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Mr. Allen: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer when he expects the Social Investment Bank to make its first loan; and whether (a) local authorities and (b) local strategic partnerships will be able to borrow from the Social Investment Bank. 
Jane Kennedy: The consultation document on the Government's proposals for a distribution mechanism for unclaimed assets stated that the Government's priorities for spending in England would be youth services, followed by financial capability and inclusion. In addition, the document stated:
Resources permitting, the Government would also like to see some of the available assets in England used to invest in the long-term sustainability of the third sector and to boost social investment.
Clause 17 of the Dormant Bank and Building Society Accounts Bill currently before the House of Lords will therefore enable dormant account funds to be allocated to a social investment wholesaler, should resources permit.
Mr. Burns: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many 18 to 24 year olds were unemployed in (a) West Chelmsford constituency and (b) Chelmsford local authority area in each September from 2001 to 2007. 
As National Statistician, I have been asked to reply to your Parliamentary Question asking how many 18 to 24 year olds were unemployed in (a) West Chelmsford constituency and (b) Chelmsford local authority area in each September from 2001 to 2007. (170300)
The Office for National Statistics (ONS) compiles unemployment statistics from the annual local area Labour Force Survey (LFS) and the Annual Population Survey (APS) following International Labour Organisation (ILO) definitions. These are annual surveys and the estimates derived from them cover twelve month periods, rather than a particular month.
However, from the annual LFS and the APS, there are only two periods in the last 6 years where the sample sizes are sufficient to provide an estimate of the number of unemployed
18 to 24 year olds resident in the West Chelmsford constituency or Chelmsford local authority. These data are from the Annual local area LFS for the 12 month period ending in February for 2003 and from the APS for the 12 month period ending in March for 2005 as shown in Table 1.
As these estimates are for a subset of the population in a small geographical area, they are based on very small sample sizes, and are therefore subject to large margins of uncertainty.
ONS also compiles statistics for local areas of people claiming Jobseekers Allowance (JSA). Table 2 shows the number of JSA
claimants aged 18 to 24, resident in West Chelmsford constituency and Chelmsford local authority, claiming in September for 2001 to 2007. The numbers are also shown as the percentage of all persons aged 18-24 resident in the areas. Percentages for the West Chelmsford constituency cannot be shown, as the working age population estimates for parliamentary constituencies cannot be broken down into different age groups.
|Table 1: Unemployed persons, aged 18 to 24, resident in the West Chelmsford parliamentary constituency and Chelmsford local authority|
|West Chelmsford constituency||Chelmsford local authority|
|12 months ending( 1)||Level (Thousand)||Rate( 2) (Percentage)||Level (Thousand)||Rate( 2) (Percentage)|
|(1) Only periods where sample sizes are sufficient to provide estimates.|
(2) Unemployed persons as the percentage of the number of economically active persons aged 18 to 24.
(3) Sample too small to provide estimate. Estimates are subject to sampling variability.
Annual Labour Force Survey; Annual Population survey.
|Table 2: Number of claimants of jobseekers allowance (JSA) aged 18 to 24 in September of each year from 2001 to 2007|
|West Chelmsford constituency||Chelmsford local authority|
|As at 1 September each year||Number of JSA claimants||Proportion( 1)||Number of JSA claimants||Proportion( 1)|
|n/a = Not available.|
(1) Number of JSA claimants aged 18 to 24 as the percentage of resident population aged 18 to 24 of area.
1. Claimant count data by age includes computerised claims only.
2. Dataset rounded to the nearest 5.
Jobcentre Plus administrative data.
Mr. Boris Johnson: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many the 16, the 17, the 18, the 19, the 20, the 21, (g) 22, (h) 23 and (i) 24 year old (i) women and (ii) men were not in education, employment or training in each of the last 10 years available, broken down by London borough. 
As National Statistician, I have been asked to reply to your parliamentary question asking how many (a) 16, (b) 17, (c) 18, (d) 19, (e) 20, (f) 21, (g) 22, (h) 23 and (i) 24 year old (i) women and (ii) were not in education, employment or training in each of the last 10 years available, broken down by London borough. (169824).
Information in the form requested is not readily available and could be obtained only at disproportionate cost.
Mr. Hayes: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer for what reasons the European Commission is seeking membership of the World Customs Organisation; what negotiating rights the European Commission will have in relation to EU member states; and what other rights and obligations will accrue to the Commission. 
Jane Kennedy: The European Community first applied to become a member of the WCO in 2001 because it has competence for most international trade matters. The WCO's establishing convention does not currently provide for customs and economic unions to become members and will need to be modified. This will take some time, so interim membership arrangements have been put in place and came into effect for the EC on 1 July 2007.
As a member of the WCO, the EC is entitled to participate in all WCO bodies which are open to general membership. On issues subject to Community competence (which covers the majority of the WCO's work), the EC will cast a number of votes equal to the number of EU member states present at the meeting. For matters falling under joint or national competence, member states will continue to speak at meetings and to vote: the EC will not act on behalf of member states on these matters. However, member states and the European Commission will try to coordinate an agreed position where appropriate in order to present a unified view at WCO meetings.