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Mr. Austin Mitchell: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer (1) with reference to the answer of 27 February 2007, Official Report, column 1300W, on the Sandstorm report, what plans he has to publish the Sandstorm report; 
(3) with reference to the answer of 27 February 2007, Official Report, column 1300W, on the Sandstorm report, when his Department expects to make a definitive reply to Professor Prem Sikka of the University of Essex's request of 13 March 2006 under the Freedom of Information Act 2000 for publication of the Sandstorm report relating to the closure of the Bank of Credit and Commerce International; and what the reasons are for the time taken to respond. 
Angela Eagle: A response has been provided to Professor Prem Sikka's request of 13 March 2006. The Treasury is currently considering this case in response to an internal review request made by Professor Sikka in September 2007 under the Freedom of Information Act. A decision will be reached shortly.
Jim Cousins: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer whether his Departments contracts with courier and postal service providers include provisions requiring (a) security clearance for the employees of such providers and (b) a check on residence entitlement in the UK. 
Jane Kennedy [holding answer 6 December 2007]: HM Revenue and Customs postal and courier service providers, as part of their recruitment policies, carry out employment checks to establish (a) criminal history record and (b) entitlement to work in the UK.
Justine Greening: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what guidance is given to HM Revenue and Customs customs officers on the exercise of powers of arrest in relation to individuals from whom seizures of goods are made; and if he will make a statement. 
HM Revenue and Customs officers engaged in operational customs work have powers of arrest under s.138 of the Customs and Excise Management Act 1979 and s.24(2) of the Police and Criminal Evidence Act 1984.
All officers involved in work areas that require them to exercise the power of arrest, including those involved in making arrests of individuals from whom seizures of illegal goods are made, receive training in arrest procedures, policy and relevant law as part of their core training for the role. In addition, standing instructions on arrest law
and procedure are maintained as a source of reference for all officers involved in works areas that require them to exercise the power of arrest.
Justine Greening: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many seizures of illegal goods HM Revenue and Customs customs officers made in (a) ports, (b) airports, (c) rail terminals and (d) other locations in each year since 2004. 
Mr. Lansley: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what his most recent estimate is of (a) the proportion of tobacco products consumed in the UK on which duty was not paid due to smuggling and fraud in each year since 1997 and (b) the resultant loss of income to the Exchequer. 
Angela Eagle: Estimates for the market share of tobacco products that are supplied to the UK through smuggling and fraud, and the associated revenue loss to the Exchequer, are available from 2000 to 2001.
The latest estimates for the market share of illicitly supplied cigarettes and hand rolling tobacco and the associated revenue loss to the Exchequer (duty plus VAT) are estimated separately for 2001-02 to 2005-06 and are given in Measuring Indirect Tax Losses2007 published by HMRC in October 2007, which is available in the House of Commons Library. Estimates for 2000-01 are given in Measuring Indirect Tax Losses2006 which was published by HMRC in December 2006 and is also available in the House of Commons Library.
Malcolm Bruce: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer for how long information on individuals who are claimants of any benefits or tax credits is stored after they cease to be claimants; and what measures are taken to destroy these records. 
Jane Kennedy [holding answer 29 November 2007]: The child tax credit and working tax credit were introduced on 6 April 2003. HMRC currently hold records for tax credit claimants whether their claim has ceased or not, for making decisions on entitlement, administering payments; the recovery of overpayments and compliance purposes.
As National Statistician I have been asked to reply to your recent question asking how many people died of spinal muscular atrophy in each year from 2001. (175290)
The table below contains numbers of deaths where the underlying cause was spinal muscular atrophy and related syndromes in England and Wales from 2001 to 2006, the latest year for which data are available.
|Number of deaths from spinal muscular atrophy and related syndromes( 1) in England and Wales, 2001 to 2006( 2)|
|(1) The cause of death for spinal muscular atrophy and related conditions was defined using the International Classification of Diseases, Tenth Revision (ICD-10) code G12. (2) Figures are for registrations of death in each calendar year.|
The National Statistician has been asked to reply to your recent question asking how many suicides there were in each 10 year age cohort in each of the last 10 years. I am replying in her absence. (174841)
The table below contains numbers of suicides by age group in England and Wales from 1997 to 2006, the latest year for which data are available.
It is assumed that most deaths from injury/poisoning of undetermined intent at ages 15 and over are cases where the harm was self-inflicted but there was insufficient evidence to prove that the deceased deliberately intended to kill themselves. For this reason, ONS includes in its suicide statistics both those deaths from intentional self-harm, and those from injury or poisoning of undetermined intent. The same cannot be assumed for deaths at ages under 15 and therefore deaths from injury or poisoning of undetermined intent are not included when examining suicide (intentional self-harm) in children. As there were no deaths in children aged under 13 with a suicide verdict for the period requested, the table shows the number of suicides in children aged 13 to 14, and the number of suicide and injury/poisoning of undetermined intent deaths in those aged 15 and over.
|Number of deaths from suicide and injury/poisoning of undetermined intent, by age group, England and Wales, 1997 to 2006( 1)|
|Suicide( 2)||Suicide( 2) and injury /poisoning of undetermined intent( 3)|
|Ages 13-14||15-24||25-34||35-44||45-54||55-64||65-74||75-84||85 and over|
|(1 )Figures are for deaths registered in each calendar year.|
(2) The cause of death for suicide was defined using the International Classification of Diseases, Ninth Revision (ICD-9) codes E950-E959 for the years 1997 to 2000, and Tenth Revision (ICD-10) codes X60-X84for 2001 onwards.
(3) The cause of death for injury/poisoning of undetermined intent was defined using the International Classification of Diseases, Ninth Revision (ICD-9) codes E980-E989 excluding E9 88.8 for the years 1997 to 2000, and Tenth Revision (ICD-10) codes Y10-Y34 excluding Y33.9 where the Coroners verdict was pending for 2001 onwards.
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