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Mr. Gauke: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many recipients of child tax credits receive child support agency payments or child maintenance payments which are not taken into account in assessing the recipients income. 
To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many customs officers were employed
by HM Revenue and Customs in each English region in each of the last five years. 
Angela Eagle: In April 2005, HM Customs and Excise was merged with the Inland Revenue to form HM Revenue and Customs. Numbers of staff in HM Customs and Excise are not available from that date. Previous numbers of HM Customs and Excise staff within the Government office regions, as well as those of the combined Department, are published annually in Civil Service Statistics and at
The following table shows the number of staff in the Detection directorate, which is mainly engaged in anti-smuggling work, in each of the Government office regions. The substantial numbers of staff in other directorates engaged partly or wholly on work in the customs area are not identifiable from HMRC records.
|(1) Includes London|
To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer (1) how many Customs officers were permanently attached to (a) seaports, (b) airfields in (i) Cornwall, (ii) Devon, (iii) Dorset, (iv) Isle of Wight
and (v) Hampshire in (A) 2001 and (B) 2007; and if he will make a statement; 
(2) what plans he has to increase the permanent presence of customs officers at (a) seaports and (b) airfields in (i) Cornwall, (ii) Devon, (iii) Dorset, (iv) Isle of Wight and (v) Hampshire, with particular reference to land-based officers doing uncanalised work; and if he will make a statement. 
Angela Eagle: HMRC do not release the numbers of front line Customs staff that they deploy at a local level as this would provide information of value to those seeking to circumvent HM Revenue and Customs controls, thereby prejudicing the prevention and detection of crime.
(3) what the level of (a) total, (b) secured, (c) average secured, (d) unsecured and (e) average unsecured personal debt is in (i) the UK and (ii) each region; and if he will make a statement. 
As National Statistician I have been asked to reply to your recent questions on what proportion of personal debt is secured and unsecured, what these are as percentages of gross disposable income and what the average levels of these are in the UK and in each region of the UK. (156261, 156262, 156263)
The information requested is given in the tables below. Statistics on personal debt by region of the UK are not available.
|Table 1: Unsecured and secured debt as a proportion of personal debt|
|Personal debt/total loans ( £ million )||Unsecured/short-term loans ( £ million )||Secured/long-term loans ( £ million )||Unsecured/short-term loans as percentage of total loans||Secured/long-term loans as percentage of total loans|
| Source: Table A64 of United Kingdom Economic Accounts http://www. statistics. gov.uk/statbase/Product.asp?vlnk=1904|
|Table 2: Total personal debt, unsecured debt and secured debt as a proportion of household gross disposable income|
|Household gross disposable income (£ million)||Personal debt as percentage of gross disposable income||Unsecured debt as percentage of gross disposable income||Secured debt as percentage of gross disposable income|
| Notes: 1. Differences due to rounding. 2. Personal debt numbers consistent with those in Table 1 above. Source: Tables A3 8 and A64 of United Kingdom Economic Accounts. http://www.statistics.gov.uk/statbase/Product.asp?vlnk=1904|
|Table 3: Total personal debt, unsecured debt and secured debt per head of population|
|Total UK population (Thousand)||Average personal debt (£)||Average unsecured debt (£)||Average secured debt (£)|
| Note: Personal debt numbers consistent with those in Table 1 above. Source: Table A64 of United Kingdom Economic Accounts. http://www.statistics.gov.uk/statbase/Product.asp?vlnk=1904 Home population Table 1.5 The Blue Book 2007. http://www. statistics.gov.uk/statbase/Product.asp?vlnk=l143|
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