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Sarah Teather: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many underage pregnancies were recorded in each London borough in each of the last five years, broken down by ethnic group. 
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 March 2007:
As National Statistician I have been asked to reply to your recent question asking how many underage pregnancies have been recorded in each London borough in each of the last five years, broken down by ethnic group. (127739)
Figures on underage pregnancies are estimated using the number of conceptions that resulted in a live birth, stillbirth or termination.
Information on ethnicity is not collected at birth registration and hence figures on underage pregnancies by ethnicity are not available.
Number of conceptions to girls aged under 16 in each London Borough for the years 2001-2005 (the most recent year for which figures are available), are shown in the
attached table. Figures for 2005 are provisional.
|Number of conceptions to girls aged under 16 years by area of usual residence, London, 2001-2005( 1)|
|Area of usual residence||2001||2002||2003||2004||2005( 1)|
|(1) Figures for 2005 are provisional.|
To preserve confidentiality, counts for City of London have been combined with those for Hackney LB.
Dr. Kumar: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will provide additional assistance to (a) low income families and (b) pensioners to pay for water bills. 
Dawn Primarolo: Since 1997 the Government have provided significant additional financial assistance to families and pensioners to help them meet all their living costs. Child Benefit and Child Tax Credit are the main tools for directing financial support to families. From April 2007, financial support for all two children families will be at least £1,570, with the poorest receiving £5,810.
From April, the basic state pension will increase by £3.05 to £87.30 a week, the biggest increase in the basic state pension since 2001; and the pension credit guarantee will see its biggest cash rise: by £5 to £119.05 a week for a single person and by £7.65 to £181.70 for a couple.
Andrew Selous: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer for what reason tax credit repayments cannot be taken from future payments when a single claim becomes a joint claim by a couple; and if he will make a statement. 
Dawn Primarolo [holding answer 2 March 2007]: Entitlement to a tax credit award comes to an end where an individual who has made a single claim becomes part of a couple. Tax credit legislation does not allow recovery from a subsequent partner where the overpayment arose from an earlier award to which that person had neither claimed nor benefited.
Any overpayment on the single claim can be collected over 12 months. In cases of hardship, HMRC will consider recovering over a longer periods if appropriate.
Andrew Selous: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer when he expects to provide a substantive reply to question 124660, tabled on 27 February 2007. 
Dawn Primarolo: I have done so.
Mr. Laws: To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many admissions there were to accident and emergency departments in 2006, broken down by (a) type and (b) strategic health authority (SHA); and what proportion of the resident population of each SHA the latter figure represents. 
Information on the number of emergency admissions via accident and emergency (A&E) departments for January to December 2006,
broken down by A&E type and strategic health authority, is show in the following table.
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