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Table 4: International migration, estimates from the International Passenger Survey, time series 2001 to 2005, non-European Union emigration by country of birth, United Kingdom
Thousand
2001 2002 2003 2004 2005

All

77

99

102

92

107

European Union (including UK)

4

4

5

6

3

Commonwealth

All

41

50

50

48

57

Old Commonwealth

28

37

35

31

36

Australia

16

17

15

15

15

Canada

1

6

2

4

3

New Zealand

6

10

8

5

8

South Africa

5

4

9

7

10

New Commonwealth

13

13

16

16

20

Other Foreign countries

All

33

45

47

38

48

Other Europe

10

14

12

3

7

United States of America

6

15

10

8

12

Other America

2

2

3

3

6

Middle East

2

3

1

2

2

Other other foreign

13

11

20

23

20

Notes:
1. Italicised estimates are not statistically robust (defined as standard error >30 per cent.) but have been included for completeness.
2. Full details of country groupings are available in the notes to tables section of International Migration Series MN no. 32 (http://www.statistics.gov.uk/StatBase/Product.asp?vlnk=507)

Employee Shares and Securities Unit: Standards

Mr. Philip Hammond: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what estimate he has made of the number of Form 42 applications that could not be received and processed by the Employee Shares and Securities Unit owing to a breakdown of a fax machine on 6 July; and what his latest estimate is of the number of fines that were imposed upon employers for late filing as a result. [154840]

Jane Kennedy: No estimates have been made by HMRC of the number of Form 42 annual employee share scheme returns that could not be faxed to the Employee Shares and Securities Unit by employers on 6 July 2007. Employers who have an obligation to send a Form 42 return to HMRC are asked to send it in by post or by making an online filing before 7 July following the end of the tax year.

No penalties have been imposed to date for Form 42 returns relating to the tax year 2006-07 made late that were submitted after the 7 July deadline.

Employment: Disabled

Mr. Harper: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what estimate he has made of the (a) number and (b) proportion of disabled people who are employed (i) full and (ii) part-time. [153586]

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


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Letter from Karen Dunnell, dated 5 September 2007:

Disabled( 1) people of working age( 2) either in full and part-time employment, United Kingdom, not seasonally adjusted
Three months ending March 2007 Number (thousand) Proportion (percentage)( 3)

In employment

3,473

49.6

of which:

Full-time

2,427

34.7

Part-time

1,046

14.9

(1) Includes those who have a long-term disability which substantially limits their day-to-day activities and those who have a long-term disability which affects the kind or amount of work they might do.
(2) Includes men aged 16 to 64 and women age 16 to 59.
(3) Disabled people in employment including full and part-time as a percentage of all disabled people of working age.
Source:
ONS Labour Force Survey (LFS)

Families

Mr. Allen: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer pursuant to the answer of 21 June 2007, Official Report, columns 2141-43W, on families, what research he has (a) commissioned and (b) evaluated on the creation of financial instruments to enable expenditure to be made on early intervention funded by the later savings to be made from having done so; and if he will make a statement. [152966]

Andy Burnham: The Chancellor has not commissioned or evaluated any specific research into the creation of financial instruments to enable expenditure in this area. However, to inform the comprehensive spending review, the Joint HM Treasury-DCSF review “Aiming high for children: supporting families”, part of the Children and Young People review, was published in March 2007. It set out the Government's strategy for building resilience, support for those who need it most, and early intervention. The review committed the Government to increased resources for Sure Start, parenting support, and other early intervention measures.

Family Records Centre

Jeremy Corbyn: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer (1) whether a public search room in Central London will be provided should the proposed closure of the Family Records Centre in Islington in April 2008 go ahead; and whether a change in the law is required before this facility may be withdrawn; [153732]

(2) what measures will be implemented following the proposed closure of the Family Records Centre in Islington in April 2008 to meet the needs of customers with learning disabilities and people who do not have English as their first language; [153733]


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(3) whether the Registrar General complied with her duty to consult (a) staff and (b) their representatives in connection with the proposed closure of the Family Records Centre in Islington in April 2008. [153734]

Angela Eagle: The information requested falls within the responsibility of the Registrar General, who has been asked to reply.

Letter from Karen Dunnell, dated 5 September 2007:

Financial Services: VAT

Mr. Philip Hammond: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what steps he has taken in respect of infringement proceedings instigated against the United Kingdom by the European Union regarding the UK’s refusal to allow businesses from outside the European Union in the financial services and insurance industries to reclaim value-added tax incurred on goods and services from UK suppliers; and if he will make a statement. [154841]

Jane Kennedy: The Government believe that UK VAT legislation in this area properly implements EU VAT Directives. The legislation also conforms with a clear decision of the UK Court of Appeal on the meaning of the relevant EU law. The UK will therefore contest the infringement proceedings.

HM Revenue and Customs: Correspondence

Sir Gerald Kaufman: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will require the HM Revenue and Customs Tax Credit Office to respond to the
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correspondence from the right hon. Member for Manchester, Gorton with regard to Mrs. Shukri Artham. [154928]

Jane Kennedy: The Chairman of HM Revenue and Customs wrote to my right hon. Friend about his constituent on 3 September 2007.

Members: Correspondence

Mr. Winnick: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer when he expects to reply to the letter from the hon. Member for Walsall, North of 24 July on a constituent, PO Ref 3/02553/2007; and what the reasons are for the time taken to reply. [155018]

Angela Eagle: I have replied to the hon. Member.

Mr. Winnick: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer when he expects to reply to the letter from the hon. Member for Walsall, North of 4 July on a constituent, PO Ref 5/02306/2007; and what the reasons are for the time taken to reply. [155020]

Jane Kennedy: I have replied to the hon. Member.

Pensions

Mr. Drew: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what his estimate is of the cost to the Exchequer of pension contribution holidays since 1985. [154826]

Kitty Ussher: Pension contribution holidays cause no direct loss in tax revenue to the Exchequer.

Martin Horwood: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer pursuant to the answer of 24 July 2007, Official Report, columns 1010-1W, for what reasons it is not permissible for more than 25 per cent. of the total of a private pension to be drawn in cases where the total of the pension rights are larger than one per cent. of the lifetime allowance. [154873]

Kitty Ussher: The Government provide pensions tax relief to support saving to produce an income in retirement. These reliefs include the ability to take up to 25 per cent. of a pension fund as a tax free lump sum, but it is right that the remainder should be used to produce an income throughout retirement.

Other savings vehicles such as ISAs are available for individuals to make additional savings for other purposes.


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