To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many representations (a) his Department and (b) the Office for National Statistics has received from local authorities on the accuracy of the Government's immigration statistics; what funds he has made available to local authorities to deal with the demands of immigration; and on what formula such funds were distributed.
HM Treasury and the Office for National Statistics (ONS) have received representations from local authorities about the ONS's population estimates and population projections used in the local government finance settlements, some of which cover the estimation of the international migration component.
The ONS announced planned improvements to the methods for estimating the international migration component of local authority population estimates in August 2006.
The amount of money apportioned to all local authorities is based to a large degree upon the local population (including long-term migrants). The formula that Communities and Local Government use for apportioning this sum between individual local authorities can be found at: