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Anne Main: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what estimate his Department has made of the number of couples receiving married couple's tax allowance where one partner was not resident in the United Kingdom in the latest period for which figures are available; and if he will make a statement. 
Adam Price: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what the value of Barnett consequentials are for the £1.7 billion to be paid to Transport for London to cover the cost of the guarantee with respect to Metronet. 
Yvette Cooper: The Barnett formula applies to changes in the Department's overall DEL provision in the comprehensive spending review and produces block increases for the Welsh Assembly government, which it then allocates to programmes to reflect its own priorities. The Department for Transport has not received any additional provision beyond its CSR settlement in respect of the £1.7 billion for Transport for London.
Ms Dari Taylor: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many families in Stockton South constituency were in receipt of no more than the national minimum wage in the last period for which figures are available. 
The National Statistician has been asked to reply to your Parliamentary Question asking how many families in Stockton South constituency were in receipt of no more than the national minimum wage in the last period for which figures are available. I am replying in her absence. (189327)
The Annual Survey of Hours and Earnings (ASHE) is the principal source of statistics on employees earnings. The information requested is not available from the ASHE because the survey does not collect details of employees family circumstances. The Labour Force Survey (LFS) collects information about each individual of participating households and can therefore be used to estimate how many people are in employment. However, the LFS cannot be used to estimate the average earnings for families. This is because the statistics for family units are produced from the LFS household datasets, which do not contain information on earnings within each family unit.
Angela Eagle: The Government have made no estimate of the number of people who have gone into negative equity in each London borough since 2000. Land Registry data show an average monthly increase in house prices since May 2000 in each London borough of between 0.7 per cent. and 1.0 per cent., reducing the probability that individuals in London boroughs will have experienced negative equity in that period.
Yvette Cooper: The Government publish the Long-term Public Finance Report to provide a comprehensive analysis of long-term socio-economic and demographic developments, and their likely impact on the public finances, based on the most up to date information available.
The population projections provided by the Office for National Statistics (ONS) are central to this analysis. Given that ONS did not publish the new population projections until 23 October 2007, after publication of the 2007 pre-Budget report and comprehensive spending review, the next Long-term Public Finance Report will be published once it has been finalised.
Mr. Hoban: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer pursuant to the answer of 31 January 2008, Official Report, columns 675-6W, on Revenue and Customs: data protection, how many of the new data guardians will be based in (a) London, (b) Tyne and Wear and (c) elsewhere. 
The data guardians are appointed on a functional basis covering all areas of HMRC's business and offices throughout the UK. Data guardians are not appointed by reference to a particular geographical area, but it happens that 24 are based in London, two in Tyne and Wear and 11 in other locations.
Adam Price: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer on what basis the Barnett formula comparability factor for Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew, was changed from 100 per cent. in the 2004 Treasury Statement of Funding to 0 per cent. in the corresponding 2007 statement. 
Yvette Cooper: The Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew currently performs functions which benefit the UK as a whole and it was therefore treated on that basis in the Statement of Funding Policy published in 2007.
Angela Eagle: Treasury Ministers and officials receive representations from a wide range of organisations and individuals in the public and private sectors as part of the process of policy development and delivery. As was the case with previous administrations, it is not the Governments practice to provide details of all such representations.
(2) pursuant to the answer of 18 February 2008, Official Report, column 369W, on taxation: gambling, what method his Department uses to calculate the average effective rates of taxation on (a) bingo, (b) casinos, (c) gaming machines and (d) betting. 
Angela Eagle: Effective tax rates for gambling products are calculated as: total tax divided by the tax base. Total tax is equal to duty receipts, plus net VAT where applicable (bingo and gaming machines), while the tax base is gross profits (stakes minus winnings i.e. net stakes).
Most of the information required to make these calculations is from statutory returns to HMRC (supported by data collected by the Gambling Commission). Any further information required is obtained during consultations, from reports commissioned by the industry or from industry representations (in which case we may ask for further information or clarification).
Mr. Pickles: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what guidance HM Revenue and Customs has issued on the tax liability of the use of official ministerial residences for those who (a) are and (b) are not Ministers of the Crown occupying a ministerial residence; and if he will place such guidance in the Library. 
Mr. Hancock: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what recent assessment he has made of progress on his Departments work with the Romanian Ministry of Finance on Risk Assessment Procedures for the selection of tax audits; and if he will make a statement. 
HM Revenue and Customs submitted a proposal to the Romanian Government on 21 January 2008 to assist the Ministry of Finance with strengthening tax administration reform, including the use of risk-based selection of taxpayers for audits. It is proposed that the work will be delivered jointly with
the German Ministry of Finance via the European Unions twinning programme which entitles other member states to also bid for this work. The Romanian Government will decide which member state will be selected following presentations due to take place in Bucharest on 29 February 2008.
The National Statistician has been asked to reply to your Parliamentary Question asking how many unemployed people there were in Stockton South Constituency in (a) 1997 and (b) 2007. I am replying in her absence. (189328)
The Office for National Statistics (ONS) compiles unemployment statistics for Parliamentary Constituencys from the Annual Labour Force Survey and Annual Population Survey following International Labour Organisation (ILO) definitions.
Table 1, attached, show the number of people unemployed, resident in the Stockton South Parliamentary Constituency for the twelve months ending in February 1997 and June 2007.
This estimate is for a subset of the population in a small geographical area, and is based on small sample sizes, and is therefore subject to large margins of uncertainty.
The latest unemployment figures, along with other current and historical labour market indicators for the Stockton South Parliamentary Constituency are available on the Nomis Website at:
|Table 1: Unemployed, resident in Stockton South parliamentary constituency|
|12 months ending:||Level|
|(1) Source Annual Labour Force Survey.|
(2) Source Annual Population Survey.
(3) Note estimates not available since the group sampling size is zero or disclosive.
Ms Dari Taylor: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what proportion of families received the childcare element of the working tax credit in Stockton South constituency in the last year for which figures are available; and if he will make a statement. 
Jane Kennedy: The most recent estimates of the average number of families with tax credits awards, including those benefiting from the child care element of the working tax credit, by constituency, based on final family circumstances and incomes, are presented in table 3 of the HMRC publication Child and Working Tax Credits. Finalised Awards. Geographical Analysis 2005-06. This publication is available on the HMRC website at:
Mr. Hoban: To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills how many of his Department's civil servants have been (a) suspended and (b) dismissed for accessing (i) obscene and (ii) other prohibited material on work computers in each of the last five years. 
Mr. Lammy: DIUS was created by Machinery of Government changes in June 2007 from elements of the then Department of Trade and Industry and Department for Education and Skills. As a consequence it has not existed for the period covered in the question.
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