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The National Statistician has been asked to reply to your recent question asking how many deaths there were where methadone was the major contributory factor in each of the last 10 years. I am replying in her absence. (161220)
ONS reports annually on deaths related to drug poisoning in England and Wales. Where more than one drug is mentioned on the death certificate it is not always possible to tell which of them was primarily responsible for the death. ONS therefore publishes the total number of deaths where methadone was mentioned on the death certificate, the number of these deaths which also mentioned alcohol, and the number where methadone was the only drug mentioned.
Latest available results are for 2005 and figures from 1993 to 2005 can be found in Health Statistics Quarterly,(1) copies of which are available in the House of Commons Library. The figures are also available on the National Statistics website.(2) The table below shows the number of deaths from 1996 to 2005 for drug-related poisonings where methadone was mentioned on the death certificate, where alcohol was also mentioned, and where methadone was the only drug mentioned.
(1) Office for National Statistics (2007) Report: Deaths related to drug poisoning: England and Wales, 1993-2005. Health Statistics Quarterly 33, 82-88. Table 2: Number of deaths where selected substances were mentioned on the death certificate.
(2) Data available to download at:
|Deaths from drug-related poisoning( 1) where methadone was mentioned on the death certificate, mentioned with alcohol, or was the only drug mentionedEngland and Wales, 1996-2005( 2)|
|All mentions of methadone||All mentions of methadone with alcohol||Methadone mentioned alone|
|(1) Cause of death was defined using the International Classification of Diseases, Ninth Revision (ICD-9) codes 292, 304, 305.2-305.9, E850-E858, E950.0-E950.5, E980.0-E980.5 and E962.0 for the years 1996 to 2000, and Tenth Revision (ICD-10) codes F11-F16, F18-F19, X40-X44, X60-X64, X85 and Y10-Y14 for 2001 onwards.|
(2) Figures are for deaths registered in each calendar year.
Steve Webb: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer when the Inland Revenue instituted the practice of issuing deficiency notices; to which individuals such notices were issued; whether individuals who did not pay national insurance contributions for a prolonged period were eventually excluded from receipt of deficiency notices; how many individuals were so excluded before 1996-97; whether women paying the married womans reduced rate were excluded from deficiency notices; and if he will make a statement. 
The Inland Revenue (and subsequently HM Revenue and Customs) have issued Deficiency Notices since 1999. Prior to 1999 the process of issuing Deficiency Notices was undertaken by the former Contributions Agency.
Deficiency Notices are not issued to individuals where they have not made national insurance contributions or received a credit for two consecutive years. Details about exclusions from Deficiency Notices issued before 1996-97 are not readily available.
Mr. Brady: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer (1) when Ministers or officials in his Department first discussed the issuing of a guarantee to retail banking depositors with Northern Rock with (a) the Governor of the Bank of England and (b) other Bank of England officials; 
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[holding answer 25 October 2007]: There is no record of HMRC, the former IR or the former HMCE having made any payment to
companies or individuals in the last 10 years as a result of civil litigation against the departments for failed prosecutions.
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Jane Kennedy: The Home Office CBRN Science and Technology programme is funded to conduct scientific research against cross-Government capability requirements to enhance the UKs resilience to an incident involving the use, or threatened use, of chemical, biological, radiological or nuclear material.
Jane Kennedy: For information on working families tax credit payments and disabled persons tax credits payments for 1999-00, 2000-01, 2001-02 and 2003-04, I refer the hon. Member to Note 3 of the Trust Statement in the Inland Revenue Annual Report for years 1999/00, 2000/01 and 2001/02, and the Inland Revenue Annual Report and Accounts for 2003/04. Figures for 2002-03 are published in Note 4 of the Trust Statement in the Inland Revenue Annual Report 2002/03. All of these are available on the HMRC website at:
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Jane Kennedy: The total cost of the tax reliefs is not available. However, a list of the costs of the main tax allowances and reliefs is given in table 7 of the annual Tax ready reckoner and tax reliefs published as an associated document with the pre-Budget report. Copies can be found on the HMT website. A link to the latest version is given as follows:
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