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Mr. Austin Mitchell: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will publish the Sandstorm Report which was prepared before the closure of the Bank of Credit and Commerce International. 
Ed Balls: The Treasury is currently considering release of the report in response to a request under the Freedom of Information Act. A decision will be reached shortly.
Mr. Austin Mitchell: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer when his Department expects to make a definitive reply to the request made by Professor Prem Sikka of the University of Essex on 13 March 2006 under the Freedom of Information Act 2000 for publication of the Sandstorm Report relating to the closure of the Bank of Credit and Commerce International; and what the reason is for the delay in responding. 
Ed Balls: Professor Sikkas request has entailed the careful examination of several complex issues. I understand that officials expect to be in a position to respond very shortly.
Michael Gove: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what (a) meetings he has held with (i) Government colleagues and (ii) his European counterparts and officials and (b) publications he has written on the return of regional responsibilities from the EU to the UK. 
Ed Balls: Treasury Ministers and officials have meetings with a wide range of European and Government colleagues and with other member states as part of the process of policy development and delivery.
A Modern Regional Policy for the UK set out the UK's principles for the future of European regional policy(1). The Government have also published their National Strategic Reference Framework which sets out the UK's approach to the management of European Structural and Cohesion Funds to support regional development for 2007-13(2).
1 Department of Trade and Industry, HM Treasury, Office of the Deputy Prime Minister, A Modern Regional Policy for the UK, 2003
2 National Strategic Reference Framework, October 2006.
To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many teenage pregnancies were
reported in each London borough in each of the last five years. 
John Healey: The information requested falls within the responsibility of the National Statistician who has been asked to reply.
Letter from Colin Mowl, dated 27 February 2007:
The National Statistician has been asked to reply to your recent question asking how many teenage pregnancies were reported in each London borough in each of the last five years. I am replying in her absence.
Teenage pregnancy figures are estimates of the number of conceptions that resulted in a live birth, stillbirth or termination to girls aged under 18.
The numbers of teenage conceptions in each London borough for the years 2001-05 (the most recent year for which figures are available) are shown in the attached table. Figures for 2005 are provisional.
|Number of teenage conceptions by area of usual residence, London boroughs, 2001-05( 1)|
|(1) Figures for 2005 are provisional Note: To preserve confidentiality, counts for the City of London have been combined with those for Hackney LB.|
Dr. Gibson: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer by what procedures people are able to apply to be removed from the tax credit register. 
Dawn Primarolo: I refer my hon. Friend to the answer I gave to the hon. Member for Yeovil (Mr. Laws) on 18 April 2006, Official Report, columns 565-66W.