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Prostate Cancer

Dr. Kumar: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many men died from prostate cancer in each health authority in the last year for which figures are available. [142837]

Miss Melanie Johnson [holding answer 15 December 2000]: The information requested falls within the responsibility of the National Statistician. I have asked him to reply.

Letter from Len Cook to Dr. Ashok Kumar, dated 19 December 2000:

Number of deaths from Prostate cancer(13) by Health Authority, men, England and Wales, 1999

Health AuthorityNumber of deaths
Barking and Havering63
Bexley and Greenwich54
Brent and Harrow47
Bury and Rochdale66
Calderdale and Kirklees90
Cambridgeshire 103
Camden and Islington33
Cornwall and Isles of Scilly112
County Durham99
Ealing, Hammersmith and Hounslow65
East and North Hertfordshire59
East Kent142
East Lancashire88
East London and The City72
East Riding106
East Surrey67
East Sussex, Brighton and Hove163
Enfield and Haringey68
Gateshead and South Tyneside47
Isle of Wight28
Kensington, Chelsea and Westminster50
Kingston and Richmond44
Lambeth, Southwark and Lewisham77
Merton, Sutton and Wandsworth92
Morecambe Bay64
Newcastle and North Tyneside62
North and East Devon134
North and Mid Hampshire91
North Cheshire41
North Cumbria59
North Derbyshire65
North Essex180
North Nottinghamshire71
North Staffordshire68
North West Lancashire 93
North Yorkshire131
Portsmouth and South East Hampshire89
Redbridge and Waltham Forest62
Salford and Trafford77
South and West Devon118
South Cheshire106
South Derbyshire64
South Essex107
South Humber60
South Lancashire43
South Staffordshire82
Southampton and South West Hampshire99
St. Helens and Knowsley42
West Hertfordshire82
West Kent160
West Pennine66
West Surrey118
West Sussex187
Wigan and Bolton62
Bro Taf113
Dyfed Powys90
North Wales112

(13) Prostate cancer deaths are classificated according to the International Classification of Diseases, Ninth Edition and are selected using ICD9 code 185

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Company Cars

Mr. Jenkin: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer (1) if he will assess the benefits of charging the benefit in kind taxation paid by an employee in receipt of a company-provided car on the cost of purchasing the car by the employer; [142740]

Dawn Primarolo [holding answer 14 December 2000]: The company car tax charge is based on the car's list price at first registration as this is easily obtainable and is the fairest figure on which to base the charge. Introduced from April 1994, this was the preferred option of the majority of those who responded to the 1992 consultation on the reform of company car taxation. It ensures that employees driving identical cars of the same age pay the same tax. List price will therefore continue to be used when the company car tax system is reformed from April 2002.

Basing the tax charge on the cost to the employer of providing the company car would create inequities between employees driving identical cars. However, in recent weeks most car manufacturers have reduced their list prices. This means company car drivers will accordingly pay less tax as their cars are replaced.

Scotch Whisky Industry

Mr. Clappison: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what proportion of energy used by the Scotch whisky industry he estimates will be exempt from the climate change levy. [143455]

Mr. Timms: In common with other sectors, the proportion of energy used by the Scottish whisky industry which is exempt from the climate change levy will depend upon the extent to which the sector chooses to make use of renewable energy or combined heat and power.

Greenhouse Gas Emissions

Mr. Clappison: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what estimate he has made of the total reduction in greenhouse gas emissions as a result of agreements concluded with (a) business sectors and (b) individual firms in connection with the introduction of the climate change levy. [143456]

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Mr. Timms: Table 6.2 of the November 2000 pre- Budget Report provides estimates of the environmental impact of the elements of the climate change levy package.


Mr. Heathcoat-Amory: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what is the cost for 2000-01 of the network of regional forums to help firms prepare for the euro. [142466]

Miss Melanie Johnson [holding answer 12 December 2000]: Regional Euro Forums budgets are published in the Government's Expenditure Plans for the Department of Trade and Industry.

Climate Change Levy

Mr. Clappison: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many enterprises in the United Kingdom horticulture industry have benefited from capital allowances in respect of thermal screens for glasshouses as a result of the extension of the list of investments qualifying for capital allowances following the introduction of the climate change levy; and what is the value of the allowances made. [142622]

Mr. Timms [holding answer 14 December 2000]: None. As announced in Spending Review 2000, energy efficiency funding from the climate change levy will be administered by a business-led, not-for-profit, limited company, the Carbon Trust, which is currently being set up through the Department of the Environment, Transport and the Regions.

Mr. Clappison: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what his most recent estimate is of (a) the number of businesses which will engage in self- certification for the purpose of claiming relief from the climate change levy and (b) the compliance costs for the businesses concerned. [143454]

Mr. Timms: The number of businesses taking part in self-certification is not expected to exceed 30,000.

Compliance costs will vary from company to company depending on the complexity of their activities and the extent to which the climate change levy relief can be claimed.

Mr. Clappison: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what is his most recent estimate of the cost of the climate change levy expressed in terms of cost per tonne of carbon emissions saved. [142421]

Mr. Timms [holding answer 12 December 2000]: The climate change levy package will be revenue neutral for the private sector. Estimated emissions savings are shown in Table 6.2 of the pre-Budget report 2000.

Official Publications

Mr. Clappison: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will list each new publication issued by his Department since 1997; and what the total cost was to the Department of each publication. [141469]

Miss Melanie Johnson [holding answer 11 December 2000]: HM Treasury's Public Enquiry Unit maintains the 'HM Treasury--Publications in Print', which is a list of

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the Department's publications and also gives the dates of publication. It is extensive and includes publications produced before 1997. I am today placing copies of this document in the Library of the House.

Non-departmental Public Bodies

Mr. Matthew Taylor: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what directions overriding a note of dissent by an accounting officer have been given by the boards of non-departmental public bodies within his Department's remit since May 1997; and if he will place details of such directions in the Library. [143542]

Mr. Andrew Smith: There were no such directions in respect of Treasury non-departmental public bodies.

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