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Mr Blunkett: To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office how much funding will be available from the Communities First fund; when it will be made available; and if he will make a statement. 
Mr Hurd: The Communities First fund is currently being developed by the Cabinet Office, and the total amount of funding available as well as other details will be developed as part of the Spending Review.
Lisa Nandy: To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office what estimate he has made of the size of the population (a) entitled and (b) registered to vote in each parliamentary constituency at the May 2010 general election. 
Mr Hurd: The information requested falls within the responsibility of the UK Statistics Authority. I have asked the authority to reply.
As Director General for the Office for National Statistics, I have been asked to reply to your question asking what estimate has been made of the size of the population (a) entitled and (b) registered to vote in each parliamentary constituency at the May 2010 general election (2892).
ONS publishes the number of people registered to vote in parliamentary elections but does not hold data on the population entitled or eligible to vote. The ONS population estimates are of the resident population and will include some people who are not eligible to vote.
The table shows the number of people registered to vote in parliamentary elections for each parliamentary constituency in the UK, as at 1st December 2009. These are the latest figures available. A copy of the table has been placed in the House of Commons Library.
Mr Watson: To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office what steps he is taking to reduce the cost to the public purse of maintaining Government websites; and if he will make a statement. 
Mr Hurd [holding answer 15 June 2010]: The Central Office of Information is collating information on the costs, quality and usage of Department-run websites and my right hon. Friend intends to publish these finding before the summer recess. Once this information has been published he will set out how he intends to reduce the overall cost to the taxpayer.
Mr Watson: To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office what changes have been made to the Code of Conduct for special advisers since 7 May 2010; and if he will make a statement. 
Mr Maude: The Prime Minister published the revised Model Contract and Code of Conduct for Special Advisers on 10 June, and placed copies in the Libraries of the House. The key changes to the revised Code are: a new requirement for Departments to publish quarterly information about gifts and hospitality received by special advisers; a requirement for applications from all special advisers wishing to take up jobs within two years of leaving the civil service to be considered by the independent Advisory Committee on Business Appointments regardless of seniority; no severance to be paid to special advisers who resign from the civil service on being announced as a candidate or prospective candidate for election to Parliament; and additional text about the restrictions on special advisers which reflects the provisions of section 8(5) of the Constitutional Reform and Governance Act 2010.
Mr Watson: To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office what the lowest salary is of a special adviser. 
Mr Maude: I refer the hon. Member to the Prime Minister's written statement of 10 June 2010, Official Report, column 32WS.
To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office how many officials in each (a) Department, (b)
non-departmental public body and (c) agency with salaries greater than £150,000 declined to have details of their salaries published by his Department. 
Mr Maude: On 1 June we published details of 172 public servants working in central Government Departments or agencies paid at a full-time annual rate of £150,000 or more. As has been set out on the Cabinet Office website, 10 individuals withheld their consent to disclosure, citing the Data Protection Act. Of these, nine work in central Government Departments and one in an agency. We have not provided a breakdown by Department at this stage, as to do so might risk the identification of the individuals involved. The details published on 1 June did not include individuals paid by non-departmental public bodies. We intend to extend coverage to those in due course.
Jessica Morden: To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office how many and what proportion of the working age population in (a) Wales and (b) the United Kingdom were unemployed in each year since 1980. 
Mr Hurd: The information requested falls within the responsibility of the UK Statistics Authority. I have asked the Authority to reply.
Letter from Stephen Penneck, dated June 2010:
As Director General for the Office for National Statistics, I have been asked to reply to your Parliamentary Question asking how many and what proportion of the working age population in (a) Wales and (b) the United Kingdom were unemployed in each year since 1980. (3612)
The Office for National Statistics (ONS) compiles unemployment statistics from the Labour Force Survey (LFS) following International Labour Organisation (ILO) definitions.
Table 1 shows the number and proportion of the working age population who are unemployed and resident in the UK and Wales. This definition differs from the normal preferred measures of unemployment, which are based on the number of unemployed aged 16+ and the proportion of economically active people who are unemployed. The preferred unemployment measures have been provided in Table 2 for comparison.
Estimates on the number of people unemployed in Wales are not available for periods prior to March-May 1992.
|Table 1: Number and proportion of people of working age who are unemployed and resident in the United Kingdom and Wales|
|Thousand||%( 1)||Thousand||%( 1)|
|- = Data not available. (1) Percentage of working age population. (2) March to May has been used for 1992 because these are the earliest data available for Wales. (3) Coefficients of Variation have been calculated for the latest period as an indication of the quality of the estimates. See Guide to Quality below.|
Guide to Quality:
The Coefficient of Variation (CV) indicates the quality of an estimate, the smaller the CV value the higher the quality. The true value is likely to lie within +/- twice the CV-for example, for an estimate of 200 with a CV of 5 per cent. we would expect the population total to be within the range 180-220
Key Coefficient of Variation (CV) (%) Statistical Robustness
* 0 = CV<5 Estimates are considered precise
** 5 = CV <10 Estimates are considered reasonably precise
*** 10 = CV <20 Estimates are considered acceptable
**** CV <20 Estimates are considered too unreliable for practical purposes
Source: Labour Force Survey.
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