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Debts

Mike Penning: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what the (a) average amount of personal debt per person and (b) total amount of personal debt was in (i) the UK, (ii) England and (iii) Dacorum in the last five years for which figures are available. [193420]

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

Letter from Karen Dunnell, dated 11 March 2008:


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UK population (thousand) UK total household and NPISH sector financial liabilities (£ million) Average financial liabilities per person in the UK (£000)

2002

59,323

923,144

16

2003

59,557

1,046,913

18

2004

59,846

1,172,032

20

2005

60,238

1,249,393

21

2006

60,587

1,405,756

23

Sources:
UK population—Mid Year Estimates of resident population, Table 2.1 Monthly Digest of Statistics
http://www.statistics.gov.uk/StatBase/Product.asp?vlnk=611&;Pos=&ColRank=l&Rank=272
UK Total household and NPISH sector financial liabilities—Financial balance sheet: households and non profit institutions serving households, Table A64 United Kingdom Economic Accounts
http://www.statistics.gov.uk/statbase/Product.asp?vlnk=1904

Departmental Complaints

Bob Spink: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what the timescale is for dealing with complaints to his Department; and what percentage of complaints were processed within this timescale in the latest period for which figures are available. [193070]

Angela Eagle: I refer the hon. Gentleman to the answer I gave on 3 December 2007, Official Report, column 1021W, to the hon. Member for Fareham (Mr. Hoban). The Treasury aims to respond to all correspondence within 15 working days.

Departmental Cost Effectiveness

Bob Spink: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what progress his Department has made in its zero-based budget review under the Comprehensive Spending Review. [191478]

Angela Eagle: I refer the hon. Member to the Annex in “Meeting the aspirations of the British People: the 2007 pre-Budget report and Comprehensive Spending Review” (CM 7227) and the Treasury’s “Value for Money Delivery Agreement and Asset Management Strategy” published on 17 December 2007.

Departmental Manpower

Jim Cousins: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer pursuant to the answer of 4 March 2008, Official Report, column 2311W, on departmental manpower, what the baseline figure of employment was on 1 April 2004 in each region and country in total; if he will break down those figures by department or agency; and what the equivalent figures were on 1 April 2007. [192845]

Angela Eagle: The following tables show the staff in post breakdown for the Chancellor’s Department at 1 April 2004, as published in the civil service staffing statistics.

Civil service statistics at 1 April 2004
Full-time equivalent
EM East London NE NW NI Scotland

HM Treasury

0

0

1,060

0

0

0

0

Debt Management Office

0

0

80

0

0

0

0

Office of Government Commerce

0

230

220

0

160

0

10

Government Actuary’s Department

0

0

110

0

0

0

0

HM Revenue and Customs (IR plus C and E)

5,020

6,780

12,300

13,120

14,850

2,500

9,990

Valuation Office Agency

320

360

850

210

580

0

80

National Savings and Investments

0

0

110

0

0

0

0

Office for National Statistics

0

0

870

0

820

0

0

Royal Mint

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

Total

5,340

7,370

15,600

13,330

16,410

2,500

10,080


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Full-time equivalent
SE SW Wales WM Y and H Unknown and elsewhere All regions

HM Treasury

0

0

0

0

0

0

1,060

Debt Management Office

0

0

0

0

0

0

80

Office of Government Commerce

0

0

0

0

20

20

660

Government Actuary’s Department

0

0

0

0

0

0

110

HM Revenue and Customs (IR plus C and E)

10,610

4,670

4,720

5,870

6,690

70

97,190

Valuation Office Agency

730

490

310

460

540

0

4,930

National Savings and Investments

0

0

0

0

0

0

110

Office for National Statistics

760

0

1,260

0

0

0

3,710

Royal Mint

0

0

730

0

0

0

730

Total

12,100

5,160

7,020

6,330

7,250

90

108,580


The following tables show the staff in post breakdown for the Chancellor’s Departments at 1 April 2007, as supplied by the Departments and agencies.

Departmental records at 1 April 2007
Full-time equivalent
EM East London NE NW NI Scotland

HM Treasury

0

68

1,139

0

0

0

0

Debt Management Office

0

0

75

0

0

0

0

Office of Government Commerce and HMT

0

190

195

13

167

0

6

Government Actuary’s Department

0

0

100

0

0

0

0

HM Revenue and Customs

4,469

5,874

10,248

12,461

14,408

2,326

10,520

Valuation Office Agency

280

357

749

169

492

0

68

National Savings and Investment

0

0

121

4

2

0

3

Office for National Statistics

0

0

551

0

814

0

0

Royal Mint

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

Total

4,749

6,489

13,178

12,647

15,883

2,326

10,597


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