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Joan Walley: To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what funding has been provided by his Department for the timber trade action plan (TTAP); when he expects the TTAP report on mills in China to be made available; and if he will make a statement. 
DEFRA is not funding the timber trade action plan (TTAP) but has provided a grant of £151,692 from the World Summit On Sustainable Development Implementation Fund to The Tropical Forest Trust, which also manages TTAP. This funding
supports a project which aims to help Chinese wood processing firms achieve market demands for legal and sustainable timber. A public report on the first phase of the projectan industry supply chain studywill be available at the end of March.
Mr. Laws: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer pursuant to the answer of 14 March 2007, Official Report, column 406W, on average earnings, what information can be extracted from the Labour Force Survey relating to the pay gap for (a) women with dependent children, (b) ethnic minorities, (c) workers with disabilities and (d) workers with the fewest qualifications. 
As National Statistician, I have been asked to reply to your Parliamentary Question about the pay gap, as represented by average hourly earnings, between men and certain other groups of employees. (129909)
In your earlier question, Official Report Volume 458, column 406, to which you refer, you requested a time series of data from 1997. I pointed out that while the data was available from the Labour Force Survey (LFS), it could only be provided at a disproportionate cost. I have therefore only provided data for 2006.
The attached table gives a breakdown of the average hourly earnings of employees of working age, and the percentage pay gap between all male employees and employees who are either women with dependent children, people from ethnic minorities, workers with disabilities, and employees for each of the main qualification groups.
Average hourly earnings shown are based on the statistical mean. The ONS also publishes information for both the mean and median hourly earnings in table 38 of the LFS Historical Quarterly Supplement, which can be found at:
The results shown are not comparable to those provided in the earlier reply as that information was provided from the Annual Survey of Hourly Earnings (ASHE). The estimates relate to the three months ending June 2006. These estimates have not been seasonally adjusted.
Estimates are taken from the LFS. As with any sample survey, estimates from the LFS are subject to a margin of uncertainty.
|Average gross hourly earnings of employees of working age( 1) and percentage pay gap to all male employees of working age United Kingdom, not seasonally adjusted|
|£ and percentage|
|Three months ending June 2006||Mean gross hourly earnings (£)||Pay gap( 2) (percentage)|
|(1) 16 to 64 for men and 16-59 for women.|
(2) The percentage difference between the relevant hourly pay for all persons in each group, and that of male employees (£12.38).
(3) Includes both full-time and part-time employees.
(4) Includes those who have a long term disability.
Gross hourly earnings data are known to be underestimated in the LFS. This is principally because of proxy responses.
ONS Labour Force Survey (LFS)
The National Statistician has been asked to reply to your question about the number of births forecast in each strategic health authority area of England for (a) 2010, (b) 2020 and (c) 2030. I am replying in her absence. (129886)
The most recent projection of the number of births at strategic health authority area was made as part of the 2004-based subnational population projections published by the Office for National Statistics in October 2006.
The attached table gives the projected figures for each strategic health authority for the year to mid~2010) 2020 and 2029 (the final year of the 25 year projection horizon) as used in the 2004-based subnational population projections.
|Projected births for strategic health authority areas in England 2004based subnational population projections|
Dawn Primarolo: Estimates of the cost of capital gains tax taper relief for 2005-06 and 2006-07 were published in Table A3.1 of the 2007 Financial Statement and Budget Report. Estimates for later years are not available.
Mr. Quentin Davies: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will estimate the net cost or saving to public funds if central government contributions to local government expenditure and the financing of the health service and of policing were allocated by applying throughout the United Kingdom the same needs-based formulae as are currently used to allocate public spending in England in those fields. 
Mr. Timms: Under the devolved funding arrangements set out in the Statement of Funding Policy published in July 2004 it is for the devolved administrations to determine how much is spent on the health service and local government expenditure, and similarly for policing in Scotland, within their overall block budgets.
Mr. Laws: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what assessment he has made of the amount and proportion of disposable income spent on formal child care by people in each income quintile; and if he will make a statement. 
Dawn Primarolo: The Government do not hold information on the amount and proportion of disposable income spent on formal child care by income quintile. Child care costs vary depending on a number of different factors, including type of care, age of child, time of care, region, whether or not the child is disabled and whether the care is part or full-time.
Danny Alexander: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many households receive the disability element of child tax credit, broken down by (a) region, (b) local authority and (c) parliamentary constituency. 
Dawn Primarolo: Estimates of the average number of in-work families benefiting from the disabled child element of the Child Tax Credit (CTC) in each area requested, are shown in Child and Working Tax Credits Statistics. Finalised Awards 2004-05. Geographical Analyses. This publication can be found on the HMRC website at:
Mrs. Spelman: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what discussions the Valuation Office Agency (VOA) had with the Welsh Assembly Government on the implementation of the VOAs automated valuation model in Wales for council tax valuation purposes. 
Dawn Primarolo: The automated valuation model was not used for valuation purposes in the 2005 council tax revaluation in Wales. The possibility of its future use to keep the banding lists up to date to reflect new or altered properties has been raised with Welsh Assembly Government officials.
Mr. Heald: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how much his Department has spent on (a) sponsoring newspaper or publication supplements and (b) funding advertorials in newspapers or publications in the latest year for which figures are available; and what the topic was of each publication. 
John Healey: I refer to the answer given to the hon. Member for Wealden (Charles Hendry) on 19 December 2006, Official Report, columns 1738-39W. Further analysis of the spending could be provided only at disproportionate cost.
Chris Huhne: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what monetary value is assigned by his Department to the social cost of carbon in assessing Government projects; what value was recommended by the Stern review on climate change; and if he will make a statement. 
In January 2002, Estimating the Social Cost of Carbon Emission a Government Economic Service (GES) working paper, was published jointly by DEFRA and the Treasury. It suggested £70 per tonne of Carbon (tC) (within a range of £35 to £140 per tC) as an illustrative estimate for the global damage cost of carbon emissions. This would rise by £1 per tC per year in real terms to reflect the increasing marginal cost of emissions over time. The GES paper also recommended periodic reviews of the illustrative
figures as new evidence became available. The UK was almost unique in issuing official guidance on the social cost of carbon (SCC). The scientific and socio-economic uncertainties behind these calculations are very significant.
The Stern Review estimates the SCC for a scenario of unmitigated climate change averaging over time and over different possible outcomes, is $85 per tCO2 in year 2000, rising over time. The equivalent value in 2007 might be around £264-269 per tC.
However, the Stern Review also notes that, if the world converges on a trajectory towards stabilisation at a level that reduces the risks and damages of climate change, the SCC will be lower, perhaps $25-30 per tCO2 in year 2000. Again, this would rise over time. The equivalent value in 2007 might be around £90-95 per tC.
Economists from relevant government departments are currently developing revised guidance on the calculation and use of shadow prices of carbon in informing UK policy decisions in the light of the Stern Review work on the social cost of carbon as well as previous work by DEFRA in this area. The aim is to publish revised guidance by the summer.
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