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The week in numbers

Some of the most striking statistics from the past seven days:

:: One in 45,057,474: your chance of winning the jackpot in the National Lottery when the number of balls increases by 10 this October. Currently your chance is one in 13,983,816. This means that from October your chances of winning the top prize will be 220% worse.

:: 27%: the number of pregnant mothers in Blackpool who are smokers at the time their baby is born. It is the highest figure for anywhere in England; the lowest is 2% in Westminster.

:: 5.2 billion: the total number of journeys made on local bus services in the UK in 2013/14. It's the equivalent to 82 journeys by every single person in the country. It's also the highest figure since 1987/88, but is some way short of the post-war record of 13.2bn in 1955.

:: £1.5 trillion: the current size of the UK's public sector debt. It's the highest in history and equivalent to 80.8% of UK GDP.

:: 17: calls a minute currently being made to ambulance switchboards in England. The Isle of Wight Ambulance Service has the best record for responding to the most urgent and serious calls within eight minutes (80.9%) while the London Ambulance Service has the lowest (67.2%).

:: £271,000: the average price of a house in the UK. There are wide regional variations, with the average price in Northern Ireland (£147,000) currently just 29% of that in London (£493,000). The average price of a house in the UK has trebled in the past 16 years.

:: 116.39p: the current pump price of a litre of unleaded petrol, which has risen for the 19th week in a row. This time last year the price was 129.88p.

:: 496m: the average number of tonnes of freight a year shipped out of the UK's major ports since David Cameron became prime minister. This compares with £525m for Gordon Brown, £553m for Tony Blair, £508m for John Major and £423m for Margaret Thatcher. Fifty years ago, the figure was £295m.

:: 32: the years it could take to complete a full restoration of the Houses of Parliament if MPs and peers decide to stay put while work is carried out.

:: Seven: the number of headline acts to have pulled out of the Glastonbury Festival since its debut in 1970. Foo Fighters, who have cancelled their appearance this year, join The Kinks (1970), Red Hot Chili Peppers (1993), The Stone Roses (1995), Stevie Winwood (1997), Kylie Minogue (2005) and U2 (2010).


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