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|(1 )From 2002-03 onwards charges for water, environmental and sewage services were no longer treated as a tax.|
(2 )From 2003-04 onwards tax credits were treated as a negative tax.
(3 )Includes both direct and indirect taxes. Direct taxes include income tax (after deduction of tax credits), employees National Insurance contributions, and council tax. Indirect taxes include VAT, duties, and a number of smaller items such as television licences.
The effects of taxes and benefits on household income, ONS
Mr. Kidney: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what the most recent (a) employment and (b) unemployment rates are in Stafford constituency; and what assessment he has made of the prospects for the local labour market over the next three years. 
As National Statistician, I have been asked to reply to your recent Parliamentary Question about employment and unemployment. (122235)
The Office for National Statistics (ONS) compiles statistics of employment and unemployment from the Annual Population Survey (APS) following International Labour Organisation definitions.
The latest employment rate, for persons of working age resident in the Stafford constituency, for the 12 months ending in June 2006, was 77 per cent.
The unemployment rate is defined as the number of unemployed persons aged 16 and over expressed as a proportion of the economically active population. The rate for the Stafford constituency, for the 12 months ending in June 2006, was 4 per cent.
As these estimates are for a subset of the population in a small geographical area, they are based on very small sample sizes, and are therefore subject to large margins of uncertainty.
ONS also compiles statistics for local areas of people claiming Jobseekers Allowance (JSA). The claimant count proportion is defined as the number of JSA claimants expressed as a proportion of the resident population of working age. The average proportion for the 12 months ending in June 2006 was 2.0 per cent. These statistics are more timely than those for the APS shown above. The average proportion, for the Stafford constituency, for the latest 12 months ending in January 2007 was 2.2 per cent.
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Mr. Laws: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what estimate he has made of the cost of abolishing the tax credit system £25,000 disregard for income increases; and if he will make a statement. 
Mr. MacShane: To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster what the cost to the public purse of the Committee of Standards in Public Life was in the latest year for which figures are available. 
Mr. Stewart Jackson: To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster what steps she is taking to ensure that the Data Protection Act 1998 is complied with in respect of the dissemination of electronic mail addresses collected as a result of public consultations under the auspices of the Cabinet Office; and if she will make a statement. 
Hilary Armstrong: The Cabinet Office provides comprehensive guidance to staff in relation to compliance with the Data Protection Act (DPA). This emphasises that personal data must be processed in accordance with the data protection principles. Relating specifically to public consultations, under criterion 4 of the Code of Practice on Consultation (a copy of which is available in the Library for the reference of Members), all Government Departments are required to explain in their consultation documents that information provided in responses will be dealt with in accordance with the access to information regimes. The guidance accompanying the code offers text with which to give this assurance.
Mr. Hoban: To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster how much Government funding has been provided to the Experience Corps in each year since its formation; and if she will make a statement. 
Edward Miliband: The Experience Corps was launched in 2001 as a limited company. The Government grant funded Experience Corps to a total of £19 million over three years, until March 2004. The following table gives an outline of Government funding by year.
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Bill Wiggin: To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster how many primary care trusts the decision unit has visited in the last 12 months; and what factors the unit took into account when deciding which to visit. 
Hilary Armstrong: The Prime Ministers Delivery Unit has visited 35 primary care trusts within the last year as part of its work to monitor and report on delivery of the Governments top delivery and reform priorities, and identify the key barriers to improvement and the action needed to strengthen delivery. Local health economies are selected to provide the broadest possible picture of the state of delivery of a particular priority.
22. Miss McIntosh: To ask the Minister for Women and Equality what representations she has received on regulations applying the Equality Act 2006 to adoption; and if she will make a statement. 
Ruth Kelly: The Prime Minister and I listened to the strongly-held views on all sides of this debate, before confirming that there would be no specific exemptions for faith-based adoption agencies. In the interests of children, however, the regulations will provide a transition period until the end of 2008.
Meg Munn: The Government will organise a series of events around the country, starting with a launch event in May. In so doing we will maximise the opportunities created by the European Year occurring in the same year as the formal opening of the new Commission for Equality and Human Rights.
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