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The National Statistician has been asked to reply to your recent Parliamentary Question about unemployment. I am replying in her absence. (88379)
The Office for National Statistics (ONS) compiles statistics of unemployment for local areas from the annual local area Labour Force Survey (LFS) and the Annual Population Survey (APS) following International Labour Organisation definitions.
Table 1, attached, shows the number of long-term unemployed (more than 12 months), resident in Barnsley and Doncaster for the 12 month periods ending in February from 1999 to 2004 from the annual local area LFS and for the 12 month periods ending in March 2005 and December 2005 from the APS.
These estimates, as with any from sample surveys, are subject to a margin of uncertainty.
ONS also compiles statistics for local areas of people claiming Jobseekers Allowance (ISA). Table 2, attached, shows the annual average number of people, resident in Barnsley and Doncaster claiming ISA for more than 12 months, from 1998 to 2005 and as a proportion of the resident population of working age (males aged 16 to 64 and females aged 16 to 59).
|Table 1: Number of long-term unemployed( 1) persons( ) aged 16 and over, resident in Barnsley and Doncaster|
|12 months ending||Barnsley||Doncaster|
|(1 )Over 12 months Note:|
Estimates re subject to sampling variability Source: Annual local area Labour Force Survey; Annual Population Survey
|Table 2: Long-term claimants( 1, 2) of jobseekers allowance resident in Barnsley and Doncaster; 1998 to 2005|
|Annual averages||Number||Percentage( 3 ) of resident population of working age||Number||Percentage( 3 ) of resident population of working age|
|(1 )Computerised claims only. Dataset rounded to nearest 5 (2 )Over 12 months (3 )Proportion of resident mid-year population of working age (males aged 16 to 64 and females aged 16 to 59). Note that 2005 uses mid-2004 estimates. Source: Jobcentre Plus administrative data held on NOMIS(Â(r))|
The National Statistician has been asked to reply to your recent Parliamentary Question asking in how many deaths malnutrition was given as a cause in each of the last three years, broken down by age. I am replying in her absence. (88958)
The most recently available information for deaths is for 2004. Figures showing numbers of deaths by age group where malnutrition or deprivation of food were mentioned on the death certificate are given in the table below for the years 2002 to 2004.
|Deaths from malnutrition and effects of hunger,( 1) England and Wales,( 2 ) 2002 to 2004( 3)|
|(1) Causes were defined using the Tenth Revision of the International Classification of Diseases (ICD-10).|
The ICD-10 codes used to select deaths from malnutrition and effects of hunger were:
T73.0Effects of hunger
Records were selected where one of these causes was mentioned anywhere on the death certificate using the final cause of death.
(2) Including non-residents.
(3) Deaths which occurred in each calendar year.
Mr. Kemp: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many and what percentage of people in the (a) Houghton and Washington, East constituency and (b) Sunderland city council area were being paid below the minimum wage upon its introduction. 
As National Statistician, I have been asked to reply to your recent Parliamentary Question to ask how many and what percentage of people in the (a) Houghton and Washington East constituency and (b) Sunderland City Council area were being paid below the minimum wage limit upon its introduction. (87369)
Estimates for the number of jobs paid below the minimum wage for Parliamentary Constituencies and Local Authorities are not available. However the Office for National Statistics (ONS) calculates estimates of 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:
Mr. Laws: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what plans he has to ensure that all flights undertaken by Ministers and officials in his Department are carbon neutral; and if he will make a statement. 
John Healey: The Treasury, along with other Government departments, will contribute to a Government Carbon Offsetting fund (GCOF) administered by DEFRA which will make contributions to offset emissions from air travel.
Mr. Francois: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer whether his Department has any records of meetings between him and (a) Sir Ronald Cohen and (b) the hon. Member for Coventry, North-West (Mr. Robinson) in the last three years. 
John Healey: Treasury Ministers and officials have meetings with a wide range of organisations in the public and private sectors as part of the process of policy development and delivery. As was the case with previous Administrations, it is not the Government's practice to provide details of all such meetings.
To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer pursuant to the Answer of 12 May 2006, Official Report, column 620W, on the National Youth Volunteering Service, what discussions the Economic Secretary to the Treasury had with the Chancellors
private office on that question; and whether there has been any communication between the Chancellor and Rod Aldridge (a) in writing, (b) by telephone and (c) by e-mail. 
Ed Balls: Treasury Ministers have regular discussions with a wide range of organisations in the public and private sectors as well as with officials within the department as part of the process of policy analysis, development and delivery. As was the case with previous Administrations, it is not the Governments practice to provide details of all such discussions.
Dawn Primarolo: Information on exports is collected using a European-wide product classification system, which does not identify all nuclear-related equipment; therefore, the requested information is not available.
Andrew George: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer (1) what (a) guidance and (b) targets have been issued by the Office of Government Commerce to Government Departments on the procurement of fairly traded products; 
OGC provides advice and guidance to Departments on the scope to take social and environmental issues, such as fair and ethical trade, into account within the legal and policy framework that governs public sector purchasing. Within this framework, Departments are responsible for their own decisions regarding what goods and services they choose to procure, in line with their own Departmental strategies and priorities.
OGC has published Guidance on Fair and Ethical Trading, produced in consultation with the Fairtrade Foundation and DFID (who support the ethical trading initiative). In addition to this, OGC produced further guidance, Social Issues in Purchasing, in February 2006, which highlights how Departments can pursue a range of social issues in the procurement process, including ways to promote and encourage greater purchasing of fair and ethically traded goods. OGC is also on hand to assist Departments with their objectives to promote fair and ethical trade through their own procurement processes.
Mr. Don Foster: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer when (a) Ministers and (b) officials in his Department have held meetings with representatives of companies or consortia on the shortlist for the contract as the Olympic Delivery Authority Deliver Partner; which (i) Ministers and (ii) companies or consortia partners were at each meeting; where each meeting took place; what was discussed; and if he will make a statement. 
John Healey: Treasury Ministers and officials have meetings with a wide range of organisations in the public and private sectors as part of the process of policy development and delivery. As was the case with previous Administrations, it is not the Governments practice to provide details of all such meetings.
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