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Centre for Energy Policy Studies

Mr. Gauke: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer (1) what (a) correspondence and (b) discussions he has had with the Centre for Energy Policy Studies since 1 October 2006; [120897]

(2) what (a) correspondence and (b) discussions he has had with Mr. Nick Butler of the Centre for Energy Policy Studies since 1 October 2006. [121245]

John Healey: Treasury Ministers and officials have meetings with a wide variety of organisations in the public and private sectors as part of the process of policy development and delivery. As was the case with previous Administrations, it is not the Government's practice to provide details of all such meetings.

Cervical Cancer

Derek Wyatt: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many women have (a) been diagnosed with cervical cancer and (b) died from the disease in each year since 1997. [119807]

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

Letter from Karen Dunnell, dated 19( ) February 2007:


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Cervical cancer incidence( 1) 1997-2004, and mortality( 2) 1997-2005, England
Registrations of newly diagnosed cases Number of deaths

1997

2,607

1,150

1998

2,594

1,078

1999

2,642

1,034

2000

2,424

1,035

2001

2,418

947

2002

2,305

926

2003

2,312

888

2004

2,221

899

2005

837

(1) Cervical cancer is defined as code C53 in the International Classification of Diseases, Tenth Revision (ICD 10).
(2) Data selected using the International Classification of Diseases, Ninth Revision (ICD-9) code 180 between 1997 and 2000, and Tenth Revision (ICD-10) code C53 from 2001 onwards.
Source:
Office for National Statistics.

Debt

Ann McKechin: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how much debt relief and cancellation in terms of (a) flow relief and (b) stock cancellation has been granted by the Government since 2004 on debts of (i) low and (ii) lower middle income countries owed to (A) the Export Credits Guarantee Department, including debts that have been rescheduled after Paris Club agreements, and (B) HM Treasury, broken down by country. [114488]

Ed Balls: The following table shows the debt relief, in terms of flow relief and stock cancellation granted by the UK Government since 2004 on debts owed to the UK’s Export Credits Guarantee Department (ECGD) by low and lower middle income countries under Paris Club debt rescheduling agreements. ECGD has not written off any debts outside of the Paris Club. There are no debts outstanding specifically to the Treasury.


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£ million
Flow and/or stock cancellation
Category Country 2004-05 2005-06 2006-07 Total debt relief including flow and stock

Low Income

Cote d’Ivoire

0.96

0.96

D R Congo

2.54

0.39

2.39

Ethiopia

10.55

10.55

Ghana

66.06

10.71

5.91

82.68

Madagascar

24.06

24.06

Malawi

0.08

0.78

0.23

1.09

Niger

4.97

4.97

Nigeria

1,142.41

1,657.59

2,800.00

Senegal

0.14

0.88

1.02

Sierra Leone

0.11

0.11

2.50

2.72

Zambia

162.39

129.49

291.88

Lower Middle

Iraq

336

336

672

Cameroon

5.78

0.25

52.51

58.54

Serbia and Montenegro

42.65

26.70

69.35

Republic of Congo

74.00

74.00

Total

687.64

1,534.18

1,874.93

4,096.21


The debt forgiveness figures are as at 31 January 2007. There may be additional debt forgiveness before the end of this financial year.

In line with our commitments under the heavily indebted poor countries (HIPC) initiative, the UK has cancelled 100 per cent. of its outstanding sovereign claims on Ethiopia, Ghana, Madagascar, Malawi, Niger, Senegal, Zambia, Sierra Leone and Cameroon. The UK is providing 100 per cent. flow relief to the DRC and will also provide 100 per cent. debt stock cancellation to the DRC, Republic of Congo and Cote d’Ivoire once they reach completion point under the HIPC initiative.

Departments: Aviation

Mr. Francois: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what the cost was of each helicopter flight he has taken within the UK on official business in the last three months. [120682]

Mr. Hoban: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer on how many occasions he has used a non-scheduled flight within the UK on official business in the last 12 months; and what the (a) purpose and (b) cost was of each such flight. [120368]

John Healey: In respect of overseas travel by Cabinet Ministers, since 1999 the Government have published an annual list of all visits overseas undertaken by Cabinet Ministers costing £500 or more during each financial year. Where non-scheduled aircraft are used this is shown in the list. Information for 2005-06 was published on 24 July 2006. Copies of the lists are available in the Library for the reference of Members. Equivalent detail about domestic travel could be provided only at disproportionate cost. All ministerial travel is undertaken in accordance with the rules set out in the “Ministerial Code” and “Travel by Ministers”, copies of which are available in the Library for the reference of Members. All official travel is undertaken in accordance with the requirements of the “Civil Service Management Code”, a copy of which is also available in the Library for the reference of Members.

Departments: Career Structure

Mr. Francois: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will take steps to (a) encourage and (b) support staff in his Department to be more active in the workplace. [121377]

John Healey: The Treasury provides a range of support for its staff, as detailed in Chapter 6 of the departmental report (Cm 6830, May 2006).

Departments: Cost Effectiveness

Mr. Hayes: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what estimate he has made of total savings made by the Government as a consequence of the Gershon Review; and how much of such savings are cashable. [121404]

Mr. Timms: The pre-Budget report announced that £13.3 billion of annual efficiency gains had been achieved by the end of September 2006.

Over 60 per cent. of these gains are cashable.

Departments: Equal Opportunities

Lorely Burt: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what steps his Department is taking to implement the gender equality duty due to come into force on 6 April. [120627]

Mr. Burstow: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what steps his Department (a) has taken and (b) plans to take to ensure that it and related bodies are in compliance with the gender equality duty in the Equality Act 2006 by the April 2007 deadline. [120991]

John Healey: HM Treasury is developing plans to implement the Gender Equality Duty within the framework of its overall commitment to enhancing the diversity of its culture and work force. The Treasury will publish its Gender Equality Scheme by 30 April 2007.

Lorely Burt: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what steps his Department has taken to implement the Race Equality Duty since 2000. [120637]

John Healey: Information about the Treasury’s Race Equality Scheme—and a copy of the Scheme itself—are available on the Treasury website:


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The Scheme sets out how the Treasury is taking forward its statutory duty to promote race equality.


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