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Departmental Manpower

Mr. Leech: To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office how many staff (a) her Department and (b) the Charity Commission employ to monitor compliance with the Charities Act 2006. [311302]

Angela E. Smith: The Charity Commission as the independent regulator of charities in England and Wales has the role of monitoring charities' compliance with charity law, including the Charities Act 2006. The Cabinet
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Office does not employ any staff for this purpose. The Act is a wide-ranging piece of legislation, and its provisions include new safeguards to uphold public trust in the charitable sector. It defines the Charity Commission's objectives and functions, and gives it some general duties which are meant to guide it when performing its functions. The Commission employs 504 staff (full-time equivalent 462), all of which are involved in monitoring compliance with the Charities Act 2006.

Employment: Hemel Hempstead

Mike Penning: To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office how many people were employed in (a) call centres and (b) manufacturing in Hemel Hempstead constituency in each of the last five years. [311029]

Angela E. Smith: The information requested falls within the responsibility of the UK Statistics Authority. I have asked the authority to reply.

Letter from Stephen Penneck, dated January 2010:

Table 1: Employees in Hemel Hempstead
Number

SIC(03) 7486-Call centre activities SIC(03) Sector D-Manufacturing

2004

0

3,500

2005

(1)-

3,200

2006

(1)-

2,900

2007

(1)-

2,100

2008

(1)-

2,000

(1) Figures have been suppressed to prevent disclosure.
Note:
Estimates for 2005 and earlier periods are on a different basis to those from 2006 onwards. An assessment of changes in survey methodology suggests that the estimated total number of employees for the manufacturing sector for GB was increased by around 0.3 per cent. Direct comparisons of employee estimates over these different periods should therefore be treated with caution.
Source:
Annual Business Inquiry.

Non-departmental Public Bodies: Pay

Mr. Hoyle: To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office how much on average was paid in resettlement grants to chief executives of Government bodies on their relocation under contract in the last 12 month period for which figures are available. [308408]

Angela E. Smith: The information requested is not held centrally.

Personal Income

Grant Shapps: To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office what the mean annual earning of a (a) full-time public sector employee and (b) full-time private sector employee were in (i) the UK, (ii) England and (iii) each constituency on the latest date for which figures are available. [311473]


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Angela E. Smith: The information requested falls within the responsibility of the UK Statistics Authority. I have asked the authority to reply.

Letter from Stephen Penneck, dated January 2010:


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Suicide

Chris Ruane: To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office how many and what proportion of people in each 10 year age cohort committed suicide in each of the last three years. [311723]

Angela E. Smith: The information requested falls within the responsibility of the UK Statistics Authority. I have asked the authority to reply.

Letter from Dennis Roberts, dated January 2010:

Table 1. Number of deaths, and age-specific mortality rates per 100,000 population,( 1,2,3) where suicide was the underlying cause of death,( 4) by age group, England, and Wales, 2006 and 2008( 5)
Rate per 100,000 population
2006 2007 2008

Number Rate 95 per cent. confidence interval Number Rate 95 per cent. confidence interval Number Rate 95 per cent. confidence interval

15-24

399

6

(5-6)

395

5

(5-6)

452

6

(6-7)

25-34

748

11

(10-11)

757

11

(10-12)

785

11

(10-12)

35-44

1,066

13

(12-14)

1,046

13

(12-14)

1,109

14

(13-14)

45-54

893

13

(12-14)

817

12

(11-12)

914

13

(12-14)

55-64

692

11

(10-12)

626

10

(9-11)

645

10

(9-11)

65-74

340

8

(7-8)

306

7

(6-8)

338

7

(7-8)

75-84

256

8

(7-9)

258

8

(7-9)

246

8

(7-9)

85+

110

10

(8-12)

101

9

(7-10)

98

8

(7-10)

(1) Suicide was defined using the International Classification of Diseases, Tenth Revision (ICD-IO) codes X60-X84 and YI0-Y34, excluding Y33.9 (where the Coroner's verdict was pending).
(2) Suicide and undetermined intent deaths have not been included for children under the age of 15 years.
(3) Confidence intervals are a measure of the statistical precision of an estimate and show the range of uncertainty around the estimated figure. Calculations based on small numbers of events are often subject to random fluctuations. As a general rule, if the confidence interval around one figure overlaps with the interval around another, we cannot say with certainty that there is more than a chance difference between the two figures.
(4) Figures for England and Wales include deaths of non-residents.
(5) Figures are for deaths registered in each calendar year.

Unemployment: Tamworth

Mr. Jenkins: To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office how many (a) people and (b) young people were unemployed in Tamworth constituency in (i) 1997 and (ii) 2009. [311774]

Angela E. Smith: The information requested falls within the responsibility of the UK Statistics Authority. I have asked the authority to reply.

Letter from Dennis Roberts, dated January 2010:

Table 1: Number( 1) of people and people aged 18-24 claiming jobseeker's allowance in Tamworth constituency
Date People People aged 18-24

November 1997

1,490

435

November 2009

2,630

815

(1) Age of claimants is only available for computerised claims, which account for 99.7 per cent. of all claims.
Note:
All figures are rounded to the nearest 5
Source:
Jobcentre Plus administrative system

Justice

Burges Salmon Solicitors: Complaints

Chris Ruane: To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what recent representations he has received on the adequacy of provision of advice by Burges Salmon Solicitors in respect of mortgages and other financial matters; and if he will make a statement. [311922]


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Bridget Prentice: Since answering the hon. Member's last question on this matter on 6 July 2009, Official Report , column 608W, I have received further representations that relate to the provision of advice in respect of mortgages and other financial matters by Burges Salmon LLP and the Solicitors Regulation Authority's (SRA) subsequent investigation.

As you will appreciate from my answer in July, complaints about professional misconduct of solicitors are matters for the SRA to investigate, as the legal profession is independent from the Government. As such, I cannot comment on individual cases.

Chris Ruane: To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what recent representations he has received on the handling by the Solicitors Regulation Authority of complaints against Burges Salmon Solicitors; and if he will make a statement. [311921]

Bridget Prentice: Since answering the hon. Member's last question 6 July 2009, Official Report, column 608W, I have answered a parliamentary question from the hon. Member for North Cornwall (Dan Rogerson) 16 October 2009, Official R eport, column 1189W and received further representations from Members of Parliament and a member of the general public regarding the conduct of Burges Salmon LLP and the Solicitors Regulation Authority's (SRA) subsequent investigation in respect of that firm's provision of legal advice in mortgage and other financial matters.

The conduct of solicitors is a matter for the Solicitors Regulation Authority (SRA) to investigate and as such I cannot comment on individual cases. I have, however, asked the SRA to provide me with an update on their investigations. They have informed me that they are treating this matter with the highest priority, and that although the issues are exceedingly complex the investigation is almost complete. Further representations will be sought from the firm in the usual way, and a decision on appropriate action will be taken by the SRA as soon as possible.


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