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Written Answers to Questions

Thursday 6 April 1989

HOME DEPARTMENT

Mr. Albert Baker

Mr. Livingstone : To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he will make a further statement on the case of Mr. Albert Baker of Her Majesty's prison, Long Lartin.

Mr Douglas Hogg : We are considering a number of petitions from Mr. Baker about his request for transfer to a prison in Northern Ireland and related matters, and we await the outcome of his application for leave to move for judicial review of the Government's decision last year not to transfer him to Northern Ireland. I understand that a hearing has been fixed for 15 May.

Fatal Accidents (Police Vehicles)

Mr. Fry : To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many fatal accidents during 1985, 1986, 1987 and 1988 involved motor vehicles driven by the police in the course of their duties.

Mr. Douglas Hogg : The available information in respect of fatal accidents involving police vehicles in 1987 is contained in the report of Her Majesty's chief inspector of constabulary for that year, a copy of which is in the Library.

The information requested for earlier years is not recorded centrally and could be obtained only at disproportionate cost. Figures for 1988 are not yet available.

Fire Service

Mr. Win Griffiths : To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he has any plans to change the consultative structure of the fire service as laid down in the Fire Services Act 1947 ; and if he will make a statement.

Mr. John Patten : My right hon. Friend has no present plans to seek changes to the statutory basis of the Central Fire Brigades Advisory Council constituted under section 29 of the Fire Services Act 1947 or of the arrangements under section 17 of the Act, as amended by the Fire Services Act 1959, relating to disciplinary matters.

Prison Wages

Mr. Thurnham : To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what is the annual wage bill for prisoners at the present time ; what the net cost is after administration charges are taken into account ; and if he will make a statement.

Mr. Douglas Hogg : Expenditure on the earnings of inmates in prison service establishments in England and Wales is forecast to be approximately £6.25 million in the


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financial year 1988-89. The cost of administering the earnings schemes is not separately identified in the operating costs of establisments. As my right hon. Friend explained in response to a question from my hon. Friend the Member for Wimbledon (Dr. Goodson-Wickes) on8 March, at columns 541-42, the current earnings arrangements are to be reviewed.

Immigration Control (Irish Republic)

Mr. Nicholas Bennett : To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what discussions he has had with the Irish Government concerning their immigration controls for visitors from non-European Community countries ; and whether he will make a statement.

Mr. Hurd : I regularly attend meetings with the responsible Ministers of all the member states of the European Community, including the Irish Republic, at which matters relating to immigration control are discussed.

Management Consultants

Mr. Dobson : To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what were the total fees paid out by his Department to management consultants in 1979-80 and each year to date ; and what is the estimate for the current year.

Mr. Douglas Hogg [holding answer 13 March 1989] : The 1988-89 estimate of payments by the Home Office to management consultants is £1,257,000. Equivalent estimates of payments made in the financial years from 1984-85 were as follows :


          |£                  

------------------------------

1984-85   |454,000            

1985-86   |367,000            

1986-87   |1,174,000          

1987-88   |784,000            

Information for the years prior to 1984-85 is not readily available, and could be obtained only at disproportionate cost.

Privatisation

Mr. Dobson : To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what was the total sum paid out in fees to outside organisations in the furtherance of privatisation by his Department in 1979-80 and each year to date ; and what is the estimate for 1989-90.

Mr. Douglas Hogg [holding answer 13 March 1989] : Since 1979- 80, the Home Office has made payments of approximately £72,000 to outside organisations in the furtherance of privatisation. No expenditure is planned for 1989-90.

Self-mutilation

Mr. Maclennan : To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he will publish in the Official Report a table showing the number of those in custody who have committed acts of self-mutilation, by age and sex, together with the names of the establishments in which they were held and the dates of the incidents, since 1979.


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Mr. Douglas Hogg [holding answer 8 March 1989] : The number of inmates of each prison service establishment who are recorded as having inflicted non-fatal injury on themselves between 1979 and April 1988 is set out in the table. Information on the age of the inmates and the dates of the incidents is not available.

Note on the table

Figures for 1979 to 1983 are recorded by calendar year. Figures for 1985-86 to 1987-88 are recorded by financial year. Figures for 1984-85 include incidents recorded as having occurred between 1 January 1984 and 31 March 1985.


|c|Number of Inmates Recorded as having Inflicted   

Non-fatal Injury on|c|                              

|c|themselves|c|                                    

                      |1979|1980|1981|1982|1983     

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Male Establishments                                 

Acklington            |1   |0   |0   |1   |2        

Albany                |2   |1   |1   |2   |0        

Aldington             |0   |3   |0   |0   |1        

Appleton Thorn        |1   |0   |-   |-   |-        

Ashford               |23  |28  |23  |19  |16       

Ashwell               |2   |1   |1   |0   |1        

Aylesbury             |4   |5   |6   |3   |7        

Bedford               |4   |0   |0   |0   |2        

Birmingham            |32  |29  |30  |44  |12       

Blantyre House        |3   |3   |5   |1   |2        

Blundeston            |5   |0   |3   |0   |2        

Bristol               |14  |4   |7   |8   |10       

Brixton               |8   |11  |13  |17  |20       

Brockhill             |2   |1   |1   |7   |3        

Buckley Hall          |1   |4   |4   |1   |2        

Camp Hill             |2   |3   |2   |-   |5        

Campsfield House      |0   |1   |1   |0   |0        

Canterbury            |19  |5   |5   |2   |1        

Cardiff               |25  |20  |8   |4   |29       

Castington            |0   |1   |2   |5   |0        

Channings Wood        |1   |0   |1   |1   |2        

Chelmsford            |-   |0   |5   |8   |8        

Coldingley            |1   |1   |1   |0   |2        

Dartmoor              |2   |1   |1   |3   |4        

Deerbolt              |7   |6   |13  |1   |0        

Dorchester            |3   |6   |1   |4   |4        

Dover                 |14  |8   |1   |1   |10       

Durham                |9   |6   |8   |9   |11       

Eastwood Park         |2   |2   |1   |3   |1        

Erlestoke             |0   |0   |1   |3   |0        

Everthorpe            |4   |19  |18  |14  |4        

Exeter                |7   |5   |11  |11  |0        

Featherstone          |11  |6   |0   |6   |2        

Feltham               |7   |1   |65  |25  |27       

Finnamore Wood        |0   |0   |0   |0   |0        

Ford                  |2   |0   |0   |1   |0        

Foston Hall           |0   |0   |0   |0   |1        

Frankland             |-   |-   |-   |0   |2        

Gartree               |4   |3   |1   |0   |2        

Gaynes Hall           |2   |0   |0   |0   |1        

Glen Parva            |5   |4   |33  |5   |4        

Gloucester            |4   |6   |2   |5   |1        

Grendon               |0   |6   |8   |8   |17       

Gringley              |1   |1   |1   |0   |0        

Guys Marsh            |0   |0   |1   |2   |0        

Haslar                |0   |1   |3   |1   |0        

Hatfield              |0   |1   |0   |1   |0        

Haverigg              |5   |1   |1   |5   |2        

Hewell Grange         |2   |1   |0   |1   |2        

Highpoint             |0   |2   |25  |20  |2        

Hindley               |10  |11  |45  |4   |2        

Hollesley Bay         |1   |1   |0   |0   |0        

Hull                  |1   |0   |0   |0   |0        

Huntercombe           |0   |1   |8   |2   |2        

Kingston              |1   |0   |1   |1   |1        

Kirkham               |1   |2   |0   |0   |0        

Kirklevington         |1   |2   |1   |1   |0        

Lancaster             |2   |4   |4   |3   |3        

Latchmere House       |3   |3   |2   |1   |4        

Leeds                 |10  |6   |9   |11  |8        

Leicester             |-   |4   |6   |2   |1        

Lewes                 |15  |8   |9   |27  |13       

Leyhill               |1   |0   |0   |1   |0        

Lincoln               |26  |19  |20  |15  |17       

Liverpool             |31  |10  |17  |12  |12       

Long Lartin           |3   |0   |5   |4   |5        

Lowdham Grange        |3   |2   |3   |1   |0        

Low Newton            |17  |12  |47  |31  |14       

Maidstone             |2   |3   |2   |0   |11       

Manchester            |75  |2   |107 |128 |169      

Medomsley             |0   |5   |1   |1   |3        

New Hall              |1   |4   |0   |2   |3        

Northallerton         |2   |3   |7   |3   |0        

Northeye              |0   |2   |1   |0   |1        

North Sea Camp        |1   |2   |3   |1   |2        

Norwich               |8   |14  |12  |13  |5        

Nottingham            |3   |5   |3   |5   |1        

Onley                 |11  |4   |2   |0   |1        

Oxford                |20  |12  |1   |8   |11       

Parkhurst             |3   |1   |1   |4   |1        

Pentonville           |4   |9   |5   |8   |9        

Portland              |15  |2   |12  |9   |9        

Preston               |5   |8   |5   |5   |4        

Pucklechurch          |13  |24  |12  |13  |12       

Ranby                 |1   |4   |-   |2   |2        

Reading               |86  |1   |7   |1   |1        

Risley                |7   |5   |2   |10  |8        

Rochester             |2   |1   |2   |1   |37       

Rudgate               |0   |0   |0   |0   |0        

Send                  |0   |0   |0   |2   |1        

Shepton Mallet        |3   |1   |3   |5   |3        

Shrewsbury            |6   |6   |4   |-   |-        

Springhill            |0   |1   |0   |0   |0        

Stafford              |18  |7   |3   |2   |13       

Standford Hill        |2   |3   |0   |0   |0        

Stoke Heath           |9   |8   |11  |12  |17       

Sudbury               |1   |0   |1   |1   |2        

Swansea               |3   |12  |0   |2   |14       

Swinfern Hall         |1   |4   |2   |1   |1        

The Verne             |2   |0   |8   |1   |1        

Thorp Arch            |0   |4   |1   |1   |3        

USK (Prescod)         |1   |3   |4   |0   |4        

Wakefield             |3   |9   |12  |12  |5        

Wandsworth            |37  |35  |34  |22  |28       

Wellingborough        |24  |16  |14  |7   |11       

Werrington            |0   |2   |2   |2   |2        

Wetherby              |3   |3   |0   |5   |2        

Whatton               |0   |0   |1   |0   |0        

Winchester            |8   |8   |7   |12  |4        

Wormwood Scrubs       |-   |98  |26  |14  |3        

Wymott                |1   |2   |2   |2   |10       

                                                    

Female Establishments                               

Askham Grange         |171 |135 |77  |130 |112      

Brixton               |0   |0   |-   |-   |-        

Bullwood Hall         |136 |163 |87  |54  |38       

Cookham Wood          |5   |6   |2   |10  |10       

Drake Hall            |2   |4   |4   |0   |2        

Durham                |2   |3   |2   |5   |3        

East Sutton Park      |1   |1   |0   |0   |4        

Holloway              |87  |47  |58  |48  |71       

Low Newton            |0   |0   |0   |0   |0        

Moor Court            |0   |0   |0   |-   |-        

Pucklechurch          |18  |17  |9   |10  |9        

Risley                |10  |8   |11  |-   |1        

Styal                 |33  |136 |95  |52  |42       


|c|Number of inmates recorded as having inflicted non-fatal   

injury on|c|                                                  

|c|themselves|c|                                              

                      |1984-85|1985-86|1986-87|1987-88        

--------------------------------------------------------------

Male Establishments                                           

Acklington            |4      |0      |1      |1              

Albany                |1      |2      |0      |0              

Aldington             |3      |2      |0      |0              

Ashford               |34     |26     |44     |15             

Ashwell               |1      |0      |0      |1              

Aylesbury             |3      |3      |2      |3              

Bedford               |21     |13     |14     |14             

Birmingham            |45     |6      |30     |15             

Blantyre House        |4      |0      |0      |0              

Blundeston            |1      |4      |0      |1              

Bristol               |3      |4      |4      |2              

Brixton               |32     |13     |19     |8              

Brockhill             |12     |9      |8      |5              

Buckley Hall          |1      |4      |2      |1              

Camp Hill             |9      |14     |8      |6              

Campsfield House      |0      |5      |2      |2              

Canterbury            |1      |0      |0      |13             

Cardiff               |51     |62     |50     |31             

Castington            |4      |4      |4      |2              

Channings Wood        |1      |4      |1      |1              

Chelmsford            |17     |19     |9      |69             

Coldingley            |3      |3      |5      |2              

Dartmoor              |0      |27     |4      |8              

Deerbolt              |16     |9      |36     |6              

Dorchester            |3      |3      |2      |0              

Dover                 |3      |0      |2      |2              

Durham                |22     |13     |11     |11             

Eastwood Park         |2      |4      |2      |0              

Erlestoke             |4      |7      |0      |0              

Everthorpe            |5      |2      |2      |12             

Exeter                |5      |0      |2      |29             

Featherstone          |0      |0      |0      |0              

Feltham               |12     |15     |19     |23             

Finnamore Wood        |0      |0      |0      |0              

Ford                  |1      |3      |0      |0              

Foston Hall           |3      |1      |1      |0              

Frankland             |5      |10     |3      |4              

Full Sutton           |-      |-      |-      |0              

Gartree               |1      |1      |2      |6              

Glen Parva            |51     |50     |65     |68             

Gloucester            |6      |3      |5      |1              

Grendon               |16     |20     |13     |14             

Gringley              |0      |0      |2      |0              

Guys Marsh            |4      |2      |2      |5              

Haslar                |0      |1      |0      |0              

Hatfield              |0      |1      |0      |0              

Haverigg              |2      |5      |3      |3              

Hewell Grange         |1      |10     |0      |0              

Highpoint             |1      |3      |4      |6              

Hindley               |14     |12     |40     |20             

Hollesley Bay         |1      |2      |8      |4              

Hull                  |3      |6      |34     |39             

Huntercombe           |6      |1      |0      |6              

Kingston              |2      |3      |1      |1              

Kirkham               |0      |2      |0      |0              

Kirklevington         |0      |2      |0      |0              

Lancaster             |3      |2      |2      |3              

Latchmere House       |2      |0      |17     |0              

Leeds                 |13     |13     |12     |5              

Leicester             |2      |3      |2      |5              

Lewes                 |18     |17     |13     |9              

Leyhill               |0      |1      |1      |0              

Lincoln               |23     |26     |25     |44             

Lindholme             |-      |2      |5      |4              

Littlehey             |-      |-      |-      |13             

Liverpool             |6      |12     |35     |50             

Long Lartin           |2      |2      |2      |3              

Lowdham Grange        |0      |0      |1      |0              

Low Newton            |21     |20     |14     |16             

Maidstone             |13     |2      |0      |0              

Manchester            |89     |83     |101    |150            

Medomsley             |0      |2      |3      |-              

Morton Hall           |-      |0      |0      |0              

New Hall              |6      |3      |4      |-              

Northallerton         |6      |10     |9      |5              

Northeye              |4      |2      |0      |1              

North Sea Camp        |0      |2      |2      |0              

Norwich               |12     |10     |5      |38             

Nottingham            |5      |5      |5      |1              

Onley                 |3      |19     |18     |18             

Oxford                |7      |11     |15     |11             

Parkhurst             |0      |0      |1      |6              

Pentonville           |25     |13     |5      |9              

Portland              |15     |9      |10     |5              

Preston               |3      |7      |4      |6              

Pucklechurch          |22     |17     |11     |15             

Ranby                 |6      |4      |4      |1              

Reading               |1      |1      |2      |2              

Risley                |4      |2      |5      |2              

Rochester             |41     |35     |26     |54             

Rudgate               |0      |0      |1      |1              

Send                  |3      |3      |2      |1              

Shepton Mallet        |8      |2      |1      |1              

Shrewsbury            |2      |1      |5      |8              

Springhill            |0      |0      |0      |0              

Stafford              |11     |6      |6      |5              

Standford Hill        |1      |0      |0      |0              

Stocken               |-      |1      |7      |0              

Stoke Heath           |17     |24     |18     |13             

Sudbury               |0      |0      |0      |1              

Swansea               |18     |13     |18     |12             

Swinfern Hall         |1      |0      |3      |5              

The Verne             |0      |0      |1      |0              

Thorn Cross           |-      |0      |0      |3              

Thorp Arch            |0      |17     |1      |0              

USK (Prescoed)        |1      |4      |3      |7              

Wakefield             |5      |6      |4      |3              

Wandsworth            |18     |16     |9      |11             

Wayland               |-      |6      |5      |1              

Wellingborough        |14     |6      |17     |9              

Werrington            |1      |0      |2      |2              

Wetherby              |3      |2      |2      |4              

Whatton               |0      |0      |0      |0              

Winchester            |8      |7      |4      |7              

Wormwood Scrubs       |4      |18     |7      |30             

Wymott                |8      |3      |2      |5              

                                                              

Female Establishments                                         

Askham Grange         |78     |64     |72     |65             

Bullwood Hall         |63     |34     |28     |35             

Cookham Wood          |21     |5      |11     |5              

Drake Hall            |5      |4      |1      |0              

Durham                |6      |9      |2      |4              

East Sutton Park      |2      |0      |0      |0              

Holloway              |82     |78     |63     |77             

Low Newton            |0      |0      |3      |1              

New Hall              |-      |-      |-      |19             

Pucklechurch          |19     |24     |18     |22             

Risley                |28     |5      |9      |1              

Styal                 |157    |56     |32     |18             

Thames Tidal Flood Warning System

Mr. Tony Banks : To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what discussions have taken place between his Department and the London residuary body in respect of the Thames tidal flood warning system ; and what will be the arrangements after 30 April.

Mrs. Virginia Bottomley [holding answer 4 April 1989] : I have been asked to reply.

I refer the hon. Member to the answer I gave him earlier today.

NATIONAL FINANCE

Economic Growth

13. Mr. Wilshire : To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer when he next intends to forecast the rate of economic growth in 1989-90.

80. Mr. Knapman : To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer when he next intends to forecast the rate of economic growth in 1989-90.

106. Mr. Leigh : To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will make a statement on the expected rate of growth this year of the United Kingdom economy.


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120. Mr. Goodlad : To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer when he next intends to forecast the rate of economic growth in 1989-90.

Mr. Major : In my right hon. Friend's Autumn Statement.

96. Dr. Michael Clark : To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what has been the average annual rate of growth over the last seven years for which figures are available.

105. Mr. Aspinwall : To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what has been the average annual rate of growth over the last seven years for which figures are available.

112. Mr. Burt : To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what has been the average annual rate of growth over the last seven years for which figures are available.

140. Mr. Roger King : To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what has been the average annual rate of growth over the last seven years for which figures are available.

Mr. Major : In the seven years to 1988, the average annual rate of growth of GDP was 3.3 per cent. This was the steadiest seven-year period of growth averaging above 3 per cent. since the war.

Indirect Taxes

16. Mr. Ernie Ross : To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will estimate the total amount of indirect taxes paid by a family on three quarters of average earnings.

Mr. Norman Lamont : It is estimated that in 1988-89, a married man on three quarters of average male earnings with two children will pay £25 per week in indirect taxes (excluding rates).

Medical Insurance

17. Mr. Nigel Griffiths : To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how much his proposal for private medical insurance tax relief will cost in a full year.

Mr. Norman Lamont : About £40 million in 1990-91.

49. Mr. Rooker : To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how much his proposal for private medical insurance tax relief will cost in a full year.

97. Mr. Steinberg : To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how much his proposal for private medical insurance tax relief will cost in a full year.

130. Mr. Snape : To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how much his proposal for private medical insurance tax relief will cost in a full year.

Mr. Norman Lamont : About £40 million in 1990-91. In subsequent years the cost is likely to rise as more over-60s are encouraged by the relief to take out medical insurance.

Asset Sales

18. Mr. Matthew Taylor : To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how much of the Budget surplus is attributable to asset sales.


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Mr. Lawson : The PSDR in 1988-89 is expected to be £14 billion, or 3 per cent. of GDP. Even excluding privatisation proceeds, the PSDR would have been £7 billion, equivalent to 1 per cent. of GDP, only the second net repayment on this basis in any year since the beginning of the 1950s--the earliest date for which comparable figures are available.

Inflation

19. Mr. Coleman : To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what are the current inflation rates in (a) Britain and (b) other members of the Group of Seven.

40. Mr. Corbett : To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what are the current inflation rates in (a) Britain and (b) other members of the Group of Seven.

Mr. Lilley : The current 12-month inflation rates for the United Kingdom and the other members of the Group of Seven are given in the weekly OECD publication, "Current Economic Indicators", a copy of which is available in the House of Commons Library.

25. Ms. Armstrong : To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer when he expects the inflation rate to fall below 5 per cent.

41. Mr. Barron : To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer when he expects the inflation rate to fall below 5 per cent.

113. Mr. Graham : To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer when he expects the inflation rate to fall below 5 per cent.

170. Mr. Dunnachie : To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer when he expects the inflation rate to fall below 5 per cent.

Mr. Lilley : In the Financial Statement and Budget Report the annual rate of RPI inflation is forecast to moderate to 5 per cent. by the final quarter of this year, and to fall further to 4 per cent. by the second quarter of 1990.

33. Mr. Darling : To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will estimate what the impact of his Budget measures will be on the retail prices index.

53. Mr. Cox : To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will estimate what the impact of his Budget measures on the retail prices index will be.

63. Mr. Beith : To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will make a statement about the estimated effect of the Budget proposals on inflation.

94. Mr. Doran : To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will estimate what will be the impact of his Budget measures on the retail prices index.

153. Mr. Ron Davies : To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will estimate what the impact of his Budget measures on the retail prices index will be.

Mr. Lilley : Prudent monetary and fiscal policies will continue to bear down on inflation. The direct impact of the Budget proposals on the retail prices index will be negligible.


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43. Mr. Boyes : To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many members of the European Economic Community have inflation rates lower than that in the United Kingdom.

117. Mr. Caborn : To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many members of the European Economic Community have inflation rates lower than that in the United Kingdom.

Mr. Lilley : I refer the hon. Members to the reply that my right hon. Friend the Chancellor gave earlier today to the hon. Member for Hemsworth, South (Mr. Buckley).

65. Mr. Ronnie Campbell : To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will now revise the rate of inflation predicted in his Budget statement.

76. Mr. Battle : To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer when he next intends to revise his Budget forecast for inflation for 1989-90.

85. Mr. Cummings : To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will now revise the rate of inflation predicted in his Budget statement.

154. Mr. Cunliffe : To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will now revise the rate of inflation predicted in his Budget statement.

159. Mr. Adams : To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will now revise the rate of inflation predicted in his Budget statement.

Mr. Lilley : It is much too soon to revise the forecast in the FSBR. My right hon. Friend will next update his published inflation forecast in the Autumn Statement.

99. Mr. Bell : To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what representations he has received in the light of his Budget statement of future forecasts for inflation.

Mr. Lilley : None.

103. Mr. Cohen : To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer when he now expects to achieve his target for inflation of zero per cent.

116. Mr. Tom Clarke : To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer when he expects to achieve his target for inflation of zero per cent.

142. Mrs. Clwyd : To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer when he now expects to achieve his target for inflation of zero per cent.

179. Mr. Callaghan : To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer when he now expects to achieve his target for inflation of zero per cent.

Mr. Lilley : The medium-term financial strategy set out in the Financial Statement and Budget Report on 14 March assumed the annual rate of inflation in the GDP deflator would be down to 2 per cent. by 1992-93. The ultimate objective remains zero inflation.

131. Mr. Ron Brown : To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he has received recent representations from the Confederation of British Industry about inflation ; and if he will make a statement.

Mr. Lilley : No. But my right hon. Friend receives copies of CBI publications. In his Budget speech the


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Chancellor noted that inflation was expected to fall to 5 per cent. by the end of this year, and to 4 per cent. in the second quarter of 1990.

135. Mr. Richard Shepherd : To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will make a statement on the rates of inflation for the United Kingdom from 1986 to 1989 and on the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development average for 1986 to 1989.

Mr. Lilley : The OECD "Economic Outlook" published in December 1988 gives the average rates of inflation in the OECD countries for the years in question with estimates and forecasts for 1988 and 1989. The Financial Statement and Budget Report contains a forecast for the United Kingdom inflation rate in the year to 1989 fourth quarter. United Kingdom inflation rates for earlier years can be calculated from figures contained in the monthly Department of Employment publication, Employment Gazette.

Budget (Representations)

20. Mr. Sumberg : To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what representations he has received from industrial organisations in connection with his recent Budget statement.

Mr. Major : The proposals in my right hon. Friend's Budget have been widely welcomed.

24. Mr. Watts : To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what representations he has received on his Budget.

35. Mr. Quentin Davies : To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what representations he has received on his Budget.

145. Mr. Marlow : To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what representations he has received on his Budget.

168. Mr. David Martin : To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what representations he has received on his Budget.

174. Mr. Cash : To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what representations he has received on his Budget.

Mr. Norman Lamont : The proposals in my right hon. Friend's Budget have been widely welcomed.

Low Pay

21. Mr. Kirkwood : To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what plans he has to further reduce the tax burden on the low paid.

Mr. Norman Lamont : My right hon. Friend outlined in his Budget statement on 14 March his proposals to increase the main allowances in line with statutory provisions and to reform the system of employees' national insurance contributions. When it is prudent and sensible to do so we intend to reduce the basic rate of income tax further to a target of 20p in the pound.

127. Mr. Nicholas Baker : To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what will be the effect of his Budget proposals upon those on lower incomes.

Mr. Norman Lamont : Those on lower incomes will benefit from the reduction and reform of national


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insurance contributions, the abolition of the pensioners' earnings rule and the extension of the over-80s age allowance to those aged 75 and over.

Balance of Payments

22. Mr. George Howarth : To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer which countries in the European Economic Community have a larger balance of payments deficit as a percentage of gross domestic product than the United Kingdom.

88. Mr. Robert Hughes : To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer which countries in the EEC have a larger balance of payments deficit as a percentage of gross domestic product than the United Kingdom.

95. Mr. Hoyle : To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer which countries in the EEC have a larger balance of payments deficit as a percentage of gross domestic product than the United Kingdom.

Mr. Major : On the basis of published figures, none.


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