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National Insurance

Mr. Cousins: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many employees in each region and nation of the UK, and what percentage of all employees, had earnings below the lower earnings limit for national insurance in each year since 1997; and what proportion of such workers were women. [37291]

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

Letter from Len Cook to Mr. Jim Cousins, dated 25 February 2002:

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Numbers and percentages of employees whose gross weekly earnings are less than the lower limit for national insurance.
Autumn (September to November) quarters 1996 to 2001, not seasonally adjusted

Government Office RegionsThousandsPercentage of all employeesPercentage who are women
Autumn (September to November) 1996
United Kingdom2,53411.178.1
North East12012.380.0
North West30211.682.7
Yorkshire and the Humber21711.375.7
East Midlands22413.081.8
West Midlands22510.785.9
South East39211.974.7
South West25813.971.3
Northern Ireland(105)(105)(105)
Autumn (September to November) 1997
United Kingdom2,50910.778.8
North East12713.180.7
North West29111.078.3
Yorkshire and the Humber22211.279.9
East Midlands20911.977.8
West Midlands23610.976.9
South East36210.879.0
South West25313.179.0
Northern Ireland559.574.3
Autumn (September to November) 1998
United Kingdom2,43510.178.5
North East13313.880.2
North West29811.180.5
Yorkshire and the Humber2019.982.5
East Midlands19010.878.4
West Midlands23010.478.8
South East3339.578.4
South West24312.281.2
Northern Ireland518.765.2
Autumn (September to November) 1999
United Kingdom2,2629.376.8
North East10911.383.1
North West2559.274.2
Yorkshire and the Humber1678.285.1
East Midlands1709.679.1
West Midlands22810.479.2
South East3199.173.7
South West23311.478.7
Northern Ireland437.378.1
Autumn (September to November) 2000
United Kingdom2,1048.575.2
North East888.878.2
North West2278.277.2
Yorkshire and the Humber22010.573.0
East Midlands1528.580.6
West Midlands2039.278.1
South East3199.076.7
South West1929.373.3
Northern Ireland487.987.0
Autumn (September to November) 2001
United Kingdom2,0608.375.3
North East848.377.4
North West2238.076.4
Yorkshire and the Humber1919.278.0
East Midlands1618.977.5
West Midlands1918.580.6
South East2918.174.1
South West23111.173.5
Northern Ireland599.766.9

(105) Sample size too small for reliable estimate.


ONS Labour Force Survey.

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Marriage Statistics

Mr. Gordon Prentice: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many marriages were contracted between UK nationals residing in the UK and spouses living abroad; and how many and what percentage were arranged marriages in each year since 1997. [36481]

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

Letter from Karen Dunnell to Mr. Gordon Prentice, dated 25 February 2002:

Health and Safety (Computers)

Dr. Cable: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many employees in his Department who regularly use computers have taken up the provision of a free eye test; and how this service is advertised to (a) current and (b) new staff. [36693]

Ruth Kelly: 134 staff took advantage of the free eyesight test during 2001. The eyesight test service is communicated to the Department by:

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Landfill Tax

Pete Wishart: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what landfill tax proceeds have passed to Entrust in (a) 1998–99, (b) 1999–2000 and (c) 2000–01 for (i) the UK and (ii) Scotland. [36449]

Mr. Boateng: Entrust, the regulator of the environmental bodies landfill tax credit scheme, receives none of the proceeds from landfill tax. Contributions made by landfill site operators under the scheme to environmental bodies are:

(i) For the UK
(ii) For Scotland

Pete Wishart: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how much has been raised by the landfill tax in (a) 1998–99, (b) 1999–2000, and (c) 2000–01 in (i) the UK and (ii) Scotland. [36448]

Mr. Boateng: Figures relating to landfill tax are not available for separate countries or regions within the UK. This is due to the method of collection of the tax, where each landfill operator is registered according to the location of their head office.

Scottish Executive (Funding)

Pete Wishart: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, pursuant to his answer to the hon. Member for Banff and Buchan (Mr. Salmond) of 31 January 2002, Official Report, column 518W, if he will set out for each year since 1997 and for each Department, in total and by project, the changes in their planned expenditure which have produced a share of such changes for the Scottish Executive under the Barnett formula; what the total value of such changes was by Department; what the resulting change in funding for the Scottish Executive was in total and in each case; and what the (a) changes in spending for each Department were as a percentage of total identifiable spending in England and (b) resulting produced changes for the Scottish Executive were as a percentage of total identifiable expenditure in Scotland. [36751]

Mr. Andrew Smith: Details of the Barnett formula used in the 1998 Comprehensive Spending Review were published in the Statement of Funding Policy in March 1999. An updated version of the statement was published in July 2000 showing details of the Barnett formula used in the 2000 Spending Review. The spending settlements for Scotland and for Government Departments were published in the 1998 Comprehensive Spending Review (Cm 4011) and 2000 Spending Review (Cm 4807). Details of identifiable total managed spending by function and country were published in Public Expenditure Statistical Analyses (Cm 5101) in April 2001.

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