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Deaths related to cigarette smoking cannot be directly estimated, as smoking status is not included on the death certificate. However, research published by the then Health Development Agency in 2004 suggested that, in the period 1998-2002, some 17 per cent. of all deaths in England were attributable to smoking.(1)
(1) Twigg L, Moon G, Walker S (2004) The smoking epidemic in England. London; Health Development Agency
|Table 1. Age-standardised mortality rate per 100,000 population( 1) all-cause mortality, Darlington parliamentary constituency, 2001-05( 2,3)|
|Rate per 100,000|
|(1) Age-standardised mortality rates per 100,000 population, standardised to the European Standard Population. Age-standardised rates are used to allow comparison between populations which may contain different proportions of people of different ages.|
(2) Based on boundaries as of 2008.
(3) Figures are for deaths registered in each calendar year.
Mr. Maude: To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster what the average cost per hour to his Department was of a management consultant working in the Cabinet Office in the last 12 months. 
Mr. Watson: The information is not held in the format requested and cannot be obtained without incurring disproportionate costs.
Mr. Hoban: To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster what IT contracts his Departments and its agency have entered into in the last two years. 
Mr. Watson: The information is not available centrally in the format requested and could be obtained only at disproportionate costs.
Major IT contracts awarded by the Cabinet Office and Central Office of Information in 2006-07 and 2007-08 include:
|Nature of supply||Supplier|
IT and telecommunications equipment software, services, application development and training
Management of secure web-based system for public access to Government on-line services
Hardware and software maintenance for asset management system
Mrs. May: To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster (1) how many receptions he has hosted and funded in his capacity as Minister for the Cabinet Office in the last 12 months; which individuals and organisations (a) were invited to and (b) attended each reception; and what the cost was of each reception; 
(2) pursuant to the answer of 15 May 2008, Official Report, column 1682W, on departmental official hospitality, when annual lists providing information relating to official receptions will be published by the Cabinet Office; and whether this information will include the names of the individuals and organisations who (a) were invited to and (b) attended each reception hosted by the Office of the Leader of the House. 
Edward Miliband: I refer the right hon. Member to my statement of 17 July 2008, Official Report, column 52WS.
My right hon. and learned Friend the Leader of the House hosted the traditional annual Leaders Christmas
reception in December 2007 to thank Members of Parliament, House of Commons officials and colleagues across Government for their contribution to the work of the Office of the Leader of the House of Commons. The total cost for the reception was £4,287.63.
David Simpson: To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster what percentage of paper used (a) for photocopying and (b) in printed publications by (i) the Cabinet Office and (ii) the Prime Ministers Office was from recycled sources in each of the last two years. 
Phil Hope: The Prime Ministers Office forms an integral part of the Cabinet Office. All paper used for photocopying is 100 per cent. recycled with a post-consumer waste content of 100 per cent. The vast majority of paper supplied for printed publications is 100 per cent. recycled with a post-consumer waste content of 75 per cent.
David Simpson: To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster what his Department's policy is on requesting discounts from its suppliers in return for swift payment of invoices. 
Phil Hope: The Department does not request discounts from suppliers in return for swift payment of invoices.
Robert Neill: To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster if he will place in the Library a list of the residential properties owned by the Duchy of Lancaster. 
Edward Miliband: Due to the commercially sensitive nature of the information, I am unable to place a list of the properties held by the Duchy of Lancaster in the Library of the House.
The Duchy does not own any assets within the Bromley and Chislehurst constituency.
Mr. Hayes: To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster how many days of sick leave were taken by employees of the Prime Ministers Office in each year since 1997. 
Mr. Watson: The Prime Ministers Office is part of the Cabinet Office.
Details of the absence rates for the Cabinet Office for the period 1997 to March 2008 are published on the Cabinet Office Website at:
The absence statistics for the Cabinet Office are also published as part of the annual civil service absence statistics online for the period 2004 to 31 March 2007 at:
Copies have been placed in the Libraries of the House.
Mr. Heald: To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster pursuant to the Answer of 3 July 2008, Official Report, column 1093W, how many away days were located outside his Departments premises in each of the last five years. 
Phil Hope: The information requested is not held centrally and therefore can be obtained only at disproportionate cost.
All Cabinet Office expenditure on away days is made in accordance with published departmental guidance on financial procedures and propriety, based on principles set out in Government Accounting and other HM Treasury guidance.
John Battle: To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster what his latest estimate is of the percentage of the population in (a) Leeds West constituency and (b) Leeds Metropolitan District which is economically inactive. 
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 22 July 2008:
As National Statistician, I have been asked to reply to your Parliamentary Question asking what the latest estimate is of the percentage of the population in (a) Leeds West constituency and (b) Leeds Metropolitan District which is economically inactive. 
The Office for National Statistics compiles estimates of inactivity for local areas from the Annual Population Survey (APS) following International Labour Organisation definitions.
Table 1 contains estimates of the percentage of persons aged 16 or more who were resident in the Leeds West constituency and the Leeds Metropolitan District and economically inactive for the 12 month period ending December 2007 from the APS. These differ from the published estimates which are for persons of working age (Males age 16-64, females age 16-59), which have also been included in the table.
As this estimate is for a subset of the population in a small geographical area, it is based on a very small sample size, and is therefore subject to a large margin of uncertainty.
|Table 1: Percentage of persons economic ally inactive resident in Leeds West Parliamentary Constituency and Leeds Metropolitan District|
|Year ending December 2007||Age 16+||Working Age( 1)|
|(1) Males age 16-64, Females age 16-59|
ONS Annual Population Survey
Mrs. Moon: To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster in which local authority areas voter registration levels have declined over the last 10 year period for which figures are available. 
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 July 2008:
As National Statistician, I have been asked to reply to your question asking in which local authority areas voter registration levels have declined over the last 10 year period for which figures are available. (218825)
The following list details the local authorities within the UK that have a decline in the local government electorate between 1997 and 2007.
Local authorities showing a decline in the number o f people registered to vote in l ocal/European elections between 1997 and 2007, for the United Kingdom
Argyll and Bute
Barrow in Furness
Chester le Street
Edinburgh, City of
Ellesmere Port and Neston
Isle of Anglesey
Kingston upon Hull, City of
Newcastle upon Tyne
North East Lincolnshire
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