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External Contracts

Mr. Jeremy Browne: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer pursuant to the answer of 31 January 2008, Official Report, column 671W, on external contracts, how many external consultancy contracts his Department held in each year for which figures are available; and what the total value of those contracts was. [187803]

Angela Eagle: I refer the hon. Gentleman to the answer given to the hon. Member for Broxbourne (Mr. Browne) on 22 January 2008, Official Report, columns 1957-58W.

Financial Institutions: Bank of England

Adam Price: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer whether any financial institutions other than Northern Rock have asked the Bank of England for financial assistance in the last 12 months. [188189]

Jane Kennedy: The Bank of England does not disclose whether or not it has received requests for financial assistance.

Foreign Workers

Mr. Laws: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many migrant workers from (a) inside and (b) outside the EU were in employment in the UK in each quarter since 1984. [187149]

Angela Eagle: The information requested falls within the responsibility of the National Statistician, who has been asked to reply.

Letter from Karen Dunnell, dated 22 February 2008:


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People of working age( 1) in employment by country of birth, Quarter 4,1992 to 2007, United Kingdom, not seasonally adjusted
Thousand
Total in employment( 2) UK Born EU( 3) Born Born in rest of the world

1992

24,081

22,265

490

1,317

1993

24,001

22,284

452

1,261

1994

24,242

22,479

495

1,267

1995

25,108

23,341

523

1,244

1996

25.398

23,586

512

1,295

1997

25,811

23,869

544

1,398

1999

26,389

24,362

566

1,458

2001

26,749

24,514

576

1,656

2002

26,986

24,583

593

1,809

2003

27,045

24,607

577

1,859

2004

27,262

24,599

748

1,914

2005

27,207

24,376

843

1,987

2006

27,323

24,207

952

2,159

2007

27,513

24,111

1,140

2,258

(1) Men aged 16-64 and women aged 16-59
(2) Includes those who did not state their country of birth
(3) 1992 Belgium, Denmark, France, Germany, Greece, Irish Republic, Italy, Luxembourg, Netherlands, Portugal, Spain
1995 Austria, Finland and Sweden join
2004 Cyprus, Czech Republic, Estonia, Hungary, Latvia, Lithuania, Malta, Poland, Slovakia and Slovenia join
2007 Bulgaria and Romania join
Notes:
1. It should be noted that the estimates:
exclude certain people who have been resident in the UK for less than 6 months.
exclude students in halls of residence who do not have a UK resident parent.
exclude people in most types of communal establishment (e.g. hotels, boarding houses, hostels, mobile home sites etc).
are grossed to population estimates that only include migrants staying 12 months or more are grossed to population estimates consistent with those published in spring 2003 which are significantly lower than the latest population estimates as used in the Labour Market Statistics
2. Comparable data not available for 1998 and 2000.
Source:
ONS Labour Force Survey

Gold and Foreign Exchange Reserves

Mr. Lilley: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how much in net ounces of gold has been sold from the foreign exchange reserves since 1997; what the net proceeds have been from those sales; and what the current value would be of the amount sold. [187192]

Angela Eagle [holding answer 20 February 2008]: 395 tonnes of gold were sold from the reserves between July 1999 and March 2002 and re-invested in interest-bearing foreign currency assets. Other central banks have adopted similar policies. The total proceeds were around $3.5 billion, equivalent to around £2.3 billion (using exchange rates at the time of the sales). On 15 February 2008, the current market value of the gold sold was around $11.5 billion, equivalent to around £5.8 billion.

The programme was part of a restructuring of the foreign currency and gold reserves aimed at achieving a better-balanced portfolio. As a result of the programme a one-off reduction in risk of approximately 30 per cent. was achieved, as measured by a type of widely used financial risk model—Value-at-Risk.


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Honours

Mr. Pope: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many members of the senior civil service in his Department have received an honour. [187118]

Jane Kennedy: In the last five years five members of the senior civil service currently serving in the Treasury have received an honour.

This does not include any awards that may have been received that are not related to official duties, or awards held by staff before joining the Department, as this data is not routinely held.

Income

Mr. Allen: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how much a single earner on average earnings with two children earned in (a) 1997 and (b) 2007. [187302]

Angela Eagle: The information requested falls within the responsibility of the National Statistician, who has been asked to reply.

Letter from Colin Mowl, dated 22 February 2008:

Income: Equality

Dr. Kumar: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what assessment he has made of (a) the income inequality gap and (b) changes to this differential since 1997; and what measures he plans to introduce to address income inequalities. [187414]

Jane Kennedy: Measures of household income inequality are published annually by the Department of Work and Pensions in “Households Below Average Income” and by the Office for National Statistics in “The Effects of Taxes and Benefits on Household Income”.

The Government have implemented a comprehensive programme to promote employment opportunity for all and a fair society in which everyone shares in rising national prosperity, including the introduction of the new deals, the national minimum wage and tax credits.

Income: Nottingham

Mr. Allen: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many families in Nottingham North constituency were in receipt of no more than the national minimum wage in the latest period for which figures are available. [187304]


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Angela Eagle: The information requested falls within the responsibility of the National Statistician, who has been asked to reply.

Letter from Karen Dunnell, dated 22 February 2008:


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Lone Parents

Danny Alexander: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many working age lone parents his Department estimates lived in each region in the UK in each year since 1997, broken down by sex. [187705]

Angela Eagle: The information requested falls within the responsibility of the National Statistician, who has been asked to reply.

Letter from Karen Dunnell, dated 22 February 2008:

Number of working age( 1) lone parents with dependent children( 2) by region and sex April-June 1997, 1999, 2001-07, not seasonally adjusted
Thousand
North-east North-west Yorkshire and Humberside East midlands West midlands Eastern London

Lone fathers

1997

6

17

14

11

17

17

15

1998

n/a

n/a

n/a

n/a

n/a

n/a

n/a

1999

7

17

13

12

18

12

21

2000

n/a

n/a

n/a

n/a

n/a

n/a

n/a

2001

7

19

16

13

15

14

19

2002

8

24

14

14

12

14

25

2003

7

28

17

16

9

16

16

2004

8

19

16

14

11

14

23

2005

3

23

16

13

15

12

18

2006

4

19

15

14

12

11

18

2007

8

19

13

13

17

10

16

Lone mothers

1997

78

199

136

88

130

102

219

1998

n/a

n/a

n/a

n/a

n/a

n/a

n/a

1999

89

229

127

82

130

110

266

2000

n/a

n/a

n/a

n/a

n/a

n/a

n/a

2001

80

213

136

96

140

106

255

2002

83

248

132

102

151

116

248

2003

92

232

134

98

141

120

254

2004

79

225

141

93

137

123

283

2005

88

229

147

110

146

119

267

2006

81

229

140

105

143

130

264

2007

77

220

136

106

159

137

278

All lone parents

1997

84

216

150

99

147

118

234

1998

n/a

n/a

n/a

n/a

n/a

n/a

n/a

1999

96

246

140

93

148

123

287

2000

n/a

n/a

n/a

n/a

n/a

n/a

n/a

2001

86

232

152

108

155

119

274

2002

92

271

146

116

164

129

272

2003

98

260

152

114

150

135

270

2004

87

245

158

107

148

137

306

2005

91

252

164

123

161

131

285

2006

85

249

155

119

156

141

282

2007

85

239

149

118

176

146

294


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