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Fuel Taxation

Mr. Gerald Howarth: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what representations the European Commission has made to the Government on the fuel taxation regime for recreational aviation. [114591]

John Healey: In its Communication of 4 December 2006 (reference 16190/06 (Com(2006)742)), the European Commission confirmed that it would not be submitting a proposal to the European Council of
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Ministers for renewal of the UK’s derogation from the Energy Products Directive allowing a reduced rate of duty on fuel used in private pleasure flying.

There is no immediate change from 1 January as consultation with the aviation sector on implementation is needed and appropriate legislation will have to be enacted.

Gershon Review

Mr. Hayes: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what total amount has been paid to civil servants who have lost their jobs as a result of the Gershon review. [115309]

Mr. Timms: This information is not held centrally.

HM Revenue and Customs

Mr. David Jones: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many members of staff at the HM Revenue and Customs offices in (a) Rhyl, (b) Colwyn Bay, (c) Bangor (Gwynedd), (d) Holyhead and (e) Porthmadog are employed on fixed term contracts. [113918]

Dawn Primarolo: This table shows the numbers of staff employed on fixed term contracts at 1 January 2007 by HM Revenue and Customs in the towns shown.

Town/City Headcount Full-time equivalent units

Bangor (Gwynedd)

3

3.0

Colwyn Bay

10

9.3

Holyhead

0

0

Porthmadog

2

2.0

Rhyl

7

6.6


Mr. David Jones: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what the total cost was of salaries paid to officers at the HM Revenue and Customs offices in (a) Rhyl, (b) Colwyn Bay, (c) Bangor (Gwynedd), (d) Holyhead and (e) Porthmadog in 2005-06. [113764]

Dawn Primarolo: The information is not obtainable in the requested format.

Mr. David Jones: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many specialist Welsh speakers are employed at the HM Revenue and Customs offices in (a) Rhyl, (b) Colwyn Bay, (c) Bangor (Gwynedd), (d) Holyhead and (e) Porthmadog. [113765]

Dawn Primarolo: HMRC estimate the number of their employees who are Welsh speakers at each location to be:

Number

Rhyl

5

Colwyn Bay

4

Bangor (Gwynedd)

35

Holyhead

1

Porthmadog

24


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Hospital Births

Mr. Jamie Reed: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many births there were in 2005-06 at (a) the West Cumberland hospital, Whitehaven and (b) the Cumberland infirmary, Carlisle. [114638]

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

Letter from Karen Dunnell, dated 15 January 2007:

Live births and stillbirths occurring in West Cumberland hospital, Whitehaven and the Cumberland infirmary, Carlisle in 2005
West Cumberland hospital, Whitehaven The Cumberland infirmary, Carlisle

Live births

1,624

1,261

Stillbirths

11

8


Planning Gain Supplement

Mr. Pickles: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer pursuant to the answer of 11 December 2006, Official Report, column 845W, on planning gain supplement, when the responses to the consultation paper will be placed in the Library. [114542]

John Healey: The responses were placed in the Library of the House on 19 December 2006.

Private Pleasure Craft

Mr. Drew: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer (1) what estimate he has undertaken of the compliance costs of ensuring that owners of private pleasure craft will only use rebated fuels for diesel-powered heating and lighting and not for navigability following the ending of that derogation; [114122]

(2) what estimate he has made of additional costs arising out of the loss of the derogation for the use of fuel used by private pleasure craft; [114128]

(3) what way the UK Government cast their vote in the 2006 Communication from the Council of Ministers on the issue of whether there should be any continuation of the derogation of fuel used by private pleasure craft under Article 19(1), third indent, of the Energy Tax Directive; [114129]

(4) for what reason the continuing derogation of fuel used by private pleasure craft is an instrument of regional policy; [114130]

(5) what assistance the Treasury will give the owners of private pleasure craft to meet the compliance costs involved in the loss of the fuel tax derogation. [114131]

John Healey: The UK made an application to the Commission which made the strongest possible case for renewal of this derogation. However, the Communication of 8 December 2006 (reference
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16528/06 (Com(2006)743)), on the operation of private pleasure craft, confirmed that the Commission would not be submitting a proposal to the council for renewal of the derogation permitting the use of red diesel. The question of a vote on the issue did not therefore arise. The UK’s position, including its assessment of the implications for regional policy, is set out in its application to the Commission for renewal of the derogation, and the Government’s estimate of compliance and other costs is set out in the partial RIA published in March 2006. Both documents have been deposited in the Library of the House of Commons. Officials are in discussions with concerned and affected organisations to discuss how the new arrangements can be administered so as to minimise the compliance costs to businesses and individuals.

Regional Aid

Mr. Hayes: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what correspondence he has received from the European Commission on auditing procedures relating to regional aid; and if he will make a statement. [107129]

Yvette Cooper: I have been asked to reply.

The Department for Communities and Local Government receives correspondence from time to time from the European Commission, about the management of the European Regional Development Fund programmes, including auditing procedures. The Department has responded to the issues raised by the European Commission in its most recent correspondence.

Skin Cancer

Mr. Ian Austin: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many diagnoses of skin cancer there were in each year since 1996. [113870]

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

Letter from Karen Dunnell, dated 15 January 2007:


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Numbers of newly diagnosed cases of melanoma skin( 1) cancer registered in England, 1996 to 2004
Numbers

1996

4,708

1997

5,010

1998

5,116

1999

5,289

2000

5,940

2001

6,339

2002

6,541

2003

6,732

2004

7,363

(1) Melanoma skin cancer is defined as code C43 in the International Classification of Diseases, Tenth Revision (ICD 10).
Source:
Office for National Statistics

Mr. Ian Austin: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what the mortality rate for skin cancer cases was in the UK in each year since 1996. [113871]

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

Letter from Karen Dunnell, dated 15 January 2007:

Death rates( 1) from malignant skin caner( 2) , United Kingdom, 1996 to 2005( 3)
Death rate per million population

1996

27

1997

27

1998

28

1999

28

2000

28

2001

28

2002

28

2003

29

2004

29

2005

29

(1) Rate per million population standardised to the European Standard Population.
(2) Selected using the International Classification of Diseases, Ninth Revision (ICD-9) codes 172-173 for the years 1996 to 2000 for England and Wales and Northern Ireland and for the years 1996 to 1999 for Scotland, and Tenth Revision (ICD-10) codes C43-C44 from 2001 onwards for England and Wales and Northern Ireland, and from 2000 onwards for Scotland.
The introduction of ICD-10 for coding cause of death in 2000 for Scotland and 2001 for England and Wales and Northern Ireland, means that figures are not completely comparable with data for years prior to this date. Comparisons between the data before and after 2000 or 2001 should therefore be interpreted with caution. An article specifically examining the effect of the change in classification for cancer trends in England and Wales was published in Health Statistics Quarterly 23*. More information about these changes for England and Wales can be found on the National Statistics website at www.statistics.gov.uk/icd10mortality Information on the introduction of ICD-10 for coding mortality data in Scotland was published in the Registrar General’s annual report for 2000 which can be found at http://www.gro-scotland.gov.uk/statistics/library/annrep/00annrep/00ap2.html Information on the introduction of ICD-10 for coding mortality data in Northern Ireland was published in the Registrar General’s annual report for 2002 and can be found at http://www.nisra.gov.uk/statistics/financeandpersonnel/DMB/2002RG_Report/appendix7.pdf
(3) Figures are for registrations of death in each calendar year for Scotland and Northern Ireland and for occurrences of death in each calendar year for England and Wales.
* Brock A, Griffiths C, Rooney C (2004) The effect of the introduction of ICD-10 on cancer mortality trends in England and Wales. Health Statistics Quarterly 23, 7-17.

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Tax Credits

Stephen Hammond: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many compensatory payments were made in respect of tax credits in each of the last five years to Wimbledon residents; and what the cost was. [114906]

Dawn Primarolo: The information is not available at constituency level.

Unemployment

Mr. Meacher: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many of the UK’s adult population were deemed to be economically inactive in each year since 1997; and what percentage this was in each case of the UK’s adult working population. [114900]

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

Letter from Colin Mowl, dated 15 January 2007


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