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(b) The value of firearms varies widely and will increase if supplied with ammunition. Factors affecting price include relationship between buyer and seller, model, previous association with crime and reliability. We have the following range for 2005:
handguns £150 for a dirty weapon and £1,500 brand new,
shotguns priced between £150 and £200, and
sub-machine guns (such as MAC 10s) between £500 and £4,000.
(d) Duty free alcohol products diverted on to the home market can be sold in cash and carry warehouses and smaller shops. They are generally sold at the same, or slightly less than the price of legally sourced products.
Robert Key: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how the £100 million allocated for custom officers and new technology to tackle illegal and prohibited materials from entering the UK was spent. 
Dawn Primarolo: £100 million has been spent by Programme Cyclamen on the recruitment and training of additional Customs Officers and on the installation of radiological scanning technology at ports and airports in the UK.
John Healey: The Government have already introduced a number of measures in support of heat generating renewable energy technologies. A reduced rate of VAT has been extended to all existing microgeneration technologies and Budget 2006 announced a further £50 million to enable installation of these technologies through the Low Carbon Buildings Programme. In addition, the Government have also introduced enhanced capital allowances to encourage businesses to invest in energy-saving technologies.
Dawn Primarolo: There have been a number of statements in recent years about the creation and future of HM Revenue and Customs. I refer the hon. Gentleman to paragraph 5.80 of the 2004 Economic and Fiscal Strategy Report (HC 301) and my right hon. friend the Chancellors Budget Statements that year, Official Report, 17 March 2004, column 331, and this year, Official Report, 22 March 2006, Column 300.
Surveys by respected international bodies consistently show that the UK is successful at providing a business friendly environment and a competitive tax system. For example, the World Banks study of 145 countriesDoing Business in 2006placed the UK ninth in the world for ease of doing business, with the Republic of Ireland behind in 11th place. The World Economic Forums 2006 Global Competitiveness Report ranked the UK 10th out of 125 countries in its index of international business competitiveness. The Republic of Ireland was ranked 21st.
Barbara Keeley: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what the (a) diagnosis and (b) mortality rate was for (i) chronic lung disease, (ii) coronary heart disease and (iii) cancer in each ward in Worsley constituency in each of the last 15 years. 
The National Statistician has been asked to reply to your recent question asking what the (a) diagnosis and (b) mortality rate was for (i) chronic lung disease, (ii) coronary heart disease and (iii) cancer in each ward in Worsley constituency in each of the last 15 years. I am replying in her absence. (101185)
Figures on the incidence of chronic lung disease and coronary heart disease are not readily available. The numbers of deaths and cancer registrations per year in each ward in Worsley parliamentary constituency are too small for the reliable calculation of rates. Mortality and incidence rates for parliamentary constituencies which do not share boundaries exactly with a local authority can be calculated only from 2001 onwards.
The tables below provide (a) the age-standardised cancer incidence rate, and (b) the age-standardised mortality rates for (i) chronic lung disease, (ii) coronary heart disease and (iii) cancer in Worsley parliamentary constituency for the years 2001 to 2004 (the latest available).
The ward population estimates on which these rates are based are experimental statistics - that is, statistics which are in a testing or consultation phase and are not fully developed - and the figures should therefore be treated with caution.
|Table 1: Age-standardised cancer incidence rates( 1,2) , Worsley parliamentary constituency, 2001-04( 3, 4)|
|Cases per 100,000|
|(1 )Age-standardised cancer registration rates per 100,000 population, standardised to the European Standard Population. Age-standardised rates are used to allow comparison between populations which may contain different proportions of people of different ages.|
(2) International Classification of Diseases, Tenth Revision (ICD-10) codes COO-C97 excluding code C44: non-melanoma skin cancer.
(3) Using local authority ward boundaries as of 2005 for cancer registrations for all years shown.
(4) The ward population estimates used to calculate the ward incidence rates are experimental statistics, and are consistent with the published local authority mid-year estimates for the relevant year.
|Table 2: Age-standardised mortality rates for chronic lung disease, coronary heart disease and cancer( 1, 2) , Worsley parliamentary constituency, 2001-04( 3, 4)|
|Deaths per 100,000|
|Chronic lung disease||Coronary heart disease||Cancer|
|(1 )Age-standardised mortality rates per 100,000 population, standardised to the European Standard Population. Age-standardised rates are used to allow comparison between populations which may contain different proportions of people of different ages.|
(2) Cause of death was defined using the International Classification of Diseases, Tenth Revision (ICD-10) codes J40-J47 for chronic lung disease, 120-125 for coronary heart disease, and COO-C97 for cancer.
(3) Using local authority ward boundaries as of 2005 for deaths for all years shown.
(4) The ward population estimates used to calculate the ward mortality rates are experimental statistics, and are consistent with the published local authority mid-year estimates for the relevant year.
The National Statistician has been asked to reply to your question asking how many neonatal deaths occurred in each of the last five years. I am replying in her absence. (101825)
The number of neonatal deaths in England and Wales for the last five years are given in the table below.
|Number of neonatal deaths in England and Wales, 2001 to 2005|
The above figures are routinely published by ONS in Health Statistics Quarterly (HSQ) as part of the report on infant and perinatal mortality by health areas in England and Wales. Neonatal deaths in England and Wales from 1976 to 2005 (the most recent year available) are published in table 1 on page 76 of the journal. This can be accessed using the following link:
John Healey: The specialist R and D units' staff received additional training over a three-day period at the beginning of October 2006. This included training on the scope and purpose of R and D tax credits, current and emerging technical issues and specialist training on software R and D claims. In addition, HMRC will ensure the continued professional development of the specialist units' staff.
John Healey: The location of the units takes into account existing concentrations of HMRC staff, the availability of staff who have already had substantial experience of R and D tax credits, and the key areas of R and D activity throughout the UK. This approach is designed to enable HMRC to meet its obligation to assist customers with claims whilst maintaining a reasonable geographic spread.
John Healey: Under the EU Energy Products Directive, the UK holds derogations to allow reduced or exempt rates of duty on fuel used by private pleasure craft and aircraft, and waste oils reused as fuel. We submitted applications for renewal of all three derogations to the European Commission in October, and we await the Commission's response.
Dawn Primarolo: Information on the number of working families with children eligible for, but not receiving, tax credits broken down by country and Government office region is available in table 9 of the 2003-04 tax credit take-up rates publication at:
Dawn Primarolo: Provisional estimates for the number of single people with working tax credit awards in Northern Ireland, as at April 2006, are published in "Child and Working Tax Credits Statistics. April 2006". This is available on the HMRC website at:
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