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Mr. Boateng: The Government are committed to creating and maintaining the right climate for businesses of all kinds to flourish, invest and grow. Since 1997, the Government's central economic objective has been to achieve high and stable levels of growth and employment. To this end, they have pursued macro-economic and enterprise policies which promote business activity, and which should contribute to higher productivity. The Government have been determined that we will not return to the damaging cycle of boom and bust, which created so much uncertainty and trapped businesses in a cycle of low investment and low productivity.
Specific measures of benefit to manufacturing, in support of this objective, have been detailed in successive Budgets, pre-Budget reports and various White Papers, including "Opportunity for All in a World of Change" (Cm 5052) and "Excellence and OpportunityA Science and Innovation Policy for the 21st Century" (Cm 4814).
Mr. Howard: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what (a) discussions he has had with and (b) representations he has received from the social exclusion unit regarding the tax burden on families in the lowest income quintile. 
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Mr. Andrew Smith: The Government are committed to helping all families with children through the tax and benefit system, targeting the most support on those who need it most. The Treasury works closely with other Departments, including with the social exclusion unit, to help achieve this aim.
Mr. Howard: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what assessment he has made of the impact on financial exclusion among persons in the lowest income quintile resulting from sub-post office closures in (a) inner-city and (b) rural areas in the past four years. 
Sandra Gidley: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many consultation documents were issued by his Department from (a) 15 October to 14 January, (b) 15 January to 14 April, (c) 15 April to 14 July and (d) 15 July to 14 October in each year from 1996. 
Ruth Kelly: I refer the hon. Member to the answer I gave her on 24 October 2001, Official Report, columns 25859W, and to the response to the question by the hon. Member for Aylesbury (Mr. Lidington) on 25 October 2001, Official Report, column 377W. Consultation documents from May 1997 are listed on the Treasury public website (www.hm-treasury.gov.uk). Providing information in the format requested and for dates before 1997 would incur disproportionate costs.
Mr. Howard: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what estimate he has made of the impact on (a) Government expenditure and (b) tax revenues of a 0.1 per cent. change in the economy's rate of growth (i) in the year in which that change is experienced and (ii) in subsequent years. 
Mr. Andrew Smith: The Treasury's estimates of the impact of the economic cycle on the public finances are set out in the publication, "Fiscal policy: public finances and the cycle", HM Treasury, March 1999.
Mr. Howard: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how much Bonham and Brooks charged by way of (a) cancellation and (b) otherwise in respect of the withdrawal from their auction of 30 November of certain items of Privy Council silver. 
Ruth Kelly: The Treasury has engaged Bonham and Brooks to perform a programme of services relating to the valuation of assets as well as their sale. That engagement will continue. The fees payable will reflect the eventual overall outcome of the programme. No cancellation or other fee will be payable as a result of the recent withdrawals from auction.
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Lynne Jones: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, pursuant to his answer of 31 October 2001, Official Report, column 888W, to the hon. Member for the Isle of Wight (Mr. Turner), on graduate incomes, if he will give estimate of the average gross weekly earnings of full time employees by age, broken down into (a) graduates and (b) non-graduates and (i) male and (ii) female in each category for spring 2000. 
|All full-time employees of working age(3),(4)||Graduates||Non-graduates|
|Male full-time employees aged:|
|Female full-time employees aged:|
(2) The definition of full-time/part-time is based on respondents' self-assessment
(3) Men aged 1664 and women aged 1659
(4) Includes people who did not state their qualifications
(5) Estimates for women aged 60 years are not available because the questions about qualifications only apply to people of working age
(6) Sample size too small for reliable estimate
ONS Labour Force Survey
Miss McIntosh: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what the survival rates are for victims of breast cancer in (a) North Yorkshire, (b) Nottinghamshire, (c) Cumbria and (d) the United Kingdom at the latest date for which figures are available. 
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|Country||5 year relative survival|
(7) Females aged 084
Office for National Statistics. Cancer survival 19921999, England. London: ONS, 31st January 2001
Welsh Cancer Intelligence and Surveillance Unit. Cancer Registration and Survival in Wales 19851994. Cardiff: WCISU, 1999
Scottish Cancer Intelligence Unit. Trends in Cancer Survival in Scotland 19711995. Edinburgh: Information & Statistics Division NHS in Scotland, 2000
Fitzpatrick DA, Gavin AT. Survival of Cancer Patients in Northern Ireland 19931996. Belfast: Northern Ireland Cancer Registry, 2001
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