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Employment

Mr. Byers: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what percentage of (a) men and (b) women of working age are in (i) full-time and (ii) part-time employment in each local authority area. [170686]

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

Letter from Karen Dunnell, dated 3 December 2007:

Excise Duties: Fuels

Susan Kramer: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what the cost to the public purse was of not keeping fuel duty in line with inflation in each year since 2000. [168981]

Angela Eagle: The cost to the Exchequer of all changes in fuel duty compared to increases in line with inflation can be found in the Financial Statement and Budget and pre-Budget reports for each year since 2000.

First Solution Money Transfer

Mr. Godsiff: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what steps are being taken to (a) compensate former customers of the money transfer company First Solution and (b) establish a new regulatory framework for the operation of such companies. [169269]

Kitty Ussher: The Government sympathize with those affected by the closure of First Solution. The Companies Investigation Branch, within the Department for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform, is carrying out an examination of the facts. An agreement has been reached on the sale of the company’s assets which, in the opinion of the official receiver, will provide the best possible outcome for its creditors. In the context of the agreement reached on the Payment Services Directive (PSD) in April 2007, the Government have committed to bring money transfer companies into regulation from November 2009. The Treasury will launch a consultation on the implementation of the PSD before the end of the year.

Fuel: Excise Duties

Mr. Amess: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer (1) what fuel duty was payable on a litre of petrol in (a) January 1996, (b) January 1999, (c) January 2001, (d) January 2003, (e) January 2005 and (f) January 2007; [169587]

(2) what research has been (a) commissioned and (b) evaluated by his Department on the effect of an (i) increase and (ii) decrease in fuel duty on (A) food prices and (B) the cost of living; what recent representations he has received the cost of fuel; and if he will make a statement. [169588]

Angela Eagle: Details of the fuel duty payable on leaded, unleaded and ultra low sulphur petrol are published at:

In taking taxation decisions as part of the Budget process the Government consider a range of factors including the impact on prices and any representations received. The increases in fuel duty announced in Budget 2007 were announced for environmental reasons, to fund public services and provide certainty alongside the other tax reforms in that Budget. They have been fully taken account of in Treasury inflation forecasts.

Immigration: East of England

Mr. Vara: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what assessment he has made of the effect of inward migration on (a) economic activity and (b) the labour market in (i) North West Cambridgeshire, (ii) Cambridgeshire and (iii) the East of England over the last 10 years. [169391]

Kitty Ussher: The information requested falls within the responsibility of the National Statistician who has been asked to reply.

Letter from Karen Dunnell, dated 3 December 2007:


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Table 1: Economic activity status of working age( 1) non-UK born people in the North West Cambridgeshire constituency
Thousand( 2)
12 months ending Employment level Unemployment level Economically active Non-UK born economically actives as percentage of all economically actives (percentage)

February 2001

3

(3)

3

6

February 2002

3

(3)

3

6

February 2003

4

(4)

5

8

February 2004

5

(3)

5

8

March 2005

4

(3)

4

7

March 2006

4

(4)

4

7

December 2006

4

(3)

4

7

(1 )Includes males aged 16-64 and females aged 16-59. (2 )Does not include respondents who did not answer the question on country of birth. (3) Sample size too small to provide estimate. (4) Estimate less than 500. Notes: 1. Estimates are subject to sampling variability. 2. It should also be noted that the country of birth question in the LFS gives an undercount because: it excludes certain people who have not been resident in the UK for 6 months; it excludes students in halls who do not have a UK resident parent; it excludes people in most other types of communal establishments (eg hotels, boarding houses, hostels, mobile home sites, etc); it is grossed to population estimates which exclude migrants staying for less than 12 months; microdata are grossed to population estimates consistent with those published in spring 2003 which are significantly lower than the latest population estimates. Source: Annual local area Labour Force Survey; Annual Population survey.

Table 2 : Economic activity status of working age( 1) non-UK born people in Cambridgeshire
Thousand( 2)
12 months ending Employment level Unemployment level Economically active Non-UK born economically actives as percentage of all economically actives (percentage)

February 2001

25

1

27

9

February 2002

26

1

27

10

February 2003

22

(3)

23

8

February 2004

24

2

26

9

March 2005

30

1

31

10

March 2006

33

2

36

12

December 2006

40

4

44

15

(1 )Includes males aged 16-64 and females aged 16-59. (2 )Does not include respondents who did not answer the question on country of birth. (3) Sample size too small to provide estimate. Notes: 1. Estimates are subject to sampling variability. 2. It should also be noted that the country of birth question in the LFS gives an undercount because: it excludes certain people who have not been resident in the UK for 6 months; it excludes students in halls who do not have a UK resident parent; it excludes people in most other types of communal establishments (eg hotels, boarding houses, hostels, mobile home sites, etc); it is grossed to population estimates which exclude migrants staying for less than 12 months; microdata are grossed to population estimates consistent with those published in spring 2003 which are significantly lower than the latest population estimates. Source: Annual local area Labour Force Survey; Annual Population survey.


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Table 3 : Economic activity status of working age( 1) non-UK born people in the East of England
Thousand( 2)
12 months ending Employment level Unemployment level Economically active Non-UK born economically actives as percentage of all economically actives (percentage)

February 2001

173

7

180

7

February 2002

194

8

203

8

February 2003

192

11

202

8

February 2004

189

15

204

8

March 2005

212

10

222

8

March 2006

236

14

251

9

December 2006

262

18

280

10

(1 )Includes males aged 16-64 and females aged 16-59. (2 )Does not include respondents who did not answer the question on country of birth. Notes: 1. Estimates are subject to sampling variability. 2. It should also be noted that the country of birth question in the LFS gives an undercount because: it excludes certain people who have not been resident in the UK for 6 months; it excludes students in halls who do not have a UK resident parent; it excludes people in most other types of communal establishments (eg hotels, boarding houses, hostels, mobile home sites, etc); it is grossed to population estimates which exclude migrants staying for less than 12 months; microdata are grossed to population estimates consistent with those published in spring 2003 which are significantly lower than the latest population estimates. Source: Annual local area Labour Force Survey; Annual Population survey.

Insurance: Cancer

Mr. Gibb: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many complaints have been received by the Financial Ombudsman Service on the sale of (a) critical illness insurance for all types of breast cancer and (b) critical illness insurance for ductal carcinoma in situ. [169169]

Kitty Ussher: The Financial Ombudsman Service (FOS) records complaint numbers in relation to product type. The FOS does not record data showing the breakdown of complaints received by both the product type and the type of illness that has given rise to the claim (and in turn the complaint) under the policy. The requested data are therefore unavailable.

In the last five years the FOS has received the following number of total complaints relating to critical illness insurance:

( 1) Number

March 2007

680

March 2006

799

March 2005

717

March 2004

582

March 2003

492

(1)To year end

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