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Table 1: Number of long-term unemployed( 1) persons( ) aged 16 and over, resident in Barnsley and Doncaster
Thousand
12 months ending Barnsley Doncaster

February 1999

4

3

February 2000

3

3

February 2001

2

3

February 2002

1

2

February 2003

1

1

February 2004

1

1

March 2005

1

2

December 2005

1

2

(1 )Over 12 months Note:
Estimates re subject to sampling variability Source: Annual local area Labour Force Survey; Annual Population Survey

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Table 2: Long-term claimants( 1, 2) of jobseeker’s allowance resident in Barnsley and Doncaster; 1998 to 2005
Barnsley Doncaster
Annual averages Number Percentage( 3 ) of resident population of working age Number Percentage( 3 ) of resident population of working age

1998

1,520

1.1

2,845

1.7

1999

1,205

0.9

2,040

1.2

2000

920

0.7

1,205

0.7

2001

615

0.5

770

0.4

2002

365

0.3

770

0.4

2003

285

0.2

680

0.4

2004

235

0.2

500

0.3

(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((r))

Malnutrition

Mr. Burstow: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer in how many deaths malnutrition was given as a cause of death in each of the last three years, broken down by age. [88958]

John Healey: The information requested falls within the responsibility of the National Statistician, who has been asked to reply.

Letter from Stephen Penneck, dated 25 July 2006:

Deaths from malnutrition and effects of hunger,( 1) England and Wales,( 2 ) 2002 to 2004( 3)
2002 2003 2004

All ages

296

286

276

0-44

23

24

14

45-64

51

63

54

65-74

50

41

44

75-84

91

86

93

85+

81

72

71

(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:
E40-E46—Malnutrition
T73.0—Effects 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.

Minimum Wage

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. [87369]


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John Healey: The information requested falls within the responsibility of the National Statistician who has been asked to reply.

Letter from Karen Dunnell, dated 25 July 2006:

Ministerial Flights

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. [81404]

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.

Ministerial Meetings

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. [83496]

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.

Ministerial Private Office

Mr. Hoban: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what the size is of his private office in square feet. [83583]

John Healey: The dimensions of the office allocated to the Chancellor of the Exchequer in 1 Horse Guards Road are 18' 8" by 12' 4".

National Youth Volunteering Service

Mr. Francois: 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 Chancellor’s
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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. [83492]

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 Government’s practice to provide details of all such discussions.

Nuclear-related Exports

Mr. Hayes: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer to which countries the UK has exported nuclear-related equipment since 1998. [87575]

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.

Office of Government Commerce

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; [87521]

(2) what responsibilities the Office of Government Commerce has for encouraging the use of fairly traded products by Government Departments. [87522]

John Healey: OGC is responsible for the Government’s procurement policy based on value for money, and for the negotiation, implementation and application of the ED and WTO procurement rules.

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.

Official Residences

Mr. Francois: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer to which official residences he has access; and how many times he has stayed at Dorneywood since May 1997. [83514]


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John Healey: The Chancellor of the Exchequer's official residence is No. 11 Downing street. He has not stayed at Dorneywood.

Olympic Delivery Authority

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. [88200]

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.

Online Gambling

Sarah Teather: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what estimate he has made of the contribution of the online gambling industry to the UK economy. [87313]

John Healey: Revenues from gambling taxes are published in the HM Revenue and Customs Betting, Gaming and Lottery Duties Bulletin, available at http://www.uktradeinfo.co.uk/index.cfm?task=bullbett.


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