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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
Ministers for renewal of the UKs derogation from the Energy Products Directive allowing a reduced rate of duty on fuel used in private pleasure flying.
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. 
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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. 
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. 
As the National Statistician I have been asked to reply to your question about how many births there were in 2005-06 at (a) West Cumberland Hospital, Whitehaven and (b) the Cumberland Infirmary, Carlisle. (114638)
The latest year for which figures are available is the calendar year 2005; the table below shows figures for live births and stillbirths in 2005.
|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|
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. 
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; 
(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; 
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
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 UKs 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 Governments 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.
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. 
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.
As National Statistician, I have been asked to reply to your recent Parliamentary Question asking how many diagnoses of skin cancer there were in each year since 1996. (113870)
The latest available figures for newly diagnosed cases of cancer (incidence) are for the year 2004. Figures showing the number of cases of melanoma skin cancer registered in England, for the years 1996 to 2004, are given in the table below.
|Numbers of newly diagnosed cases of melanoma skin( 1) cancer registered in England, 1996 to 2004|
|(1) Melanoma skin cancer is defined as code C43 in the International Classification of Diseases, Tenth Revision (ICD 10).|
Office for National Statistics
As National Statistician I have been asked to reply to your recent question asking what the mortality rate for skin cancer cases was in the UK in each year since 1996. (113871)
The most recent year for which figures are available is 2005. The attached table shows the age-standardised death rate from malignant skin cancer in the United Kingdom for the years 1996 to 2005.
|Death rates( 1) from malignant skin caner( 2) , United Kingdom, 1996 to 2005( 3)|
|Death rate per million population|
|(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 Generals 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 Generals 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.
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. 
Mr. Meacher: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many of the UKs adult population were deemed to be economically inactive in each year since 1997; and what percentage this was in each case of the UKs adult working population. 
The National Statistician has been asked to reply to your recent Parliamentary Question about economic inactivity. I am replying in her absence. (114900)
The table overleaf gives estimates of economically inactive levels and rates, for the twelve-month periods ending December for each year from 1997. The table is based on annual averages ending in December each year. Economic inactivity levels and rates are published by the Office for National Statistics each month in the Labour Market Statistics First Release.
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