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Inheritance Tax: South West Region

Volume 465: debated on Wednesday 24 October 2007

To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer (1) what recent estimate he has made of the number of (a) people who have died and (b) estates subject to inheritance tax in (i) Cheltenham constituency, (ii) each of the other Gloucestershire constituencies and (iii) the South West region in each of the last five years; (159063)

(2) what recent estimate he has made of the amount raised from inheritance tax in (a) Cheltenham constituency, (b) each of the other Gloucestershire constituencies and (c) the South West region in each of the last five years.

The Office for National Statistics has provided the following information on numbers of deaths:

Table 1: Number of deaths, parliamentary constituencies in Gloucestershire, and the South West government office region, 2002-20061

Persons

Area type/Name

2002

2003

2004

2005

2006

Parliamentary constituency

Cheltenham

947

1,043

870

912

988

Cotswold

960

1,019

987

1,001

916

Forest of Dean

972

933

903

829

897

Gloucester

1,012

1,060

1,094

1,026

969

Stroud

1,077

1,088

1,044

1,030

1,070

Tewkesbury

864

929

889

873

870

Government office region

South West

55,170

55,918

52,610

53,128

51,755

1 Based on deaths registered in each calendar year

Figures for estates paying inheritance tax and amounts of tax paid are not available at local levels.