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Chris Huhne: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer (1) how many air miles were travelled by Ministers in his Department in each year since 2000; and what estimate he has made of the total amount of carbon dioxide emissions produced as a result; 
(3) how many miles he and other Ministers in his Department travelled on short haul flights in the last 12 months; and what estimate he has made of the total amount of carbon dioxide emissions produced as a result of these flights. 
Angela Eagle: The Treasury began collecting data on air mileage and emissions in 2006-07. The available data are set out in the table. It is not possible to give a further break down of ministerial air travel within these data. The Treasury offsets all official and ministerial air travel.(1)
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The Treasury has been measuring the carbon emissions for the office estate since 1999-2000. Figures from this date to 2005-06 are set out in the annex. Estate emissions for 2006-07 were 1,110,615 kg carbon. All electricity used is generated from renewable sources, and emissions have fallen by 19 per cent. during this period.(2)
(1)( ) Source: DEFRA methodology: Government Carbon Offsetting Fundan explanation of this methodology is available at: http://www.defra.gov.uk/environment/climatechange/uk/carbonoffset/government.htm
(2) The Building Research Establishment Ltd. provides annual analysis of energy consumption and emissions data for government departments and the Sustainable Development Commission. These data are used to monitor progress against government targets.
(3) The methodology used follows guidance set out for government departments by the Sustainable Development Commission and the July 2005 DEFRA Greenhouse Gas conversion factors for Company Reporting.
Mr. Laws: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what steps he plans to take to speed up the payment of compensation to consumers who have experienced excessive overdraft charges; and if he will make a statement. 
Kitty Ussher: There is currently a test case before the courts, taken by the Office of Fair Trading, to determine whether charges for unauthorised overdrafts come within the Unfair Terms in Consumer Contracts Regulations 1999, and if so whether such charges are fair. This test case is expected to be heard in the new year. It would not be appropriate for the Chancellor to comment further while the case is ongoing.
Mr. Jamie Reed: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what the incidence of cancer was in each (a) constituency, (b) primary care trust area, (c) hospital trust area, (d) region and (e) social demographic group in the most recent period for which figures are available. [Official Report, 14 January 2008, Vol. 470, c. 5MC.]
The National Statistician has been asked to reply to your recent Parliamentary Question asking what the incidence of cancer was in each (a) constituency, (b) primary care trust area, (c) hospitals trust area, (d) region and (e) social demographic group in the most recent period for which figures are available. I am replying in her absence. (171907)
It is not possible to calculate incidence rates of cancer by (a) constituency and (c) hospitals trust area because the relevant populations are not available.
Incidence rates of all cancers excluding non-melanoma skin cancer in England by (b) primary care trust area and (d) government office region for 2004, the latest year for which figures are available, are given in Tables 1 and 2 below. Figures for government office regions are also available on the National Statistics website at
Incidence rates of all cancers excluding non-melanoma skin cancer in England and Wales by (e) social demographic group are not available. However, the latest incidence rates for the three main cancers (breast, lung and prostate), which make up around 40 per cent of all cancers, by (e) social demographic group are given in Table 3 below.
|Table 1: Incidence rates( 1) of all cancers( 2) per 100,000 population, by primary care trust( 3) and sex, England, 2004|
|(1) Directly age standardised to the European Standard Population.|
(2) All cancers, excluding non-melanoma skin cancer, are classified according to the International Classification of Diseases, Tenth Revision (ICD-10): C00-C97 excluding C44.
(3) Boundaries as at 1 October 2006.
Office for National Statistics.
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