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Table 2 : Period life expectancy at birth( 1) , the five most deprived local authorities in England( 2) , and England, 1991-93 and 2003-05( 3) , fe males
Years of life
Hackney (1) Tower Hamlets (2) Manchester (3) Islington (4) Liverpool (5) England

1991-93

77

78

76

78

77

79

1992-94

78

78

77

78

77

79

1993-95

78

78

77

78

77

79

1994-96

79

77

76

78

77

80

1995-97

79

78

77

79

77

80

1996-98

80

79

77

80

77

80

1997-99

79

79

77

79

77

80

1998-2000

80

79

77

79

77

80

1999-01

80

79

77

79

77

80

2000-02

80

79

77

79

78

81

2001-03

80

79

78

80

78

81

2002-04

81

79

78

79

78

81

2003-05

81

80

78

80

78

81

(1) Period life expectancy at birth is an estimate of the average number of years a newborn baby would survive if he or she experienced the area’s age-specific mortality rates for that time period throughout his or her life. The figure reflects mortality among those living in the area in each time period, rather than mortality among those born in each area. It is not therefore the number of years a baby born in the area in each time period could actually expect to live, both because the death rates of the area are likely to change in the future and because many of those born in the area will live elsewhere for at least some part of their lives.
(2) Defined using the English Indices of Deprivation 2004 (ID2004) local authority district average ranks, where 1 is the most deprived. The ID2004 are based on one time period (2001-02), therefore rankings are the same for all years.
(3) Three-year rolling averages, based on deaths registered in each year and mid-year population estimates.

National Debt

Mr. Bone: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what assessment he has made of the UK's structural deficit in comparison with those of other EU member states. [158997]

Kitty Ussher: Cyclically-adjusted net borrowing in the UK has averaged 1.0 per cent. of GDP over the
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current economic cycle. Over the same period, the structural balance has averaged 1.9 per cent. in the euro area, 2.1 per cent. in France, 2.3 per cent. in Germany and 2.8 per cent. in Italy.

National Income

Mr. Letwin: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer for what reason he has ceased to produce an estimated GDP deflator at market prices for financial years 2007-08 to 2010-11; if he will place a copy of his latest estimate in the Library; and if he will make a statement. [158822]

Angela Eagle: The latest projections for the GDP deflator by financial year were published, as usual, in the 2007 Pre-Budget Report and Comprehensive Spending Review (Cm 7227) Table B3: Economic assumptions for the public finance projections. This includes an estimate for 2007-08 and projections for 2008-09 through 2012-13.

Population: Southend

Mr. Amess: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what the population is in (a) Southend on Sea and (b) Southend West constituency; and what estimate he has made of the likely equivalent figures in (i) 2011 and (ii) 2015. [159649]

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

Letter from M ike Hughes, dated 22 October 2007:

Revenue and Customs: Official Hospitality

Mr. Philip Hammond: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how much was spent from the public purse on staff parties at HM Revenue and Customs in each of the last three years. [159020]

Jane Kennedy: There has been no expenditure from the public purse on staff parties during the last three years.

Guidance on the regularity and propriety of expenditure is given in the HM Treasury publication ‘Managing Public Money’ (available on the HM Treasury website). This guidance has been interpreted to form departmental policy. The policy adopted is that it is inappropriate to use official funds to pay for staff parties; the cost of any parties are met by staff themselves.


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Taxation: Business

Mr. Prisk: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many cases being investigated by HM Revenue and Customs under the settlements legislation were stopped as a result of the House of Lords judgment in the Jones v. Garnett case. [157550]

Angela Eagle: The information requested is not available.

Mr. Prisk: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what estimate his Department has made of the cost to the public purse of the Jones v. Garnett case, including all legal fees and associated charges. [157551]

Angela Eagle: Known legal and associated costs of the Jones v. Garnett case, including HMRC counsels' costs and court fees, are £120,207. However, the Treasury has not made any estimate of the costs of the Jones v. Garnett case. The total costs incurred by HM Revenue and Customs cannot be calculated as some of the taxpayers' costs for the Court of Appeal and the House of Lords are either unknown or still to be settled. In addition, no records have been kept to enable costs such as those related to remuneration and associated overheads for the time spent by HMRC employees who have worked on aspects of the case to be calculated.

Mr. Prisk: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what the cost of HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) investigations under the settlements legislation was in each of the last three years, including legal charges and HMRC and departmental staff costs. [157552]

Angela Eagle: The information requested is not available.

Mr. Prisk: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer which Minister was responsible for approving the original decision for HM Revenue and Customs to pursue the Jones v. Garnett case under the settlements legislation. [158299]

Angela Eagle: Responsibility for the administration of the tax affairs of individual taxpayers lies with the board of HM Revenue and Customs and not with Ministers.

Taxation: Domicile

Mr. Hoban: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer which team in his Department is responsible for developing policy on the taxation of non-domiciled individuals. [159921]

Jane Kennedy: A number of different teams in both HM Treasury and HM Revenue and Customs have worked on the review of the residence and domicile rules that govern personal taxation, alongside other duties.

Taxation: Environment Protection

Mr. Dai Davies: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what matters in respect of the use of fiscal instruments to combat climate change were discussed at the meeting of G7 finance ministers in Washington DC on 20 October 2007; and what decisions were taken on the matter. [159518]


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Angela Eagle: The G7 communiqué describes the outcome of this weekend's meeting on these subjects:

The Government are committed to continuing to work with international partners, such as the G7, to combat climate change, including through the development of market-based policy measures.

Unemployment: Greater London

Lynne Featherstone: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what the level of long-term adult unemployment was in each London constituency in each year since 2005. [158987]

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

Letter from Karen Dunnell, dated 22 October 2007:


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Table 1: Long-term adult unemployment: London parliamentary constituencies
Long-term unemployed (thousand)
12 months ending
London parliamentary constituency March 2006 March 2007

Barking

1

(1)

Battersea

(1)

(1)

Beckenham

(1)

(1)

Bethnal Green and Bow

2

2

Bexleyheath and Crayford

(1)

(1)

Brent East

(1)

(1)

Brent North

(1)

(1)

Brent South

2

2

Brentford and Isleworth

(1)

1

Bromley and Chislehurst

(1)

(1)

Camberwell and Peckham

1

1

Carshalton and Wallington

(1)

(1)

Chingford and Woodford Green

1

1

Chipping Barnet

(1)

(1)

Cities of London and Westminster

1

1

Croydon Central

(1)

(1)

Croydon North

2

2

Croydon South

(1)

(1)

Dagenham

1

1

Dulwich and West Norwood

(1)

1

Ealing North

1

1

Ealing Southall

1

(1)

Ealing, Acton and Shepherd’s Bush

3

1

East Ham

1

1

Edmonton

(1)

(1)

Eltham

1

1

Enfield North

(1)

(1)

Enfield, Southgate

(1)

(1)

Erith and Thamesmead

1

1

Feltham and Heston

1

(1)

Finchley and Golders Green

2

1

Greenwich and Woolwich

(1)

(1)

Hackney North and Stoke Newington

1

1

Hackney South and Shoreditch

2

1

Hammersmith and Fulham

1

(1)

Hampstead and Highgate

1

(1)

Harrow East

(1)

(1)

Harrow West

(1)

1

Hayes and Harlington

1

(1)

Hendon

2

(1)

Holborn and St. Pancras

1

1

Hornchurch

(1)

(1)

Hornsey and Wood Green

(1)

(1)

Ilford North

(1)

(1)

Ilford South

(1)

(1)

Islington North

1

(1)

Islington South and Finsbury

1

1

Kensington and Chelsea

2

(1)

Kingston and Surbiton

(1)

(1)

Lewisham East

(1)

(1)

Lewisham West

(1)

1

Lewisham, Deptford

(1)

(1)

Leyton and Wanstead

1

(1)

Mitcham and Morden

2

1

North Southwark and Bermondsey

(1)

(1)

Old Bexley and Sidcup

(1)

(1)

Orpington

(1)

(1)

Poplar and Canning Town

1

2

Putney

(1)

(1)

Regent’s Park and Kensington North

2

1

Richmond Park

(1)

(1)

Romford

(1)

(1)

Ruislip—Northwood

(1)

(1)

Streatham

1

(1)

Sutton and Cheam

(1)

(1)

Tooting

(1)

2

Tottenham

1

2

Twickenham

1

1

Upminster

(1)

(1)

Uxbridge

(1)

(1)

Vauxhall

2

2

Walthamstow

1

1

West Ham

1

2

Wimbledon

1

1

(1) Sample size too small to provide estimates.
Notes:
1. Estimates are subject to sampling variability.
2. Changes in the estimates over time should be treated with caution.
Source:
Annual Population Survey

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