As National Statistician, I have been asked to reply to your recent Parliamentary Question asking what the average wage was in Herefordshire in each year since 1997. (170954)
Levels of earnings are estimated from the Annual Survey of Hours and Earnings (ASHE), and are provided for 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.
ASHE results can be obtained on the National Statistics website at:
Mr. Gauke: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer pursuant to his oral statement of 20 November 2007, whether the Government will reimburse clearing banks for all or part of the costs of taking measures to prevent identity theft arising as a consequence of the loss of data. 
Mr. Philip Hammond: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what sanctions have been taken against the HM Revenue and Customs official who posted two compact discs containing confidential child benefit information. 
Mr. Hoyle: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what measures are in place to compensate individuals for losses arising from fraudulent activity using data released by HM Revenue and Customs inadvertently or by virtue of official error; and if he will make a statement. 
Jane Kennedy [holding answer 26 November 2007]: The police continue to have no reason to believe the data have found their way into the wrong hands and are not aware that it has been used for fraudulent purposes or criminal activity.
Tom Brake: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer who will bear the costs to the banks of the increased customer activity due to the loss of two compact discs containing confidential child benefit information; and if he will make a statement. 
James Brokenshire: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what estimate he has made of the potential liability HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) may be under to provide compensation to financial institutions or individuals arising from any financial fraud committed against child benefit recipients whose identity details have been lost by HMRC. 
Jane Kennedy: The police continue to have no reason to believe the data have found their way into the wrong hands and are not aware that they have been used for fraudulent purposes or criminal activity.
Mr. Philip Hammond:
To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer pursuant to his statement of 20 November 2007, Official Report, columns 1101-04, on HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC), how much time banks requested
after receipt of data files from HMRC to ensure adequate protection of customer accounts before details of the loss of personal information was released to the public; and when he received the request. 
Jane Kennedy: HMRC worked closely with the banks to inform them of the missing data and to ensure the right safeguards are in place to protect individuals. The banks asked for sufficient time to prepare for the announcement.
Malcolm Bruce: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many of the individuals' records missing in the transfer of information from HM Revenues and Customs are of (a) adults and (b) children. 
Jane Kennedy [holding answer 29 November 2007]: The missing information contains details of child benefit records for 25 million individuals, 9.5 million adult claimants and 15.5 million children and 7.25 million families.
Andy Burnham [holding answer 26 November 2007]: These projects are being funded from a variety of sources including the Department for Transport. Details of the Department for Transport's funding for the years to 2010-11 are set out in Annex D3 of the 2007 pre-Budget report and comprehensive spending review document (Cm 7227). The Barnett formula is applied to changes in the overall Department for Transport's departmental expenditure limit. Full details of the Barnett formula are available in the Treasury publication Funding the Scottish Parliament, National Assembly for Wales and Northern Ireland Assembly: Statement of Funding Policy.
Sir Peter Soulsby: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many people in Leicester aged 65 years and over died of cold related illnesses between 1 October and 1 March in each of the last 10 years. 
As National Statistician, I have been asked to reply to your recent question asking how many people in Leicester age 65 years and over died of a cold related illness between 1st October and 1st March in each of the last 10 years. (170772)
Most routine mortality statistics are based on a single cause of death, the underlying cause of death, which is defined by the World Health Organisation as:
(a) the disease which initiated the train of events directly leading to death; or
(b) the circumstances of the accident or violence which produced the fatal injury.
There is no agreed list of cold related illnesses. However, subnormal body temperature, hypothermia, may be mentioned on the death certificate.
There were two deaths where hypothermia was mentioned on the death certificate(1), in Leicester unitary authority(2), between 1st October and the 1st March in the years 1996/97 to 2005/06(3) (the latest year available). These deaths were in the winter of 1999/2000.
(1) Hypothermia was defined using the International Classification of Diseases, Ninth Revision (ICD-9) code 991.6 for the years 1996 to 2000, and the International Classification of Diseases, Tenth Revision (ICD-10) code T68, for the years 2001 to 2006. Deaths were included where hypothermia was mentioned anywhere on the death certificate.
(2) Based on boundaries as of 2007.
(3) Figures are for deaths occurring in each year.
Mrs. Villiers: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many times officials from the Delivery Unit have met individuals representing (a) rail passengers, (b) the rail industry, (c) bus passengers, (d) bus companies, (e) coach passengers, (f) coach companies and (g) cyclists since 27 June. 
Andy Burnham: Officials from the Prime Ministers Delivery Unit regularly meet with stakeholders relevant to its work. However, in the period since June 2007, officials from the Delivery Unit have not met individuals representing transport uses or providers.
Julia Goldsworthy: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what (a) procedures and (b) protocols govern the transfer of personal data between his Department and (i) other Government Departments, (ii) local authorities and (iii) other Government agencies. 
Jane Kennedy [holding answer 26 November 2007]: HMRC may only disclose information which it holds in accordance with the Commissioners for Revenue and Customs Act 2005. Most transfers of data take place under statutory gateways which specify circumstances in which HMRC may disclose such information. All disclosures must be compliant with the Data Protection Act 1998 and the Human Rights Act 1998. Memorandums of understanding, partnership agreements and codes of practice set out the relationship between HMRC and the Department or other body receiving the data, including the specific procedures and protocols governing the use of the information.
Angela Eagle: I refer the hon. Member to the statement made by right hon. Friend the Prime Minister on 21 November 2007, Official Report, column 1179. The review by the Cabinet Secretary and security experts is looking at procedures within Departments and agencies for the storage and use of data. A statement on Departments procedures will be made on completion of the review.
Dr. Cable: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what (a) reviews, (b) consultations and (c) taskforces his Department is (i) responsible for and (ii) scheduled to undertake; on what date each (A) started and (B) is expected to be completed; what the purpose is of each; and if he will make a statement. 
Sir Nicholas Winterton: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer (1) what assessment he has made of the effect of his Department's excise policy on the consumption of beer in public houses and bars; and if he will make a statement; 
Angela Eagle: Decisions on the taxation of beer are made by the Chancellor at Budget taking all relevant factors into consideration, including the state of the industry and its contribution to the economy.
Mr. Hayes: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what assessment he has made of the effectiveness of the IT system relating to export control at the UK's borders; what the problem with the system identified by the European Court of Auditors is; how many posts use individual ad hoc random checking in lieu of the IT system; what the cost of the IT system was in the last year for which figures are available; and what discussions he has had with the suppliers of the system on these matters. 
Jane Kennedy: A number of interlinked IT systems are used to control exports at the UK border. HMRC regularly reviews these systems with the trade and with IT suppliers to maintain and improve effective controls and ensure that the UK continues to be a good place to do business.
In October 2004 the European Court of Auditors noted a problem involving a customs risk based system (TECS), used to target physical controls on exports claiming refunds under the Common Agricultural Policy.
This problem only affected a small percentage of CAP export declarations. The problem had been identified by customs officers prior to the audit and guidance issued in June 2004 to provide a temporary solution and a technical correction was implemented in October 2005. Routine monitoring continues to ensure the effective performance of TECS.
There are a number of factors that determine which export consignments are checked and HMRC use electronic risk-based assessments to target our resources effectively. We do not use random or ad hoc checks to identify irregularities.
Mr. Gauke: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer pursuant to his statement of 20 November 2007, Official Report, columns 1101-18, on HM Revenue and Customs, what assessment he has made on whether the missing computer discs remain on Government property. 
Jane Kennedy [holding answer 27 November 2007]: The police continue to have no reason to believe the data have found their way into the wrong hands and are not aware that they have been used for fraudulent purposes or criminal activity.
Steve Webb: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer when his Department will process the CF411 form applying for home responsibilities protection that was submitted by a constituent, Mrs. Donnelly, in September; and if he will make a statement on the length of time being taken to process CF411 forms by his Department. 
Home responsibilities protection, (HRP), is processed in the national insurance contributions office. Where an application contains all the information required to process the case it can be completed within a month. It can take longer where cases require us to gather additional information and/or for us to contact the applicant or other Government Departments for further information.
As National Statistician, I have been asked to reply to your question regarding how many immigrants lived in Herefordshire in each year since 1997, broken down by country of origin. (170950)
The data you requested are not available for Local Authorities. Census data on the population of Herefordshire by country of birth are available on the Neighbourhood Statistics website for 2001 only. The movement of individuals from overseas into Local Authorities is published on the National Statistics website. However onwards movements within the UK are not recorded and therefore data are not available for the numbers of immigrants living in a Local Authority at a particular point in time.