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Sir Gerald Kaufman: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will reply to the letters dated 23 April and 23 May from the right hon. Member for Manchester, Gorton to the Chairman of HM Revenue and Customs on Mr. Tallat Ayub. 
Jim Cousins: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what (a) gross domestic product and (b) gross value added per head was in each (i) region and (ii) county of the UK in each year since 1998. 
The National Statistician has been asked to reply to your recent question about gross value added (GVA) and gross domestic product (GDP) per head in each region and county in the UK in each year since 1998.1 am replying in her absence. (149490)
The Office for National Statistics publishes regional GVA(1) using official statistical geographies known as Nomenclature of Units for Territorial Statistics (NUTS)(2). NUTS1 includes Government Office Regions, Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland. NUTS2 and NUTS3 include county level data but do not fully correspond to the counties of the United Kingdom. Regional GVA estimates are expressed at current basic prices and do not allow for changes in prices over time (inflation) or differences in regional price levels (purchasing power).
The full range of regional GVA estimates is available on the ONS website:
(1) Gross Value Added (GVA) is Gross Domestic Product (GDP) less taxes (plus subsidies) on products.
(2) The Nomenclature of Units for Territorial Statistics (NUTS) provides a single uniform breakdown for the production of regional statistics for the European Union. Regional GVA data are produced at three levels of NUTS in the UK. These are:
NUTS1: Government Office Regions and Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland.
NUTS2: 37 areassometimes referred to as sub-regions.
NUTS3: 133 areasgenerally groups of unitary authorities or districts, also known as local areas.
Jane Kennedy: It is not possible to state how many national insurance cards are in circulation. Once a national insurance number (NINO) has been allocated to an individual, HMRC IT systems issue them with a plastic NINO card to act as a permanent reminder of the number. The card clearly states that it is not proof of identity. The card itself is purely a notification card and is not considered to be a secure document and as such the card is not numbered or controlled.
Anne Main: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what assessment he has made of the effectiveness of his Departments mechanisms for the monitoring of agencies specialising in international money transfers; and if he will make a statement. 
Kitty Ussher: The Treasury conducted an assessment of the supervision of money service businesses by HMRC for anti-money laundering purposes in autumn 2006. Its conclusions are currently being implemented as part of the UKs criminal and terrorist finance strategy, launched in February this year.
The Government have also committed, following agreement reached on the EU Payment Services Directive (PSD) in April 2007, to bring money transfer companies into regulation from November 2009. The Treasury will launch a public consultation on the implementation of the PSD in autumn 2007.
Andrew George: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer (1) with which (a) Government Departments and (b) local authorities HM Revenue and Customs shares (i) individual tax liability records and (ii) capital gains tax liability records; 
(2) what assessment he has made of the merits of (a) cross checking and (b) sharing (i) all tax liability records and (ii) capital gains tax liability records with those (A) Government Departments and (B) local authorities for which such data would assist them with the efficient discharge of their responsibilities; 
Statutory gateways provide HMRC with the lawful authority to share its information with others. Gateways detail with whom the information may be shared and for what purpose. All disclosures must be fully compliant with the provisions of the Data Protection and Human Rights Acts.
These gateways permit HMRC to disclose relevant, necessary and appropriate information in limited and defined circumstances to enable them to efficiently discharge their responsibilities. A list of the most commonly used gateways can be accessed via the following link:
Angela Eagle: The rates of taxation for betting, gaming and lotteries are published in the HM Revenue and Customs Betting and Gaming Factsheet, available at http://www.uktradeinfo.com/index.cfm? task=factbetting.
Mr. Boris Johnson: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many and what percentage of 19 to 21-year-olds were (a) economically inactive and not in full-time education and (b) unemployed in each year since 1997, broken down by local education authority. 
The National Statistician has been asked to reply to your Parliamentary Question about persons aged 19 to 21 who are either economically inactive and not in full-time education or unemployed. I am replying in her absence. (149097)
The Office for National Statistics compiles statistics of economic inactivity and unemployment for local areas from the annual local area Labour Force Survey (LFS) and the Annual Population Survey (APS) following International Labour Organisation definitions.
Table 1, attached, shows the numbers and percentages of persons aged 19 to 21 who are economically inactive and not in full-time education, resident in each local education authority in Great Britain, for the 12 months ending in February from 1999 to 2004 from the annual local area LFS and for the 12 months ending in March 2005 to 2006. Data for the 12 month periods ending in February 1997, February 1998 and February 2000 are not readily available for local education authorities.
Table 2, attached, shows the numbers and percentages of persons aged 19 to 21 who are unemployed, resident in each local education authority in Great Britain, for the 12 months ending in February from 1999 to 2004 from the annual local area LFS and for the 12 months ending in March 2005 to 2006. Data for the 12 month periods ending in February 1997, February 1998 and February 2000 are not readily available for local education authorities.
Note that the percentages provided, as requested, are proportions of the 19 to 21 population. This is not the official unemployment rate which is defined as the number of unemployed expressed as the percentage of the economically active population.
As these estimates are for a subset of the population in small geographical areas, they are based on small sample sizes, and are therefore subject to large margins of uncertainty. In this case, the sample sizes are not sufficient to give an accurate estimate of even the direction of the change over time.
As the information provided is extensive, a copy of the tables has been placed in the House of Commons Library.
Mr. Hoban: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many (a) individuals and (b) households were in receipt of either child tax credit or working tax credit in each year for which figures are available. 
Jane Kennedy: The average number of households benefiting from either child or working tax credits in each year, or receiving the equivalent support through out-of-work benefits, is shown in Child and Working Tax Credit Statistics: Finalised annual awards for 2003-04, 2004-05 and 2005-06. These are available on the HMRC website at:
David Simpson: To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how many and what percentage of staff in her Department are making additional voluntary contributions to their pensions; and what steps she has taken in the last 12 months to encourage more people to make such contributions. 
Mr. Iain Wright: Forty-two members of staff in Communities and Local Government (1.9 per cent. of the total number of staff employed by the Department) currently make additional voluntary pension contributions through deductions from their pay. Pension scheme members receive an annual benefit statement showing the pension built up to date, and also a projection of pension on retirement if the member continues in service to scheme pension age. The benefit statement provides details of the Civil Service Pensions website where staff can obtain further information, including on options for making additional voluntary contributions to boost their pension.
Mr. Leech: To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government (1) whether her Department has had discussions with the Community Development Foundation on the appropriateness of religious groups receiving grants from the Faith Communities Capacity Building Fund where allegations of cultish behaviour have been made against them; 
Mr. Dhanda: The Department has received correspondence from a member of the public regarding the alleged cultish behaviour of the Friends of the Western Buddhist Order, New Kadarnpa Tradition and Soka Gakkai International. No other representation has been received by the Department. Communities and Local Government has commissioned the Community Development Foundation to administer the Faith Communities Capacity Building Fund. Officials made the Community Development Foundation aware of the existence of the allegations. The Department considered whether these allegations had any relevance when set against the Fund's stringent criteria and guidelines. The decision was made that the criteria were satisfied and the award of funding was made.
Julia Goldsworthy: To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what assessment she has made of levels of night-time fire cover across the country; and if she will make a statement. 
Mr. Dhanda [holding answer 11 July 2007]: Fire and Rescue Authorities (FRAs) are required by the Fire and Rescue Service National Framework to have in place and maintain an Integrated Risk Management Plan (IRMP) which reflects local need and sets out plans to tackle effectively both existing and potential risks to communities. The IRMP enables the Authority to tailor cover, to fire and other incidents, to local circumstances by evaluating where risk is greatest and allocating resources accordingly.
It is not the role of Ministers to intervene in the operational proposals of an authority's IRMP; that is for elected members of the authority concerned to determine following full consultation with the local community. The local authority is best placed to act on the professional advice of principal officers and to balance the competing local demands on available resources for the benefits of the communities they serve.
Mr. Lancaster: To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government whether an application has been made to the European Union Solidarity Fund as a result of the recent flooding across the UK. 
John Healey: We are keen to access appropriate sources of funding to help deal with the flooding that has so badly affected some of the English regions. We are urgently investigating whether the recent flooding would meet the criteria set by the European Commission for applying for support to the European Union Solidarity Fund.
Mr. Lancaster: To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government whether (a) Milton Keynes Council and (b) Stoke Goldington Parish Council will be eligible following the severe flooding in Stoke Goldington, Milton Keynes to apply for part of the £14 million emergency fund for flooded communities recently announced by the Prime Minister. 
Firstly, there is a £10 million Flood Recovery Grant Scheme administered by my Department to support local authorities in their work within communities affected by the flooding, and in particular to enable them to help those in greatest and most immediate need get back on their feet. This is funding for lower-tier local authorities, so Stoke Goldington Parish Council is not eligible.
I announced on 13 July a series of initial payments to local authorities under this scheme, based on the information available to me at the time about the number of households affected by flooding and on my judgment as how to best share the available funding to the best benefit of affected communities. Milton Keynes was considered for, but has not received, an initial payment. We will be making allocations in due course of the remaining funding, and are encouraging all affected local authorities to work closely with their Government Office on assessing the impact of the recent flooding. I will consider the case for payments to all eligible councils on the basis of the information I have at that time.
Secondly, there is £3 million from the Department for Transport to assist emergency capital works needed to restore the functionality of the highway network. This is for highways authorities, which means that Milton Keynes can apply but Stoke Goldington cannot. Applications will be considered on a case-by-case basis, depending on the nature and urgency of the repairs, and the availability of resources.
Finally, there is £1 million which can be drawn on as contingency reserve by the Department for Work and Pensions for use by Jobcentre Plus to support additional demand for Social Fund Community Care Grants. This is not funding for local authorities but for individuals, who should apply direct to Jobcentre Plus in the usual way.
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