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PFI Contracts

Mr. Tyrie: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, pursuant to his answer of 2 July 2002, Official Report, column 120W, on PFI contracts, what estimate his Department has made of the payments under PFI contracts for each year from 2002–03 to 2027–28 for Government PFI deals which are expected to reach preferred bidder stage in the next three years. [71927]

Mr. Boateng: During the competitive process, before a preferred bidder is selected, it is not possible to determine with any degree of accuracy exactly what the long term payment obligations are likely to be for any project. However, once projects have reached preferred bidder status, Departmental estimates of the relevant future service payments are published twice a year.

The most recent publication of this information can be found in the Financial Statement and Budget Report 2002, Table C 19. As is customary, I shall provide an update of these figures later this year.

Inward Investment

Miss McIntosh: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what the level of inward investment into the United Kingdom was in the years ending (a) 1 May 1997 and (b) 1 May 2002; and if he will make a statement. [72094]

Mr. Boateng: The Office for National Statistics publishes annual figures on inward investment into the United Kingdom in its Foreign Direct Investment Business Monitor (MA4). It also publishes quarterly estimates as part of the Balance of Payments First Release. Both of these can be found on the ONS website (statistics.gov.uk). The UK has continued to attract the largest share of inward investment in Europe and announcements made in this year's Budget will further serve to consolidate the UK's lead position.

DEL Spending

Mr. Salmond: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what percentage of DEL spending labelled 'transport' is spent on (a) England, (b) Wales, (c) England and Wales and (d) England, Wales and Scotland in each year from 2002–03 to 2005–06. [72591]

Mr. Boateng: The amount allocated to the Department for Transport to spend on transport provision in England, and the national rail system, is given in the Spending Review 2002 White Paper, table 8.1. (An amended version of this table follows, which corrects a misprint. A corrigendum will be issued shortly.). The line in this table which gives an estimate of total UK transport spending does so on the basis of estimated spending by local authorities and devolved Administrations. It is of course a matter for devolved Administrations as to how they spend their allocated budgets.

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Table 8.1 key figures
£ million

Department for Transport2002–032003–042004–052005–06
Resource budget4,9607,6327,7498,650
Capital budget2,9483,3693,8113,391
Total Departmental Expenditure Limit(16)7,66110,69211,19711,640
Near-cash spending in DfT DEL(17)7,84310,82911,33311,774
UK transport spending (estimated)(18)11,96215,34715,82716,406

(16) Full resource budgeting basis net of depreciation.

(17) Consistent with previous control basis.

(18) Subject to spending decisions of local authorities and devolved Administrations.


Mr. Salmond: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer which mid-year population estimates were used to determine incremental Scottish DEL expenditure for 2002–03; and which mid-year population estimates will be used for the same determination for Scottish funding for each year from 2003–04 to 2005–06. [72594]

Mr. Boateng: The mid-year estimates were set out in the Statement of Funding Policy on 15 July 2002 and were the Office for National Statistics latest mid-year estimate published last year. Future funding changes will be based on the latest available ONS estimates as explained in the Statement of Funding Policy.

Taxis and Buses

Mr. Sheerman: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what new incentives he will introduce to stimulate the use of less environmentally damaging vehicles as (a) taxis and (b) other public service carriers. [73207]

John Healey: In Budget 2002, the Chancellor announced a number of measures to encourage reductions in the environmental impact of transport, which could apply equally to taxis and public service carriers. Any new incentives will be considered as part of the normal Budget process.

United Kingdom Listing Authority

Barbara Follett: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will make available the annual objectives for the United Kingdom Listing Authority. [73471]

Ruth Kelly: The Financial Services Authority, acting in its role as the competent authority for listing, is referred to as the United Kingdom Listing Authority. Every year, the operational objectives of the UKLA are discussed with the Treasury. The annual objectives for 2002–03, which the Treasury has endorsed, will be placed in the Library, and also put on the Treasury website.

Royal Gifts

Norman Baker: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what mechanism is in place to distinguish between gifts received by (a) the Queen and (b) other members of the royal family in (i) their official roles and (ii) their private capacities; what rules govern the receipt of gifts donated to members of the royal family in their official capacities; and whether such gifts are exempt from taxation. [65160]

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Mr. Gordon Brown [holding answer 2 July 2002]: Gifts are categorised as official if given during an official engagement or in connection with the official role or duties of a member of the royal family.

Gifts received in an official capacity are not taxed because they do not belong to the individual members of the royal family. Gifts received in a private capacity are treated by members of the royal family in the same way as gifts received by anyone else. The normal inheritance tax and lifetime transfer rules would apply to such gifts subject to the arrangements for Her Majesty and the Prince of Wales set out in the Memorandum of Understanding in the Royal Trustees report (HC464) published on 11 February 1993.

Records are kept of official gifts received by the Queen and where they are stored. Other members of the royal family follow similar practice. Gifts received by any member of the royal family in a private capacity are not listed in official records.

Norman Baker: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what public funds were expended in 2001 on gifts given by (a) the Queen and (b) other members of the royal family in their official roles. [65161]

Mr. Gordon Brown [holding answer 2 July 2002]: The cost of official gifts given by Her Majesty the Queen and other members of the royal family in 2001 amounted to £36,783 and £11,071, respectively.

Royal Finances

Norman Baker: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer whether paragraph 31 of the 1993 Memorandum of Understanding on the subject of royal finances has been invoked since its inception. [69414]

Mr. Gordon Brown [holding answer 17 July 2002]: No.

Throat Cancer

Tim Loughton: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what the survival rate was for throat cancer in the UK in the last 12 months. [71097]

Ruth Kelly [holding answer 18 July 2002]: The information requested falls within the responsibility of the National Statistician. I have asked him to reply.

Letter from John Pullinger to Mr. Tim Loughton, dated 24 July 2002:


The National Statistician has been asked to reply to your recent question on the survival rate for throat cancer in the UK in the last 12 months. I am replying in his absence. (71097)
Cancer of the larynx is commonly referred to as "throat cancer". Information on laryngeal cancer survival for the UK as a whole is not available. Survival rates for the constituent countries of the UK are not comparable.
Cancers of the throat and related areas are formally classified to codes C13 and C14 (malignant neoplasm of hypopharynx, and malignant neoplasm of other and ill-defined sites in the lip, oral cavity and pharynx) according to the International Classification of Disease tenth revision (ICD10). There were 311 newly diagnosed cases of cancers in these locations in England in 1998, the most recent year for which information is available. No information on survival is available.

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Information on survival from cancer of the larynx for patients diagnosed in England and Wales is summarised in chapter 21 of the book Cancer Survival Trends 1 . This publication present cancer survival trends in patients diagnosed between 1971 and 1990 and followed up for at least five years to the end of 1995.
For men, the most recent information available relates to diagnosis in 1991–93 and follow-up up to the end of 1998 (Health Statistics Quarterly 6 2 ). The crude survival rate was 51% and relative survival 64%, based on 4,501 men diagnosed. Women are not included in the analysis, as they represent less than 20% of all the cases of cancer of the larynx.
The figures for patients diagnosed in 1986–90 and followed up to the end of 1995, are given in the table below.

One-and five-year survival from cancer of the larynx* for patients diagnosed in 1986–90, England and Wales

One-year (%) Five year (%)
Number of patientsCrudeRelativeCrudeRelative
Men7,19580845164
Women1,59276794958

Source:

Coleman MP et al. Cancer Survival Trends in England and Wales, 1971–1995: deprivation and NHS Region.

Studies in Medical and Population Subjects No. 61. London: The Stationery Office, 1999.

* Cancer of the larynx has been defined to the International Classification of Disease eight and ninth revision (ICD8 and ICD9) code 161 for the period 1975–1994, and to the code C32 according to the International Classification of Disease tenth revision (ICD10) from 1995 onwards.

Crude survival is the proportion of a cohort of subjects alive at the end of a specified time interval since diagnosis (irrespective of the cause of death). Relative survival is the ratio of the observed survival in the group being studied and the survival that would have been expected had they been subject only to the mortality rates of the general population.

(19) Coleman MP et al. Cancer Survival Trends in England and Wales, 1971–1995: deprivation and NHS Region. Studies in Medical and Population Subjects No. 61. London: The Stationery Office, 1999.

(20) Coleman MP, Babb P, Harris S, Quinn MJ, Sloggett A, De Stavola B. Cancer survival in England and Wales, 1991–98. Health Statistics Quarterly 6:71–80, The Stationery Office (2000) on the National Statistics website at http://www.statistics.gov.uk/downloads/theme–health/HSQ6Book.pdf



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