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Social Security Benefits

Mr. David Anderson: To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what consultation took place prior to taking the decision to limit payment of benefits to three years under the recently laid Ill Health Amendment Regulations. [215685]

Mr. Dhanda: As required by section 7 of the Superannuation Act 1972, a statutory consultation took place from 21 November 2007 to 12 January 2008 with interested parties in England and Wales on draft proposals to amend the Local Government Pension Scheme. There were also extensive discussions with stakeholders concerning the development of the new ill health provisions prior to and beyond the consultation period. The Local Government (Amendment) Regulations 2008, including the terms for new ill health benefits, took effect from 1 April 2008.

Squatting: Publications

Grant Shapps: To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government whether her Department's library holds a copy of the Squatters Handbook produced by the Advisory Service for Squatters. [216010]

Mr. Dhanda: The Communities and Local Government Library does not hold a copy of the handbook.

Valuation Office: Databases

Grant Shapps: To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government pursuant to the answer to the hon. Member for Bromley and Chislehurst of 5 June 2008, Official Report, column 1086W, on Valuation Office: databases, if she will list each of the property attributes that are being collected from the digitisation process. [216021]

John Healey: The purpose of the project in question is to produce scanned images of existing hard-copy records, not to collect property attributes.


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Wood

Mr. Peter Ainsworth: To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how much timber and timber products were procured by her Department and its predecessors in each of the last five years; and at what cost. [213722]

Mr. Dhanda: The information requested is not held centrally and could be provided only at disproportionate cost.

Mr. Peter Ainsworth: To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how much timber and timber products were procured by her Department and its predecessors originating from independently verified legal and sustainable sources or from a licensed FLEGT partner in each of the last five years; and at what cost. [213723]

Mr. Dhanda: The Department for Communities and Local Government does not hold this information centrally and would only be able to gather it at disproportionate cost. However, the Department actively seeks to buy all wood and wood products (including furniture) from legal and sustainable sources. The Department’s Sustainable Operations Policy includes the following clauses:

We will ensure that all wood is either reclaimed, recycled or obtained from legally harvested trees and from sustainably managed forests where possible. From April 2009, we will also ensure that only timber and timber products originating either from independently verified legal and sustainable or from a licensed Forest Law Enforcement Governance and Trade (FLEGT) partner will be used on the estate. The appropriate documentation will be requested from partners to confirm this.

We will follow guidance as applicable from the Central Point of Expertise on Timber (CPET) procurement website, operated by ProForest. We will also put procedures in place to monitor timber procurement policies and exchange information and examples of best practice with other government departments and agencies.

This policy has also been circulated for adoption and compliance to the Department’s Executive agencies.


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Written Answers to Questions

Monday 7 July 2008

Duchy of Lancaster

Cervical Cancer: West Midlands

Mr. Jenkins: To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster how many women were diagnosed with cervical cancer in (a) Tamworth and (b) the west midlands in each of the last five years. [215769]

Mr. Watson: The information requested falls within the responsibility of the UK Statistics Authority. I have asked the authority to reply.

Letter from Karen Dunnell, dated 7 July 2008:

Registrations of newly diagnosed cases of cervical cancer( 1) , females, Tamworth local authority and West Midlands government office region, 2001-2005

2001 2002 2003 2004 2005

Tamworth

5

5

8

6

2

West Midlands

309

264

263

264

240

(1) Cervical cancer is defined by code C53 in the International Classification of Diseases, Tenth Revision (ICD-10).
Source:
Office for National Statistics

Death: Children

Bob Spink: To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster how many deaths of children there have been in each of the last five years, broken down by cause and ranked by frequency of cause. [216377]

Mr. Watson: The information requested falls within the responsibility of the UK Statistics Authority. I have asked the authority to reply.

Letter from Karen Dunnell, dated 7 July 2008:


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Table 1: Deaths of children aged under 16 years,( 1) by underlying cause,( 2) England and Wales, 2002 to 2006( 3)
Deaths
Cause 2002 2003 2004 2005 2006 2002- 06

Congenital malformations, deformations and chromosomal abnormalities

382

366

338

376

368

1830

Symptoms, signs and ill-defined conditions

256

238

259

263

231

1247

Certain conditions originating in the perinatal period

205

199

220

194

159

977

Land transport accidents

169

157

158

153

143

780

Malignant neoplasms of lymphoid, haematopoietic and related tissue

121

101

80

69

86

457

Malignant neoplasm of brain

82

90

82

79

88

421

Meningitis

80

106

70

78

54

388

Influenza and pneumonia

70

72

58

78

70

348

Cerebral palsy and other paralytic syndromes

62

68

56

71

84

341

Accidental threats to breathing

54

62

49

53

49

267

Septicaemia

46

50

63

43

47 ¦

249

Epilepsy and status epilepticus

46

48

48

44

42

228

Systemic atrophies primarily affecting the central nervous system

36

34

32

39

38

179

Chronic lower respiratory diseases

34

30

43

29

41

177

Cardiomyopathy

24

42

23

34

45

168

Suicide and injury/poisoning of undetermined intent

35

38

27

32

25

157

Cerebrovascular diseases

31

28

27

35

30

151

Accidental drowning and submersion

32

36

17

32

26

143

Benign neoplasms, in situ and uncertain behaviour

31

19

28

31

28

137

Homicide and probable homicide

27

29

27

25

27

135

Malignant neoplasms of bone and articular cartilage

26

28

31

18

19

122

Acute respiratory diseases other than influenza and pneumonia

24

15

33

17

21

110

Heart failure and complications and ill-defined heart disease

20

19

19

11

18

87

Appendicitis, hernia and intestinal obstruction

15

20

15

8

15

73

Accidental fails

13

18

10

14

17

72

Pulmonary heart disease and diseases of pulmonary circulation

18

13

13

10

16

70

Cirrhosis and other diseases of liver

12

9

19

16

10

66

Malignant neoplasm of kidney, except renal pelvis

4

19

13

12

11

59

Diseases of the urinary system

9

13

11

9

12

54

Diseases of the musculoskeletal system and connective tissue

6

14

14

10

10

54

Pulmonary oedema and other intestinal pulmonary diseases

8

11

8

7

12

46

Mental and behavioural disorders due to psychoactive substance use

19

6

7

5

3

40

Vaccine-preventable diseases

6

3

12

8

9

38

Accidental poisoning

4

5

7

8

7

31

Intestinal infectious diseases

1

5

6

9

4

25

Malignant neoplasm of liver and intraheptic bile ducts

4

8

7

3

3

25

Cardiac arrhythmias

3

3

6

4

5

21

Ischaemic heart diseases

3

4

2

5

6

20

Diabetes

4

3

5

5

1

18

Disorders of fluid, electrolyte and acid-based balance (dehydration)

4

7

2

0

2

15

Tuberculosis

1

1

4

5

3

14

Non-rheumatic valve disorders

1

2

3

5

3

14

Human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) disease

3

4

3

1

3

14

Cardiac arrest

2

0

3

3

2

10

Malnutrition and nutritional anaemias

1

2

1

0

5

9

Aortic aneurysm and dissection

1

3

1

1

2

8

Chronic rheumatic heart diseases

0

1

1

2

2

6

Melanoma and other malignant neoplasms of skin

3

1

2

0

0

6

Malignant neoplasm of bladder

0

0

1

2

1

4

Respiratory failure

0

0

2

0

1

3

Malignant neoplasm of trachea, bronchus and lung

1

0

1

0

1

3

Vector-borne diseases and rabies

1

0

1

1

0

3

Malignant neoplasm of ovary

1

1

0

0

0

2

Malignant neoplasm of stomach

0

0

0

0

1

1

Malignant neoplasm of prostate

0

0

0

1

0

1

Malignant neoplasm of gallbladder and other parts of biliary tract

1

0

0

0

0

1

Non-intentional firearm discharge

1

0

0

0

0

1

Other

544

563

518

469

562

2,656

Total

2,587

2,614

2,486

2,427

2,468

12,582

(1) Selected using International Classification of Diseases, Tenth Revision (ICD-10) code groups based on a list published in 2005: Griffiths C, Rooney C and Brock A (2005) Leading causes of death in England and Wales—how should we group causes? Health Statistics Quarterly 28, p 6-17.
(2) For the purposes of mortality statistics, children are defined as persons under the age of 16. Figures exclude deaths at ages under 28 days.
(3) Figures are for deaths registered in each calendar year.

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