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Mr. Foulkes : To ask the Prime Minister if she will list her official engagements for Thursday 7 December. Mr. Tony Banks : To ask the Prime Minister if she will list her official engagements for Thursday 7 December.
Column 339Ms. Mahon : To ask the Prime Minister if she will list her official engagements for Thursday 7 December.
The Prime Minister : This morning I presided at a meeting of the Cabinet and had meetings with ministerial colleagues and others. I shall depart for Strasbourg later today to attend the European Council
Mr. Parry : To ask the Prime Minister if she will meet the hon. Member for Liverpool, Riverside to discuss the implications of the proposed closure of the BAT factory, Liverpool, following her promise in the House to meet any hon. Member in whose constituency a factory closure is about to occur, Official Report, 12 February 1981, column 981.
Mr. Vaz : To ask the Prime Minister how many direct telephone lines are in existence at No. 10 Downing street, London, connecting that address to the Head of Government of any other country ; and which countries are so connnected.
The Prime Minister : I have at present no plans to do so, but my right hon. Friend the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs visited Berlin on 16 November. I greatly welcome the freer movement which has eased the division of that city.
Mr. Winnick : To ask the Prime Minister if she herself has made any representations to the United States authorities about the recent murder of six priests and others in El Salvador by death squads alleged to be connected with the El Salvadorian Government ; and if she will make a statement.
The Prime Minister : No. I refer the hon. Member to the reply given to the hon. Member for Liverpool, Mossley Hill (Mr. Alton) on 30 November by the Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs at column 416 from which he will see that the Salvadorean authorities are aware of our views.
Mr. Meacher : To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security what is the value of total child care assistance, combining tax reliefs and benefits payments, for a man on average earnings with a wife and two children aged five and 11 years in each EEC country in £ sterling equivalents ; and what are each of these totals as a percentage of the average earnings in that country.
Mr. Scott : Benefit rates for family benefits in each EC member state, converted into sterling using purchasing power parities to give a more accurate reflection of domestic purchasing power, are contained in the Department's "Tables of Social Benefit Systems in the European Communities" which is available in the Library. Tax allowances for children in each EC member state are set out in the table.
It is not possible to calculate the combined effect of cash benefits and tax allowances for a family on average earnings since there are no available statistics on average annual earnings. For a full picture one would also need to take account of the impact of social security contributions, which in most EC countries are much higher than in the United Kingdom, but again this is impossible for the family type in question without annual earnings data.
Column 341Tax allowances for children Belgium
Child allowance deducted as percentage of tax amount due. For two children 20 per cent. is deducted.
No tax deductions are given, but taxpayers with minor children are entitled to various tax-free child subsidies.
Income divided by co-efficient applicable to family circumstances, (eg three for married persons with two children). Tax tables then applied, and resulting tax is multiplied by same co-efficient to give tax due.
Federal Republic of Germany
Deduction of £623 per annum per child.
Allowance for first two children £623 each.
Allowance of £472 given in respect of an invalid child under 16 years of age.
Each spouse may deduct from his or her tax amount £20 for each qualifying child (ie minor child, disabled child or child under 26 years of age who is studying or learning a trade).
Where taxable income does not exceed £14,423, and if there are four or fewer children, relief is given by dividing income by appropriate co- efficient (eg 3.4 for two children), applying tax table and then multiplying tax due by the same co-efficient. In other cases, deductions for children are made from income tax due, according to family size and income.
Allowance of £203 for parents of one of more children under the age of 12. If both parents "work outside the household" they may each claim this amount.
Deduction of £329 for each child up to 11 years of age, £461 for each child over 11 and up to 24 years of age.
Deduction of £161 from income tax amount for each qualifying child (unmarried, under 25 and supported by taxpayer).
These figures were valid on 1 January 1989 and national currency has been converted into sterling using purchasing power parities.
Mr. Lofthouse : To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security how much growth is to be allowed in the reimbursement to local authorities for (a) housing benefit in respect of local authority tenants and (b) rent allowances to private tenants for 1989-90 to 1991-92.
|1989-90|1990-91|1991-92 ---------------------------------------------------- (a) housing benefit |100 |107.5 |117.6 (b) rent allowances |100 |110.1 |116.2
Information incorporating the new housing revenue account subsidy will be available in the new year.
Mr. Lofthouse : To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security what are the estimated increases in rent allowances for (a) private landlords and (b) housing associations over the next planning period.
Mr. Scott : As the Department is responsible for 14 public bodies with the present number of appointments totalling over 2,000 I regret that this information could be provided only at disproportionate cost.
Mrs. Margaret Ewing : To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security what is his estimate of the underpayment from the Consolidated Fund as a result of failure of potential beneficiaries to claim benefits to which they would have been entitled in each of the last five years.
|1983 |1985 |unclaimed |unclaimed |(£ million)|(£ million) ------------------------------------------------------------- Supplementary Benefit |570 |550 Housing Benefit Certificated HB<1> |<2>180 |150 Standard HB<3> |<2>310 |360 Family Income Supplement |55 |<5>90 |----- |----- Totals |1,115 |1,150 Source: Technical Notes. Notes: <1> Includes the unclaimed entitlements of Households not receiving HB plus the excess of certificated amount over standard receipt for those eligible to certificated HB but receiving a lesser amount of standard HB. All figures exclude families where the head or spouse is in full-time self employment. <2> Figures refer to 1984 for HB. <3> All figures exclude households receiving or eligible for certificated HB. <4> 1983-84; based on pooled FES data for reasons of sample size. Figures exclude families where head or spouse is in full-time self employment. <5> 1985-86; based on pooled FES data for reasons of sample size. Figures exclude families where head or spouse is in full-time self employment. <6> Detailed analysis on both caseloads and expenditure take-up are contained in the Technical Notes, copies of which are in the Library.
Mr. Madden : To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security if he will publish the proportion of social fund expenditure, on a month-by-month basis, which local offices are recommended to spend for each month in the current financial year and for the financial year 1990-91.
Mr. Scott : The national profile of anticipated expenditure for 1989 -90 is set out in the table. It was devised from an analysis of previous levels of national expenditure, as a guide to assist managers of local offices in planning expenditure of their annual budgets. It is not intended to represent a recommended pattern of monthly expenditure, and managers are free to produce their own profiles to take account of local factors in the area.
A profile for 1990-91 has not yet been devised.
National social fund anticipated expenditure profile 1989-90 Percentage of annual gross budget profile Month |per cent. ------------------------------ April |7.93 May |8.33 June |8.33 July |8.33 August |8.33 September |8.02 October |8.88 November |8.89 December |7.75 January |7.38 February |8.62 March |9.21
(2) what was the total number of applications for attendance allowance in Scotland which were refused in each year since 1980 ; (3) what was the total number of applications in Scotland for attendance allowance granted at (i) the higher rate and (ii) the lower rate in each year since 1980.
Attendance allowance: New claims received and decided in Scotland 1980 to 1989 Year Number Number of claims decided |of claims |received |Higher rate|Lower rate |Rejections ------------------------------------------------------------------------ 1980 |14,694 |3,137 |5,206 |<1>4,973 1981 |15,200 |3,358 |4,564 |<1>5,460 1982 |18,118 |4,038 |4,888 |6,561 1983 |18,597 |2,846 |7,795 |9,560 1984 |22,044 |4,531 |9,348 |9,421 1985 |23,908 |4,716 |9,472 |9,625 1986 |25,623 |4,441 |9,232 |10,304 1987 |29,348 |6,266 |11,374 |10,195 1988 |34,817 |7,825 |11,816 |13,047 <2>1989 |26,826 |5,830 |7,740 |9,485 <1> Estimated figures: data for 1980 and 1981 incomplete. <2> To 30 September 1989.
Mr. Luce : The health of successful applicants to the Civil Service is assessed on entry and some undergo medical examination. Civil servants in certain jobs are routinely examined at regular intervals because of statutory requirements or the nature of their employment. Increasingly Departments are actively promoting positive health in their staff by information and education. Many have arranged routine smear tests for cervical cancer. Fifteen Departments have so far signed up as supporters of the "Look After Your Heart" campaign being run by the Health Education Authority. One component of this campaign is individual fitness testing and blood pressure screening. The Civil Service Occupational Health Service is expanding its facilities to meet increased departmental demand for routine health checks, and can offer a range of services from comprehensive executive-type medical examinations to simple screening tests performed by a trained nurse.
Civil servants are also permitted to have time off work to attend their family practitioners who are being encouraged to offer regular preventive health checks to patients.
Mr. Vaz : To ask the Minister for the Civil Service if he will give the numbers and names of (a) persons currently seconded to the Civil Service from private companies and (b) the companies from which they are seconded.
Mr. Luce : My Department's report on interchange in 1988 between the Civil Service and other organisations, a copy of which is in the Library, shows that there were 194 secondments (of three months or more) into the Civil Service from industrial or commercial organisations, and 311 outward secondments (of three months or more) to such organisations last year. The report lists the industrial or commercial organisations which were involved in the secondment. Data for 1989 will be included in the next report, which I hope will be available in the spring.
Secondments are arranged by agreement between the outside organisation and the Government Department concerned. It would not be appropriate to list the names of the employees of the outside organisations involved without their consent. This could be obtained only at disproportionate cost.
Mr. Luce : I understand that in the year October 1988 to September 1989 attendance at the Science museum, South Kensington, and its two principal outstations, the National Railway museum, York, and the National Museum of Photography, Film and Television, Bradford, totalled 2,387,600.
|£000 ------------------------------------------------------------ Arts and the Heritage |178,548 Museums and Galleries |154,066 Libraries |79,835 Office of Arts and Libraries Administration |1,438 Details may be found in Volume 7 of the appropriation accounts for 1988-89, published today (HC 15-VII).
Mr. Fisher : To ask the Minister for the Arts whether it is his intention to assist the Tate gallery, financially, to acquire Johann Zoffany's portrait of Lord Willoughby de Broke and his family at breakfast.
Mr. Luce : The Tate gallery receives an annual grant from my Office specifically for purchases for the collection. The sum allocated to the gallery in the current year for such purposes is just over £1.8 million.
It is for the trustees of each institution, and not for Government, to decide how and when this grant is spent, and whether to apply to other sources of funds which may be available to them to help with this.
Mr. Hayes : To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how many road accidents have been reported involving stationary vehicles on motorway hard shoulders in each of the years 1980 to 1989 ; and how many people were (a) injured and (b) killed.
Road accidents on motorways in which one or more vehicles were stationary on the hard shoulder, and casualties resulting from such accidents: by severity: Great Britain: 1980-88 Accidents Casualties |Fatal |Serious|Slight |Total |Fatal |Serious|Slight |Total -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- 1980 |17 |39 |40 |96 |18 |54 |87 |159 1981 |18 |29 |51 |98 |27 |69 |102 |198 1982 |13 |32 |53 |98 |19 |66 |103 |188 1983 |7 |42 |41 |90 |8 |103 |94 |205 1984 |14 |40 |40 |94 |17 |60 |104 |181 1985 |20 |42 |56 |118 |24 |65 |129 |218 1986 |18 |40 |70 |128 |26 |74 |169 |269 1987 |17 |50 |55 |122 |19 |68 |137 |224 1988 |22 |31 |56 |109 |31 |46 |160 |237