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Written Answers

Tuesday, 29th June 1999.

Legal Services Ombudsman: Annual Report

Baroness Rendell of Babergh asked Her Majesty's Government:

    When the Legal Services Ombudsman intends to publish her eighth annual report.[HL3346]

The Lord Chancellor (Lord Irvine of Lairg): The Legal Services Ombudsman has today published her eighth annual report, and copies have been placed in the Libraries of both Houses.

Crown Prosecution Service Review

Lord Windlesham asked Her Majesty's Government:

    How many of the 75 recommendations contained in the Review of the Crown Prosecution Service 1998 (Cm 3960) have been accepted in principle and how many have been implemented; and for what reasons any of the recommendations have either been rejected or remain unimplemented.[HL2998]

The Lord Chancellor: The Attorney-General announced on 28 June 1999 that 64 recommendations have now been accepted, accepted in part or in principle or implemented. Two recommendations have been rejected though the concerns that prompted the recommendations are being addressed in other ways. The Attorney-General will write to the noble Lord with details of these recommendations and the work that is continuing on the implementation of the recommendations which have been accepted.

United Kingdom Citizens: Emigration

Lord Shore of Stepney asked Her Majesty's Government:

    How many United Kingdom citizens in each 10 year period since 1945 have emigrated to New Zealand, Australia, Canada, South Africa and the United States; and what are the annual figures since 1995 up to the latest available date.[HL3221]

Lord McIntosh of Haringey: The information requested falls within the responsibility of the Director of the Office for National Statistics who has been asked to reply.

Letter from the Director of Social Statistics, Office for National Statistics, Mr. John Fox, dated 29 June 1999.

The Director of the Office for National Statistics (ONS) has been asked to reply to your recent question concerning the number of people emigrating to New Zealand, Australia, Canada, South Africa and the United States. I am replying in Dr. Holt's absence.

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For the years 1945-74, estimates of international migration are not available at this level of detail. The information that you requested for 1975 to 1997, the latest year for which data are available, is shown below.

Estimates of UK Citizens emigrating to Australia, Canada, New Zealand, South Africa and the United States

YearAustraliaCanadaNew ZealandSouth AfricaUSA
1975-84245.7152.858.6135.8132.4
1985-94251.661.437.037.8152.0
199520.34.66.32.517.2
199620.73.99.32.815.6
199720.66.66.83.015.3

The estimates in the table are derived from data obtained from the International Passenger Survey, a continuous voluntary survey which covers principal air and sea routes between the United Kingdom (UK) and countries outside the British Isles. The routes between the UK and the Irish Republic are excluded, as is all movement of diplomats and armed forces personnel. It is also highly likely that the survey excludes visitor switchers: persons admitted as short term visitors who are subsequently granted a stay for a year or longer.


Average Taxable Income per Household

Baroness David asked Her Majesty's Government:

    What is the average taxable income per household for each local authority area in England.[HL3153]

Lord McIntosh of Haringey: I regret that the information requested is not available.

United Kingdom-European Union Trade Deficit

Lord Pearson of Rannoch asked Her Majesty's Government:

    What was the cumulative deficit on the United Kingdom's trade (less exports of goods, services and investment income) with the rest of the European Union for the years 1973 to 1998 inclusive.[HL3001]

Lord McIntosh of Haringey: The information requested falls within the responsibility of the Director of the Office for National Statistics who has been asked to reply.

Letter from the Director, Macro-Economic Statistics and Analysis Group, Office for National Statistics, Mr. John Kidgell, dated 29 June 1999.

In the absence of the Director of the Office for National Statistics (ONS), I have been asked to reply to your recent parliamentary question on the deficit of the United Kingdom's trade with the rest of the European Union (EU).

Latest data for current account transactions with the EU are published in the Balance of Payments First Release, a copy of which is available in the House of

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Lords Library. The latest release published on 22 March gave estimates for 1997 and 1998.

Estimates of the geographical breakdown of the UK balance of payments current account data for 1992 to 1997 were published in Economic Trends, December 1998 (number 541), a copy of which is available in the House of Lords Library. It is planned to extend this analysis from 1988 to 1998 in the forthcoming annual UK Balance of Payments (Pink Book) to be published later this summer. These data are likely to be revised for all years due to improvements in methodology.

A copy of the relevant pages of the Economic Trends article are enclosed. I have also attached a table that shows the UK's current account balance with the EU excluding the balance on current transfers for the years 1992 to 1998. Finally, I have attached a table showing the UK's balance of trade in goods only for 1973 to 1998.

Lord Shore of Stepney asked Her Majesty's Government:

    What was the current account surplus or deficit in United Kingdom trade with the other countries in the European Union in the latest available year; and what were the figures of the United Kingdom's current account with other countries in the European Union (excluding Finland, Austria and Sweden) in each year since 1990 at constant prices.[HL3168]

Lord McIntosh of Haringey: The information requested falls within the responsibility of the Director of the Office for National Statistics who has been asked to reply.

Letter from the Director, Macro-Economic Statistics and Analysis Group, Office for National Statistics, Mr. John Kidgell, dated 29 June 1999.

In the absence of the Director of the Office for National Statistics (ONS), I have been asked to reply to your recent parliamentary question on current account data for the United Kingdom with the countries in the European Union (EU).

The data requested are shown in the attached table. The latest annual data for the individual EU countries are for 1997 as published in the December 1998 edition of Economic Trends. Figures for 1998 will be published in the 1999 UK Balance of Payments Pink Book, a copy of which will be available in the House of Lords Library at the end of August.

The ONS does not compile constant price data for trade in goods and services for individual countries. We do however publish volume and price indices for trade in goods with the EU as a whole. I am therefore attaching copies of tables 4 and 5 from the latest UK Trade First Release, published 23 June, a copy of which is available in the House of Lords Library. The series have been defined to include Finland, Austria and Sweden for the years before their accession.

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UK Current Account Balances with EU Countries, 1997

£ million
Trade in GoodsTrade in ServicesTotal IncomeCurrent TransfersCurrent Account
Austria-2341-273-28-534
Belgium & Luxembourg(1)-63268-637-20-1,221
Denmark-227363-23315-82
Finland-988249-10930-818
France-1,167-1,46384768-1,715
Germany-5,030970940101-3,019
Greece649-29178-8428
Ireland1,935823311-2562,813
Italy-1,333371,18955-52
Netherlands1,578350-7164811,693
Portugal-11-52995-23-468
Spain1,654-2,593137-100-902
Sweden-28144018831378
EU Institutions(2)--274-682-2,164-2,572
EU Total-4,087-1,3011,135-1,818-6,071

Source:

Office for National Statistics.

Notes:

(1)Data for Belgium are not separately available.

(2) The definition of the EU includes EU institutions as defined by EUROSTAT.


Russia: Humanitarian Assistance

Lord Kennet asked Her Majesty's Government:

    Whether the Secretary of State for International Development is in touch with the Russian Minister for Emergencies, Mr. Shygo.[HL3199]

Baroness Amos: My right honourable friend the Secretary of State for International Development has met with the Russian Minister for Emergencies.

The Department for International Development contributed a total of £1.4 million to two Red Cross appeals for humanitarian assistance to Russia during last winter.


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