Angela Eagle: The Department has not estimated the number of its staff using public transport to commute. Treasury encourages the use of public transport and cycling to work by providing interest-free loans for the purchase of public transport season tickets and participation in the Cycle to Work scheme.
(2) what guidance HM Revenue and Customs has produced on whether ministerial severance payments under the Ministerial and other Pensions and Salaries Act 1991 are liable to (a) income tax and (b) National Insurance contributions. 
Jane Kennedy: HMRC provides guidance on a range of tax and national insurance issues both in a booklet about tax for Members of Parliament and Ministers and in the notes to the parliament pages of the self-assessment return.
Mr. Andrew Smith: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what proportion of planning-gain supplement he proposes to return to the local authorities within whose area it is generated; and whether the remainder will be allocated to the region within which it is generated. 
Angela Eagle: John Miskelly was appointed a member of the Public Services Productivity Panel in September 2000, he resigned from the panel on 31 October 2001. During that time he attended two meetings of the panel.
Mr. Hollobone: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will consider (a) amalgamating the tax offices in Kettering into one building and (b) not relocating the staff to Northampton or Leicester. 
I will consider all representations that have been made to me on this subject from hon. Members, staff and Trade Unions alongside the impact on customers, staff and diversity before coming to a view. HMRC will retain an inquiry centre presence in Kettering irrespective of the outcome of the review.
Mr. Mullin: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what discussions he has had with Mapeley about the feasibility of finding alternative uses for Shackleton and Gilbridge Houses in Sunderland if HM Revenue and Customs withdraws from Sunderland city centre; and if he will make a statement. 
Jane Kennedy: HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) are currently undertaking a review of the Newcastle, Sunderland and Washington urban centre. No decisions have yet been made. HMRC have not discussed the feasibility of finding alternative uses for Shackleton and Gilbridge Houses in Sunderland with Mapeley.
Mr. Mullin: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what assessment he has made of the likely impact on the economy of Sunderland city centre of the proposed closure of HM Revenue and Customs offices in Gilbridge and Shackleton houses; and if he will make a statement. 
Mark Hunter: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what the teenage conception rate was for (a) the Stockport Primary Care Trust area and (b) Cheadle at the latest date for which figures are available. 
The National Statistician has been asked to reply to your recent question asking what the teenage conception rate was for (a) the Stockport Primary Care Trust area and (b) Cheadle at the latest date for which figures are available. I am replying in her absence. (147257)
ONS does not routinely produce teenage conception figures for girls aged under 20 by Primary Care Trust (PCT) because there is a risk of disclosure of information about individuals due to differences in boundaries between PCTs and local authorities.
Figures for girls aged under 18 are however published at local authority level and figures for the Metropolitan District of Stockport for 2005 (the most recent year for which figures are available) are shown in the table below and are estimates of the number of conceptions that resulted in a live birth, stillbirth or legal termination. Figures for 2005 are provisional.
|Under 18 conceptions: number and rate for Stockport Metropolitan District 2005( 1)
|(1 )Figures for 2005 are provisional. (2) Rate per 1,000 females aged 15-17.
Mr. Hollobone: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what his most recent estimate is of the number of 18 to 24-year-olds not in education, employment or training in (a) the UK, (b) Northamptonshire and (c) Kettering constituency. 
The National Statistician has been asked to reply to your Parliamentary Question about young people not in employment, education or training. I am replying in her absence. (146405)
There were 992,000 people, aged 18 to 24, resident in the United Kingdom, who were not in full-time education, employment or training, based on data from the Annual Population Survey, for the 12 months ending in December 2006. This is 19 per cent of the 18 to 24 population. The corresponding estimates for the county of Northamptonshire are 12,000 and 21 per cent respectively. For the Kettering constituency, the corresponding estimates are 2,000 and 17 per cent respectively.
Estimates for a subset of the population in a small geographical area, are based on very small sample sizes, and are therefore subject to large margins of uncertainty. This is particularly true for the estimates for Northamptonshire and Kettering.
The National Statistician has been asked to reply to your Parliamentary Question asking how many people in (a) England and (b) Milton Keynes have been classed as unemployed in each year between 1997 and 2007. I am replying in her absence. (146671)
For unitary and local authorities, the Office for National Statistics (ONS) produces estimates of total unemployment, following International Labour Organisation (ILO) definitions, from a statistical model. Annual estimates for other areas are compiled from the annual local area Labour Force Survey (LFS) and the Annual Population Survey (APS) following ILO definitions.
Table 1, attached, shows the number of persons aged 16 and over, resident in England, who were unemployed and the corresponding unemployment rate, for the 12 months ending in February 1997 to February 2004 from the annual local area LFS, and for the 12 months ending in March 2005 to March 2006 from the APS. Table 1 also shows corresponding model-based estimates for the Milton Keynes unitary authority.
The LFS and APS data and the model-based estimates are all subject to a margin of uncertainty.
ONS also compiles statistics for local areas of people claiming Jobseekers Allowance (ISA). Table 2, attached, shows the annual average number of people, resident in England and the Milton Keynes unitary authority, claiming ISA from 1997 to 2006. Also shown are the total numbers of claimants as percentages of the resident working age population.
|Table 1: unemployed persons, aged 16 and over, resident in England and Milton Keynes
|12 months ending:
|Rate( 1,2) (percentage)
|Rate( 2,3) (percentage)
|(1) Annual local area Labour Force Survey and Annual Population Survey data subject to a margin of uncertainty associated with sampling variability.
(2) Unemployed as a percentage of the economically active population.
(3) Model-based estimates subject to a margin of uncertainty associated with the statistical model. Changes in the estimates over time should be treated with particular caution.
Annual local area Labour Force Survey; Annual Population Survey; ONS
|Table 2: annual average number of claimants of jobseekers allowance resident in England and Milton Keynes and the number expressed as a percentage of the working age population
|Proportion( 1) (percentage)
|Proportion( 1) (percentage)
|(1) Number of claimants expressed as a percentage of the resident working-age population.
Jobcentre Plus administrative data