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As a percentage of weekly pay
5th percentile 10th percentile 25th percentile 75th percentile 90th percentile 95th percentile Average weekly pay( 4)

1997

1.2

1.4

1.8

4.0

5.7

7.1

268.9

1998

1.2

1.4

1.8

4.0

5.7

7.1

280.2

1999

1.3

1.4

1.8

4.0

5.8

7.2

290.0

2000

1.3

1.5

1.9

4.0

5.8

7.3

299.6

2001

1.3

1.4

1.9

4.0

5.8

7.5

312.5

2002

1.3

1.5

1.8

4.1

5.9

7.6

324.8

2003

1.4

1.5

1.9

4.1

6.0

7.7

334.8

2004 excl.(2)

1.4

1.5

1.9

4.1

5.9

7.6

349.6

2004 inc.(2)

1.4

1.5

1.9

4.1

5.9

7.6

345.5

2005

1.4

1.5

1.9

4.2

6.1

7.8

349.1

2006

1.4

1.5

1.9

4.2

6.1

7.8

364.1

(1) Employees on adult rates whose pay for the survey pay-period was not affected by absence.
(2) In 2004 additional supplementary surveys were introduced to improve the coverage of the Annual Survey of Hours and Earnings. Figures are presented both excluding and including the additional surveys for comparison purposes.
(3) Median gross hourly pay.
(4) Median gross weekly pay.
Source:
Annual Survey of Hours and Earnings, Office for National Statistics.

Child Trust Fund

Julia Goldsworthy: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how much was paid to Alvin Hall to promote the Child Trust Fund; and what activities he has undertaken. [130402]

Ed Balls: Mr. Hall is an independent financial advisor, television presenter and author, who specialises in giving easy-to-understand advice to the public on their financial investments.

He has been employed since October 2005 to assist HMRC with its efforts to encourage parents to open and contribute to Child Trust Fund (CTF) savings accounts for their children, and he has been paid a total of £75,000 since that date. His activities in that period have included:

Climate Change Levy

Gregory Barker: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer for what reasons clean electricity generated
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using carbon capture and storage technology is subject to the climate change levy. [135581]

John Healey: The climate change levy is a tax on non-domestic use of energy aimed at promoting energy efficiency. As there are currently no commercial-scale power generation plants in the UK which deploy carbon capture and storage the issue of liability to pay the levy in respect of electricity generated from such plants does not arise.

At Budget 2007 the Government announced a competition to launch the UK's first full-scale carbon capture and storage demonstration. This demonstration will provide the evidence which will enable us to take informed policy decisions, including on taxation issues.

Coinage

Mr. Fallon: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer (1) what powers are available to him in relation to the recovery of costs to the public purse caused by decisions by private sector companies in relation to coinage use and supply; [135934]

(2) how much and what proportion of the £3.8 million cost of the increase in demand for coinage in 2006-07 was attributable to Tesco changing its supplier for cash; [135935]

(3) whether he plans to recover the cost to the public purse in relation to coinage in 2006-07 arising from Tesco’s change of cash supplier from (a) Tesco and (b) Tesco’s new supplier of cash. [135936]

Ed Balls: It is Government policy to meet demand for UK coinage. This minimises the risk that the public or businesses might find themselves short of coins, which in turn might restrict economic activity. The Treasury pays for the production of UK circulating coins while the Exchequer receives all seignorage. Overall, this generates a net inflow of capital for the public purse. Fluctuations in demand for UK coinage can occur for a variety of reasons and it is not normally possible to quantify the impact of any one specific factor.

Departments: ICT

Chris Huhne: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what the (a) originally estimated, (b) most recently estimated and (c) outturn cost was of each of the five largest information technology contracts agreed by his Department with outside suppliers in the last five years, as referred to in the answer of 22 May 2006, Official Report, columns 1431-32W, on information technology. [135610]

John Healey: All of the contracts had been completed when I answered the hon. Gentleman's earlier question.

Departments: Ministerial Red Boxes

John Hemming: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many Ministerial red boxes his Department bought in each of the last five years; and how much each cost. [134951]

John Healey: During the last five years HM Treasury has purchased only one box pouch in 2005-06 and just one despatch box in 2006-07. The total cost including VAT was £1,388 and £511 respectively.


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Departments: Occupational Health

Andrew Rosindell: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many of his Department's employees suffered injuries while on duty in each year since 1997. [134615]

John Healey: It is the Treasury's departmental policy to log all reports of accidents to assist with the effectiveness of its accident-prevention measures and its health and safety training for staff. The number of accidents recorded for the last six years which were reported as having caused injuries are as follows:

HMT

2001-02

14

2002-03

24

2003-04

13

2004-05

15

2005-06

6

2006-07

3


Drugs: Misuse

Mr. Harper: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many deaths in (a) Gloucestershire, (b) the Forest of Dean, (c) England and (d) the UK have been attributed to the illegal use of ketamine in the last five years. [136072]

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

Letter from Colin Mowl, dated 8 May 2007:


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Number of deaths from drug-related poisoning where ketamine was mentioned on the death record( 1) , England and United Kingdom( 2) , 2001 to 2005( 3)
England United Kingdom

2001

2

3

2002

1

1

2003

3

3

2004

1

1

2005

0

0

(1) Cause of death was defined using the International Classification of Diseases, Tenth Revision (ICD-10) codes F11-F16, F18-F19, X40-X44, X60-X64, X85 and Y10-Y14 and where ketamine was mentioned on the death record. This includes deaths where ketamine was mentioned alone and where ketamine was mentioned with other substances. Where multiple substances are mentioned in the death record it is not possible to tell which of them was primarily responsible for the death.
(2) Figures refer to deaths to residents of England and to all deaths within the United Kingdom.
(3) Figures are for deaths registered in each calendar year.

Euro Preparations Unit

Mr. Francois: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer pursuant to the answer of 12 March 2007, Official Report, column 98W, on Economic and Monetary Union, how many people were employed by the Euro Preparations Unit in each year since 1997, broken down by grade. [131378]

Ed Balls: There are currently two individuals at Range D and Range E working on Euro Preparations, and contributing as necessary to other EUCS-led work.

The number of people in the Euro Preparations Unit (EPU) as at 31 March in each previous year is as follows:

Staff Range A Range B Range C Range D Range E Range F

1998

4

1

1

1

1

1999

15

1

3

4

6

1

2000

13

3

1

4

4

1

2001

13

2

1

5

4

1

2002

15

3

2

5

4

1

2003

17

3

2

6

6

2004

15

4

2

5

3

1

2005

9

1

2

4

2

2006

4

1

1

1

1


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