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Mortgages

Gordon Banks: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer (1) what the maximum fixed term mortgage available is in the UK; and what estimate he has made of how many borrowers have signed up to such a facility; [157807]

(2) what estimate he has made of how many mortgage holders in the UK have fixed term mortgages. [157811]


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Kitty Ussher: The Financial Service Authority (FSA) publishes comparative tables of products offered by lenders that report that the maximum fixed term for a mortgage in the UK is 25 years. These tables are available at http://www.fsa.gov.uk/tables

The Council of Mortgage Lenders (CML) publishes the number of fixed term mortgages issued each year in the UK. These statistics are available at http://www.cml.org.uk/cml/statistics

Pay

Mr. Laurence Robertson: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many employees have income in excess of £50,000 per year; and what percentage of the total employed workforce that figure represents. [157392]

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

Letter from Karen Dunnell, dated 16 October 2007:

Proportion of UK employees paid in excess of £50,000 per year( 1)
UK 2006 Percentage

Full-time

8.3

Part-time

0.5

All jobs

6.3

(1 )Employees on adult rates whose pay for the survey pay-period was not affected by absence.
Source:
Annual Survey of Hours and Earnings, Office for National Statistics.

Public Sector: Standards

Mr. Pickles: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer whether delivery agreements will accompany the new public service agreements; and if he will make a statement. [158398]

Andy Burnham: A delivery agreement was published for each public service agreement (PSA) alongside the pre-Budget report and comprehensive spending review. They are available on HM Treasury’s website:


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Stamp Duties: Peterborough

Mr. Stewart Jackson: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how much was collected from stamp duty in each financial year since 1997 in (a) Peterborough constituency and (b) the Peterborough City Council area; and if he will make a statement. [157948]

Kitty Ussher: Estimates of the stamp duty land tax yield at local authority/unitary authority level are not available for years prior to 2005-06. Figures for 2005-06 and 2006-07 are provided in the tables from the following HMRC website:

Estimates of stamp duty land tax yield at parliamentary constituency level are under review. The HMRC website will announce an update on the publication timetable in October.

Suicide: Children

Norman Baker: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many suicides there were amongst children between the ages of 10 and 18 years in each of the last 10 years, broken down by year group. [157790]

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

Letter from Karen Dunnell , dated 16 October 2007:


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Number of deaths from suicide and injury/poisoning of undetermined intent, ages 13 to 18, England and Wales, 1996 to 2005( 1)
Suicide( 2) Suicide and injury/poisoning of undetermined intent( 3)
13 years 14 years 15 years 16 years 17 years 18 years

1996

1

2

9

24

25

61

1997

1

4

6

27

28

42

1998

1

2

8

19

41

46

1999

1

1

7

20

37

57

2000

1

2

16

10

43

48

2001

1

4

8

17

29

45

2002

2

3

11

18

33

36

2003

2

1

4

16

27

36

2004

3

2

7

20

23

42

2005

1

0

6

14

17

34

(1 )Figures are for deaths occurring in each calendar year.
(2 )The came of death for suicide was defined using the International Classification of Diseases, Ninth Revision (ICD-9) codes E950-E959for the years 1996 to 2000, and Tenth Revision (ICD-10) codes X60-X84for 200J onwards.
(3) The cause of death for injury/poisoning of undetermined intent was defined using the International Classification of Diseases, Ninth Revision (ICD-9) codes E980-E989 excluding E9 88.8 for the years 1996 to 2000, and Tenth Revision (ICD-10) codes YW-Y34 excluding Y33.9 where the Coroner's verdict was pending for 2001 onwards.

Tax Allowances: Pensions

Mr. Pickles: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what estimate he has made of the cost of tax relief on pensions (a) in total and (b) for higher rate contributions in 2007-08. [158144]

Kitty Ussher: As set out in the 2007 pre-Budget report, the annual cost of tax relief on approved pension schemes for 2007-08 is estimated to be £17.5 billion.

Detailed estimates covering the period 1998-99 to 2006-07 are available in table 7.9 on Her Majesty’s Revenue and Customs website at:

I also refer the hon. Member to the answer given to the hon. Member for Eastleigh (Chris Huhne) on 24 October 2005, Official Report, column 52W.

Taxation: International Civil Servant Status

Harry Cohen: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many people in the UK have international civil servant status for tax purposes; what such status means in terms of allowances and exemptions; and if he will make a statement. [158423]

Jane Kennedy: Under UK tax law there is no such person as an “international civil servant”. However, officials of the United Nations are sometimes referred to as international civil servants. There is no requirement for visiting officials to notify HM Revenue and Customs of their presence in the UK. Those who are present in the UK for a sufficient length of time to become resident in the UK will be dealt with locally. Information is not collated centrally.

The UK tax position of employees of the United Nations is set out in the United Nations and International Court of Justice (Immunities and Privileges) Order 1974. This provides immunities and privileges that are normal for international organisations. It includes among other things that officials of the UN shall be exempt from income tax on remuneration received by them from the UN. UN Officials are however subject to a form of internal tax operated by the UN, which is referred to as the Staff Assessment.


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Teenage Pregnancy

Chris Bryant: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many teenagers gave birth in each constituency in 2006. [157349]

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

Letter from Karen Dunnell, dated 16 October 2007:

Unemployment: Peterborough

Mr. Stewart Jackson: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what proportion of the 18 to 24-year-old population of the Peterborough constituency was not been in education, training or employment in each quarter since the second quarter of 2001; and if he will make a statement. [158648]

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

Letter from Karen Dunnell, dated 17 October 2007:

Persons aged 18 to 24 who are not in full-time education, employment or training resident in the Peterborough constituency
12 months ending Number ( Th ousand) Percentage of all 18-24 year olds

February 2002

2

25

February 2003

2

18

February 2004

2

21

March 2005

2

27

March 2006

2

26

March 2007

2

25

Note:
Estimates are subject to sampling variability.
Source:
Annual local area Labour Force Survey; Annual Population survey.

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