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Census

Barbara Follett: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what arrangements have been made to review the procedures for safeguarding the security and confidentiality of information to be collected in the 2001 Census in England and Wales. [155723]

Miss Melanie Johnson: The Government's White Paper on the 2001 Census, published in March 1999, gave assurances that the well-established traditions of maintaining confidentiality of information collected in the census would be upheld for the 2001 Census, and that the Census Offices would undertake reviews of the confidentiality and security arrangements for the 2001 Census and would publish the outcome of such reviews before the Census.

Independent reviews of the physical security arrangements for processing the 2001 Census information and the measures to protect the statistical confidentiality of the data were undertaken last year. The outcome of the reviews, including a joint statement from the Registrars General for England and Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland, is being published today by the Office for National Statistics, the General Register Office for Scotland and the Northern Ireland Statistics and Research Agency.

The Government are satisfied that the measures and procedures in place will protect the security and confidentiality of the 2001 Census.

The Report is available via the National Statistics website www.statistics.co.uk. Paper copies will subsequently be available on request to ONS, and copies of the Report have been deposited in the Libraries of both Houses.

Statistics (Northern Region)

Mr. Kemp: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer (1) what percentage of the workforce is unemployed in the Northern Region; [155045]

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Miss Melanie Johnson: The information requested falls within the responsibility of the National Statistician. I have asked him to reply.

Letter from Len Cook to Mr. Fraser Kemp, dated 23 March 2001:





ILO unemployment in the North East Government Office Region; autumn 1996 and autumn 2000; not seasonally adjusted

19962000
Unemployed (thousand)11590
Unemployed over two years (thousand)4015
Unemployed as percentage of economically active9.67.5

Source:

ONS Labour Force Survey


Mr. Kemp: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many mothers in the Northern Region whose youngest child is aged under one year are in employment. [155048]

Miss Melanie Johnson: The information requested falls within the responsibility of the National Statistician. I have asked him to reply.

Letter from Len Cook to Mr. Fraser Kemp, dated 23 March 2001:





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Mr. Kemp: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what percentage of mothers in the Northern Region returned to work when their youngest child was (a) under six months, (b) six to 12 months, (c) one to three years and (d) over three years in each of the last five years. [155047]

Miss Melanie Johnson: The information requested falls within the responsibility of the National Statistician. I have asked him to reply.

Letter from Len Cook to Mr. Fraser Kemp, dated 23 March 2001:




Percentage of mothers whose youngest child is less than one-year-old who are in employment: North East region: autumn 1996 to autumn 2000; not seasonally adjusted

Percentage(19)
199639
199747
199845
199950
2000(20)--

(19) Percentages are based on those mothers in employment as a percentage of all mothers with youngest child under one year.

(20) Sample size too small for reliable estimate.

Source:

ONS Labour Force Survey


Parliamentary Questions

Jackie Ballard: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer when he will respond to questions tabled on 26 February 2001, Ref. 0823W/00/01 and 0824W/00/01. [155162]

Miss Melanie Johnson: I shall write shortly.

Foot and Mouth

Mr. Peter Ainsworth: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will list the meetings and conferences organised by his Department and agencies of his Department which have been (a) cancelled and (b) postponed owing to foot and mouth disease; and if he will make a statement. [155368]

Dawn Primarolo: This information is not held centrally.

European Investment Bank

Mr. Flight: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he supported the recent conversion of the venture capital division of the European Investment Bank to the European Investment Fund; and what the reasons were for the change. [151754]

Miss Melanie Johnson: The transfer of the EIB's venture capital operations to the EIF was part of a rationalisation of activities in the context of the

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acquisition by the bank of a majority shareholding in the EIF. The EIF is now the venture capital arm of the EIB Group. The UK supported this and is one of the main beneficiaries of its financing activities.

Mr. Flight: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will list the priorities of the European Investment Bank; what his policy is on them; and what other priorities Her Majesty's Government have been pressing the bank to take on board. [151750]

Miss Melanie Johnson: The task of the EIB is set out in Article 267 of the EC Treaty.

Mr. Flight: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer which meetings of the European Investment Bank and the European Investment Fund are open to citizens from the European Union. [151756]

Miss Melanie Johnson: Meetings of the governing bodies of the EIB and EIF are not open to the public.

Mr. Flight: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer which European Union institution is responsible for overseeing the accounting practices of the European Investment Bank; what authority, in this regard, is held by the European Court of Auditors; on what grounds the European Court of Auditors can access the financial records of the European Investment Bank; when this has been done; and for what reason. [151753]

Miss Melanie Johnson: The accounting practices of the EIB are overseen by an independent Audit Committee which is accountable directly to the Board of Governors (EU Finance Ministers). The Court of Auditors has access to the bank, in accordance with an agreement under Article 248 of the Treaty.

Mr. Flight: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will list the projects and the companies involved that have benefited from investment by the European Investment Bank in the last 10 years; and if he will make a statement. [151752]

Miss Melanie Johnson: The information requested is available in the Annual Reports of the EIB. The report for 1999 is available in the Library; the report for 2000 will be published in the summer.

Mr. Flight: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what the value is of the European Investment Fund; what percentage of shares in the EIF is held by the European Investment Bank; what other shareholders there are in the European Investment Fund; and what proportions of the fund they hold. [151755]

Miss Melanie Johnson: This information is available on the EIF's website at www.eif.org.

Mr. Flight: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer in each of the last 10 years, what proportion of investment made by the European Investment Bank was made (a) within the EU, (b) within accession countries and (c) outside those countries. [151751]

Miss Melanie Johnson: This information is available in the Annual Reports of the EIB. The report for 1999 is in the Library. The report for 2000 will be published in June. The hon. Gentleman may also refer to EIB's website at www.eib.org.

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Mr. Flight: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how much money the UK has contributed to the European Investment Bank in each of the last 10 years; and if he will make a statement. [151749]

Miss Melanie Johnson: Between 1991 and 1996 the UK paid 145,834,734 euros in direct subscriptions to the EIB. Since 1996, no payments have been made by member states to the EIB.


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