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The National Statistician has been asked to reply to your recent Parliamentary Question asking how many people died from gunshot wounds in the UK in each of the last 10 years. I am replying in her absence. (160004)
The table below contain numbers of firearm injury deaths with a Coroners verdict of accident, suicide, homicide, and undetermined intent in the UK from 1997 to 2006, the latest available year.
|Number of deaths from firearm injury,( 1) United Kingdom, 1997 to 2006( 2)|
|Number of deaths|
|(1 )The cause of death for firearm injury was defined using the International Classification of Diseases, Ninth Revision (ICD-9) codes listed below for the years 1997 to 2000 for England and Wales and Northern Ireland and from 1997 to 1999 for Scotland, and Tenth Revision (ICD-10) codes listed below from 2001 onwards for England and Wales and Northern Ireland and from 2000 onwards for Scotland.|
ICD-9: E922, E955.0-E955.4, E965.0-E965.4, E970, E985.0-E985.4
ICD-10: W32-W34, X72-X74, X93-X95, Y22-Y24, Y35.0.
Figures include deaths with a Coroners verdict of accident, suicide, homicide and undetermined intent.
(2) Figures are for deaths registered in each calendar year.
(3) Data are provisional for Northern Ireland.
The National Statistician has been asked to reply to your recent question asking what the winter mortality statistics were for (a) England and (b) the UK for the number of winter excess deaths in each year since 1996-97. I am replying in her absence. (160273)
ONS has published figures for excess winter mortality for England on the National Statistics website for winters from 1991/92 onwards. The latest data are currently provisional figures for 2005/06.
Excess winter mortality figures are not produced for the UK. Figures for England can be found via the link below:
Angela Eagle: Amounts spent annually on alcohol for HM Treasury staff are not recorded separately from other subsistence or hospitality spending and could be disaggregated only at disproportionate cost.
Angela Eagle: Staff are encouraged to make full use of HM Treasurys flexi-time working arrangement, which includes the option to take accrued excess hours as time off in lieu. However, where this has not been practical, the following table gives the amounts paid in overtime to HM Treasury staff in each of the past 12 months.
The peaks in December 2006/January 2007 and March 2007 are due to Treasury staff working additional hours in preparation for the pre-Budget report in December 2006 and the annual Budget in March 2007.
Mr. Willetts: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many divorces occurred in families with (a) one relevant male child and (b) one relevant female child in the last year for which data are available. 
The National Statistician has been asked to reply to your request for the number of divorces occurring in families with a) one relevant male child and b) one relevant female child, in the last year for which data is available. I am replying in her absence. (160493)
In England and Wales information about the sex of any child of the family is not collected by the Court Service when recording a divorce. I am, therefore, unable to provide you with the statistics you requested.
Mr. Steen: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many customs officers there were covering Devon and Cornwall in each of the last five years; and how many kilos of (a) heroin, (b) cocaine, (c) ecstasy and (d) cannabis were seized in Devon and Cornwall in that period. 
Angela Eagle: Nationally, there are approximately 4,500 front-line customs officers deployed to tackle smuggling at the frontier. These officers are deployed on a flexible and intelligence-led basis to wherever the risk is greatest.
HM Revenue and Customs do not release information about seizures below a national level as they consider that to do so would assist those who seek to evade the controls. Information on seizures made by HM Revenue and Customs since 2003 is contained in their annual reports available at www.hmrc.gov.uk
Mr. David Anderson: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer (1) what guidance he has issued on the levels of personal import allowances for (a) tobacco and (b) alcohol in relation to EU member states acceding (i) since and (ii) prior to 1999; and if he will make a statement; 
Since completion of the single market in 1993, persons travelling between EU member states have been able to bring with them unlimited quantities of alcohol and tobacco, provided that the product is bought duty paid in the member state of purchase, is for their personal use, and is transported by them. HM Revenue and Customs (formerly HM Customs and Excise) publishes guidance on this in Public Notice 1 A Customs Guide for Travellers Entering the UK, copies of which are available at all UK ports and airports, on the HMRC website, or by calling the
HMRC National Advice Service. It is also contained in the Customs Allowances posters displayed at all UK ports and airports.
Exceptions to these arrangements were agreed at EU level in 2004 and 2007 as part of transitional arrangements for countries joining the EU at those times. Existing member states were given the option to apply certain quantitative restrictions on personal importations of tobacco from accession countries for as long as those countries excise duty rates were below minimum EU levels. The UK applies these restrictions, which are identical to those applicable to travellers from non-EU countries, and has publicised this fact widely by amendments to the aforementioned guidance and publicity materials. Additionally, posters were placed in major airports of the accession countries concerned, and adverts were placed in a number of in-flight magazines.
Once the duty rates of the accession countries rise to minimum EU levels, the UK has committed to disapply these restrictions, and has already done so in the case of certain categories of tobacco products from two accession countries.
Mr. Spellar: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many people in (a) Warley constituency and (b) Sandwell metropolitan borough council area were (i) employed (A) full-time and (B) part-time and (ii) unemployed at (1) the latest date for which figures are available and (2) at the same date in each of the last 10 years. 
The National Statistician has been asked to reply to your Parliamentary Questions about employment and unemployment. I am replying in her absence. (160041)
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. The latest available data from the APS refer to April 2006 to March 2007.
For unitary and local authorities, the ONS produces estimates of total unemployment, following ILO definitions, from a statistical model. Annual estimates for other areas are compiled from the annual local area LFS and the APS following ILO definitions.
Table 1 attached, shows the number of people, aged 16 and over, resident in Sandwell and in Warley parliamentary constituency, who were in full-time and part-time employment for the 12 months ending in February from 1998 to 2004 from the local area LFS, and for the 12 months ending in March from 2005 to 2007 from the APS. The table also shows the numbers unemployed and the unemployment rates for the two areas for the same periods.
As these estimates are for a subset of the population in small geographical areas, they are based on small sample sizes, and are therefore subject to large margins of uncertainty. In this case the sample sizes are not sufficient to give an accurate estimate of even the direction of the change over the period.
ONS also compiles statistics for local areas of people claiming Jobseekers Allowance (ISA). Table 2, attached, shows the annual average numbers of people resident in Sandwell and in Warley parliamentary constituency for the same periods as the unemployment estimates provided from the annual LFS and APS.
The JSA claimant counts for Sandwell and Warley are also provided for September 2007 (the latest available data). The numbers of claimants are also shown as percentages of the resident working age populations of the areas.
|Table 1: Full-time and part-time employment, and unemployment, in Sandwell local authority and Warley parliamentary constituency|
|Sandwell||Warley parliamentary constituency|
|In employment (1000s)||Unemployment||In employment (1000s)||Unemployment|
|12 months ending||Full-time||Part-time||Level (1000s)||Rate (%)||Full-time||Part-time||Level (1000s)||Rate (%)|
Data subject to sampling variability.
Changes in the estimates over time should be treated with particular caution.
Annual local area Labour Force Survey; Annual Population Survey.; Model-based unemployment estimates
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