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|Table 2: Lone parents( 1) of working age( 2) not in work 1997 to 2006United Kingdom, not seasonally adjusted|
|Three months ending June each year||Thousand|
|(1) Refers to people who are neither married nor cohabiting and who have dependent children, who are defined as 0 to 15 year olds, or 16 to 18 year olds in full-time education. (2) Men aged 16 to 64 and women aged 16 to 59. Note: Comparable data not available for 1998 and 2000. Source: ONS Labour Force Survey (LFS)|
Mr. Laws: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer pursuant to the answer of 21 June 2006, Official Report, column 1891W, on incoming phone calls, (1) how many calls encountering an engaged tone were to (a) tax credit helplines and (b) other helplines; and if he will make a statement; 
(2) how many calls to HM Revenue and Customs helplines in 2006 received an engaged tone; what the reasons were for the proportion of engaged calls as a percentage of total calls; and if he will make a statement. 
Dawn Primarolo: The following table shows the number of calls receiving an engaged tone for (a) the tax credit helpline and (b) other helplines operated as part of HMRCs centrally managed Contact Centre Network.
|Calls receiving an engaged tone( 1) , 2005-06|
|(1 )Call attempts where the caller was played an engaged tone.|
Figures in thousands rounded to the nearest thousand.
Mr. Skinner: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what the life expectancy is of (a) men and (b) women in (i) the East Midlands and (ii) the South East; and what it was in (1) 1996 and (2) 2000 in each case. 
As National Statistician, I have been asked to reply to your recent question asking what the life expectancy is of (a) men and (b) women in (i) the East Midlands and (ii) the South East; and what it was in (1) 1996 and (b) 2000 in each case. (96949)
Life expectancy figures are calculated as three year rolling averages. The table below provides the period life expectancy at birth for (a) men and (b) women in (i) the East Midlands and (ii) the South East government office regions, in (1) 1995-97, (2) 1999-2001, and (3) 2002-04 (the latest period available).
|Table 1: Period life expectancy at birth( 1) , East Midlands and South East Government office regions( 2) ,1995-97,1999-2001 and 2002-04( 3)|
|Years of life|
|Year( 3)||Life expectancy||95 percent confidence interval( 4)||Life expectancy||95 percent confidence interval( 4)|
|(1) Period life expectancy at birth is an estimate of the average number of years a newborn baby would survive if he or she experienced the areas age-specific mortality rates for that time period throughout his or her life. The figure reflects mortality among those living in the area in each time period, rather than mortality among those born in each area. It is not therefore the number of years a baby born in the area in each time period could actually expect to live, both because the death rates of the area are likely to change in the future and because many of those born in the area will live elsewhere for at least some part of their lives. (2) Using boundaries as of 2005 for all the years shown. (3) Three year rolling averages, based on deaths registered in each year and mid-year population estimates. (4) Confidence intervals are a measure of the statistical precision of an estimate and show the range of uncertainty around the estimated figure. Calculations based on small numbers of events are often subject to random fluctuations. As a general rule, if the confidence interval around one figure overlaps with the interval around another, we cannot say with certainty that there is more than a chance difference between the two figures.|
Mr. Laws: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer when he will answer questions (a) 76207, (b) 76476, (c) 76478, (d) 76482 and (e) 76485 tabled on 8 June, question 78392 tabled on 13 June, question 81148 tabled on 26 June and questions (i) 83329, (ii) 83330, (iii) 83382, (iv) 83793, (v) 83795, (vi) 83796 and (vii) 83812, tabled on 4 July, on tax credits, from the hon. Member for Yeovil. 
Dawn Primarolo: The maximum income at which a tax credit recipients award is tapered to zero depends on the tax credit elements that a family is eligible for, for example number of children in the family, childcare costs, disabled worker or disabled child elements.
Mr. Laws: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what information on the performance of the tax credits systems he receives on an (a) monthly, (b) quarterly and (c) annual basis; and if he will make a statement. 
Mr. Laws: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many compensation payments have been made by the tax credits sections of his Department since April 2003; what the total value is of those payments; and if he will make a statement. 
Dawn Primarolo: The circumstances in which HM Revenue and Customs will make compensation payments to its customers are explained in the Departments Code of Practice 1 Putting things right which is available at www.hmrc.gov.uk. The Department will pay compensation for reasonable costs incurred as a direct result of its mistakes or delays and to recognise worry and distress caused by those mistakes and delays. It does not keep separate details of compensation payments made specifically due to errors or delays.
For the value of compensation payments made up to 30 September 2005 I refer the hon. Member to the answer I gave the right hon. Member for Maidstone and The Weald (Miss Widdecombe) on 22 November 2005, Official Report, column 1913W.
Julia Goldsworthy: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what estimate he has made of the number of people (a) declaring bankruptcy and (b) entering individual voluntary agreements as a result of delays in payment of tax credits; and if he will make a statement. 
Dawn Primarolo: Estimates of numbers of in-work families with tax credits awards, including information on overpayments and underpayments, for 2005-06 awards will not be available until after family circumstances and incomes for 2005-06 have been finalised.
Dawn Primarolo: The Government are committed to a modern and fair tax system, which encourages work, saving and investment, keeps pace with developments in business practice and the global economy, and raises sufficient revenue to fund the Governments objective to build world-class public services. All taxes are kept under review and are considered as part of the Budget process.
As National Statistician, I have been asked to reply to your recent Parliamentary Question about unemployment. (96929)
The Office for National Statistics (ONS) compiles statistics of employment for local areas from the annual local area Labour Force Survey (LFS) and the Annual Population Survey (APS) following International Labour Organisation (ILO) definitions.
About 5,000 people resident in the Hendon parliamentary constituency were unemployed in the 12 months ending in February 1997 from the annual local area LFS. Latest APS data indicates that around 4,000 people resident in the Hendon constituency were unemployed in the 12 months ending in March 2006.
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). In May 1997, 3,141 people resident in the Hendon constituency were claiming JSA. In September 2006, the equivalent figure was 2,182. These counts are not seasonally adjusted and changes will be affected by seasonal factors.
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