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Mr. Blunkett : To ask the Secretary of State for Health what data have been collected by her Department on the number of retraining courses for which general practitioners are entitled to be reimbursed.
Dr. Mawhinney : None. General practitioners are not reimbursed directly for attendance at training courses. GPs who maintain a balanced programme of education and training can claim the postgraduate education allowance. To qualify, GPs must attend an average of five days accredited training a year.
Mr. Blunkett : To ask the Secretary of State for Health if she will publish the total amount of financial penalties imposed on hospitals for having patients wait over 18 months for surgery ; if she will break the figure down by financial year ; and if she will list the hospitals concerned, by region.
Dr. Mawhinney : Regions have been given allocations from the waiting times fund on the understanding that deductions would be made for specific breaches of the patients charter guarantees. These deductions act as an incentive to good management and some regions therefore pass them on to the responsible provider units. Deductions are not collected directly from provider units.
Unit turnover |Band |Rates per 1988-89 |annum (£) ------------------------------------------------------------------- In excess of £50 million |Band 1 |19,285 Between £20 million and £50 million |Band 2 |17,145 Less than £20 million |Band 3 |15,125
Dr. Mawhinney [pursuant to his reply, 24 January, c. 117-19] : I regret that part of the information supplied was incorrect and incomplete. The correct and additional information about chairmen of district health authorities is set out as follows :
North West Thames Regional Health Authority
East and North Hertfordshire Mr. A. Preston
Brent and Harrow Mrs. C. Quest
Dr. Wright : To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer on which occasions since 1979 his Department has employed the services of external consultants ; and if he will give details of the purposes for which they were employed and the cost of employing them.
The table gives the number of consultancies by contract type and total value awarded by Her Majesty's Treasury from August 1991 to date.
Consultant type |Number of |Total value |contracts |£ ---------------------------------------------------------------- Management |60 |1,041,053 Research |29 |457,010 Job Evaluation |2 |167,000 Audit |6 |130,000 Computer |9 |99,700 Training |10 |56,501 Building/Works |8 |34,642 Energy |2 |30,700 Recruitment |2 |20,500 Purchasing |2 |10,200
Dr. Wright : To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer which of the public appointments for which he is responsible require advance notice to and consultation with the Chief Whip's Office ; and which appointments made since 1979 have been so notified and consulted upon.
Mr. Nelson : It is not the practice of Her Majesty's Government to answer parliamentary questions about discussions and consultations between Departments and offices of government relating to public appointments.
Mr. Miller : To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer on whose authority Treasury approval was given to the Heritage Department's decision to write off £200,000 owed by Unicorn Heritage plc to the English tourist board.
Mr. Portillo : Treasury officials gave their approval to a request from the Department of National Heritage to write off debts owed to the English tourist board, including that of Unicorn Heritage plc. In doing so, they acted in accordance with the procedures on losses and special payments laid down in chapter 36.2 of "Government Accounting", available in the Library of the House.
Mr. Matthew Taylor : To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what was the total amount paid out in redundancy and severance payments to civil servants in each of the past five years for which figures are available, broken down into civil service grades.
Year |£ million ------------------------------- 1991-92 |96 1992-93 |180 <1>1993-94 |169 <1> to December 1993.
Figures are not separately identifiable for redundancy nor is information available by civil service grade.
Figures are not available centrally for forms which are not the responsibility of the corporate communications office.
Mr. Enright : To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, pursuant to his answer of 28 January, Official Report , column 455 , if he will give the total tax relief paid by the Treasury without naming the individuals.
Sir John Cope : Subject to parliamentary approval of the necessary supplementary estimate, the cash limit for class XVII, vote 13, the Office of HM Paymaster General, will be increased by £36,000 to £4, 436,000 and the running costs limit will be increased by £1,533,000 from £25,291,000 to £26,824,000. The changes reflect a transfer of £36,000 from Property Holdings--class VII, vote 6--for building maintenance costs ; additional work being carried out at the request of the Office of HM Paymaster General's customers ; and early retirement costs forming part of efficiency measures currently being undertaken. The cash limit increase will be financed by a transfer from Property Holdings, and the running costs increase by additional income. These increases will not, therefore, add to the planned total of public expenditure.
(a) the cash limit for class XVII, vote 1--Her Majesty's Treasury--will be reduced by £116,000 from £76,468,000 to £76,352,000,
Column 990and the running costs limit will be reduced by £116,000 from £79, 621,000 to £79,505,000. The reduction reflects a transfer of central services to the Cabinet Office, class XIX, vote 1 which will be showing a corresponding increase.
(b) the cash limit for class XVII, vote 3--Forward : Civil Service Catering --will be increased by £950,000. The net running costs limit for Forward will also be increased by £950,000 and there will be an increase in appropriations in aid of £968,000. These changes are a result of increased trading activity and the impact of the sale of Forward. The cash limit increase of £950,000 is expected to be offset by receipts from the sale and will not therefore add to the planned total of public expenditure.
Mr. Nelson : The cash limit for class XVII, vote 14 will be reduced by £309,000 from £43,551,000 to £43,242,000 and the running costs limit by £258,000 from £42,211,000 to £41,953,000. These reductions reflect the following : the surrender of £326,000 in running costs provision in respect of VAT receipts for payments to the Office of Population Censuses and Surveys, which are now VAT exempted ; a transfer from Property Holdings--£68,000--class VII, vote 6 ; and extra receipts from the Department of the Environment--£51,000--class VII, vote 7. The changes will not add to the planned total of public expenditure.
Mr. Nelson : Subject to parliamentary approval of the necessary supplementary estimate, the cash limit on class XVII, vote 10--expenditure of the Department for National Savings on administration, publicity costs and certain other expenses--will be increased by £734,000 from £199,300,000 to £200,034,000. The increase comprises of £579,000 take-up under the end-year flexibility arrangements for running costs--as announced by the Chief Secretary to the Treasury on 14 July 1993, Official Report, columns 512-18 --and a transfer of £155,000 from the Department of the
Environment--Property Holdings--class VII, vote 6, in respect of buildings maintenance.
As a result of these changes, the running costs limit for the Department for National Savings will be increased by £734,000 from £195,142,000 to £195,876,000. The increase will be offset by a transfer and a change to the reserve and will not therefore add to the planned total of public expenditure.
Mrs. Beckett : To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer whether insurance premium tax will apply to (a) private medical insurance, (b) insurance against redundancy, (c) permanent health insurance contracts of less than five years duration and (d) insurance against negative equity.
Sir John Cope : Private medical insurance, insurance against redundancy and insurance against negative equity are all forms of general insurance and, as such, will be liable to insurance premium tax. Premiums in respect of long term insurance as defined in the Insurance Companies Act 1982, including permanent health insurance for not less than five years or until retirement, will be exempt.
Mr. Nigel Griffiths : To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will publish a table showing the direct and indirect tax burden in 1978-79 and in 1994-95 as a proportion of gross earnings for (i) a single person, (ii) a married couple both working, (iii) a married couple with one partner working, (iv) a married couple with two children, one partner working and (v) a married couple with two children, both working at 50 per cent., 100 per cent., 150 per cent., 200 per cent., 500 per cent. and 1,000 per cent. of average earnings.
Mr. Dorrell [holding answer 26 January 1994] : I refer the hon. Member to the answer given to the hon. Member for Peckham (Ms Harman) on 19 January 1994, Official Report , columns 635-42 , for figures for 1994 -95. Figures for 1978-79 were placed in the House of Commons Library in answer to a previous question by the hon. Member on 13 April 1989, Official Report , column 624 . The available figures for a married couple with two children where both are working are given in the table :
Percentage of combined male and female gross earnings paid in income tax and national insurance contributions in 1978-79 and 1994-95 Married couple, both working with two children<1> Multiples of average earnings<2> |" |1 |1" |2 |5 |10 ------------------------------------------------------- 1978-79 Income tax<3> |1.1 |16.8|22.2|24.9|44.8|62.5 NICs |6.5 |6.5 |6.0 |5.1 |2.0 |1.0 Income tax and NICs |7.6 |23.3|28.1|30.0|46.9|63.5 1994-95 Income tax<3> |4.7 |14.9|18.9|22.6|33.0|36.5 NICs |7.1 |8.6 |7.6 |6.1 |2.4 |1.2 Income tax and NICs |11.8|23.4|26.5|28.7|35.4|37.7 <1>Assuming that the husband earns the relevant multiple of average male earnings and the wife earns the relevant multiple of average female earnings. <2>The earnings levels used are those for full-time workers on adult rates of pay, whose pay is unaffected by absence. Average earnings for males are assumed to be £92.80 per week in 1978-79 and £374.30 per week in 1994-95. Average female earnings are assumed to be £59.60 per week in 1978-79 and £256.40 per week in 1994-95. <3>Income tax is shown net of child benefit in order to provide comparability with 1978-79 when support for children was partly given through child tax allowances. Both children are assumed to be under 11 years old. Households are assumed to receive no reliefs besides the standard allowances and only to have income from employment.
Ms Harman : To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many more income tax payers in 1994-95 will be paying tax at the margin (a) at the basic rather than the lower rate as a result of his proposal to freeze personal allowances, other things being equal, (b) at the basic rather than the lower rate, in addition to those under (a) , as a result of his proposal to freeze the married couples allowance and related allowances, and (c) at the lower rather than the basic rate as a result of his proposal to widen the lower rate band.
Mr. Dorrell [holding answer 27 January 1994] : Excluding the effect of changing the width of the lower rate band and other tax changes in 1994-95, there would be about 120,000 more people paying tax at the basic rather than the lower rate in 1994-95 than there would have been if the personal allowance had been increased in line with statutory indexation. Nobody will pay tax at the basic rather than the lower rate because of the freezing of the married couple's and related allowances. About 800,000 more people will have the lower rate of tax as their marginal rate through widening the lower rate band by £500.
Mr. Harry Greenway : To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what was the average rate of inflation between (a) March 1974 and May 1979 and (b) November 1988 to January 1994 ; and if he will make a statement.
Column 992per cent. per annum. This compares with 5.1 per cent. for the period November 1988 to December 1993, the latest month for which information is available.
Mr. Sedgemore : To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what he estimates was the value of goods taken by VAT officers from the Bass Clef jazz club in Hoxton square, Hackney N1, on 28 January ; whose property it was that was taken ; for what reason it was taken ; and if he will make a statement.
Sir John Cope [holding answer 3 February 1994] : It would be inappropriate for me to make public the tax affairs of a particular company. In general, removal of goods under regulation 65 of the VAT (General) Regulations 1985 is seen by customs as a last resort. However, it considers that such action is necessary when businesses refuse to pay VAT debts and the debts continue to increase.
Mr. Robert Banks : To ask the Secretary of State for National Heritage how many people sit on the executive boards of each regional tourist board ; and how many are (a) councillors, (b) private sector representatives and (c) English tourist board
Regions |Local Authority|Private Sector |English Tourist|Co-opted |Managing |Total Members |Board |Director ----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Cumbria |18 |10 |1 |2 |- |31 East Anglia |11 |6 |1 |- |1 |19 East Midlands |10 |5 |1 |5 |- |21 Heart of England |30 |12 |1 |16 |1 |60 London |3 |6 |1 |2 |- |12 Northumbria |11 |3 |1 |- |- |15 North West |9 |8 |1 |4 |- |22 South East England |29 |19 |1 |3 |- |52 Southern |49 |19 |1 |8 |1 |78 West Country |53 |18 |1 |9 |- |81 Yorkshire and Humberside |25 |9 |1 |7 |- |42
The regional tourist boards are non-statutory bodies.
This information was supplied by the English tourist board and is the most up to date available.
|£ million ------------------------------ Germany |10.8 France |32.8 Spain |13.5
It is difficult to be sure exactly what these figures cover because of the very different ways in which each country organises its promotion of tourism. However, the figures for Germany exclude staff costs and any expenditure by the La"nder.
Mr. Matthew Taylor : To ask the Secretary of State for National Heritage what was the (a) budgeted and (b) actual expenditure by his Department on (1) internal and (2) overseas travel by the Secretary of State in 1992-93 after 25 September 1992 and so far in 1993-94.
Mr. Brooke : In 1992-93, the budget for both Foreign and United Kingdom travel and subsidence for all Ministers and spokesmen in the Department was £37,000 in total. The amount spent from 25 September until the end of the financial year was £24,215. In the financial year 1993-94, the amount budgeted for the same purpose was £38,000. The spending to date is £21,053.
Mr. McMaster : To ask the Secretary of State for National Heritage what assessment he has made of the likely impact of the recently announced changes in the regulations governing broadcasting franchises on television and radio companies based in Scotland ; and if he will make a statement.
Mr. Brooke : The only recent changes have been to the regulations governing the ownership of companies holding ITV licences. Any new owners would be bound by the terms of the Broadcasting Act 1990 and the conditions of the original licence, particularly on regional programmes and regional production.
(i) vote 1--museums and galleries--will be increased by £1,225,000 from £217,303,000 to £218,528,000 for additional provision to meet a payment to Inland Revenue in respect of an item accepted in satisfaction of tax. The increase will be charged to the reserve and will not therefore add to the planned total of public expenditure. (ii) vote 5-- film, tourism, sport and broadcasting--will be increased by £220,000 from £130,108,000 to £130,328,000. This is the net result of additional administrative costs of £340,000 in the promotion of tourism, partly offset by extra appropriations in aid to the vote of £120,000 from compensation payments. The net increase is being met from savings on class XI, vote 7--DNH administration.
(iii) vote 6--Royal palaces, Historic Royal Palaces agency, Royal Parks agency, historic buildings, ancient monuments and the National Heritage-- will be reduced by £169,000 from £194,252,000 to £194,083, 000. This is the net result of a transfer of £500,000 to the Department of Transport and a reduction of £700,000 in respect of an overspend on the vote in the previous financial year, offset by receipts of £994,000 from VAT refunds and admission fees, transfers of £15,000 from the Chessington Computer Centre in respect of services now provided on a repayment basis, and £22,000 from Property Holdings to cover additional property maintenance charges. (iv) vote 7--Department of National Heritage administration--will be reduced by £486,000 from £25,334,000 to £24,848,000. This is the net result of a transfer of £350,000 to the Office of the National Lottery and £220,000 for the promotion of tourism, partly offset by extra receipts of £46,000 from the sale of statistical information and a transfer from Property Holdings of £36,000 to the Department and of £2,000 to the Royal Fine Art Commission to cover additional property maintenance charges.
(v) Vote 8--Office of the National Lottery--will be increased by £350,000 from £1,501,000 to £1,851,000. The increase is the net result of additional provision of £1,270,000 for consultancy
Column 995and professional advice associated with the grant of the national lottery licence, partly offset by savings in other costs of £920,000. The net increase is being met from savings on class XI, vote 7--DNH administration.
(vi) In addition, the Department of National Heritage gross running costs limit will be reduced by £488,000 from £29,682,000 to £29,194, 000. The gross running costs limit of the Office of the National Lottery will be reduced by £720,000 from £1,000,000 to £280,000.
Ms Mowlam : To ask the Secretary of State for National Heritage which agencies, quangos and associated public bodies were transferred to the responsibility of his Department when it was set up ; and what was the cost of transferring them.
Mr. Sproat : On being established in April 1992, my Department became responsible for the Historic Royal Palaces agency and for sponsoring 43 non-departmental public bodies--NDPBs--and other bodies, which are listed in "Public Bodies 1993" These are :
British Film Institute
British Tourist Authority
Broadcasting Complaints Commission
Broadcasting Standards Council
English Tourist Board
Football Licensing Authority
Historical Buildings and Monuments Commission for England British Museum
Greater Manchester Museum of Science and Industry
Imperial War Museum
Museum of London
Natural History Museum
National Maritime Museum
National Museums and Galleries on Merseyside
National Museum of Science and Industry
National Portrait Gallery
Sir John Soane's Museum
Victoria and Albert Museum
Museums and Galleries Commission
National Film and Television School
National Film Development Fund
National Heritage Memorial Fund
Registrar of Public Lending Right
Royal Commission on Historical Manuscripts
Royal Commission on Historical Monuments (England)
South Bank Theatre Board
Advisory Committee on Historic Wreck Sites
Advisory Committee on the Government Art Collection
Advisory Committee for the Public Lending Right
Library and Information Services Council
Reviewing Committee on the Export Works of Art
Royal Find Art Commission
In addition, my Department assumed policy responsibility for the following public corporations :
British Broadcasting Corporation
Independent Television Commission
Sianel Pedwar Cymru (S4C)