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Jane Kennedy: The standard procedure in relation to ESC A19 is that its application will be considered automatically whenever HMRC notifies a customer of a tax charge more than 12 months after the end of the tax year concerned and circumstances covered by the terms of this concession are apparent. There is no central record of the number of cases in which the application of ESC A19 was considered but details of tax given up under this concession are published in the Board of HMRC Annual Report, available in the House of Commons Library.
Angela Eagle: The UK continues to perform well on a wide variety of measures of competitivenessincluding GDP, productivity growth, labour market performance and economic stability. The Government remain committed to further achieving continued long-term improvements in UK competitiveness through raising long-term productivity. The recent comprehensive spending review (CSR) and pre-Budget report (PBR) illustrate this with policies aimed at improving performance through the key drivers of productivity. This includes increased investment in higher education and skills, continued development of a world-class science base and simplifications to the tax system. These actions are further underpinned by the Governments commitment to maintaining macroeconomic stability, which provides firms and individuals with the certainty needed to invest for our future.
The Governments strategy focuses on raising productivity and innovation across the whole UK economy. Further details on the national and regional implications of the CSR and PBR measures can be found in the regional and country leaflets accompanying the CSR and PBR available through:
Mr. Graham Stuart: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what percentage of young people in each parliamentary constituency in Yorkshire and the Humber were unemployed in each year since 1997; and if he will make a statement. 
As National Statistician, I have been asked to reply to your Parliamentary Question asking what percentage of young people in each parliamentary constituency in Yorkshire and the Humber were unemployed in each year since 1997. (174297)
The Office for National Statistics (ONS) compiles statistics of unemployment for local areas from the annual local area Labour Force Survey (LFS) and Annual Population Survey (APS) following International Labour Organisation definitions.
Table 1, attached, shows estimates for each Parliamentary Constituency in Yorkshire & the Humber, for the 12 month
periods ending in February from 1998 to 2004 from the annual LFS, and for the 12 months from March 2005 to March 2007 from the APS. Table 1 shows the number of unemployed aged 16-24 resident in each constituency.
These estimates, as with any from sample surveys, are subject to a margin of uncertainty. Changes in the estimates from year to year should be treated with particular caution.
ONS also compiles statistics for local areas of people claiming Jobseeker's Allowance (JSA). Table 2, attached, shows the annual averages for people aged 18 to 24 claiming ISA in each constituency in Yorkshire & the Humber for 1997 to 2006. Proportions for the 18 to 24 age group are not available for parliamentary constituencies.
|Table 1: Number of unemployed persons aged 16-24; parliamentary constituencies; Yorkshire and the Humber|
|March 1997 to February 1998||March 1998 to February 1999||March 1999 to February 2000||March 2000 to February 2001||March 2001 to February 2002|
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