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Written Answers toQuestions

Monday 1 July 1991

ATTORNEY-GENERAL

Official Files

Mr. Wilson : To ask the Attorney-General what guidelines cover the circumstances in which official files held by Departments may be destroyed ; and what changes have taken place in these guidelines in the last 20 years.

The Attorney-General : The framework within which records of Government Departments are selected for permanent preservation is that recommended in the report of the Grigg committee in 1954 (Cmd. 9163) and accepted by the Government in 1955. The Public Record Office issues guidelines to Departments on the procedures to be followed and on the general criteria for selection. These guidelines are kept under review by the Public Record Office and were last updated in 1983.

Section 3(6) of the Public Records Act 1958 provides that records that have been rejected as not required for permanent preservation shall be destroyed unless the approval of the Lord Chancellor has been obtained for their disposal in some other way.

HOME DEPARTMENT

Local Government Finance

Mr. Ieuan Wyn Jones : To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what is the total Government expenditure on funding under section 11 of the Local Government Act 1966 for 1990-91, itemised by borough and district and identifying for each borough and district the amount of education expenditure for that financial year.

Mrs. Rumbold : The following local authorities received grant, at the rate of 75 per cent. of salary costs, under section 11 of the Local Government Act 1966 in the financial year 1990-91.

Precise figures for the amount of grant paid for education expenditure to each authority are not available. It is estimated, however, that education provision accounts for approximately 80 per cent. of total grant.






England                                                             

                                            |£                      

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County Councils                                                     

Avon                                        |899,403                

Bedfordshire                                |2,462,492              

Berkshire                                   |1,648,953              

Buckinghamshire                             |1,365,268              

Cambridgeshire                              |1,161,520              

Cheshire                                    |23,539                 

Cleveland                                   |643,796                

Derbyshire                                  |1,186,688              

Devon                                       |11,640                 

Essex                                       |12,692                 

Gloucestershire                             |386,154                

Hampshire                                   |442,087                

Hereford & Worcester                        |13,912                 

Hertfordshire                               |1,926,714              

Humberside                                  |208,176                

Kent                                        |298,059                

Lancashire                                  |5,476,253              

Leicestershire                              |3,515,092              

Northamptonshire                            |1,153,879              

North Yorkshire                             |13,007                 

Nottinghamshire                             |1,989,788              

Oxfordshire                                 |904,018                

Shropshire                                  |73,303                 

Staffordshire                               |783,444                

Suffolk                                     |153,571                

Surrey                                      |96,172                 

Warwickshire                                |1,079,088              

West Sussex                                 |148,272                

Wiltshire                                   |212,224                

West Midlands FCDA                          |73,486                 

West Yorkshire FCDA                         |111,294                

                                                                    

Metropolitan Districts                                              

Greater Manchester                                                  

Bolton                                      |1,044,759              

Bury metropolitan borough council           |262,017                

Manchester city council                     |2,341,572              

Oldham metropolitan borough council         |2,469,256              

Rochdale metropolitan borough council       |1,140,765              

Stockport metropolitan borough council      |29,037                 

Tameside metropolitan borough council       |724,154                

Trafford metropolitan borough council       |298,489                

                                                                    

Merseyside                                                          

Liverpool city council                      |188,171                

                                                                    

South Yorkshire                                                     

Doncaster metropolitan borough council      |17,856                 

Rotherham metropolitan borough council      |291,825                

Sheffield metropolitan district council     |2,138,900              

                                                                    

Tyne and Wear                                                       

Newcastle city council                      |448,275                

North Tyneside metropolitan borough council |35,909                 

Sunderland borough council                  |49,508                 

                                                                    

West Midlands                                                       

Birmingham city council                     |5,546,014              

Coventry city council                       |3,264,069              

Dudley metropolitan borough council         |1,027,900              

Sandwell metropolitan borough council       |1,795,748              

Walsall metropolitan borough council        |1,723,646              

Wolverhampton metropolitan borough council  |1,675,084              

                                                                    

West Yorkshire                                                      

Bradford City metropolitan council          |6,516,031              

Calderdale metropolitan borough council     |878,222                

Kirklees metropolitan council               |2,456,441              

Leeds City council                          |1,992,965              

Wakefield metropolitan district council     |159,907                

                                                                    

Non Metropolitan Districts                                          

Blackburn                                   |111,603                

Bristol City council                        |52,787                 

Derby City council                          |43,301                 

Gloucester City council                     |10,798                 

Gravesham borough council                   |31,775                 

Hyndburn borough council                    |9,542                  

Ipswich borough council                     |7,545                  

Leicester City council                      |179,196                

Luton borough council                       |42,744                 

Middlesbrough borough council               |19,990                 

Milton Keynes borough council               |14,514                 

Nottingham City council                     |144,387                

Oxford City council                         |26,603                 

Pendle borough council                      |17,066                 

Peterborough City council                   |66,127                 

Preston borough council                     |4,456                  

Reading borough council                     |19,312                 

Redditch borough council                    |12,928                 

Slough Corporation                          |20,434                 

Scunthorpe county council                   |12,858                 

Southampton City council                    |65,434                 

St. Albans district council                 |18,744                 

Wycombe district council                    |38,956                 

                                                                    

London Boroughs                                                     

London Boroughs Grants Unit                 |7,022                  

                                                                    

Inner London                                                        

Camden                                      |1,544,899              

City of London                              |23,500                 

Greenwich                                   |1,248,340              

Hackney                                     |4,299,227              

Hammersmith                                 |1,011,358              

ILEA                                        |19,308,052             

Islington                                   |1,727,799              

Kensington and Chelsea                      |1,051,382              

Lambeth                                     |1,468,067              

Lewisham                                    |1,440,252              

Southwark                                   |2,302,159              

Tower Hamlets                               |4,353,398              

Wandsworth                                  |2,117,834              

Westminster                                 |1,519,653              

                                                                    

Outer London                                                        

Barking                                     |245,849                

Barnet                                      |1,202,176              

Bexley                                      |15,523                 

Brent                                       |2,614,389              

Croydon                                     |1,384,268              

Ealing                                      |5,579,558              

Enfield                                     |535,477                

Haringey                                    |2,871,610              

Harrow                                      |755,346                

Havering                                    |29,798                 

Hillingdon                                  |448,158                

Hounslow                                    |1,620,992              

Merton                                      |588,786                

Newham                                      |2,580,767              

Redbridge                                   |880,844                

Richmond                                    |74,879                 

Sutton                                      |15,696                 

Waltham Forest                              |1,627,145              

                                                                    

Wales                                                               

South Glamorgan City Council                |483,494                

Cardiff City Council                        |22,692                 

                                                                    

Colleges and Polytechnics                                           

London Institute                            |42,152                 

City of London Polytechnic                  |66,238                 

Huddersfield Polytechnic                    |18,027                 

Lancashire Polytechnic                      |117,345                

Luton College of Further Education          |70,708                 

Leeds Polytechnic                           |19,494                 

Teesside Polytechnic                        |92,119                 

                                                                    

Grant Maintained Schools                    |94,905                 

                                            |-------                

Total Expenditure                           |135,482,981            

Note:                                                               

(i)                                                                 

Some payments (eg ILEA) include late submitted claims and do not    

therefore relate solely to a local authorities expenditure for the  

single year in question.                                            

(ii)                                                                

The table also shows the grant paid to 5 polytechnics, one College  

for Further Education and 4 Grant Maintained Schools who, by virtue 

of Section 211 of the Education Reform Act 1988, may claim section  

11 grant direct.                                                    


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Civil Damages

Mr. Sheerman : To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what information he has on the total amount paid out by police authorities for civil damages since 1982.

Mr. Peter Lloyd : Compensation paid out by police authorities for civil damages under section 48 (2) b of the Police Act 1964 is a matter for the police authority concerned and there is therefore no central record of the total amount paid out by police authorities.

Wrongful Imprisonment

Mr. Vaz : To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department whether he has any plans to improve the machinery that exists for paying compensation to people who have been wrongly imprisoned and are subsequently released ; and whether he has any plans to provide compensation to people whose close relatives are wrongly imprisoned.

Mr. John Patten : We have no plans at present to amend the existing arrangements under section 133 of the Criminal Justice Act 1988, or under the ex-gratia scheme, for the payment of compensation to those who have been imprisoned as a result of a wrongful conviction.

Advertising Campaigns

Mr. Dobson : To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he will list the topics of each television advertising campaign to be carried out by his Department and any other publicity campaign costing more than £100,000.

Mr. Kenneth Baker : By the end of the current financial year, my Department expects to have spent £1 million on television advertising for fire safety and £2.2 million on television advertising for crime prevention.

Non-television publicity campaigns costing more than £100,000 are :


                                        |£                  

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Electoral Registration                  |520,000            

Absent Voting                           |650,000            

Civil Protection Magazine (Publication) |100,000            

Police Recruitment: Graduate/Ethnic     |338,000            

Police: Special Constable Recruitment   |1,488,000          

Crime Prevention                        |3,900,000          

Fire Prevention and Safety              |2,064,000          

Passports                               |132,000            

Prison Service Recruitment              |1,036,000          

THE ARTS

Arts Funding (London)

33. Mr. Tony Banks : To ask the Minister for the Arts if he has made arrangements to meet representatives of the Association of London Authorities and London Boroughs Association to discuss arts funding in London.

Mr. Renton : I have made arrangements to meet the Association of London Authorities on 25 July. The London Boroughs Association has asked to explore the issues with my officials, and a meeting has been arranged for 8 July.


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Museums (Admission Charges)

34. Mr. Flynn : To ask the Minister for the Arts what is his most recent assessment of the effects of admission charges to museums introduced in the past four years.

Mr. Renton : Those museums where admission charges have been introduced have reported that, after dropping initially, attendances have generally picked up, and in many cases, have returned to previous levels. Figures recorded before the introduction of admission charges cannot however be regarded as wholly reliable.

Arts Provision (Wales)

35. Mr. Martyn Jones : To ask the Minister for the Arts if he will meet local authority leaders to discuss arts provision in Wales.

Mr. Renton : I have no plans to do so. However, I met the chairman and senior officers of the Welsh Arts Council in Cardiff recently, and they hold annual meetings with representatives of the local authorities in Wales.

Arts Spending (London)

Mr. Harry Greenway : To ask the Minister for the Arts what is the average spending on the arts across London boroughs during the current year ; and if he will make a statement.

Mr. Renton : Local authority arts funding is discretionary and there is no central reporting requirement. I am afraid that the information could be obtained only at disproportionate cost.

CIVIL SERVICE

Civil Service Morale

41. Mr. Flynn : To ask the Minister for the Civil Service what steps he is proposing to take to improve morale in the civil service.

Mr. Renton : Our aim is to have an efficient, effective and well- motivated civil service.


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Community Institutions

Mr. Moate : To ask the Minister for the Civil Service what steps he is taking to increase the number of United Kingdom secondees to Community institutions.

Mr. Renton : I refer my hon. Friend to the answer I gave earlier today to my hon. Friend the Member for Fulham (Mr. Carrington).

PRIME MINISTER

Nuclear Test Veterans

Mr. McMaster : To ask the Prime Minister if he will meet Mr. Kenneth McGinley, chairman of the British Nuclear Test Veterans Association ; and if he will make a statement.

The Prime Minister : No. I refer the hon. Gentleman to the reply I gave my right hon. Friend the Member for Worthing (Mr. Higgins) on 18 April 1991 at column 568.

NATIONAL FINANCE

Taxpayers

Mr. Nicholas Brown : To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will estimate for 1991-92 the number of basic rate and higher rate taxpayers with earned incomes above the national insurance contribution upper earnings limit, giving figures separately for (a) husbands, (b) wives, (c) single men and (d) single women and distinguishing between pensioners and non-pensioners.

Mr. Maude : The latest estimates in respect of 1991-92 are given in the table on two bases depending on the scope of earned income. The first basis compares the annual equivalent of the NIC upper earnings limit--UEL-- with the total of earnings from employment and self-employment for those subject to NIC. The second basis compares the UEL with total earned income, including pensions and taxable benefits in kind, for all individuals.


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Millions                                                                                                                                   

                            Taxpaying individuals with earnings subject to NTaxpaying individuals with total earned income above the UEL   

                           |Basic rate only|Higher rate    |Total          |Basic rate only|Higher rate    |Total                          

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Taxpayers aged under 65:                                                                                                                   

  Husbands                 |1.4            |1.1            |2.5            |1.5            |1.1            |2.6                            

  Wives                    |0.1            |0.1            |0.2            |0.1            |0.1            |0.2                            

  Single men               |0.3            |0.2            |0.5            |0.3            |0.2            |0.5                            

  Single women             |0.2            |0.0            |0.2            |0.2            |0.1            |0.3                            

                                                                                                                                           

Taxpayers aged 65 and over |0.0            |0.0            |0.0            |0.0            |0.1            |0.1                            

                           |---            |---            |---            |---            |---            |---                            

  Total                    |2.0            |1.4            |3.4            |2.1            |1.6            |3.7                            

Mr. Nicholas Brown : To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will estimate for 1991-92 the number of top rate taxpayers with (a) gross and (b) taxable incomes within the following income ranges (i) £23,700 to £27,700, (ii) £27,000 to £30,000, (iii) £30,000 to £35,000, (iv) £35,000 to £40,000, (v) £40,000 to £45,000, (vi) £45,000 to £50,000, (vii) £50,000 to £55,000, (viii) £55,000 to £60,000 and (ix) over £60,000.


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Mr. Maude : Since mortgage interest is not to be deductible at the higher rate for 1991-92 it is appropriate to analyse higher rate taxpayers by range of income after deducting allowances and reliefs excluding mortgage interest.

The latest estimates are as follows :


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Total income    |Number of                      

for income tax  |higher rate                    

purposes        |taxpayers                      

                |in 1991-92                     

£ per year      |Thousands                      

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23,700-27,700   |10                             

27,700-30,000   |110                            

30,000-35,000   |480                            

35,000-40,000   |320                            

40,000-45,000   |210                            

45,000-50,000   |130                            

50,000-55,000   |90                             

55,000-60,000   |60                             

Over 60,000     |290                            

                |-------                        

Total           |1,700                          

Total income    |Number of                      

less allowances |higher rate                    

and reliefs<1>  |taxpayers                      

                |in 1991-92                     

£ per year      |Thousands                      

23,700-27,700   |470                            

27,700-30,000   |190                            

30,000-35,000   |320                            

35,000-40,000   |190                            

40,000-45,000   |120                            

45,000-50,000   |80                             

50,000-55,000   |60                             

55,000-60,000   |50                             

Over 60,000     |220                            

                |-------                        

Total           |1,700                          

Total income less allowances and reliefs Number of higher rate taxpayers

in 1991-92

£ per year Thousands

23,700 27,700 470

27,700 30,000 190

30,000 35,000 320

35,000 40,000 190

40,000 45,000 120

45,000 50,000 80

50,000 55,000 60

55,000 60,000 50

Over 60,000 220

Total-- 1,700

Excluding mortgage interest.

Mr. Nicholas Brown : To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will estimate the number of taxpayers in 1991-92 who have taxable incomes of less than £2,000, giving figures separately for single people, husbands and wives.

Mr. Maude : The latest estimates of taxpayers with taxable incomes in 1991-92 of less than £2,000 are as follows :


              |Million        

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

Single people |1.9            

Husbands      |1.2            

Wives         |1.6            

              |-------        

Total         |4.7            

Taxable income is income subject to tax from all sources after deducting allowances and reliefs.

Tax Allowances

Mr. Nicholas Brown : To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, pursuant to his answer to the hon. Member for Islington, South and Finsbury (Mr. Smith), of 2 May, Official Report, column 301, if he will publish the figures on the same basis showing separately average allowances and reliefs claimed against tax due under (a) schedule E and (b) schedule D.

Mr. Maude : Taxpayers can be analysed according to whether they have a main source of income taxed under schedule E. Latest estimates for 1990- 91 are as follows :


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Taxpayers with a main source of income from employment or from 

                                                               

an occupational pension                                        

Gross income         |Amount of tax re-                        

                     |liefs and allowances                     

                     |set against income                       

£ per year           |£                                        

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0 to 5,000           |3,200                                    

5,000 to 10,000      |4,200                                    

10,000 to 15,000     |5,300                                    

15,000 to 20,000     |6,300                                    

20,000 to 25,000     |7,100                                    

25,000 to 30,000     |7,500                                    

30,000 to 40,000     |7,700                                    

40,000 to 50,000     |8,500                                    

over 50,000          |10,300                                   

                                                               

Average              |5,200                                    

                                                               

Gross income         |Amount of tax re-                        

                     |liefs and allowances                     

                     |set against income                       

£ per year           |£                                        

0 to 5,000           |3,200                                    

5,000 to 10,000      |4,500                                    

10,000 to 15,000     |5,500                                    

15,000 to 20,000     |6,100                                    

20,000 to 25,000     |6,600                                    

25,000 to 30,000     |6,600                                    

30,000 to 40,000     |7,100                                    

40,000 to 50,000     |8,300                                    

over 50,000          |12,100                                   

                                                               

Average              |5,300                                    

Other taxpayers

Gross income Amount of tax reliefs and allowances set against income

£ per year £

0 to 5,000 3,200

5,000 to 10,000 4,500

10,000 to 15,000 5,500

15,000 to 20,000 6,100

20,000 to 25,000 6,600

25,000 to 30,000 6,600

30,000 to 40,000 7,100

40,000 to 50,000 8,300

over 50,000 12,100

Average 5,300

Income Tax

Mr. Nicholas Brown : To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer on the same basis as his answer of 3 May, Official Report, column 354, concerning the effect of an upper limit on all income tax allowances and reliefs, if he will estimate the net effect of these options, assuming that all reliefs and allowances are limited to the basic rate of income tax.

Mr. Maude : It is estimated that, at 1991-92 levels of income, restricting all allowances and reliefs to the basic rate of income tax would yield about £2.2 billion. The additional yield from introducing upper limits of £10,000, £15,000 and £20,000 would be about £450 million, £150 million and £100 million, respectively, in a full year. The estimates do not take account of any behavioural effects which might result from the changes.

Lost Revenue

Mr. Tony Lloyd : To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what is the estimated lost revenue to the Exchequer from employers not paying tax and national insurance contributions for (a) 1988, (b) 1989 and (c) 1990.

Mr. Maude : The amounts of PAYE tax and class 1 national insurance contributions remitted or written off as irrecoverable in the accounts years to the end of October were as follows --


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            |PAYE       |NIC Class 1            

            |(£ million)|(£ million)            

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1988        |130.7      |15.9                   

1989        |122.9      |15.1                   

1990<1>     |107.1      |17.3                   

<1> Provisional.                                

Public Information

Mr. Wilson : To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many applications the Public Records Office has received in each year since 1977 for the file T160/763/F14755 ; and if he will make a statement.

Mrs. Gillian Shephard : The Public Records Office does not hold records of aplications for files which are not in its keeping.

Mr. Wilson : To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, pursuant to his answer of 20 June, Official Report, column 313 , what information he has on the means by which file T160/763/F14755 was destroyed.

Mrs. Gillian Shephard : Treasury records show only that the file was reviewed in 1977 and destroyed.

National Insurance

Mr. Battle : To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many (a) employees and (b) self-employed people have earned income above the upper earnings limit for national insurance contributions, distinguishing between basic rate and higher rate taxpayers.

Mr. Maude [holding answer 27 June 1991] : Latest estimates for 1991-92 are as follows :


L

Individual taxpayers aged under 65 with annual earnings<1> above the        

UEL                                                                         

(millions)                                                                  

Main source of  |Basic rate    |Higher rate   |Total                        

earnings:       |taxpayer      |taxpayer                                    

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Employment      |1.9           |1.1           |3.0                          

Self-employment |0.1           |0.3           |0.4                          

Total           |2.0           |1.4           |3.4                          

<1> Earnings subject to NIC from employment and self-employment.            

The main source of earnings is as indicated in Inland Revenue administrative records for tax collection purposes. Taxpayers with substantial income from both sources are included in the "employment" category.

TRANSPORT

Regional Airports

13. Mr. Irvine : To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what steps he is taking to encourage the development of regional airports.

Mr. McLoughlin : Our liberalisation policies, both in the European Community and in bilateral negotiations, are increasing the scope for regional air services and we are facilitating development at local authority airports by issuing credit approvals, particularly for the first phase of Manchester's second terminal.


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Railway Electrification

14. Mr. Harry Barnes : To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what is his policy on investment approval for railway electrification.

Mr. Freeman : We welcome worthwhile proposals for investment, including electrification, from British Rail. Proposals naturally have to be good value for money and affordable.

Freight Transport

15. Mr. Hind : To ask the Secretary of State for Transport if he plans to meet the chairman of British Rail to discuss the establishment of freight terminals for onward transport of freight to the channel tunnel ; and if he will make a statement.

Mr. Freeman : The establishment of freight terminals for channel tunnel traffic is a commercial matter for British Rail, and does not require the Government's approval. British Rail keeps the Government fully informed of progress in preparing for the commencement of channel tunnel freight services.

Bus Deregulation

16. Mr. Fraser : To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what his present proposals are for the deregulation of buses in London.

Mr. Freeman : The Government's proposals for the deregulation of buses in London were set out in the consultation paper "A Bus Strategy for London" issued in March. We have received more than 200 responses to that paper which are currently being assessed. An announcement on the Government's conclusions following the consultation exercise will be made shortly.

British Rail

17. Mr. Sumberg : To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what legislative changes he proposes following his recent speech on the future of British Rail ; and if he will make a statement.

Mr. Freeman : We shall be working with British Rail and the private sector to identify further practical measures to encourage rail freight that could be brought forward without legislation. Our plans to give new operators a right of access to British Rail track will need legislation in due course.

London Channel Tunnel Group

18. Ms. Harman : To ask the Secretary of State for Transport whether he has received a request to meet representatives of the London channel tunnel group ; and if he will make a statement.

Mr. Freeman : Yes. We are well aware of the support from this group of London boroughs for an easterly approach to Stratford for the rail link. My right hon. and learned Friend has told the group that he is not undertaking consultations himself, but that it will be for British Rail to consult once a preferred route is announced.


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Chelmsford-Liverpool Street Line

19. Mr. Burns : To ask the Secretary of State for Transport when he next plans to meet the chairman of British Rail to discuss British Rail's investment plans on the Chelmsford to Liverpool Street line.

Mr. Freeman : My right hon. and learned Friend has regular meetings with the chairman of British Rail at which they discuss a wide range of issues.


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