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The Prime Minister: I refer the hon. Member to the answers given by both my hon. Friend the then Parliamentary Secretary at the Cabinet Office (Gillian Merron) on 24 January 2008, Official Report, column 2175-6W and me on 17 October 2007, Official Report, column 1135W, to the hon. Member for Brentwood and Ongar (Mr. Pickles).
As National Statistician I have been asked to reply to your question about the birth rate for under 17 year olds in England in each of the last 5 years. (194271)
The latest year for which figures are available is 2006. The table below shows the birth rate for women aged under 17 in England for the years 2002 to 2006.
|Birth rate for women aged under 17 years, England, 2002-2006|
|Birth rate per 1,000 women( 1)|
|(1) Live births to women aged under 17 per 1,000 women aged 15 or 16.|
As National Statistician I have been asked to reply to your recent question asking how many under 17 year olds (a) gave birth and (b) had an abortion in England in each of the last five years. (194272)
Available figures are estimates of the number of conceptions that resulted in a live birth, stillbirth or legal termination.
Number of conceptions leading to maternities and abortions for girls aged under 17 from 2002 to 2006 (latest year for which figures are available) are provided so that meaningful comparisons can be made on number of abortions and maternities that occur each year by age of woman. Figures for 2006 are provisional.
|Number of conceptions to girls aged under 17 that lead to a maternity or an abortion, 2002 to 2006, England|
|Conceptions leading to a maternity||Conceptions leading to an abortion||Total conceptions|
|(1) Conceptions for 2006 are provisional.|
Mr. Meacher: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will make it his policy to require all UK overseas territories to adopt the standards of corporate disclosure which apply in the UK; and if he will bring forward legislative proposals to achieve that objective where necessary. 
Jane Kennedy: Matters of company law are the responsibility of the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform. In relation to tax matters, British overseas territories are responsible for their own domestic legislation, but the UK encourages them to adopt high standards of disclosure. In particular we encourage them to meet OECD standards of transparency and exchange of information by concluding tax information exchange agreements with the UK and other OECD countries.
Mr. Evennett: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many organisations in (a) Bexleyheath and Crayford constituency and (b) the London Borough of Bexley have received Gift Aid since its introduction. 
Mr. Prisk: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what estimate he has made of the expenditure on national non-domestic rates by businesses in England as a percentage of (a) purchases, (b) turnover and (c) gross value added in each of the last three financial years, broken down by turnover band of businesses. 
The National Statistician has been asked to reply to your recent parliamentary question asking for expenditure on national non-domestic rates by businesses in England, by turnover band, as percentages of turnover, purchases and gross value added (GVA). I am replying in her absence. (193246)
Our annual business inquiry (ABI), which covers most of the economy but excludes some sectors, such as agriculture, finance, local and central government, collects data on national non-domestic rates. The latest figures published for England alone relate to 2005. 2006 estimates will be available in June 2008.
The ABI is normally stratified using employment sizebands but the turnover sizebands used in the analysis are standard to the inquiry.
The attached table shows the data as per your request.
Further details of the coverage of the annual business inquiry are given at:
The annual business inquiry is a sample survey so the figures are subject to sampling error. This is likely to be greater for the figures relating to small businesses than for businesses in the larger turnover bands.
|National non-domestic business rates in England as a percentage of:|
|Total turnover||Total purchases of goods and services||Gross value added (GVA)|
|National non-domestic rates (£ billion)|
Mr. Redwood: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what data security measures have been put in place for HM Revenue and Customs databases; and how much these measures (a) have cost and (b) are expected to cost. 
Jane Kennedy: Data security measures are imbedded within everyday business processes. They are an integral part of the running of HMRC's databases and IT projects. For security reasons it would be inappropriate to comment on specific measures.
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