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Keith Vaz: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what proportion of written answers by her Department were later found to contain erroneous statistics in the latest period for which figures are available. 
Mr. McNulty: Records from the start of the current Parliamentary Session show that three parliamentary questions answered by the Department contained erroneous errors in respect of statistics which have since been corrected in the Official Report. This represents 0.1 per cent. of the 2,892 parliamentary questions tabled to the Department as of 17 March 2008.
Jenny Willott: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department when she will answer question 182622 on the national DNA database, tabled on 24 January 2008 by the hon. Member for Cardiff, Central; and if she will make a statement. 
Justine Greening: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what assessment he has made of the demand elasticity with respect to the price of (a) wine, (b) spirits, (c) strong beer, lager and cider, (d) normal strength beer, lager and cider, (e) fortified wine and (f) alcopops as defined by the Office for National Statistics; and if he will make a statement. 
Angela Eagle: Demand elasticities with respect to the price of alcoholic beverages are based on research published in a Government Economic Service (GES) Working Paper (no. 140) in May 2003, available at:
Angela Eagle [holding answer 25 March 2008]: The Financial Services and Markets Act 2000 established the Financial Services Authority as the UK's sole financial regulator and supervisor. The Act introduced a risk-based regulatory regime based on statutory independence, transparency, proportionality and rigorous assessment of cost and benefits, replacing the fragmented, overlapping and burdensome self-regulatory system that had previously governed the financial services sector.
The Tripartite authorities are, in the light of recent instability in financial markets, consulting on reforms to banking supervision and depositor protection. However, the Government and other authorities remain firmly committed to the existing regulatory framework.
Mr. Bone: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what the survival rate for persons diagnosed with bowel cancer is; and what information he holds on survival rates in (a) Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development countries, (b) EU member states and (c) other countries. 
As National Statistician I have been asked to reply to your recent parliamentary question asking what the survival rate for persons diagnosed with bowel cancer is; and what information he holds on survival rates in (a) Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development countries, (b) EU member states arid (c) other countries. 
'Bowel cancer' usually refers to the large bowel (colon and rectum) rather than the small bowel (small intestine). Bowel cancer survival is usually reported separately for the colon and rectum.
The latest available survival figures for 21 common cancers among adult patients in England diagnosed during 1999-2003 and followed up to the end of 2004 are available on the National Statistics website at:
One and five-year survival for colon and rectum cancer for England is tabulated in the following table.
|One and five-year agestandardised( 1) relative survival (percentage) for adult patients( 2) diagnosed with colon and rectum cancer during 1999-2003 (England), by sex|
|Cancer( 3)||Patients diagnosed during; 1999-2003, England|
|One-year relative survival (percentage)||Five-year relative survival (percentage)|
|(1) As cancer survival varies with age at diagnosis, the relative survival figures for all ages (15-99) have been age-standardised to control for changes in the age profile of cancer patients over time, thus making them comparable with previously published figures. (2) Aged 15-99 years. (3) Cancers registered in 1999-2003 are defined by codes in the International Classification of Diseases, Tenth Revision (ICD-10). Colon cancer is defined by code C18 and rectum cancer by codes C19 - C21. Source: Office for National Statistics.|
Information on five-year survival for colorectal cancer in (a) Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development countries is published in COECD Health Data 2007: Statistics and Indicators for 30 Countries' and available online at:
Information on cancer survival in (b) 17 EU member states (including the UK) and three other European countries is provided by the EUROCARE-4 study. The published data cover each of the four constituent countries of the UK. The most recently published results from this study provide information on survival up to five years after diagnosis for patients diagnosed with cancer during 1995-99 and followed up to the end of 2003. These results were published in:
Berrino F, De Angelis R, Sant M, Rosso S, Lasota M B, Coebergh J W and Santaquilani M. Survival for eight major cancers and all cancers combined for European adults diagnosed in 1995-99: results of the EUROCARE-4 study. Lancet Oncology 2007; 8: 773-783.
In addition, period analyses to predict cancer survival up to 10 years for patients diagnosed as recently as 2002 were published in:
Verdecchi A, Francisci S, Brenner H7 Gatta G, Micheli A, Mangone L, Kunkler I. Recent cancer survival in Europe: a 2000-02 period, analysis of EUROCARE-4 data. Lancet Oncology 2007; 8: 784-796.
Information on survival for cancer in (c) other countries is currently being produced by the CONCORD project. This will compare survival among over two million patients diagnosed with cancer of the breast, bowel or prostate during 1990-94 and followed up to 1999 in 31 countries OB five continents. Results from the CONCORD project will be published later in 2008.
As National Statistician I have been asked to reply to your recent question asking how many-people died from bowel cancer in each year since 1997. (197635)
The numbers of deaths where bowel cancer was the underlying cause in England and Wales from 1997 to 2006, the latest year for which data are available, are included in the following table.
|Deaths from bowel cancer( 1) England and Wales, 1997-20062|
|Number of deaths|
|(1) Underlying cause of death selected using International Classification of Diseases, Ninth Revision (ICD-9) codes 153-154 for the years 1997 to 2000, and Tenth Revision (ICD-10) codes C18-G21 for the years 2001 to 2006. The introduction of ICD-10 for coding cause of death in 2001 means that figures are not comparable with data for years before this date. Comparisons between the data before and after 2001 should therefore be interpreted with caution. An article examining the effects of the change in classification for cancer trends was published in Health Statistics Quarterly 23.* This estimated that the introduction of ICD-10 resulted in an increase in bowel cancer deaths of 1.5 per cent. when compared to ICD-9. *Brock A, Griffiths C, Rooney G (2004) The effect of the introduction of ICD-10 on cancer mortality trends in England and Wales. Health Statistics Quarterly 23, 7-17. (2) Deaths registered in each calendar year.|
Mr. Gordon Prentice: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer whether the proposed relocation of civil servants as recommended by the Gershon review is progressing according to plan; and if he will make a statement. 
Angela Eagle: As reported by the Chancellor on 12 March, 15,710 civil service posts have been relocated so far against the Government's commitment to relocate 20,000 posts by end March 2010. This represents strong progress by Departments and demonstrates that the initiative is being delivered according to plan.
The National Statistician has been asked to reply to your Parliamentary Questions asking how many people have been recruited into the construction industry in each year since 1997 and how many people were employed in the construction industry in each year since 1997. I am replying in her absence. (197444, 197445).
The definitive source for the number of people employed is normally the Labour Force Survey (LFS). However, the Workforce Jobs Survey is preferred for industry breakdowns of employment and has been used in the attached Table.
While estimates of the number of recruitments are not available explicitly, figures from surveys enable comparisons to be made of net changes in jobs from year to year.
Table 1, attached, provides an estimate of jobs in Construction (Standard Industrial Classification (1992) section F) in the United Kingdom for the month of June for each year from 1997 and the net change on the previous year.
Workforce Job statistics are published as part of the Labour Market Statistics First Release and can be obtained on the National Statistics website at:
As with any survey, results from the Workforce Jobs Surveys are subject to a margin of uncertainty.
|Table 1: Workforce jobs in construction industries( 1) , United Kingdom, seasonally adjusted|
|Level||Net change on previous year|
|(1) Standard Industrial Classification (1992) section F|
1. Workforce Jobs figures are a measure of jobs rather than people. For example, if a person holds two jobs, each job will be counted in the Workforce Jobs total.
2. Workforce Jobs figures come from a variety of sources, and where possible, from the employer rather than the individual. Employee Jobs (which is the largest component of Workforce Jobs) come from quarterly surveys of employers carried out by ONS.
3. Other data sources are as follows:
Self-employment Jobs are provided by the Labour Force Survey.
HM Forces figures are provided by the Ministry of Defence (MOD).
Government-supported trainees are provided from Administrative Sources.
Mr. Hoban: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what estimate he has made of the average debt (a) excluding and (b) including mortgages of (i) women and (ii) men aged between 22 and 29 years in each income decile. 
As National Statistician, I have been asked to reply to your recent Parliamentary Question on what estimate has been made of the average debt (a) excluding and (b) including mortgages of (i) women and (ii) men aged between 22 and 29 years in each income decile. (196641)
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