§ Mr. Quentin Davies
To ask the Deputy Prime Minister if he will state the assumptions on which his estimate of the population of South Kesteven for RSG and standard spending assessment purposes is based. 
§ Mr. Raynsford
The current RSG and SSA calculations for 2002–03 use the 2000 mid-year estimates of population of the Registrar General as published by ONS in August 2001.
The ONS mid-year population estimates are based on the Census of Population allowing for the subsequent births, deaths, net migration and aging of the population that has occurred since Census day.