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James Brokenshire: To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many schemes have been funded by the Youth Opportunities Fund, broken down by (a) local authority area and (b) type. [128263]

Mr. Dhanda: The Youth Opportunity Fund (YOF) and the Youth Capital Fund (YCF) have only been available to local authorities from April 2006. A total of £115 million is available for both funds over 2006-08.

We do not hold centrally information on the types of schemes the Youth Opportunity Fund is funding. We are currently in the process of collating data on the numbers of projects and the young people involved in the funds for the first year of funding 2006-07. This information will be available after the end of the financial year, when reports have been received from LAs.

James Brokenshire: To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how much of the Youth Opportunities Fund remains (a) uncommitted and (b) unspent for (i) 2006-07 and (ii) 2007-08. [128264]

Mr. Dhanda: A total of £115 million is available through the Youth Opportunity and Youth Capital Funds over the period 2006-08. A total of £57.5 million is available in each of the years 2006-07 and 2007-08. All the funds for 2006-07 and 2007-08 have been allocated to local authorities. In 2006-07, £170,179 was
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withheld at the request of four authorities who indicated they would not be able to spend their full allocation.

It is not possible for the £170,179 under spend to be reallocated at this stage of the year.

Treasury

Alcoholic Drinks: Death

Mr. Graham Stuart: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer in how many deaths in the East Riding of Yorkshire alcohol was cited as the primary cause in each of the last five years; and if he will make a statement. [129700]

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

Letter from Karen Dunnell, dated 22 March 2007:

Table 1. Number of deaths with an alcohol-related underlying cause of death( 1) . East Riding of Yorkshire unitary authority( 2) , 2001 to 2005( 3) —Deaths (persons)
Number

2001

24

2002

19

2003

29

2004

24

2005

29

(1) Cause of death was defined using the International Classification of Diseases, Tenth Revision (ICD-10). The specific causes of death categorised as alcohol-related, and their corresponding ICD-10 codes, are shown in the box below.
(2) Based on local authority boundaries as of 2007.
(3) Figures are for deaths registered in each calendar year.

Box 1. Alcohol-related causes of death—International Classification of Diseases, Tenth Revision (ICD-10)
Cause of death ICD-10 code(s)

Mental and behavioural disorders due to use of alcohol

F10

Degeneration of nervous system due to alcohol

G31.2

Alcoholic polyneuropathy

G62.1

Alcoholic cardiomyopathy

I42.6

Alcoholic gastritis

K29.2

Alcoholic liver disease

K70

Chronic hepatitis, not elsewhere classified

K73

Fibrosis and cirrhosis of liver (excl. Biliary cirrhosis)

K74 (excl. K74.3-K74.5)

Alcohol induced chronic pancreatitis

K86.0

Accidental poisoning by and exposure to alcohol

X45

Intentional self-poisoning by and exposure to alcohol

X65

Poisoning by and exposure to alcohol, undetermined intent

Y15


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Business: Migrant Workers

Mr. Clegg: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what estimate he has made of the number of UK businesses that employ migrant workers. [129180]

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

Letter from Karen Dunnell, dated 22 March 2007:

Child Trust Fund

Mr. Francois: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer pursuant to the answer of 7 March 2007, Official Report, column 2032W, on the Child Trust Fund, how many children born in each quarter since April 2005 are in receipt of child benefit, live in the UK and are not subject to any immigration restrictions. [128452]

Dawn Primarolo: The following table shows the number of children for whom child benefit was claimed at 30 November 2006, who live in the UK and are not subject to any immigration restrictions, by the quarter and year in which they were born.

Number of children for whom child benefit was claimed: November 2006
Thousand
Birth date Number of children

September 2002 to March 2005

1,780

April to June 2005

176

July to September 2005

182

October to December 2005

171

January to March 2006

172

April to June 2006

174

July to September 2006

175


Departments: Manpower

Mr. Francois: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer (1) how many members his Department’s Budget, Tax and Welfare Comprehensive Spending Review co-ordination team had in February 2007; [128360]

(2) why his Department’s Budget, Tax and Welfare Comprehensive Spending Review co-ordination team does not appear on the latest Treasury Organisation chart; [128364]

(3) on what date he established his Department’s Budget, Tax and Welfare CSR co-ordination team. [128485]

John Healey: This temporary team existed from March 2006 to February 2007, when it had one member.

Departments: Recruitment

Mr. Francois: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer (1) how many candidates applied for the new position on his Council of Economic Advisers that Gila Sacks now holds; [128370]

(2) what the process is for (a) advertising and recruiting and (b) selecting and interviewing candidates for his Council of Economic Advisers. [128371]


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John Healey: The appointment of special advisers is conducted in accordance with the Ministerial Code.

Gila Sacks

Mr. Francois: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer whether Gila Sacks has replaced another member of his Council of Economic Advisers. [128369]

John Healey: Gila Sacks did not replace another member of the Council of Economic Advisers.

Insurance Companies: Ethics

Dr. Pugh: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what complaints his Department has received on the ethical standards of the insurance industry. [128956]

Ed Balls: The Treasury receives correspondence relating to a wide range of issues. I am not aware of any recent letters to the Treasury on the ethical standards of the insurance industry.

The Financial Services Authority (FSA) is responsible for regulating the insurance industry. The FSA’s Principles for Business place high-level responsibilities on regulated firms to, among other things, act with integrity and to treat their customers fairly. Additionally, the FSA’s Threshold Conditions set down the minimum standards for becoming and remaining authorised, including that the firm is ‘fit and proper’ to conduct authorised business.

Planning Gain Supplement

Michael Gove: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what proportion of revenue from planning gain supplement from developments in London he plans to be allocated to the Greater London Authority. [128637]

John Healey: Budget 2007 announced that the Government propose that either the Mayor of London or one of his functional bodies would directly receive the regional share of PGS revenues for infrastructure to deliver the objectives identified in the London Plan. As in other regions, the expectation is that transport would be the focus of spending in the short term.

Stamp Duties

Michael Gove: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer (1) what proportion of home buyers in 1996-97 paid (a) nought and (b) 1 per cent. stamp duty; [128641]

(2) what proportion of home buyers in the last year for which figures are available paid (a) nought, (b) one, (c) three and (d) 4 per cent. stamp duty. [128642]

Mr. Timms: The following table gives the estimated numbers and percentage of residential property transactions in England and Wales falling into each stamp duty band in 1996-97. Figures for the UK are not available for this year.


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Price range (£) Stamp duty rate (percentage) Number of residential property transactions (000) Percentage of residential transactions

0 to 60,000

0

698

59

60,001 +

1

482

41


The following table gives the estimated percentage of residential property transactions in the UK falling into each stamp duty band in 2005-06:

Stamp duty land tax rate (percentage) Number of residential property transactions (000) Percentage of residential transactions paying tax at rate

0

784

48

1

640

39

3

179

11

4

39

2


The 0 per cent. band includes residential transactions involving considerations over £120,000 which were relieved from stamp duty land tax due to disadvantaged area relief.

Treasury Board

Mr. Francois: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer (1) how many of his Department’s managing directors attended the Treasury Board’s last away day; [128359]

(2) on what date his Department’s Director of Operations was appointed to the Treasury Board; [128361]

(3) what changes have been made to the Treasury Board since 1 February 2007; [128362]

(4) on what date it was decided that all managing directors would become members of the Treasury Board; [128363]

(5) on what date his Department first placed a summary of the Treasury Board’s four meetings in 2006-07 on his Department’s website; [128365]

(6) if he will publish on his Departmental website minutes from the HM Treasury Executive Committee; [128372]

(7) pursuant to the answer of 8 March 2007, Official Report, column 2236W, on the Treasury Board, which Treasury Director sat on the Treasury Board prior to Michael Ellam’s appointment; [128454]

(8) pursuant to the answer of 8 March 2007, Official Report, column 2236W, on the Treasury Board, if he will place in the Library full minutes of the four meetings of the Treasury Board that have taken place in 2006-07 and of which summaries have been placed on his Department’s website. [128456]

John Healey: I refer to the answer I gave to the hon. Member for Rayleigh on 8 March 2007, Official Report, column 2236W.

No changes have been made to the Treasury Board since 1 February 2007.

Managing Directors attend Treasury Board meetings as a matter of course. Managing Director posts have
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always been at board level. The post of Director of Operations has attended the Board since its creation. The post of Director of Policy and Planning was created in July 2004 and became a full member of this Board in July 2005.

Details of individual postholders have been provided in the department’s annual reports.

There is no body known as the HM Treasury Executive Committee.


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