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Mr. Laws: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what the employment rate was of the cohort of the least qualified UK adults for each year since 1996-97. [97322]

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

Letter from Karen Dunnell, dated 30 October 2006:

Employment rates( 1) for people of working age( 2) by qualification, United Kingdom, not seasonally adjusted
Percentage
Three months ending June each year Degree or equivalent Higher education GCE, A-level or equivalent GCSE grades A*-C or equivalent Other qualification( 3) No qualifications

1997

88

85

77

75

70

52

1999

88

86

78

75

71

50

2001

89

85

79

76

72

50

2002

88

85

78

76

72

50

2003

88

86

78

76

71

50

2004

88

85

78

75

72

49

2005

88

85

78

75

71

48

2006

88

85

78

74

71

47

(1) Total in employment with the relevant qualification as a percentage of all persons with the relevant qualification. (2) Men aged 16 to 64 and women aged 16 to 59. (3) Other qualifications include the following qualifications: NVQ level 1 or equivalent, GNVQ GSVQ foundation level, CSE below grade 1 CSE below grade 1 GCSE below grade c, BTEC SCOTVEC first/general certificate, SCOTVEC modules, RSA other, City and Guilds Foundation/Part 1, YT YTP certificate, Key Skills qualification, Basic Skills qualification, Entry level qualification, other qualification. Note: Comparable data not available for 1998 and 2000. Source: ONS—Labour Force Survey (LFS).

Financial Ombudsman Service

Dr. Cable: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many cases were received by the Financial Ombudsman Service in each of the last five years; and how many were resolved in each year. [97047]

Ed Balls: The Financial Services Ombudsman (FOS) is operationally independent of the Government. However, I understand that the following table represents the number of cases received by FOS in each of the last five years and the number that were resolved in each year.

Cases received Cases resolved

2001-02

43,330

39,194

2002-03

62,170

56,459

2003-04

97,901

76,704

2004-05

110,963

90,908

2005-06

112,923

119,432


Dr. Cable: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many cases were received by the Financial Ombudsman Service in relation to the sale of (a) critical illness insurance, (b) payment protection insurance, (c) term life assurance and (d) income protection in each of the last five years. [97048]

Ed Balls: The Financial Services Ombudsman (FOS) is operationally independent of the Government. However, I understand that the following table represents the number of cases received by FOS in relation to the sale of (a) critical illness insurance, (b) payment protection insurance, (c) term life assurance and (d) income protection in each of the last five years.


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Cases received
2001-02 2002-03 2003-04 2004-5 2005-06

Critical illness insurance

408

492

582

717

799

Payment protection insurance

513

803

802

833

1315

Term life insurance(1)

3647

5009

5442

4506

4163

Income protection

n/a

n/a

872

980

1,103
(1) Includes whole of life policies and non-mortgage linked endowments

Fuel Fraud

David Simpson: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer (1) how many petrol filling-station owners have been convicted of selling (a) illegally laundered and (b) smuggled fuel in Northern Ireland in the last two years; and what the average sentence was handed down by the courts for each offence; [96980]

(2) how many people have been (a) charged with and (b) convicted for the operation of illegal fuel laundering plants within Northern Ireland in the last three years; and what the average sentence handed down by the courts was for that offence. [96981]

John Healey: The latest details of convictions and average sentencing were published in HMRC Annual Report 2004-05, in which conviction and sentence details relate to all types of hydrocarbon oils fraud and smuggling, including selling illegally laundered and smuggled fuel and operating illegal fuel laundering plants. The breakdown between types of fraud is not available.

Prosecution figures for 2005-06 will be published in HMRC's Annual Report 2005-06.

The number of people charged in relation to hydrocarbon oils fraud in Northern Ireland during the last three years is set out in the following table:

Number of people charged

2002-03

5

2003-04

6

2004-05

7


The figures relate to charges for all types of hydrocarbon oils fraud.

Household Poverty

Mr. Hepburn: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many children in (a) Jarrow constituency, (b) South Tyneside, (c) the North East and (d) the UK live in a family in which neither parent works. [97006]

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

Letter from Karen Dunnell, dated 30 October 2006


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Number of children( 1) in a family in which neither parent works( 2) by constituency and region April-June 2006
Number (Thousand)

United Kingdom

2,012

North East

96

South Tyneside

10

Jarrow

5

(1) Children refers to children under 16.
(2) Data in this table exclude families with unknown economic activity status.
Source:
Labour Force Survey

Incomes

Harry Cohen: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer pursuant to the answer of 24 October 2006 to questions 95921 to 95925, whether the replacement rates, marginal deduction rates and tax benefit and model tables take into account (a) housing benefit and (b) other benefits; and if he will make a statement. [97842]

Dawn Primarolo: Details are provided in “Tax Benefit Model Tables April 2005” available on the DWP website:

The calculations take into account: take home pay after income tax and national insurance plus tax credits for those in work; job seeker's allowance for those out of work, including support for children and some benefits in kind; and child, housing and council tax benefits for all eligible.

Infant Mortality

Mr. Laws: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what the latest trends are in infant mortality. [97244]

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

Letter from Karen Dunnell, dated 30 October 2006:

Lone Parent Households

Mr. Laws: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what proportion of children lived in lone parent households in each year since 1979-80. [97240]

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

Letter from Karen Dunnell, dated 30 October 2006:


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Proportion of dependent children( 1) living in families headed by a lone parent, United Kingdom
Percentages

1979

11

1986

13

1992

16

1993

16

1994

18

1995

19

1996

21

1997

21

1998

22

1999

22

2000

22

2001

22

2002

23

2003

23

2004

23

2005

24

2006

24

(1) Dependent children are those aged under 16 or aged 16 to 18 who are never-married and in full-time education.
Sources:
Pre 1992 General Household Survey (Great Britain), 1992-2006 Labour Force Survey (United Kingdom)

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