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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|
|(1) GVA at current basic prices.|
|Table 4: Average gross value added( 1) growth per capita for NUTS2 regions, 1995-2002|
|Average GVA growth per capita 1995-2002||Percentage|
|(1) GVA at current basic prices.|
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. 
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.
It has been brought to my attention that the figures in the table that appeared with the answer to your question (114638) on births in 2005 at West Cumberland hospital, Whitehaven and the Cumberland infirmary, Carlisle, were accidentally transposed.
In the table, the number of live births in West Cumberland hospital, Whitehaven in 2005 should have been 1,261 and stillbirths 8. The number of live births in The Cumberland
infirmary, Carlisle, in 2005 should have been 1,624 and stillbirths 11. The correct version of the table is attached below. I apologise for any inconvenience caused.
|Live births and stillbirths occurring in West Cumberland Hospital, Whitehaven and the Cumberland Infirmary, Carlisle in 2005|
|Year 2005||Live births||Stillbirths|
Mr. Spellar: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what his Departments estimate is of the rate of (a) household inflation, (b) single pensioner household inflation and (c) pensioner household inflation. 
As National Statistician, I have been asked to reply to your recent Parliamentary Question asking for an estimate of the rate of (a) household inflation, (b) single pensioner household inflation and (c) pensioner household inflation. (116944)
Retail Prices Index (RPI) is defined as an average measure of change in the prices of goods and services bought for the purpose of consumption by the vast majority of households in the UK. The Office for National Statistics (ONS) has recently published the RPI for December 2006 as 202.7, giving a percentage change over 12 months of 4.4%.
The weights for the RPI explicitly exclude data on households where the head of the household is retired (at least 65 years of age for men and 60 years or more for women) and economically inactive, and where at least three quarters of the households income is from state benefits. Although no general pensioner household index exists, separate indices are produced for one-pensioner and for two-pensioner households whose expenditure is excluded from the RPI weights, i.e. those who rely on state pensions and benefit for at least 75% of their income. This roughly relates to around 20% of all pensioners (there are very few private households consisting solely of three or more pensioners): These indices use the same price data as the RPI and are only published for quarters, rather than months. They make no allowance for the fact that pensioners may shop in different outlets and therefore experience different prices.
The one-person pensioner households index for the fourth quarter of 2006 stands at 176.6, a change of 5.7% over 12 months.
The two-person pensioner households index for the fourth quarter of 2006 stands at 179.2, a change of 4.4% over 12 months.
The corresponding value for the RPI for the fourth quarter of 2006, stands at 201.4, a change of 4.0% over 12 months.
The main differences from the RPI in the construction of the pensioner indices are as follows:
section weights are derived from information on expenditure by one-pensioner and two-pensioner households respectively;
canteen meals (including state school meals) and all housing sections are excluded;
Other items are also excluded, including NHS prescription, dental and eyesight test charges which are not paid by pensioners. For rail and bus fares, special pensioners' rail and bus fare indices are substituted for the normal index household indices to allow for fare concessions available in some areas.
The exclusion of housing sections was made on the grounds that the price indicators used in the all items RPI would not be appropriate and would overstate the price increases experienced by these pensioners as they would mostly be cushioned against some rises by rebates. Also, it would be technically difficult to compile separate house price indicator items for these households.
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. 
John Healey: The Treasurys 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 Treasurys published Disability Equality Scheme available on the Treasurys external website.
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:
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