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The National Statistician has been asked to reply to your recent question asking what estimate has been made of damage to the UK economy caused by cancelled trains in December 2007 and January 2068. I am replying in her absence. (179357)
Estimates of growth in the volume of economic activity of the rail sector are included as part of a wider estimate of the output of the Land Transport sector published in ONS's monthly Index of Services First Release (IoS FR). The growth in rail transport is measured by the change in the number of passenger-kilometres travelled each month, based on data collected by the Office of Rail Regulation (ORR). While it is not possible to separately identify the impact of any cancellations to rail services during the period December 2007 and January 2008, this will be reflected in the published estimates. Estimates for December 2007 based on these data from the ORR will be published in the IoS FR for the first time on 25 April 2008, and estimates for January 2008 on 25 July 2008. If there is a wider impact of any cancellations to rail services on other sectors it would be reflected in the estimates of growth for these sectors published as part of GDP, which are typically based on estimates of turnover returned to ONS by businesses. However, again any such impact would not be separately identifiable.
Mr. Gauke: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how much compensation has been paid by the General Register Office to local authorities in consequence of difficulties arising in the introduction and operation of Registration On-line. 
As National Statistician and Registrar General for England and Wales I have been asked to reply to your recent Parliamentary Question asking how much compensation has been paid by the General Register Office to local authorities in consequence of difficulties arising in the introduction and operation of Registration On-line. (177094)
Compensation claims could be lodged up to December 2007, and are still being assessed. These relate to the additional costs incurred by register offices where birth, death and stillbirth registrations which they had needed to take manually for a short period after the introduction of Registration On-line then had to
be input retrospectively to the Registration On-line database. Payments totalling 43,000 have so far been agreed.
Tony Baldry: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what assessment he has made of the effect of the tax changes introduced in April 2006 in relation to occupational pension schemes, with particular reference to tax relief for employer contributions on the same basis as other business expenditure. 
Mr. Stewart Jackson: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many claims for (a) working tax credits and (b) child tax credits were made by citizens of other EU member states resident in Peterborough constituency in 2006-07; and if he will make a statement.