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Cancer

Chris McCafferty: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many people were diagnosed with any form of cancer in each year between 2000-01 and 2004-05. [91566]

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

Letter from Karen Dunnell, dated 9 October 2006:

Newly diagnosed cases of all malignant cancers( 1 ) registered in England
Number

2000

223,609

2001

224,650

2002

223,789

2003

227,472

2004

233,621

(1 )‘All malignant cancers’ are defined by codes C00-C97 excluding non-melanoma skin cancer code C44 in the International Classification of Diseases, Tenth Edition (ICD-10) Source:
Office of National Statistics Years 2000-2003—Table1 ‘Cancer Statistics: registrations, England’ series MB1 http://www.statisitcs.gov.uk/StatBase/Product.asap?vink=8843&Pos=1&ColRank=2&Rank=272 Year 2004—‘Cancer Registrations in England, 2004’ first release http://www.statistics.gov.uk/StatBase/Product.asp?vink=7720

Civil Servants (Consultancy Firms)

Mr. Austin Mitchell: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many senior civil servants have left the Treasury to join consultancy firms in the last two years. [88674]


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John Healey: We do not have details of the new employers of all civil servants who have left HM Treasury.

Civil Service Pension Schemes

Mr. Philip Hammond: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, pursuant to the answer of 15 March 2006, Official Report, column 2363W, on Civil Service Pension Schemes, when he will publish the actuarial assumptions on future rates of withdrawal from active membership in the occupational pension schemes for the NHS, teachers and civil service; and if he will make a statement. [90303]

Mr. Timms: The information requested was placed in the Library on 15 March 2006.

Climate Change

Mr. Dai Davies: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer when he expects to receive the final report of the review of the economics of climate change prepared by Sir Nick Stern. [89491]

John Healey: The final report of the review on the economics of climate change will be published in Autumn 2006.

Gregory Barker: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what recent assessment he has made of the impact the climate change levy has had on business; and what recent discussions he has had on this subject. [89730]

John Healey: The Government published an independent evaluation of the climate change levy (CCL), “Modelling the Initial Effects of the Climate Change Levy,” by Cambridge Econometrics at Budget 2005 which is available at www.hmrc.gov.uk. The evaluation concluded that the CCL package is expected to deliver emissions savings of over 3.5 million tonnes per annum of carbon by 2010, and with the accompanying reduction in national insurance contributions, to reduce overall unit costs for business by 0.13 per cent.

Clostridium Difficile

Mr. Lidington: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will make a statement on the outcome of the study conducted by the Office of National Statistics and the Health Protection Agency to identify the total number of deaths where Clostridium difficile was mentioned on the death certificate. [89862]

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

Letter from Karen Dunnell, dated 9 October 2006:

Mr. Lidington: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many death certificates in England and Wales in (a) 2003, (b) 2004 and (c) 2005 (i) mentioned Clostridium difficile and (ii) listed Clostridium difficile as the underlying cause of death; and if he will make a statement. [89860]

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

Letter from Karen Dunnell, dated 9 October 2006:

Number of death certificates in England and Wales( 1) which (i) mentioned Clostridium difficile( 2) and (ii) listed Clostridium difficile as the underlying cause of death( 3) in 2003 and 2004( 4)
(a) 2003 (b) 2004

(i) Certificates mentioning Clostridium difficile

1,788

2,247

(ii) Certificates where Clostridium difficile was the underlying cause of death

958

1,245

(1) Data includes non-residents who died in England and Wales (2) Identified using the methodology described in Office for National Statistics (2005) Report: Deaths involving Clostridium difficile England and Wales. 1999-2004. “Health Statistics Quarterly” 30, 56-60. (3) Excludes neonatal deaths (4) Deaths occurring in 2003 and 2004

Mr. Lidington: To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer in how many and what proportion of deaths (a) clostridium difficile and (b) MRSA was recorded as a contributory factor in each year since 2002, broken down by hospital. [90344]

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

Letter from Karen Dunnell, dated 9 October 2006


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Comprehensive Spending Review

Mrs. Villiers: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what estimate he has made of the transitional costs arising from the Treasury Group’s CSR settlement to be met from a modernisation fund. [87460]

John Healey: The Treasury Group is in the process of planning for the CSR period, which will include proposals for activities to be funded from the Modernisation Fund. At this stage, an overall estimate of transitional costs is not available.

Corporation Tax

Stewart Hosie: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer pursuant to the answer of 13 July 2006, Official Report, column 2106W, on corporation tax, what annual mean average amount of additional tax is expected to be paid as a consequence of the removal of the zero per cent. starting rate of corporation tax by (a) the 720,000 companies expected to be affected by the change and (b) the 870,000 companies which make less than £10,000 annual profit. [86688]

John Healey: The 19 per cent. non-corporate distribution rate and the 0 per cent. starting rate of corporation tax have been replaced by a new single banding for small company profits, set at the current small companies’ rate of 19 per cent.

For 2006-07 the mean average annual amount of additional tax expected to be paid following this change is:

Correspondence

Mr. Weir: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer when he will reply to the correspondence on tax credits from the hon. Member for Angus concerning a constituent (a) Miss Adamson and (b) Miss Shaw of Forfar. [89637]

Dawn Primarolo: I have replied to the hon. Member.

Mr. Marsden: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer when the Paymaster General will reply to the letters of 13 October 2005, 21 December 2005, 17 February 2006, 4 April 2006 and 19 May 2006 from the hon. Member for Blackpool, South with regard to his constituent Tina Bannister; and what the reasons are for the delay. [89996]


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Dawn Primarolo: I very much regret the delay in replying to the hon. Member’s letters. I have now done so.

Customs Officers

Dr. Cable: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many vacancies there were for Customs officers at UK entry points in each of the last five years for which figures are available. [88589]

Dawn Primarolo: At present, HM Revenue and Customs has posts for 5,700 staff at UK Entry Points. Staff vacancies vary throughout the year with retirements, promotions and other staffing changes. It is the Department’s policy to maintain staffing as close as possible to the number of posts by filling vacancies as they arise or through grouped appointment exercises.

Cyclamen Technology

Andrew Mackinlay: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer why the Cyclamen technology in container ports will not be subject to 24 hour operation; and if he will make a statement. [92163]

Dawn Primarolo: Once roll-out is complete Programme Cyclamen will provide a 24-hour screening capability at all UK container ports through a combination of fixed and mobile radiation detection systems. Deployment is intelligence-led and risk-based. For security reasons, the operation of this capability is not suitable for general disclosure.

Andrew Mackinlay: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, if he will make a statement on the extent of the use of Cyclamen technology in UK sea ports. [92164]

Mr. McNulty: I have been asked to reply.

Programme Cyclamen screens incoming sea traffic through a combination of fixed and mobile radiation detection systems. Fixed detection equipment is in operation at a number of sea ports and rollout across the UK will continue during 2006-07. For national security reasons, the operation of this capability, which is intelligence-led and risk-based, is not suitable for general disclosure.

Departmental Carbon Emissions

Mr. Weir: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what estimate he has made of the total carbon emissions from his Department’s buildings in each year since 1997. [89466]

John Healey: Total carbon emissions from 1 Horse Guards road were calculated at 4,662 tonnes by the Carbon Trust in March 2005 based on energy consumption data for the first full year of occupation following the refurbishment of the building. Subsequent investment has been made in improving lighting and temperature controls to further reduce emissions.


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Departmental Childcare Facilities

Mr. Weir: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer (1) what childcare (a) provision and (b) assistance is available to his Department’s staff; [89469]

(2) which of his Department's premises have childcare facilities on site; [89470]

(3) whether there are waiting lists for places at childcare facilities which his Department provides for its employees. [89471]

John Healey: The Treasury is a member of the Westminster holiday play scheme, which operates during school holidays and is open to children aged four years and nine months up to 12 years of age. The Treasury has two bespoke play scheme rooms, which can cater for up to 18 children. The scheme is advertised six weeks in advance. Staff have to submit an application form for places which are allocated on a first come, first served basis. Staff have been allocated their requested places for the last three play schemes.

The Treasury also supports the childcare cost of eligible staff. Staff who work full time receive childcare vouchers up to the value of £40.00 per week per family, part timers receive a pro-rata amount. Staff have the flexibility to use their childcare vouchers with any Ofsted registered or “Approved” childcare provider.

Currently 103 members of staff receive childcare vouchers.


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