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Column 162Lichfield district council
Luton borough council
Maldon district council
Melton district council
Mid Sussex district council
Montgomeryshire district council
Newcastle-under-Lyme borough council
Newport borough council
North devon district council
Peterborough city council
Poole borough council
Reading borough council
Reigate and Banstead borough council
Rhymney Valley district council
Rother district council
Salisbury district council
Scarborough borough council
Sedgemoor district council
Shepway district council
Slough borough council
Southampton city council
Southend-on-Sea borough council
South Lakeland district council
South Northamptonshire district council
South Shropshire district council
South Tyneside borough council
South Wight borough council
Stoke-on-Trent city council
Sutton borough council
Tendring district council
Thanet district council
Tunbridge Wells borough council
Warrington borough council
Wokingham district council
Woodspring district council
Worcester city council
Worthing borough council
Wrexham Maelor borough council
Wychavon district council
Wycombe district council
(b) Authorities which have adopted the 1990 model byelaws : Stratford-on- Avon district council
Mrs. Ann Winterton : To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department (1) whether it is the usual practice for the Metropolitan police to charge for attendance at community and charity events ; (2) what has been the total cost of the policing of the Notting Hill carnival in each of the last three years ; and what contribution towards that cost was made by the carnival organisers in each of those years.
The estimated additional costs of policing the Notting Hill carnival were :
Year |Additional |costs |£ --------------------------------- 1989 |1,111,000 1990 |1,606,000 1991 |1,554,000
The carnival organisers have made no contribution towards the cost of policing this event.
Mr. Simon Hughes : To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer which EC countries currently offer fiscal incentives for the purchase of three-way catalytic converters ; what taxes are levied in the United Kingdom on sales of catalytic converters and at what rate ; and if he will make a statement.
Mrs. Gillian Shephard : In the United Kingdom, VAT is levied on sales of catalytic converters at the standard rate of 17.5 per cent. I have no information on any fiscal incentives for the purchase of three-way catalytic converters in other EC countries.
Mr. Worthington : To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what was the expenditure in each year since 1979, in real and constant prices, of Government expenditure in (a) agriculture, forestry and fishing, (b)
Column 164industrial development, (c) energy, (d) infrastructure, (e) environmental protection, (f) health, (g) social development and services, (h) earth and atmosphere, (i) advancement of knowledge, (j) civil space, (k) defence and (l) not elsewhere classified.
Mr. Mellor : The available information on general government expenditure by main function since 1978-79 is given, in cash and real terms, in tables 2.2 and 2.3 of the statistical supplement to the 1991 Autumn Statement (Cm. 1920). Corresponding information for the other areas of expenditure requested is not available or could be provided only at disproportionate cost.
Mr. Austin Mitchell : To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will update the information on unemployment benefit and redundancy payments given in his answer of 27 July 1983, Official Report, columns 449-50.
|(a) |(b) |(c) |Total benefits paid|Total expenditure |(a) plus (b) as a |to unemployed |from the |proportion of Gross |people<1> |Redundancy Fund |Domestic Product |(£ million cash) |(£ million cash) |(Percentage) ---------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- 1983-84 |5,440 |427 |1.9 1984-85 |6,320 |333 |2.0 1985-86 |6,960 |344 |2.0 1986-87 |7,310 |246 |2.0 1987-88 |6,650 |81 |1.6 1988-89 |5,240 |70 |1.1 1989-90 |4,310 |66 |0.9 1990-91 |5,040 |145 |0.9 1991-92<2> |7,360 |128 |1.3 <1> Figures include unemployment benefit, principal income-related benefits and payments from the social fund to unemployed people and their families. <2> Estimates in current published plans.
Mr. Austin Mitchell : To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer whether he will bring up to date the information on the growth of pension and other funds given in his answer of 7 March 1984, Official Report, column 581.
Mr. Maples : The latest annual estimates for the period 1982 to 1990, the latest year for which a figure is available, are given below. Updated figures for earlier periods are available on the CSO database, series AALV, which can be accessed through the House of Commons Library.
Life Assurance and Pensions Schemes Net increase in amount available for investment |£ million ------------------------------------ 1982 |14,980 1983 |15,938 1984 |18,518 1985 |19,538 1986 |20,510 1987 |20,840 1988 |22,659 1989 |30,505 1990 |33,655
Mr. Austin Mitchell : To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will make it his policy to prohibit the payment of mortgage subsidies by banks and other lenders to their employees ; and what is his estimate of the gross value of such subsidies.
Mr. Maude : No. I have no firm data on the gross value of these particular subsidies, although the total net taxable value of beneficial loans made by all employers is estimated to be about £180 million in 1991-92.
Dr. Marek : To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what is his policy with regard to the minimum level of excise duty on (a) still table wine and (b) sparkling wine, that should be applied within the European Community.
Column 165Mrs. Gillian Shephard : The United Kingdom has consistently argued that it does not consider centrally determined duty rates as necessary for the completion of the single market, and that member states should be free to set their own rates of duty. The Government are prepared to accept a minimum zero rate for both still and sparkling wines, provided that wine is treated as an excisable product and remains within the control system for intra-EC movements of goods subject to excise duties.
Mr. Battle : To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will publish a table showing the value of the main tax reliefs and allowances and the saving that would occur if these were restricted to the basic rate of tax.
Mr. Maude : A table showing the cost of direct tax allowances and reliefs in 1991-92 was given in appendix D of the Autumn Statement statistical supplement Cm 1920 published in January 1992. It is estimated that the yield from restricting all of the main income tax allowances and reliefs to the basic rate would be some £2 billion at 1991-92 levels of income.
Mr. Battle : To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will list the inward investment by the United Kingdom from (a) Japan, (b) the United States of America and (c) Korea, for each year from 1978 to 1991, (i) in real terms at 1991 prices, (ii) as a proportion of total capital investment in the United Kingdom and (iii) as a proportion of total capital investment in the EC.
Mr. Mellor [holding answer 13 February 1992] : The information available on net inward investment in the United Kingdom by Japanese and United States companies is expressed at 1990 prices by adjusting the actual investment by the changes in the latest available implied gross domestic product deflator ; and as a percentage of total investment by all other countries in the United Kingdom.
Information for investment in 1990 will be available in the next month or so. Information for investment by Korea is not available.
Year |Japanese net |US net |investment |investment |(£ million, |(£ million, |1990 prices) |Per cent. |1990 prices) |Per cent. ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------ 1978 |-10 |- |321 |64.2 1979 |23 |2.9 |452 |57.1 1980 |8 |0.6 |1,039 |75.2 1981 |105 |17.7 |71 |11.9 1982 |-31 |- |206 |27.9 1983 |117 |8.2 |775 |54.8 1984 |-4 |- |1,079 |- 1985 |94 |3.3 |1,282 |44.8 1986 |34 |0.9 |989 |26.1 1987 |657 |10.0 |1,018 |15.4 1988 |768 |8.9 |375 |4.4 1989 |1,121 |7.3 |5,344 |34.8 Source: Central Statistical Office Notes: 1. Net investment comprises investment less disinvestment and includes unremitted profits as net investment. 2. A minus sign indicates net disinvestment. In 1984 there was overall a net disinvestment by overseas companies in the UK. 3. Data prior to 1984 exclude oil companies.
Fully comparable information on direct inward investment in the European Community (EC) from outside the EC is not available. However, Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development estimates of United States and Japanese direct investment in the UK as a percentage of direct investment in all EC countries show :
Percentage Years |United States|Japan -------------------------------------------------------- 1982-84 |53 |19 1985-87 |34 |34 1988-89 |62 |42
Mr. Kirkwood : To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will list policies of a financial nature which have been pursued by Her Majesty's Government since 1979 which have been of assistance to the United Kingdom merchant fleet.
1. Writing-down allowances
In 1985 the capital allowance rules were changed to allow capital expenditure to be written down for tax purposes from the date on which it was incurred rather than from the time the asset was brought into use. These new arrangements are of particular importance for ships where stage payments are normally made as construction proceeds. Also in 1985, the special rules which provide that writing down allowances for ships can be used more flexibly than those for other forms of capital expenditure were extended to second-hand ships--previously they applied only to new ships.
2. Business expansion scheme
In 1986 the business expansion scheme was extended to include ship chartering as a qualifying activity. Ship operating and chartering companies have an annual finance limit of £5 million (as do private rented housing companies) instead of the £750,000 limit for other trading companies.
3. Foreign earnings deduction for seafarers
In 1988 the length of time which seafarers may spend in tehe United Kingdom without losing foreign earnings deductions was extended from 62 days, which is still the concession allowed to other workers with a significant overseas component to their jobs, to 90 days. In 1991 the concession for seafarers was extended to 183 days.
4. Training and crew relief costs
The 1988 Merchant Shipping Bill introduced two schemes to help the industry :
(a) Government assistance for training (GAFT), under which the Government provides funds equivalent to half the cost of training officer cadets. The budget for GAFT is about £3.5 million per annum. (
(b) The crew relief costs scheme, under which the Government assists with the costs of transporting United Kingdom-based crews to and from United Kingdom-flagged vessels in distant waters. The budget for this scheme is about £5 million per annum.
Mrs. Gillian Shephard [holding answer 18 February 1992] : I regret that information on which to base an estimate is not available.
Mr. Heathcoat-Amory : None. I am, however, aware that the Department of the Environment is commissioning research into methane from abandoned coal mines. My Department is sponsoring a review by the Watt committee of measurement methods and available data relating to methane emissions from various sources.
Mr. Michael Spicer : To ask the Secretary of State for Energy what progress has been made by EC member states towards providing for a single market in energy services with respect in particular to the free cross- border transmission of energy, the permitting of cross-border investment by one energy company in another, and third party access to a European-wide transmission network.
Mr. Wakeham : The European Commission adopted proposals on 22 January which represent the second phase of the internal energy market. The United Kingdom fully supports the Commission's proposals which, if adopted by the Council, will represent a significant liberalisation of the European Community's electricity and gas sectors. Copies of the proposals will be placed in the Libraries of both Houses shortly.
Mr. John Townend : To ask the Secretary of State for Employment (1) if he will list the travel-to-work areas which do not have assisted area status where the unemployment is higher than in the Bridlington and Driffield travel-to-work area ;
(2) if he will list the assisted areas which have a lower unemployment rate than the Bridlington and Driffield travel-to-work area.
Mr. Simon Hughes : To ask the Secretary of State for Employment if he will estimate the number of women who have earnings below (a) the tax threshold and (b) the national insurance threshold, broken down into married women, lone parents and single women at the latest date.
Mr. Forth : Broad estimates, based on the new earnings survey and estimates of the number of employees in employment, are that in April 1991 there were 2 million women employees earning less than the PAYE threshold, of whom 2 million earned less than the national insurance lower earnings limit. Using projections from the family expenditure survey, it is estimated that approximately 75 per cent. of each of these categories were married women, 5 per cent. lone parents and 20 per cent. single women.
Ms. Walley : To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Science if he will meet leaders of Staffordshire county council and head teachers to discuss the remaining shortfall on the education budget arising out of the teachers' pay award.
Mr. Fallon : No. The additional grant which the Government propose to make available, together with the 7.1 per cent. increase in education spending allowed for in the 1992-93 local authority spending finance settlement, should give authorities adequate headroom to cover the cost of the teachers' pay award in full.
Mr. Cohen : To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Science which universities held accounts with the Bank of Commerce and Credit International ; and how much money was lost by each university at its collapse.
Mr. Alan Howarth : Detailed information on universities' investments is not held centrally. Monitoring of the financial position of institutions is a matter for the Universities Funding Council. The council understands that no university had invested its own funds in the Bank of Commerce and Credit International.