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Mr. Vara: To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many cases of sexually transmitted diseases were diagnosed in each of the last five years, broken down by (a) primary care trust and (b) type of disease. 
Dawn Primarolo: Information on the diagnoses of sexually transmitted infections (STIs) in genitourinary clinics (GUM) is currently only available at strategic health authority (SHA) level. The total number of the five main STIs (gonorrhoea, chlamydia, syphilis, anogenital herpes and warts) by SHA for the last five years will be placed in the Library.
In addition to the figures for those diagnosed with chlamydia in GUM clinics the total number of people who have been diagnosed with chlamydia within the National Chlamydia Screening Programme by primary care trust since 2003-04 when the programme was launched, has been placed in the Library.
(1) This includes funding for HIV prevention work (contracted out to the Terence Higgins Trust and the African HIV Policy Network), public education and contraception awareness (contracted out to the family planning association), the Sex Lottery and Condom Essential Wear campaigns and sexual health(1) helpline. (2) Contract for the Sexual Health Information Line, (formerly the National AIDS Helpline) is delivered as part of a contract which also includes Drinkline and Frank (substance misuse prevention).
Mr. Harper: To ask the Secretary of State for Health what discussions his Department has had with (a) the Department for Communities and Local Government and (b) the Department for Work and Pensions on (i) funding for and (ii) provision of alternative and augmentative communication aids; and what (1) response he has made and (2) steps he has taken in response to the Prime Ministers Strategy Unit report on the life chances of disabled people in relation to the provision of such aids. 
It is the responsibility of local health and social care organisations to prioritise and allocate funding for communication aids based on their assessment of the needs of their local populations. To support this process the Government recently announced, through the comprehensive spending review, that local authority funding will increase by £2.6 billion by 2010-11.
Recommendation 5.6 of the Prime Ministers Strategy Unit report Improving the Life Chances of Disabled People, focuses on the provision of community equipment, communication aids and wheelchairs for children. As part of the process of addressing this recommendation the Department launched the Transforming Community Equipment and Wheelchair Services programme in June 2006.
In addition, the Department, is working closely with the Department for Children, Schools and Families to support the Bercow Review. The Bercow Review is currently reviewing services for children and young people with speech, language and communication needs with the aim of producing a report in the summer of 2008.
Mr. Vara: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many deaths attributable to (a) alcohol and (b) illegal drugs there were in the UK in each of the last five years, broken down by primary care trust. 
As National Statistician, I have been asked to reply to your recent question asking how many deaths attributable to (a) alcohol and (b) illegal drugs there were in the UK in each of the last five years, broken down by primary care trust. (169360)
The attached table provides the number of (a) deaths with an alcohol-related underlying cause and (b) drug misuse deaths, in the United Kingdom, from 2001 to 2005 (the latest year available), and in English primary care organisations, from 2001 to 2006 and 2005 (the latest years available for alcohol-related and drug misuse deaths, respectively). A copy has been placed in the House of Commons Library.
Dr. Cable: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will estimate what the cost to the Exchequer would be of exempting from capital gains tax business owners who sell their businesses upon retirement up to the value of (a) £100,000, (b) £200,000, (c) £300,000, (d) £400,000, (e) £500,000 and (f) £1,000,000 in 2008-09. 
|Exemption limit (£)||Annual reduction in CGT accruals (£ million)|
Daniel Kawczynski: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer (1) if he will make an assessment of the likely effects of increasing the capital gains tax rate to 18 per cent. from April 2008 in relation to business assets held for at least two years on (a) long-term investment, (b) entrepreneurial risk-taking and (c) numbers of small businesses being established in England; 
(2) what assessment he has made of the likely effects of equalising the capital gains tax rates of long-term business assets and personal investments in shares and property on (a) propensity to invest and (b) business optimism within the small business sector; and if he will make a statement; 
The Government believe that it is right to simplify the capital gains tax rules and are working with interested groups to listen to their views on a number of issues. The Chancellor will report to Parliament on his final proposals in due course.
Dr. Murrison: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what guidance is provided to local benefit offices on the provision of the name of alternative claimants for child benefit to parents of the child concerned; and if he will make a statement. 
Jane Kennedy: HM Revenue and Customs is responsible for the administration of child benefit. All information held or obtained by HMRC is treated as confidential under the terms of the Commissioners for Revenue and Customs Act 2005. As such child benefit office staff are not permitted to comment on or divulge any aspect of a child benefit claim with any person other than the claimant.
Dr. Murrison: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer in how many cases in each of the last 12 months the Commissioners for HM Revenue and Customs have made decisions concerning which claimant should receive child benefit, where there are multiple applicants; and if he will make a statement. 
Jane Kennedy: The number of decisions made by the child benefit office in the last year concerning which claimant should receive child benefit where there have been applications made by more than one claimant (shared cases) in respect of the same child or children are shown in the table as follows:
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(2) how many claims for guardian's allowance from migrants in respect of children living abroad were made in each of the last 12 months; and how much was paid against such claims in each of those months; 
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Jane Kennedy: Dave Hartnett, HMRCs acting chairman, is writing to all affected customers, to reassure them that their child benefit payments will continue and to advise them of security precautions they may wish to take.
Mr. Philip Hammond: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer whether the HM Revenue and Customs official who posted two compact discs containing confidential child benefit information was authorised to access and download such information to disc. 
Jane Kennedy: It would be inappropriate to comment on this issue as there is an ongoing Metropolitan Police Service investigation and an independent review of HMRCs security processes and procedures for data handling led by Kieran Poynter, the Chair of PricewaterhouseCoopers.
Tom Brake: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many child benefit claimants in each London borough are affected by the loss of bank details by HM Revenue and Customs; and if he will make a statement. 
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