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Office for National Statistics: Internet

Mr. Willetts: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what the route is from the opening page of the Office for National Statistics website to access the time series for the Household Savings ratio for users who (a) know and (b) do not know the series registration code; if he will take steps to improve the accessibility of the information; and if he will make a statement. [166196]

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


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Letter from Karen Dunnell, dated 21 November 2007:

Public Expenditure

Anne Main: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what recent assessment he has made of the operation of the Barnett formula; and if he will make a statement. [164566]

Mr. MacShane: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will make an assessment of the continuing appropriateness of the Barnett formula. [165134]

Andy Burnham: The Barnett formula was updated in the comprehensive spending review. The latest version of the Barnett formula was published in the statement of funding policy by the Treasury on 9 October, which is available on the Treasury’s website:


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Mr. MacShane: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how much was spent by the Government per head in (a) Scotland, (b) Yorkshire and Humberside region and (c) Greater London in each year since 2000. [165451]

Andy Burnham: Identifiable public spending per head in Scotland, Yorkshire and Humberside and London is set out in table 9.1 of Public Expenditure Statistical Analyses 2007 (Cm 7091) in April 2007.

Skin Cancer

Mrs. Gillan: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer whether figures for five year survival rates for skin cancer will be made available, broken down by region. [165874]

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

Letter from Karen Dunnell, dated 21 November 2007:

Table 1: Five-year age-standardised( 1) relative survival (%) for adults (15-99 years) diagnosed with melanoma of the skin( 2) during 1999-2003, followed up to the end of 2004, England
Five-year relative survival
Number of patients Percentage 95% CI ( 3)

Men

13,196

80.4

(79.2-81.7)

Women

17,005

89.4

(88.5-90.3)

(1 )As cancer survival varies with age at diagnosis, the relative rates for all ages (15-99) have been age-standardised to control for changes in the age profile of cancer patients over time, thus making them comparable with previously published figures.
(2) Melanoma of the skin is classified as code C43 in the International Classification of Diseases, Tenth Revision (ICD-10).
(3) 95% confidence intervals (CI).
Source:
Office for National Statistics

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Table 2: Five-year age-standardised( 1) relative survival (%) for adults (15-99 years) diagnosed with melanoma of the skin( 2) during 1986-1990, followed up to the end of 1995, England and NHS region
Men Women

England

68

82

Northern and Yorkshire

69

83

Trent

66

82

Anglia and Oxford

72

82

North Thames

66

83

South Thames

66

82

South and West

70

81

West Midlands

71

84

North and West

63

81

(1) As cancer survival varies with age at diagnosis, the relative rates for all ages (15-99) have been age-standardised to control for changes in the age profile of cancer patients over time, thus making them comparable with previously published figures.
(2) Melanoma of the skin is classified as code 172 in the International Classification of Diseases, Ninth Revision (ICD-9).
Source:
Office for National Statistics
Table 4.5: Cancer survival trends by NHS region, selected cancers, patients diagnosed 1971-90: age-standardised relative survival rates (with 95% confidence intervals) at one and five years after diagnosis, and average increases in relative survival on the National Statistics website http://www.statistics.gov.uk/StatBase/xsdataset.asp?More=Y and published in:
* Coleman MP et al (1999) Cancer survival Trends in England-and Wales 1971-1995: deprivation and NHS region. Studies in Medical and Population Subjects No. 61. London: The Stationery Office.

Stamp Duty Land Tax

Mike Penning: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what estimate his Department has made of the average aggregate annual cost to those required to complete stamp duty land tax returns of solicitors’ work involved in completing such returns (a) in respect of all land transactions and (b) in respect of those land transactions in which no stamp duty land tax is payable. [165062]

Kitty Ussher: Research undertaken by KPMG for HMRC in 2006 suggested that the total annual burden to business of outsourcing the completion of the land transaction return to solicitors as about £25.5 million. Details of this can be found on the HMRC website at:

Of this, estimates suggest that 76 per cent. of returns are for transactions where no stamp duty land tax is payable. This is equivalent to 0.8 per cent. of the stamp duty land tax yield from non-residential property transactions in 2006-07.

The planned increase in the notification threshold announced in last month’s pre-Budget report would reduce this cost by between £5 million to £6 million, or by approximately a fifth.

There are no estimates available for residential SDLT.

Dr. Cable: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will estimate the revenue which would come to the Exchequer by introducing a 5 per cent. band of stamp duty land tax for all properties over the value of (a) £700,000, (b) £750,000, (c) £800,000, (d) £850,000, (e) £900,000, (f) 950,000 and (g) £1,000,000 in 2008-09. [166355]


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Kitty Ussher: The estimated revenue, in 2008-09, of restructuring stamp duty land tax according to the seven schemes proposed in this question (where each rate only applies to consideration above the threshold for each range) are described in the following table.

5 per cent. stamp duty threshold Additional revenue (£ million)

(a) £700,000

1,540

(b) £750,000

1,500

(c) £800,000

1,470

(d) £850,000

1,440

(e) £900,000

1,420

(f) £950,000

1,390

(g) £1,000,000

1,370


These estimates do not include any allowance for behavioural changes.

Dr. Cable: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will estimate the cost to the Exchequer of raising the zero band of stamp duty land tax for all properties to (a) £150,000, (b) £175,000, (c) £200,000, (d) £225,000 and (e) £250,000 in 2008-09. [166356]

Kitty Ussher: The estimated cost to the Exchequer, in 2008-09, of restructuring stamp duty land tax according to the five schemes proposed in this question (where each rate only applies to consideration above the threshold for each range) are described in the following table.

0 per cent. stamp duty threshold Exchequer cost (£ million)

(a) £150,000

130

(b) £175,000

350

(c) £200,000

590

(d) £225,000

820

(e) £250,000

1,010


These estimates do not include any allowance for behavioural changes.

Suicide

Andrew George: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer pursuant to the answer of 14 November 2007, Official Report, columns 242-43W, on suicide, how many of the deaths in (a) West Cornwall and Isles of Scilly constituency of St. Ives, (b) Cornwall and (c) the UK were suicides in each of the last 10 years. [166772]

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

Letter from Karen Dunnell, dated 21 November 2007:


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Table 1: Number of deaths where suicide was the underlying cause of death( 1,2) , (a) St Ives parliamentary constituency, (b) Cornwall county, and (c) the United Kingdom( 3,4) , 1997-2006( 5)
Deaths (persons)
St Ives Cornwall UK

1997

12

74

5,816

1998

13

60

6,354

1999

11

63

6,255

2000

6

51

6,124

2001

14

60

5,932

2002

10

65

5,826

2003

11

59

5,731

2004

20

85

5,850

2005

23

62

5,671

2006

9

55

5,563

(1) Suicide was defined using the International Classification of Diseases, Ninth Revision (ICD-9) codes E950-E959 and E980-E989, excluding E988.8 for the years 1997 to 2000 for England and Wales, and for the years 1997 to 1999 for Scotland, and codes E950-E959 and E980-E989 for years 1997 to 2000 for Northern Ireland, and the International Classification of Diseases, Tenth Revision (ICD-10) codes X60-X84 and Y10-Y34, excluding Y33.9 (where the Coroner’s verdict was pending) for the years 2001 to 2006 for England and Wales, and for the years 2000 to 2006 for Scotland, and codes X60-X84 and Y10-Y34 for years 2001 to 2006 for Northern Ireland.
(2) Suicide and undetermined intent deaths have not been included for children under the age of 15 years.
(3) Based on boundaries as of 2007.
(4) Figures for the UK include data provided by the Registrars General for Scotland and Northern Ireland.
(5) Figures are for deaths registered in each calendar year.

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