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Mr. Pickles: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many requests the Office for National Statistics has received for information under the Re-use of Public Sector Information Regulations (PSI) 2005; and how many requests were refused (a) in whole and (b) in part. 
As National Statistician, I have been asked to reply to your recent parliamentary Question concerning the number of requests the Office for National Statistics has received under the Re-Use of Public Sector Information Regulations (PSI) 2005; and how many requests were refused (a) in whole and (b) in part (66653)
Information produced by ONS is protected by Crown copyright and can be re-used under the Click-Use Licence. This is an on-line licence that is administered by the Office of Public Sector Information. Under the Click-Use Licence a range of material across Government Departments can be re-used under one central licence. This avoids re-users having to apply to re-use ONS data specifically. There is no record of any request to re-use ONS data being refused.
Mr. Des Browne: Details of the End Year Flexibility scheme are set out in the Public Expenditure Outturn White Paper 200506, (Cm. 6639). Table 6 of that publication details the End Year Flexibility entitlements for all departments.
Mr. Salmond: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what restrictions are in place on the drawing down by the Scottish Executive of money held on its behalf by his Department; and if he will make a statement. 
Chris Huhne: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will estimate the number of households in Scotland and Wales in sparsely populated areas on the same definition as that already used for England; and if he willestimate the proportion in each case of households that (a) are second homes and (b) that have access to a car. 
As National Statistician and Registrar General for England and Wales I have been asked to reply to your recent Parliamentary Question asking for an estimate of the number of households in Scotland and Wales in sparsely populated areas on the same definition as that already undertaken for England; and an estimate of the proportion in each case of households that a) are second homes and b) that have access to a car. (66546)
The Office for National Statistics (ONS) is not responsible for the collection of data for Scotland. All enquiries for Scottish 2001 Census data should be directed to the General Register Office for Scotland.
Table A below shows the number household spaces within Wales that were recorded as either a second home or a holiday residence on Census day (29 April 2001). The data have been extracted from table KS16 on the CD accompaniment to the Census 2001 Key Statistics for the rural and urban area classification 2004, which is available on request from 2001 Census Customer Services [[email protected]].
Table B below shows the number of households within Wales that had access to a car on Census day (29 April 2001). The data is an amalgamation of data extracted from table KS17 on the CD accompaniment to the Census 2001 Key Statistics for the rural and urban area classification 2004.
|All household spaces|
|With no residents|
|Area||With residents||Vacant||Second residence/holiday accommodation|
|Town and FringeSparse||43,686||2,475||2,942|
|Hamlet and Isolated DwellingSparse||48,871||2,512||2,976|
|Urban >10,000Less Sparse||754,490||30,399||1,878|
|Town and FringeLess Sparse||155,231||6,647||940|
|Hamlet and Isolated DwellingLess Sparse||36,567||1,665||755|
|Number of households (number of cars or vans)|
|Area||All households||None||One or more|
|Town and FringeSparse||43,686||12,311||31,375|
|Hamlet and Isolated DwellingSparse||48,871||4,287||44,584|
|Urban >10,000Less Sparse||754,490||221,915||532,575|
|Town and FringeLess Sparse||155,231||40,663||114,568|
|Hamlet and Isolated DwellingLess Sparse||36,567||3,964||32,603|
Mr. Pickles: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer (1) what the revenue was from residential stamp duty from the (a) 3 per cent. and (b) 4 per cent. band in each year since its creation; and if he will estimate the revenue for 200607; 
(2) how many occupiers of domestic properties paid residential stamp duty on sale at the (a) 3 per cent. and (b) 4 per cent. rate in each year since its creation; and if he will estimate the number of occupiers paying in 200607. 
Mr. Ivan Lewis: Purchases of property worth more than £250,000 and up to £500,000 have borne stamp duty at 3 per cent., and those in excess of £500,000 4 per cent., since 200001. Estimated revenues from residential transactions fallingin those bands are available at http://www.hmrc.gov.uk/stats/stamp_duty/table15_3_october04.xls.
|Consideration||£250,001 to £500,000||Above £500,000|
|Rate of stamp duty||3 per cent.||4 per cent.|
Mr. Slaughter: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many times the Office for National Statistics met the local authorities participating in the Improving Migration and Population Statistics project; what the outcome was of those meetings; and when he expects the project to be completed. 
As National Statistician I have been asked to reply to your recent Parliamentary Question concerning the participation of local authorities in the Improving Migration and Population Statistics (IMPS) project. (67408)
The Office for National Statistics (ONS) is currently working in partnership with four Local Authorities (LAs) to investigate whether there are local data sources that could be used to assist the compilation of the nationally produced population estimates. The four LAs are Barnet, Derby, Hammersmith & Fulham and Welwyn Hatfield. These authorities were selected from four groupings of LAs which each scored highly on different characteristics associated with difficulties in estimating population accurately.
Initial meetings were held with the four selected LAs in December 2005 and January 2006. At these meetings each of the LAs agreed to work with ONS to gain a better understanding of how they use the population estimates, what other local information and data sources they use, what particular issues affect population estimates within their LA and what methods and local data sources they use to overcome these issues.
A further round of meetings is currently under way to review progress and a final round of meetings will be held at the end of the studies in summer 2006. ONS will review the findings to see if any improvements can be applied to the mid-year population estimates processes or quality assurance procedures, either for all LAs or for groups of LAs. ONS will publish the outcome of the studies and evaluate their success, including a review of the criteria and approach for selecting LAs.
ONS has been reporting progress to LAs more generally, and providing them with the opportunity to feed into the IMPS project, primarily through meetings of the Central and Local Government Information Partnership (CLIP).
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