Mr. Woolas: Following public consultation in the spring, a set of measures has been developed to provide greater clarity on the outcomes to be achieved from flood and coastal erosion risk management funding and policies.
The consultation included a range of approaches to investment prioritisation. We are working with the Environment Agency to develop an effective prioritisation process for the capital improvement programme in order to deliver the outcomes desired in future years. We anticipate that targets will be set for the capital programme on the basis of the new Outcome Measures from the next financial year and for maintenance activities from 2009-10.
(a) New planning policy published by the Department for Communities and Local GovernmentPlanning Policy Statement 25aims to avoid and manage the risk of flooding to new development from all sources. Planning authorities should direct development to areas at least risk of flooding and consider how land use planning can reduce the risk of surface water flooding through the development of Surface Water Management Plans and sustainable drainage systems.
(b) For existing development, the impacts of surface water flooding can be mitigated by providing safe overland routes for the discharge of excess flows or improvements to below ground drainage. Below ground drainage is largely the responsibility of the water and sewerage companies for the public sewerage system, but also highway authorities for road drainage and private owners for drains and culverts on their land. Local planning authorities can ensure that drainage arrangements for surface water from new development do not impact on other areas.
For the future, DEFRA is currently funding 15 pilot projects to identify improvements to the integrated management of urban drainage. We also intend to give the Environment Agency a strategic overview of all forms of flood risk, including risk from surface water.
Miss McIntosh: To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what representations he has received from insurance companies on a review of the statement of principles in relation to flooding. 
Mr. Woolas: The Association of British Insurers (ABI)s Statement of Principles sets out the commitments made by ABI members towards the continued availability of flood insurance cover, together with associated commitments by Government on effective flood risk management. We have a continuing dialogue with the insurance industry at both ministerial and official level and have agreed to work with the ABI to review the Statement over the coming months.
Miss McIntosh: To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what plans he has to ensure that people who live in flood risk areas can afford insurance excesses following claims made as a result of flooding. 
We are continuing to work with the Association of British Insurers (ABI) to support our mutual aim of ensuring continued widespread availability of flood insurance cover. The ABIs commitments on this and associated undertakings by
Government on effective flood risk management are set out in the Statement of Principles.
Premiums and excesses are not covered by the Statement. These will reflect different degrees of risk and are a matter for individual insurers. Following the recent flooding, a Flood Recovery working group, consisting of representatives from Government departments and the ABI, has been established to consider issues relating to flood recovery and insurance.
The Government have also asked the Financial Inclusion Taskforce to work with the insurance industry to develop options for promoting increased take-up of key insurance products among financially excluded households. The Government will consider the Taskforces recommendations in developing a detailed action plan for financial inclusion later this year.
Mr. Hoban: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what the value was of the indexation relief claimed on the disposal of (a) business assets and (b) non-business assets in each year since 1997. 
Jane Kennedy: Estimates of the total cost of the indexation allowance to the Exchequer are published in Table A3.1 of the 2007 Financial Statement and Budget report. Estimates for 2007-08 are published in Table 7 of the 2007 Tax Ready Reckoner.
Mr. Hoban: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what assessment he has made of the effect of taper relief since inception on the length of time (a) business and (b) non-business assets were held. 
Andrew George: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer (1) whether he plans to introduce tax relief from the new flat rate of capital gains tax announced in his pre-Budget report for gains made on investments in second homes; 
Mr. Sheerman: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many jobs in the Civil Service there were in (a) Yorkshire and Humberside and (b) Huddersfield in 1997; and how many there are in each area. 
As National Statistician I have been asked to reply to your recent Parliamentary Question concerning how many jobs in the Civil Service there were in (a) Yorkshire and Humberside and (b) Huddersfield in 1997; and how many there are in each area now. (162164)
The closest measure available is the full time equivalent number of people in employment in the civil service. These statistics are published only at the level of the Government Offices for the Regions i.e. Yorkshire and the Humber. In order to provide more detailed information, an ad hoc analysis has been required. This analysis is based on the Mandate survey which currently provides approximately 90 per cent. coverage of Civil Service departments and agencies. The most detailed level of information available is for Kirklees (including Huddersfield).
|Civil service employment
|Yorkshire and the Humber
|Civil service (Mandate only)-Kirklees (including Huddersfield)
Civil Service Statistics/Mandate
As National Statistician, I have been asked to reply to your recent question asking how many winter excess deaths there were in (a) the East of England and (b) Suffolk in each of the last five years. (162584)
Estimates of excess winter deaths relate to a four-month period from December of one year to March of the next year. The table below provides the number of excess winter deaths in (a) the East of England government office region and (b) Suffolk county for the years 2000/01 to 2004/05 (the latest available).
|Table 1: Excess winter deaths( 1,)( 2) , East of England Government office region and Suffolk county( 3) , 2000-01 to 2004-05
|East of England
|(1) The estimated number of excess winter deaths is the difference between the number of deaths during the four winter months (December to March) and the average number of deaths during the preceding four months (August to November) and the following four months (April to July). Figures are rounded to the nearest 10. (2) Data are based on deaths occurring in each month. (3) Using boundaries as of 2007 for all years.
Jane Kennedy: The information requested is not available. Her Majestys Revenue and Customs publishes information on the total industrial buildings allowances claimed against corporation tax broken down by sector. The latest information, to 2005, is available here:
I refer the hon. Gentleman to the answer the former Financial Secretary, my hon. Friend
the Member for Westminster (Mr. Healey) gave on 1 March 2007, Official Report, column 1489W.
Mr. Willetts: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what the rate of earnings growth was for (a) male and (b) female employees aged (i) 18 to 29, (ii) 30 to 39, (iii) 40 to 49, (iv) 50 to 59 and (v) 60 years and over in each year since 1997. 
As National Statistician, I have been asked to reply to your recent parliamentary question asking the Chancellor of the Exchequer what the rate of earnings growth was for (a) male and (b) female employees aged (i) 18 to 29, (ii) 30 to 39, (iii) 40 to 49, (iv) 50 to 59 and (v) 60 years and over in each year since 1997. (162304)
Levels of earnings are estimated from the Annual Survey of Hours and Earnings (ASHE) and are provided for all full-time employees on adult rates of pay, whose pay for the survey period was not affected by absence. The ASHE, carried out in April each year, is the most comprehensive source of earnings information in the United Kingdom.
I attach tables showing median gross weekly earnings for full-time males and full-time females by age from 1997 to 2007.
|Gross weekly pay for full-time male employee jobs( a) by age