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Cancer

Mr. Derek Twigg: To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the standardised mortality ratio for all cancers in (a) England, (b) the north west, (c) north Cheshire and (d) Halton was in the last year for which figures are available. [157820]

Miss Melanie Johnson: I have been asked to reply.

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

Letter from Len Cook to Mr. Derek Twigg, dated 23 April 2001:



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Standardised Mortality Ratios (SMRs) for deaths from cancer ICD9 140-208(89) for 1997-99(90)

Area of usual residenceSMR
England and Wales100
England100
North West Health Regional Office109
North Cheshire Health Authority115
Halton Unitary Authority132

(89) International Classification of Diseases, Ninth Revision, codes 140-208--all malignant neoplasms

(90) Pooled deaths registered in years 1997-99


TREASURY

Foot and Mouth

Mr. Fabricant: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer (1) what consideration he has given to (a) postponing the census for the duration of the foot and mouth outbreak and (b) having census forms delivered by post in rural areas at risk from foot and mouth disease; [158416]

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. Michael Fabricant, dated 23 April 2001:







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Mr. Webb: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if compensation payments to farmers in respect of foot and mouth disease will be subject to income tax. [157374]

Mr. Andrew Smith [holding answer 6 April 2001]: I refer the hon. Member to the answer I gave the hon. Member for West Worcestershire (Sir. M. Spicer) on 6 April 2001, Official Report, column 301W.

Climate Change Levy

Mr. Key: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many (a) private sector and (b) public sector enterprises are eligible to pay the climate change levy in the Salisbury constituency. [157788]

Mr. Timms [holding answer 10 April 2001]: We do not hold the information requested. The climate change levy is payable on all business use of energy, except

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energy covered by the domestic exemption, non-business use by charities, and by exemptions such as those applying to renewable energy and energy supplied from a good quality combined heat and power plant.

Outsourcing (VAT Ruling)

Mr. Chaytor: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what assessment he has made of the implications of the recent VAT tribunal ruling in respect of the outsourcing of investment management by Prudential Assurance on the outsourcing of vehicle repairs by insurance companies; and if he will make a statement. [157900]

Dawn Primarolo: The Tribunal's decision that the management of an authorised unit trust scheme is exempt, whoever provides the services has no implications for suppliers of other services to insurance companies.

Mr. Chaytor: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what estimate he has made of the cost of VAT refunds to be paid to the financial services industry following the VAT tribunal ruling against Customs and Excise in respect of the outsourcing of investment management; and if he will make a statement. [157899]

Dawn Primarolo: No refunds are being paid as Customs have appealed the VAT Tribunal's decision to the Court of Session.

National Audit Office

Dr. Kumar: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer (1) what plans he has to extend the powers of the National Audit Office to examine accounts and records of contractors to central Government; [158299]

Mr. Timms: These matters are being considered in the context of the Government's forthcoming response to Lord Sharman's recent Review of Audit and Accountability for Central Government, "Holding to Account".


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