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Funding (Wales and Scotland)

Mr. Sayeed: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will change the funding formula for (a) Scotland and (b) Wales for the next three years. [54954]

Mr. Byers: The White Papers "Scotland's Parliament" (Cm 3658) and "A Voice for Wales" (Cm 3718) explained that the funding formula will be updated from time to time to take account of population and other technical changes.

Matching Funds

Mr. Cohen: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will review the policy of encouraging matching funds from the private sector in those areas which lack access to significant private funds; and if he will make a statement. [54907]

Mr. Byers: Attracting matching funds from the private sector forms an important part of public private partnerships in a number of areas of government and brings important benefits to the taxpayer.

Registration Records

Mr. Lidington: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what timescale he has set for the Registrar General to present to Ministers an options paper on access to registration records. [54960]

Ms Hewitt: The information requested falls within the responsibility of the Director of the Office for National Statistics. I have asked him to reply.

Letter from Tim Holt to Mr. David Lidington, dated 31 July 1998:



    No timetable has been set for the production of the options paper.


    The options paper will consider the use of information technology to improve the service to customers and to provide better data management. It will also consider the possibility of working with a wide variety of organisations outside the public sector.

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Educational Qualifications

Mr. Webb: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, pursuant to the Green Paper, "New Ambitions for Our Country: A New Contract for Welfare", Cm. 3805, page 83, what is the proportion of the adult population with educational qualifications at present; and what it was in April 1997 and March 1998. [54603]

Ms Hewitt: The information requested falls within the responsibility of the Director of the Office for National Statistics. I have asked him to reply.

Letter from Tim Holt to Mr. Steven Webb, dated 31 July 1998:



    Estimates from the quarterly Labour Force Survey (LFS) are shown in the table below. Figures have been given both for all those of working age (16-state retirement age) and also those aged 18 to state retirement age (ie adults of working age). The LFS does not ask respondents above working age about their qualifications unless they are in employment.


    The LFS is a household survey and therefore the institutional population is largely excluded apart from students in halls of residence who are sampled via their parental home and staff in NHS accommodation who are sampled separately.

Percentage of people with educational qualifications (United Kingdom, not seasonally adjusted)
Percentage

All working age(69)At least 18 and working age(69)
Spring 199781.382.0
Spring 199881.982.6

(69) Working age is 16-64 for men and 16-59 for women

Source:

ONS, UK Labour Force Survey


Conception Statistics

Mr. Webb: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, pursuant to the Green Paper Cm. 3805, "New Ambitions for our Country: A New Contract for Welfare", (p84), what is the rate of conceptions among girls aged under 16 years in the areas where the rate is highest, at present; and what it was in April 1997 and March 1998. [54594]

Ms Hewitt: The information requested falls within the responsibility of the Director of the Office for National Statistics. I have asked him to reply.

Letter from Tim Holt to Mr. Steven Webb, dated 31 July 1998:



    The conception rates in 1996 for the three Health Authority Areas with the highest rates are shown in the table. Figures for 1997 and 1998 are not yet available.

Conception rates for girls aged under 16 in 1996

Health authorityRate per 1,000 girls aged 13-15
Sunderland19.5
Lambeth, Southwark and Lewisham19.5
South Humber18.3

Conception rates for the remaining Health Authority areas are published in the ONS Monitor Ref FM1 98/1 which is available in the House of Commons Library.


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Foreign Earnings

Mr. Chidgey: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what estimate he has made of the impact of the changes to the foreign earnings deduction arrangements on the overseas earnings and competitive position outside the United Kingdom of (a) the consultancy sector, (b) consulting engineers, (c) contractor and (d) industries in the UK which supply goods and services for British consultants and contractors operating overseas. [53665]

Mr. Geoffrey Robinson: I refer the hon. Member to the answer I gave him on 29 July 1998, Official Report, columns 292-93.

Mr. Chidgey: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer (1) what estimate he has made of the impact of the changes to the foreign earnings deduction arrangements on the gross and tax revenues accruing to the Exchequer; [53667]

Dawn Primarolo: I refer the hon. Member to the answer I gave to him on 29 July 1998, Official Report, column 292.

Green Transport

Mr. Baker: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, pursuant to his answer of 2 April 1998, Official Report, column 619, on departmental transport arrangements, what further changes he has made. [53987]

Dawn Primarolo: Her Majesty's Treasury is working towards the target announced in the White Paper "A New Deal for Transport". The Treasury should have green transport plans in place by March 1999.

Lear's Macaws

Mr. Dalyell: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what response he is sending to the Brazilian authorities about their representations over the handling by HM Customs of three Lear's Macaws. [53461]

Dawn Primarolo: Customs inquiries concerning the three Lear's Macaws are still in progress. Until these are completed the birds will remain in this country. Officials are, however, already in contact with the Brazilian authorities who have been offered the opportunity to view the birds to alleviate any concerns about their current welfare. The final re-homing of the birds will take full account of their welfare and the need to maximise the breeding potential of such an endangered species.

Public Service Agreement

Mr. Fallon: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer when he expects to publish the terms of the public service agreement negotiated between the Treasury and the spending departments. [54119]

Mr. Byers: We will make available a collected set of Public Service Agreements in due course.

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Republic of Ireland

Mr. Swinney: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what advice he has given to banks, building societies, insurance and assurance firms with registered headquarters in Northern Ireland on conducting business in the Republic of Ireland. [54565]

Ms Hewitt: None.

Mr. Swinney: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer (1) if he will list the banks, building societies, insurance and assurance firms with registered headquarters in Northern Ireland which own or partly own banks, building societies, insurance and assurance firms in the Republic of Ireland; [54562]

Ms Hewitt: The information could be obtained only at disproportionate cost.


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