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Dawn Primarolo: As set out in Budget 2001, the Government are willing to consider what else they can contribute to extending opportunity for all in work, particularly to obtain a qualification up to level 2. But Government action alone cannot bring about the change necessary to impact on the problem of low skills. It will be important that everyoneemployers, individuals and Governmenttake seriously their responsibility to deliver a high skill, high productivity economy.
Mr. Salmond: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what action he intends to take following the ruling in the case of Joseph Lavery v. Ian MacLeod (HMIT) relating to the foreign earnings deduction status of offshore jack-up rigs; and if he will make a statement. 
Dawn Primarolo: There has been a separate Court of Appeal hearing since the Special Commissioners case of Lavery v. MacLeod. The Court of Appeal held that a jack-up rig should be treated as a ship for the purposes of the foreign earnings deduction. The Inland Revenue is currently considering the actions that it needs to take as a consequence of the decisions in these cases.
Mr. Salmond: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer which areas of new comparable expenditure have been applied to Scotland under the Barnett formula and when, since 1979; and what has been the annual impact of each of these spending lines on the Scottish budget allocation. 
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Mr. Andrew Smith: Information on extensions to the Scottish block was published in the Treasury Committee report (HC 341 of 199798) on the Barnett formula in December 1997. Since then, information on the Barnett comparability factors and the assigned budget has been published in the Statement of Funding Policy, updated in July 2000. The Scottish block is determined as a block and is not hypothecated to particular spending lines.
Mr. Boateng: I refer the hon. Gentleman to the answer I gave to the right hon. Member for Berwick-upon-Tweed (Mr. Beith) and my hon. Friend the Member for Peterborough (Mrs. Clark) on 22 October 2001, Official Report, columns 6162W.
Mr. Andrew Turner: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer (1) what was the average post-tax income of full-time employed (a) graduates and (b) non graduates aged (i) 18, (ii) 22, (iii) 30, (iv) 40, (v) 50 and (vi) 60 years in (a) 1960, (b) 1970, (c) 1980, (d) 1990 and (e) 2000, based on 2000 purchasing power; 
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|All full-time employees of working age(11),(12)||Graduates||Non- graduates|
|All aged 18 years||155||(14)||155|
|All aged 22 years||250||272||244|
|All aged 30 years||382||468||351|
|All aged 40 years||448||719||391|
|All aged 50 years||436||715||382|
|Men aged 60 years(13)||431||(14)||382|
(10) The definition of full-time/part-time is based on respondents' self-assessment
(11) Men aged 1664 and women aged 1659
(12) Includes people who did not state their qualifications
(13) Estimates for women aged 60 years are not available as the questions about qualifications only apply to people of working age
(14) Sample size too small for reliable estimate
Barbara Follett: To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will make a statement on the priorities of the Council for the Regulation of Healthcare Professionals relating to the harmonisation of regulatory systems across the professions. 
Mr. Hutton: Following publication of the Kennedy report that the "regulatory bodies be brought under the overall leadership of one overarching body", a public consultation was held on the establishment of a new Council for the Regulation of Healthcare Professionals which ended on 30 September. Legislation on establishing the new Council will be published shortly. We intend that the Council will be independent of the Government and it will be for the Council itself and not Ministers to take decisions on its priorities.
Jacqui Smith: The Department is working with the professionals, organisations and industry to help ensure that the needs of haemophilia patients are met, and that those for whom recombinant coagulation factors are required are able to get them.
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|Year ending 31 March||Residential(15)||Nursing(16)|
(15) South Tyneside and Gateshead local authority areas
(16) Gateshead and South Tyneside health authority
Registration and Inspection Survey
Jacqui Smith: The advice of the United Kingdom National Screening Committee on Down's Syndrome screening is that all women should be offered second trimester serum screening to consist of at least a double test and a move towards triple or quadruple tests when possible. Other combinations of serum analytes and screening in the first trimester, including ultrasound scans, will be kept under review. Nuchal translucency scans are currently estimated to be available in about 8 per cent. of maternity units.
Jacqui Smith: We are currently considering in the light of "Shifting the Balance of Power" what arrangements for the employment of consultants in communicable disease control will be suitable in the future. Such arrangements will be aimed at ensuring a comprehensive health protection function at local level.
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