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Mark Williams: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what steps he is taking to minimise the financial impact on pleasure boat users of the end of the UK's derogation allowing the sale of rebated gas oil for pleasure boating. 
Angela Eagle: Officials have been discussing with various representative organisations ways of implementing the new regime which will both minimise the impact on pleasure boat users, and ensure that any additional compliance burden is as small as possible. As part of this process, HMRC published at 1 August 2007 a consultation on options for the implementation of the new regime. As announced at Budget 2007, private pleasure craft owners will continue to be able to use red diesel at the rebated duty rate until 1 November 2008.
As National Statistician I have been asked to reply to your parliamentary questions asking for marriage and divorce rates for each ethnic group for persons, and then separately for males and females, for each year from 1980 (158641).
In England and Wales the ethnicity of either partner is not recorded at the registration of a marriage nor at the recording of a divorce by the Court Service. I am, therefore, unable to provide you with the statistics you requested.
As National Statistician, I have been asked to reply to your Parliamentary Question about the number of employed people in the United Kingdom who were migrant workers from 1997 to 2012. (158565)
The attached table gives the number of employed people aged 16 and over who were either United Kingdom or foreign born, for the three month period ending June, for each year since 1997 up to 2007. Comparable estimates are not available for 1998 and 2000. Projections of migrant workers to 2012 are not available from either the Labour Force Survey (LFS) nor the National Population Projections.
When interpreting the figures in the table, it is important to bear in mind that the Labour Force Survey (LFS) is not designed to cover everyone who is present in the UK. The survey may undercount the numbers of people who were born overseas for the following reasons:-
The LFS sample covers people living in private households, those in national health service (NHS) accommodation, and students living in halls of residence who have a UK-resident parent. Students living in halls of residence who do not have a UK-resident parent are not covered by the sample.
The LFS does not cover people living in other types of communal establishment (such as hostels, hotels, boarding houses, or mobile home sites).
Individuals living at sampled addresses are generally included in the survey only if they regard the address as their main residence. Those who have been living at the address for less than six months are not eligible to take part in the survey.
The survey results are weighted to estimates of the 'usually resident UK population living in private households, NHS accommodation and student halls of residence. The population figures cover long-term international migrants (people who change their country of usual residence for 12 months or more). They do not include people moving to the UK for less than 12 months, nor do they exclude from the usually resident population people moving out of the UK for less than 12 months.
The LFS estimates at this detailed level are only consistent with the UK population estimates published in February and March 2003 and they do not incorporate the more recent population estimates that are used in the headline LFS series.
Estimates are taken from the LFS. As with any sample survey, estimates from the LFS are subject to a margin of uncertainty.
|Number of people in employment of working age( 1 ) who were born abroad 1997-2007United Kingdom, not seasonally adjusted|
|Three months ending June each year||All persons( 2)||Born in UK||Born a broad|
|(1) Men aged 16 to 64 and women aged 16 to 59.|
(2) Includes those who did not state their country of birth.
It should be noted that the country of birth question in the LFS:
-excludes those who have not been resident in the UK
-excludes students in halls who do not have a UK resident parent
-excludes people in most other types of communal establishment
(eg hotels, boarding houses, hostels, mobile home sites etc)
-is grossed to population estimates that only include migrants staying for twelve months or more
-microdata is only grossed to population estimates consistent with those published in spring which are significantly lower that the latest population estimates.
Comparable data not available for 1998 and 2000.
ONS Labour Force Survey (LFS)
Mr. Laws: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what his estimate is of the size of the likely UK population in each year until 2050; what it was in each of the last seven years; and if he will make a statement. 
As National Statistician I have been asked to reply to your question regarding the estimated population for each year until 2050 and the population for each of the previous seven years. (158572)
The attached table shows the total population for 1999 to 2050, for the United Kingdom. The latest available population estimates relate to 2006. The latest population projections are 2004-based. New 2006-based national population projections will be published on 23 October 2007.
|Total population United Kingdom|
Office for National Statistics mid-year estimates; Government Actuary's Department 2004-based national population projections
Mr. Laws: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what his estimate is of the proportion of the UK population which was born abroad in (a) 2000 and (b) 2006; and what he expects it to be in (i) 2010, (ii) 2020, (iii) 2030, (iv) 2040 and (v) 2050. 
The National Statistician has been asked to reply to your recent Parliamentary Question concerning the proportion of the UK population which was born abroad in (a) 2000 and (b) 2006; and what it is expected to be in (i) 2020, (ii) 2020, (iii) 2030, (iv) 2040 and (v) 2050. I am replying in her absence. (158573)
Based on the Labour Force Survey (LFS), the proportion of the UK population that was foreign born in 2000 was 7.6%. The equivalent proportion in 2006 was 10.0%.
There are no official projections of the proportion of the UK population that is foreign born.
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