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multi-handicapped young people in Northern Ireland ; and what advice he is giving to area boards on this matter.
Mr. Needham : In Northern Ireland, the individual needs of hearing- impaired and multi-handicapped clients are met by the general range of statutory and voluntary services including the provision of home helps, aids and adaptations and day centre and workshop activities.
Specialist social workers for the deaf provide advice and guidance to hearing-impaired people and their families and act as interpreters where necessary. Three resource centres for the hearing impaired are provided in the Eastern health and social services board area at Beechbank house, Helen Keller house and the Parkmount rehabilitation unit.
The regional strategy for the period 1987-92 advises boards that the Department of Health and Social Services expects them to effect improvements in services specifically for the deaf and blind, either through the creation of specialist posts, or through in-service training designed to ensure that existing staff, including social workers, are made more aware and capable of meeting the needs of sensorily handicapped people.
Rev. Martin Smyth : To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what provision has been made in the Office of Population Censuses and Surveys survey of disability in Northern Ireland for the identification of deaf-blind people and deaf people who may suffer from an additional handicap to their deafness.
Mr. Needham : The study of disability now under way in Northern Ireland is modelled closely on that carried out in Great Britain by the Office of Population Censuses and Surveys, and the same methods of establishing the nature and extent of disability are being followed. Information is sought on each and every disability that an individual has which interferes with his or her ability to perform daily activities. Thus, people with varying levels of visual loss and/or hearing loss and those who suffer an additional disability to their hearing loss will be included in the survey. Investigations cover those living in private households and also those who live in residential establishments of varying kinds.
The study is being carried out by the policy planning and research unit of the Department of Finance and Personnel.
Rev. Martin Smyth : To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland whether he will meet representatives of organisations representing the deaf to discuss the implications for them of the Disabled Persons (Northern Ireland) Act 1989.
Mr. Beggs : To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how many residents in (a) Northern Ireland residential and (b) Northern Ireland nursing homes are required to contribute all or part of their personal expenses allowance to fund shortfalls in fees charged to them.
Mr. Needham : The existing single carriageway sections of the Belfast-Larne road are adjudged capable of carrying projected traffic flows for the foreseeable future. Proposals for completion of dualling are therefore considered to be long term. The Department of Environment for Northern Ireland has indentified the route as a Euro-route.
Mr. Beggs : To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how many sub-contractors named by successful main contractors in tender documents submitted to the Northern Ireland Housing Executive were not subsequently used after the main contract was awarded, in each of the last three years.
Mr. Needham : I am advised by the chairman of the Northern Ireland Housing Executive that the information requested is not available as contractors are not required to name proposed sub-contractors when submitting tenders for Housing Executive contracts, although some do so.
Mr. Beggs : To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what action he proposes to reduce traffic congestion and improve road safety at Windermere road and Windermere avenue, Carrickfergus, Country Antrim.
Mr. Beggs : To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what consideration has been given to the retention of the only complete coal gas works in Ireland at Carrickfergus, or to the retention of this site as a historical tourist attraction and for educational purposes.
Mr. Needham : I understand that this site, which is owned by Belfast city council, is to be sold later this year, after it has been detoxified to the normal standard. The Carrickfergus Gasworks Preservation Society, which wishes to develop the site as a gasworks museum, will have the opportunity to make an offer for it.
Mr. Needham : Discussions are continuing at ministerial and official levels on proposals for improved facilities at Larne harbour, the upgrading of the rail connection between Belfast and Larne and the possible introduction of a ferry service between Red Bay harbour and Scotland.
Mr. Beggs : To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland when the marine survey postponed in 1988 into sewage disposal from Ashvale park, Islandmagee, County Antrim, to the sea will be carried out.
|Number of recipients --------------------------------------------------------------- Unemployment Benefit |21,584 Income Support |<1>183,235 <1> This includes an estimated 4,000 people who get unemployment benefit and income support.
Mr. William Ross : To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland if he will publish a table in the Official Report to show for each grade in the Northern Ireland Civil Service the number and percentages of (a) Roman Catholics, (b) Protestants and (c) others, showing the number and percentages of males and females in each category ; and if he will indicate the percentage of each of those groupings of working age in Northern Ireland.
Mr. Cope : The information requested by the hon. Gentleman is contained within the Second Report of the Equal Opportunities Unit of the Northern Ireland Civil Service. The Second Report was published in December 1987 and shows the make-up of the Northern Ireland Civil Service by sex, religion and disability as at 1 January 1987. Copies of the Second Report were placed in the Library on 17 December 1987.
The following table shows estimated aggregated figures (1985-87) of the religious affiliation of persons of working age in Northern Ireland, derived from the continuous household survey.
|Males |Females |All |per cent.|per cent.|per cent. ----------------------------------------------------- Catholic |37.9 |39.6 |38.9 Protestant |57.8 |57.8 |57.8 Other or not stated |4.3 |2.6 |3.3
Column 632graduated in each of the last three years for which records are available, together with information on the level of qualification awarded in each category from Northern Ireland universities and teacher training colleges.
|1986-87|1987-88|1988-89 ------------------------------------------------------------- Stranmillis College BEd (Hons) |53 |68 |83 BEd |89 |77 |51 PGCE |51 |65 |67 St. Mary's College BEd (Hons) |61 |60 |94 BEd |85 |75 |65 PGCE |46 |58 |61 Queen's University PGCE |109 |124 |115 University of Ulster PGCE |22 |23 |25 BA |10 |11 |6 BA (Hons) |28 |25 |27 BA/BSc single subject concurrent |2 |2 |- BA/BSc (Hons) single subject concurrent |45 |33 |53 BA/BSc (Hons) combined subject |16 |6 |11 BSc |20 |10 |2
Since St. Mary's is a voluntary Roman Catholic college it is likely that most graduates are Roman Catholic. The other institutions are in the public sector and non-denominational.
Mr. Clifford Forsythe : To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland if, in taking account of the peculiar structure of local government in Northern Ireland, he will require planning officers to follow the practice of councillors in declaring their interests in cases where their duties may constitue a conflict of interest on the part of themselves or their families.
Mr. Needham [holding answer 24 July 1989] : In accordance with their conditions of service all civil servants are required not to put themselves in a position where their duty and private interests conflict and they must not make use of their official position to further those interests. All planning officials, therefore, are expected to take no part in cases where their duties may constitute a conflict of interest on the part of themselves or their families.
Mr. Clifford Forsythe : To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland under what powers the Northern Ireland Housing Executive demands deductions for arrears which are being disputed by a tenant.
Mr. Needham [holding answer 24 July 1989] : In cases where tenants do not repay rent arrears voluntarily the Northern Ireland Housing Executive recover arrears by three main methods : by direct payment from benefits under the Social Security Claims and Payments Regulations (NI) 1988 ; from other money due to the tenant from Government sources under the Payment for
Column 633Debt (Emergency Provisions) Act (NI) 1971 ; and under the Magistrates Courts (NI) Order 1981. When using the Magistrates Courts (NI) Order the Executive must prove the debt in court. If a tenant disputes the withholding of money under the Social Security Claims and Payment Regulations or the Payment for Debt (Emergency Provisions) Act (NI) he can use the Executive's internal complaints procedure and if he is still not satisfied he can refer his case to the commissioner for complaints.
Mr. Wigley : To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland if he will list the number of sets of (a) twins, (b) triplets, (c) quadruplets, (d) quintuplets, and (e) sextuplets, born in Northern Ireland in each year since 1980 ; and what was the total number of maternities in each of these years.
s Type |1980 |1981 |1982 |1983 |1984 |1985 |1986 |1987 |1988 ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- a. Twins |298 |305 |306 |263 |304 |272 |281 |322 |287 b. Triplets |4 |3 |2 |4 |3 |3 |2 |7 |1 c. Quadruplets |- |1 |- |- |- |- |1 |- |1 d. Quintuplets |- |- |- |- |- |- |- |- |- e. Sextuplets |- |- |- |- |- |- |- |- |- Maternities |28,542 |27,229 |26,905 |27,188 |27,547 |27,529 |27,989 |27,694 |<1>27,614 <1> Provisional.
Mr. Needham [holding answer 24 July 1989] : I assume that the hon. Member is referring to the regrading of medical laboratory scientific officers. The assignment of existing posts to new grades under the medical laboratory scientific officer regrading exercise is a matter for the health and social services boards. In each board this involves a review of each post against the needs of the board. The exercise is at a fairly advanced stage in all the boards and local staff interests are being consulted. However, due to the work involved it has not been possible to assign the new grades before 1 April this year as had been planned.
Rev. Martin Smyth : To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what information he has as to the relationship between difficulties experienced in the recruitment and retention of medical physicists, clinical biochemists, microbiologists and psychologists in Northern Ireland and similar difficulties in Great Britain ; and whether he has received any recent representations or information on this.
Mr. Needham [holding answer 24 July 1989] : I have received some representations about pay and conditions of service for these groups of staff. In Northern Ireland there is, as for other staff groups in the health and personal social services, a policy of parity with similar grades of staff employed in the National Health Service. In Great Britain, I understand that the management side of the appropriate Whitley Council has set up a working party to investigate reported problems of recruitment and retention. I shall, of course, be keeping in close touch with developments.
Rev. Martin Smyth : To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what steps he intends to take to ensure that the commitment given in "Working for Patients" to maintain a health care service based on high technology includes measures to recruit and retain scientific staff to operate the service.
Mr. Needham [holding answer 24 July 1989] : The current commitment within the Health Service to recruit and retain, within available resources, sufficient numbers of staff of the right calibre for the job will continue.
Mr. Norman Lamont : Sponsorship payments which are not of a capital nature are deductible for tax purposes in calculating trading profits if they are made wholly and exclusively for the purposes of the payer's trade. In practice, this means that the sole purpose of the payment must be to provide the payer with a benefit--often in the form of advertising-- commensurate with his expenditure.
There are also special tax reliefs for business donations to charities.
Mr. Austin Mitchell : To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what information he has on the rules for the taxation of investment-linked and other life assurance in (a) Germany and (b) Luxembourg for life offices and policy holders, respectively.
Mr. Norman Lamont : In both countries life offices pay tax broadly by reference to their trading profits. In Germany policy holders may also pay tax on policy benefits received, depending on the terms of the policy and its duration. So far as I am aware, investment-linked life assurance comparable to that in the United Kingdom is not usual in either country : I am aware of no special tax provision for it.
Mr. Austin Mitchell : To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what practical limitations have been or are likely to be imposed by membership of the EEC on the Government's freedom to increase the tax take from the life assurance business, including pension and annuity business.
Mr. Norman Lamont : The practical development of a single internal EC market for life assurance is still at an early stage but in consultation with the industry the Government will be keeping the position under review. The decision this year to reform the existing tax regime for life assurance instead of adopting a more radical option will undoubtedly provide stability for the run-up to 1992. But allowing for freedom of services in the EC was only one of several objectives of the reform. As my right hon. Friend said in his Budget speech, above all the effect of the changes will be to provide a more efficient and equitable tax regime for this most important industry.
Mr. Austin Mitchell : To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what is his estimate of the gross and taxable income of the self-employed in the current financial year as (a) declared for tax and (b) not so declared ; and if he will provide comparable figures for 1978-79.
£ billion |GrossIncome |Taxable Income ------------------------------------------------------------ 1978-79 |9.1 |4.5 1986-87 |26.4 |15.4
By their very nature, estimates of amounts of income not declared for tax are not available.
Mr. Andrew MacKay : To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how it is proposed to account for the special debt relief to the poorest and most heavily indebted countries agreed at the Toronto summit this year.
Mr. Norman Lamont : The arrangements announced by my right hon. Friend the Minister for Overseas Development on 25 November 1988 (WA col. 13) following the Toronto agreement have been modified for technical reasons. ECGD will receive the lower amount of interest from the debtor as before. But it is now intended that, instead of ODA reimbursing ECGD for the forgone receipts, ECGD's obligations to the Consolidated Fund will be reduced by the same amount. The published accounts will be noted to make this clear. These changes will be taken into account during the 1989 public expenditure survey. It is expected that the cost of providing special debt relief in this way will count as part of Britain's net official development assistance to developing countries, as reported to the development assistance committee of the OECD.
Mr. Austin Mitchell : To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what percentage increase over the nearest equivalent figure for 1976 and 1966 is represented by the total rateable value of offices, including banks in office areas, in London, as shown in section 1 of table 11.1 of Inland Revenue Statistics 1987.
Mr. Norman Lamont : About 26.5 per cent. for 1 April 1986 compared with 1 April 1976. A comparison with 1966 would not be appropriate because rateable values for that year were based on the 1963 revaluation.
Mr. Austin Mitchell : To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer whether he has information from the family expenditure survey, the survey of personal incomes and from the building societies which enable him to estimate the distribution of mortgage interest relief by marital status as well as by range of total income.
Mr. Norman Lamont : Information on the distribution of mortgage interest relief by marital status and by range of total income is available from projections of the data from the 1986-87 "Survey of Personal Incomes" and the 1986 "Family Expenditure Survey". However, all estimates are provisional and those for marital status are rather tentative because of lack of firm data.
Latest estimates for 1989-90 based on the assumption that interest rates remain at current levels for the rest of 1989-90 are given in the table. The estimates include mortgages formerly under the option mortgage scheme which are now subsumed within MIRAS.
Tax units receiving mortgage interest relief by marital status and range of total income 1989-90 Range of total income |Number of tax units with|Average value of relief |Cost of relief |mortgage interest relief|per mortgagor |Thousands |£ |£ million ----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Singles Up to £5,000 |300 |430 |130 £5,001 to £10,000 |810 |630 |510 £10,001 to £15,000 |660 |670 |440 £15,001 to £20,000 |400 |810 |330 £20,001 to £25,000 |190 |850 |160 £25,001 to £30,000 |80 |1,110 |80 over £30,000 |100 |1,430 |140 |--- |--- |--- Total |2,540 |700 |1,790 Married couples Up to £5,000 |340 |540 |180 £5,001 to £10,000 |890 |570 |510 £10,001 to £15,000 |1,600 |650 |1,040 £15,001 to £20,000 |1,480 |690 |1,020 £20,001 to £25,000 |1,010 |700 |710 £25,001 to £30,000 |530 |820 |440 over £30,000 |910 |1,170 |1,060 |--- |--- |--- Total |6,760 |730 |4,960 Total income Up to £5,000 |640 |490 |310 £5,001 to £10,000 |1,700 |600 |1,020 £10,001 to £15,000 |2,260 |660 |1,480 £15,001 to £20,000 |1,880 |720 |1,350 £20,001 to £25,000 |1,200 |720 |870 £25,001 to £30,000 |610 |860 |520 over £30,000 |1,010 |1,200 |1,200 |--- |--- |--- Total |9,300 |730 |6,750
Mr. Austin Mitchell : To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer whether he has made estimates of the revenue cost of the introduction of separate taxation ; and if he will publish in the Official Report a table showing by range of total income for two-earner married couples the number of wives earning (i) more and (ii) less than the single allowance.
Mr. Norman Lamont : It is estimated that the revenue cost of the introduction of independent taxation will be approximately £500 million in the first year, 1990-91, and approximately £1.2 billion in 1991-92.
The number of wives earning more than the single allowance in 1990-91 by range of total income for example is given in the table. The figures are estimates based on a projection of the 1986-87 "Survey of Personal Incomes" and are therefore provisional. I regret that it is not possible to provide reliable estimates of total income for couples where the wife earns for the number of wives earning less than the single allowance.
Number of wives earning more than single allowance, 1989-90, by range of total income of the married couple Range of total income of |Thousands married couple (lower limit) (£) --------------------------------------------------------------------------- 1 |110 5,000 |310 10,000 |580 15,000 |990 20,000 |1,420 30,000 |450 40,000 |150 50,000 |150 |------- Total |4,160
Mr. Chris Smith : To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what was the total value of income covenanted to charities by (a) individuals and (b) companies in every year from 1984-85 to 1988-89, inclusive.
Gross amounts covenanted to charities |£ million ------------------------------- 1984-85 |400 1985-86 |450 1986-87 |500 1987-88<1> |650 1988-89<2> |800 <1> Estimated. <2> Provisional.
Column 638professional arts organisations with charitable status by (a) individuals and (b) companies in every year from 1984-85 to 1988 inclusive.
Mr. Chris Smith : To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what was the value of payroll giving--"give as you earn"--to (a) all charities and (b) professional arts organisations with charitable status in 1987-88 and 1988-89.
Mr. Norman Lamont : It is estimated that about £1 million was donated to charities in 1987-88 through the payroll giving scheme and over £3 million in 1988-89. No information is available on how much of these amounts were received by professional arts organisations.
Mr. Austin Mitchell : To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will estimate the number of persons subject to higher-rate tax in the current year on the basis of separate taxation for husbands and wives.
Mr. Norman Lamont : On the basis of the latest information available, it is estimated that just under 1.3 million individuals will be liable to income tax at the higher rate when independent taxation starts in 1990-91. This estimate is based on a projection of the 1986-87 "Survey of Personal Incomes" and is therefore provisional.
Mr. Norman Lamont [holding answer 20 July 1989] : It is estimated that in 1989-90 some 3.7 million married women will pay income tax on their earnings. It is believed that this represents approximately half of all married women with some income from employment.
(2) what was the revenue cost of mortgage interest tax relief for 1986-87, 1987-88 and 1988-89.
Column 639mortgage interest in 1989-90 is based on the assumption that interest rates remain at current levels for the rest of 1989-90.
Cost of mortgage tax relief |£ million ------------------------------- 1986-87 |4,670 1987-88 |4,800 1988-89<1> |5,500 1989-90<1> |6,750 <1> provisional.
Mr. Malcolm Bruce : To ask the Secretary of State for Energy what discussions he has had with British Nuclear Fuels with respect to plans to make production workers more responsible for safety monitoring ; whether he intends to discuss this with the nuclear installations inspectorate ; what implications the plan has for the 1986 safety audit carried out by the nuclear installations inspectorate ; and if he will make a statement.