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John Healey: The rules governing contact between Treasury officials and the media and Treasury special advisers and the media are set out in the Civil Service Code and Code of Conduct on Special Advisers respectively.
Mr. Spellar: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer under what provisions citizens of EU states that acceded in 2004 working in the UK are able to claim benefits in respect of families still living in their home countries; how many are claiming; and what the cost of this was in the last 12 months. 
Ed Balls: Member states must transpose, and firms should apply, the directive from the start of 2007. During 2007, credit institutions and affected investment firms can choose between the current Basel 1 approach and the simple or medium sophistication approaches of the new framework. The most sophisticated approaches will be available from 2008. From this date, all relevant EU firms must apply Basel 2.
The Treasury is directly responsible for two areas of implementation, where the Financial Services and Markets Act needs to be amended to enable the FSA to carry out its functions. Further details of the Treasury's implementation can be found at: www.hm-treasury.gov.uk
However, the rest of the CRD will be implemented through FSA rules. With respect to mortgage providers, the FSA will be responsible for providing the framework for application of the CRD rules to these activities. In February 2006, FSA published its second and final consultation paper (CP) setting out the latest policy developments for CRD implementation, along with the full set of draft Handbook text. In July 2006, FSA published its feedback statement to the extensive comments received on this CP. These can be found on the FSA's website: www.fsa.gov.uk
Hugh Robertson: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what the total amount of corporation tax paid by all clubs who are members of the (a) Football Association, (b) Rugby Football Union, (c) Rugby Football League, (d) English Cricket Board and (e) Lawn Tennis Association was in each of the last five years. 
John Healey: The Governments measures to increase employment build on a platform of macro-economic stability and economic growth, and include continued investment in the new deal, investment in skills and training, and the national minimum wage and tax credits to make work pay.
Employment is now at a record high, with 2.5 million more people in work than in 1997, and the highest rate of the G7 economies. The national roll out of Pathways to Work, and the other measures set out in the Governments Welfare Reform Green Paper, will build on this record with ambitious plans to help people move from inactivity to work.
To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer (1) what assessment he has made of the change in the employment rate for men of working age in the UK
between 1976 and 2006; and if he will make a statement; 
As National Statistician, I have been asked to reply to your Parliamentary Questions about employment rates by age from 1976 to 2006. (96118,96112)
Table 1 gives the annual employment rates by gender, also showing changes for each year from 1976 to 2006.
Table 2 gives a breakdown of employment rates by gender and age bands from 1992 to 2006. Comparable estimates by age ranges are not available for earlier periods.
Both tables are based on annual averages ending in December for each year.
Estimates are taken from the Labour Force Survey (LFS). As with any sample survey, estimates from the LFS are subject to a margin of uncertainty.
|Table 1: Employment rates( 1) for people of working age( 2) by gender, 1976 to 2006United Kingdom seasonally adjusted|
|12 months ending December each year||All||Change on year||All||Change on year||All||Change on year|
|(1) People in employment as a percentage of all persons. (2) Men aged 16 to 64 and women age 16 to 59. (3) Eight months ending August 2006. Source: ONS Labour Force Survey (LFS).|
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