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Revenue and Customs: Postal Services

Mr. Hoban: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer pursuant to the answer of 7 January 2008, Official Report, column 339W, on Revenue and Customs: postal services, how many items of post were sent by (a) recorded and (b) non-recorded post by HM Revenue and Customs in each of the last five years. [180460]

Jane Kennedy: The number of consignments of post sent by (a) recorded and (b) non-recorded by HM Revenue and Customs is as follows:

Recorded Non-recorded

2007-08, year to date

100,505

224,919,427

2006-07

139,728

317,341,842

2005-06

128,798

329,400,880


Details are only available from 2005-06 onwards.

Revenue and Customs: Standards

Mr. Hayes: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will place in the Library copies of proposals submitted in response to the HM Revenue and Customs Angels and Dragons internal communications initiative; how many proposals were received; and what the cost of the process was. [180163]

Jane Kennedy: The Angels and Dragons scheme was implemented in late 2006. There have been 3,213 ideas submitted since. Most of these have been filtered out in the early stages of the process. Many have been taken up by the relevant HMRC business area or incorporated into work already in progress. Others do not meet the criteria for Angels and Dragons and are referred to other HMRC continuous improvement schemes. Relatively few therefore reach the stage where an investment needs to be considered.

The board have so far agreed to fund the following ideas which reflect total investments to date of approximately £965,000, which reflects the cost of developing and implementing these ideas. The aim is for the portfolio of projects to generate an overall return on investment of 110 per cent. over two years.

Scanning tool for the Northern Ireland Overseas Repayment Unit

New Tax Credits mentoring

VAT sift case tracking system


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ABC of VAT

Electronic Microfilm Retrieval

Enhancement to the Employers Business Service Notes (EBS)

Particular Needs Equipment Catalogue

Suicide

Tim Farron: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many suicides there were in the UK in each of the last five years, broken down by (a) age, (b) sex, (c) region and (d) ethnic origin. [181129]

Jane Kennedy: The information requested falls within the responsibility of the National Statistician who has been asked to reply.

Letter from Karen Dunnell, dated 22 January 2008:

Table 1: Number of deaths where suicide was the underlying cause of death. United Kingdom( 1,2,3) , by five-year age-group, 2002-06( 4)
Deaths (persons)
Age group 2002 2003 2004 2005 2006

15-19

214

182

206

190

178

20-24

412

436

394

390

365

25-29

588

474

453

423

424

30-34

695

672

609

593

525

35-39

719

721

752

691

671

40-44

624

649

673

677

668

45-49

534

536

576

602

593

50-54

492

483

509

499

515

55-59

418

421

438

443

481

60-64

264

281

280

317

346

65-69

245

214

259

226

222

70-74

197

202

196

180

169

75-79

158

194

192

138

153

80-84

131

141

164

159

129

85+

137

126

153

143

118

Total

5,828

5,732

5,854

5,671

5,557

(1) Suicide was defined using the International Classification of Diseases, Tenth Revision (ICD-10) codes X60-X84 and Y10-Y34, excluding Y33.9 (where the Coroner’s verdict was pending) for England and Wales, and codes X60-X84 and Y10-Y34 for Scotland and Northern Ireland.
(2) Suicide and undetermined intent deaths have not been included for children under the age of 15 years.
(3) Figures for the UK include data provided by the Registrars General for Scotland and Northern Ireland.
(4) Figures are for deaths registered in each calendar year.

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Table 2: Number of deaths where suicide was the underlying cause of death, United Kingdom( 1,2,3) , by sex, 2002-06( 4)
Deaths (persons)
Sex 2002 2003 2004 2005 2006

Male

4,349

4,268

4,290

4,192

4,197

Female

1,479

1,464

1,564

1,479

1,360

Total

5,828

5,732

5,854

5,671

5,557

(1) Suicide was defined using the International Classification of Diseases, Tenth Revision (ICD-10) codes X60-X84 and Y10-Y34, excluding Y33.9 (where the Coroner’s verdict was pending) for England and Wales, and codes X60-X84 and Y10-Y34 for Scotland and Northern Ireland.
(2) Suicide and undetermined intent deaths have not been included for children under the age of 15 years.
(3 )Figures for the UK include data provided by the Registrars General for Scotland and Northern Ireland.
(4) Figures are for deaths registered in each calendar year.

Table 3: Number of deaths where suicide was the underlying cause of death, England, by Government Office Region( 1,2,3) , 2002-06( 4)
Deaths (persons)
Region 2002 2003 2004 2005 2006

North East

239

272

295

242

228

North West

640

637

637

677

636

Yorkshire and the Humber

454

423

472

482

403

East Midlands

362

374

386

367

358

West Midlands

466

466

454

425

411

East of England

466

450

452

448

424

London

630

659

627

620

588

South East

723

697

702

694

669

South West

452

452

489

453

460

Total

4,432

4,430

4,514

4,408

4,177

(1) Suicide was defined using the International Classification of Diseases, Tenth Revision (ICD-10) codes X60-X84 and Y10-Y34, excluding Y33.9 (where the Coroner’s verdict was pending).
(2) Suicide and undetermined intent deaths have not been included for children under the age of 15 years.
(3) Based on boundaries as of 2007.
(4) Figures are for deaths registered in each calendar year.

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