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Mr. Philip Hammond: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what proportion of his Department's employees possess a professional accountancy qualification; and what proportion of employees at each of the six most senior grades possess a professional accountancy qualification. 
Bob Spink: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what guidance his Department follows on the maximum time taken to respond to hon. Members' correspondence; and what performance against that target was in the most recent period for which figures are available. 
Angela Eagle: The Cabinet Office publishes guidance for Departments on handling correspondence from Members of Parliament, Members of the House of Lords. MEPs, and Members of devolved assemblies. The guidance is available on the Cabinet Office website at:
The Cabinet Office also publishes on an annual basis, a report on Departments' and agencies performance on handling Members' and Peers' correspondence. The last report for 2006 was published via a written ministerial statement on 28 March 2007 and can be viewed at:
The National Statistician has been asked to reply to your Parliamentary Questions about youth employment and unemployment. I am replying in her absence. (159309, 159310)
The Office for National Statistics (ONS) compiles employment statistics for local areas from the annual local area Labour Force Survey (LFS) and the Annual Population Survey (APS) following International Labour Organisation (ILO) definitions.
Table 1 provides the number of people employed, aged 16 to 24 and the corresponding employment rates for, the Ochil and South Perthshire constituency for the 12 month periods ending in March for 2006 and 2007, from the APS.
Table 2 provides the number of people unemployed, aged 16 to 24, and the corresponding unemployment rates for Clackmannanshire. Estimates are provided from the local area LFS for the 12 months ending in February, for 1998 to 2004, and from the APS for the 12 months ending in March, for 2005 to 2007.
As these estimates are for a subset of the population in a small geographical area, they are based on very small sample sizes, and are therefore subject to large margins of uncertainty.
ONS also compiles statistics for local areas of people claiming Jobseeker's Allowance (JSA). Table 3 shows the annual average number of JSA claimants claiming for over 12 months, resident in Clackmannanshire for 2005 and 2006. The table also shows these claimants as a proportion of the resident population aged 16-24.
|Table 1: Employed persons, aged 16 to 24, resident in the Ochil and South Perthshire parliamentary constituency|
|12 months ending||Level||Rate( 1) (percentage)|
|(1) Employed as a percentage of the population in relevant age group. Note: Estimates are subject to sampling variability. Source: Annual local area Labour Force Survey; Annual Population survey.|
|Table 2: Unemployed persons, aged 16 to 24, resident in the Clackmannanshire local authority|
|12 months ending||Level||Rate( 1) (percentage)|
|(1) Unemployed as a percentage of the economically active population in age group.|
(2) Sample size too small to provide estimates. (3) Less than 500. Note: Estimates are subject to sampling variability. Source: Annual local area Labour Force Survey; Annual Population survey.
|Table 3: Annual average number of claimants of jobseeker's allowance aged 18 to 24, resident in the Clackmannanshire local authority|
|Number||Proportion (percentage)( 1)|
|(1) Number of claimants expressed as a percentage of the resident population of age group. Notes: 1. Claimant count data by age includes computerised claims only. 2. Dataset rounded to the nearest 5. Source: Jobcentre Plus administrative data.|
Mr. Peter Ainsworth: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what estimate he has made of the value to the Exchequer of VAT receipts arising from repair and reconstruction work made necessary by the 2007 summer floods; and if he will make a statement. 
Kitty Ussher: The Government's objective in allowing transfers of money held in cash ISAs to stocks and shares ISAs from April 2008 is to further promote share ownership by encouraging savers to diversify their assets and benefit from the potentially higher returns offered by stocks and shares over the medium to long term. Allowing transfers from stocks and shares to cash would not meet this objective.
To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what the life expectancy was for people in (a) the five
most deprived areas in England and (b) England in each year since 1979. 
As National Statistician, I have been asked to reply to your recent question asking what the life expectancy was for people in (a) the five most deprived areas in England and (b) England in each year since 1979. (159808).
Life expectancy figures are calculated as three year rolling averages. The tables below provide the period life expectancy at birth for (a) men and (b) women in the five most deprived local authorities in England, and England, for 1991-93 (the earliest period available) to 2003-05 (the latest period available).
|Table 1: Period life expectancy at birth( 1) , the five most deprived local authorities in England( 2) , and England, 1991-93 and 2003-05( 3) , males|
|Years of life|
|Hackney (1)||Tower Hamlets (2)||Manchester (3)||Islington (4)||Liverpool (5)||England|
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