§ Mr. Watson
To ask the Deputy Prime Minister how many people live in areas that are exempt from stamp duty on properties up to the value of £150,000, broken down by local authorities in England. 
§ Keith Hill
The selection of areas eligible for stamp duty exemption was based on the 15 per cent. most deprived wards in England as determined by the Index of Multiple Deprivation 2000 (IMD 2000). This index was based on ward boundaries in existence in April 1998. Using the IMD 2000 there are just over 11 million people living in these wards. A table with the breakdown of this population by local authority district has been made available in the Library of the House.