establish Flycapture, the national database on fly-tipping, which has been operational since April 2004. Before this database was established, no national data were available on illegal waste disposal or fly-tipping.
Flycapture collects summary data by waste-type, land-type and size of incident at local authority level only. Data on the volume of waste fly-tipped are not available, however English waste collection authorities reported a total of 891,170 incidents between April 2004 and March 2005. It is also important to note that the data are probably an underestimate and will increase as authorities get better at collecting and reporting fly-tipping incidents.
|Waste Type||Number of incidents|
|Size of Fly-tip||Number of incidents|
Norman Baker: To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what action he proposes to take in respect of pet fairs following the case of R (Haynes) v Stafford borough council. 
Mr. Bradshaw: Local authorities have existing powers, under section 46 of the Environmental Protection Act 1990, to require householders to put waste for collection, including recyclables, in specified receptacles. Where householders fail, without reasonable excuse, to follow the authoritys instructions on these matters, they can be issued with a fixed penalty notice under section 47ZA or be liable to prosecution and a summary fine upon conviction under section 46 of the Act.
Mr. Drew: To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what advice he offers to local authorities in dispute with households over misuse of new waste and recycling collection schemes. 
Mr. Bradshaw: Getting people to change their behaviour is a challenge, and recycling is no exception. While there are millions of dedicated recyclers, there are still too many families and people who are not engaging with local waste reduction, recycling and composting schemes.
The Government are continuing to investigate options for influencing householder behaviour, and we have recently supported a series of local authority pilots to encourage householders to reduce, re-use and recycle their waste through positive incentives.
Ultimately, if mediation doesnt work and a householder either fails to put the correct material into the appropriate receptacle for collection, or fails to comply with other instructions with regard to putting the receptacle out for collection or bringing it back onto their property after it has been emptied, the local authority can prosecute them for breaches of section 46 of the Environmental Protection Act 1990. These offences carry a maximum fine of £1,000. In addition,
the Clean Neighbourhoods and Environment Bill contains proposals for the issuing of fixed penalty notices to those breaching sections 46 and 47 of the 1990 Act.
Paddy Tipping: To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what allowance Ofwat made for each water company for capital works in each of the last five years for which figures were available; and what the value was of the capital works completed by each water company in each year. 
Ofwat has only published annual expenditure against its assumptions for 2004-05. The following table gives information for the five-year period 2000-05. Ofwat will publish data for 2005-06 later this year, following analysis of the June return submission from companies.
The regulatory regime provides incentives for companies to out-perform Ofwats assumptions. Companies retain the benefit from these savings until the next price review when price limits are reset and Ofwat takes the savings into account.
|2004-05 prices (£ million)|
|Total volume of investment activity 2000-01 to 2004-05|
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