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Table 3: Average gross value added( 1) growth per capita for NUTS1 regions, 1990-2002
Average GVA growth per capita 1990-2002 Percentage

United Kingdom

5.0

North East

4.4

North West

4.6

Yorkshire and the Humber

4.7

East Midlands

4.6

West Midlands

4.7

East of England

4.8

London

5.1

South East

5.7

South West

5.1

Wales

4.2

Scotland

4.6

Northern Ireland

5.5

(1) GVA at current basic prices.


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Table 4: Average gross value added( 1) growth per capita for NUTS2 regions, 1995-2002
Average GVA growth per capita 1995-2002 Percentage

Tees Valley and Durham

2.9

Northumberland and Tyne and Wear

5.3

Cumbria

2.2

Cheshire

4.6

Greater Manchester

5.1

Lancashire

4.1

Merseyside

5.5

East Riding and North Lincolnshire

3.3

North Yorkshire

4.8

South Yorkshire

5.3

West Yorkshire

5.1

Derbyshire and Nottinghamshire

4.8

Leicestershire, Rutland and Northamptonshire

4.9

Lincolnshire

3.3

Herefordshire, Worcestershire and Warwickshire

4.8

Shropshire and Staffordshire

4.2

West Midlands

4.8

East Anglia

4.2

Bedfordshire and Hertfordshire

5.9

Essex

4.9

Inner London

6.1

Outer London

4.7

Berkshire, Buckinghamshire and Oxfordshire

7.0

Surrey, East and West Sussex

6.0

Hampshire and Isle of Wight

5.4

Kent

4.7

Gloucestershire, Wiltshire and North Somerset

6.1

Dorset and Somerset

5.0

Cornwall and Isles of Scilly

5.7

Devon

3.8

West Wales and the Valleys

3.2

East Wales

4.9

North Eastern Scotland

4.0

Eastern Scotland

4.0

South Western Scotland

4.8

Highlands and Islands

4.2

Northern Ireland

5.1

(1) GVA at current basic prices.

Hobsbawn Media and Marketing Communications

Mr. Evans: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what payments have been made by (a) his Department and (b) its agencies to Hobsbawn Media and Marketing Communications Ltd. under that or any of the other names by which the company has been known in each year since 1997. [104694]

John Healey [holding answer 5 December 2006]: There are no records of any payments having been made by the Treasury to Hobsbawn Media and Marketing Communications Ltd. or by any of its agencies.

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 [pursuant to the reply, 15 January 2007, Official Report, c. 844W]: There was an error in the table given in the letter from the National Statistician and Registrar General which accompanied my written answer. A corrected version of the table is contained in the accompanying letter. The National Statistician and I very much regret this inadvertent error.

Letter from Karen Dunnell, dated 2 February 2007:

Live births and stillbirths occurring in West Cumberland Hospital, Whitehaven and the Cumberland Infirmary, Carlisle in 2005
Year 2005 Live births Stillbirths

West Cumberland hospital, Whitehaven

1,261

8

The Cumberland infirmary, Carlisle

1,624

11


Inflation Figures

Mr. Spellar: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what his Department’s estimate is of the rate of (a) household inflation, (b) single pensioner household inflation and (c) pensioner household inflation. [116944]

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

Letter from Karen Dunnell, dated 2 February 2007:


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Jon Symonds

Mr. Francois: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what position Jon Symonds holds in (a) his Department and (b) HM Revenue and Customs. [110847]

John Healey: Jonathan Symonds, the chief financial officer of AstraZeneca plc, holds no position in HM Treasury nor in HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC).

Alongside other business representatives, he is a member of HMRC's Business Tax Forum, which acts as a mechanism for business to raise operational tax issues with HMRC.

Mental Health

Lynne Jones: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what measures he is taking to promote actively the employment within (a) his Department and (b) public sector bodies for whom he has responsibility of people with mental illnesses in line with the advice and codes of practice produced by the Disability Rights Commission. [117089]

John Healey: The Treasury’s arrangements, to promote actively the employment, within (a) the Treasury and (b) public sector bodies for whom it has responsibility of people with mental illnesses in line with the advice and codes of practice produced by the Disability Rights Commission, are set out in the Treasury’s published Disability Equality Scheme available on the Treasury’s external website.

Ministerial Policy Instructions

Mr. Laws: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what his Department’s mechanism is for recording policy instructions given by Ministers to civil servants. [103979]

John Healey: Treasury Ministers are in continuous dialogue with officials as part of the policy process and instruct civil servants as part of this dialogue.

Ministerial Visits

Mr. Jim Cunningham: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer on what dates Ministers in his Department made official visits to Coventry in each year since 1997. [116074]

John Healey [holding answer 18 January 2007]: Treasury Ministers' official duties entail visits throughout the United Kingdom.


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Pensions

Gregory Barker: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how much his Department spent on stakeholder pensions in each of the last four years. [111017]

John Healey [holding answer 25 January 2007]: The Treasury makes employer's contributions in respect of Treasury staff participating in the partnerships pension scheme of the principal civil service pension scheme. The scheme began in 2002-03. The Treasury's employer's contributions payable for the last four completed financial years were as follows:

£000

2002-03

11

2003-04

125

2004-05

140

2005-06

115


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