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Column 78639. Medicines Control Agency : Dr. Keith Jones
40. Meteorological Office : Professor Julian Hunt
41. Military Survey : Major General Mike Wilson
42. National Physical Laboratory : Dr. Peter Clapham CB 43. National Weights and Measures Laboratory : Dr. Seton Bennett 44. Natural Resources Institute : Anthony Beattie
45. Naval Aircraft Repair Organisation : Captain David Symonds 46. NEL : William Edgar
47. NHS Estates : John Locke FRICS
48. NHS Pensions Agency : Alec Cowan
49. Northern Ireland Child Support Agency : Pat Devlin 50. Occupational Health Service : Dr. Elizabeth McCloy 51. Ordnance Survey : Professor David Rhind
52. Ordnance Survey of Northern Ireland : Michael Brand 53. Patent Office : Paul Hartnack
54. Paymaster : Keith Sullens
55. Pesticide Safety Directorate : Geoff Bruce
56. Planning Inspectorate : Stephen Crow
57. Public Record Office : Mrs. Sarah Tyacke
58. Queen Elizabeth II Conference Centre : Marcus Buck 59. Queen Victoria School : Julian Hankinson
60. Radiocommunications Agency : Dr. Jim Norton
61. RAF Support Command's Maintenance Group Defence Agency : 62. Rate Collection Agency : David Gallagher
63. Recruitment and Assessment Services Agency : Michael Geddes 64. Registers of Scotland : James Barron
65. Royal Mint : Roger Holmes
66. Royal Parks Agency : David Welch
67. Scottish Agricultural Science Agency : Dr. Robert Hay 68. Scottish Fisheries Protection Agency : Andrew MacLeod 69. Scottish Office Pensions Agency : Norman McLeod
70. Scottish Prison Service : Edward Frizzell
71. Scottish Record Office : Patrick Cadell
72. Security Facilities Executive : John King
73. Service Children's Schools (NWE) : Ian Mitchelson
74. Social Security Agency (Northern Ireland) : Alec Wylie 75. Social Security Benefits Agency : Michael Bichard 76. Social Security Child Support Agency : Mrs. Ros Hepplewhite 77. Social Security Contributions Agency : Miss Ann Chant 78. Social Security Information Technology Services Agency : Ian Magee
79. Social Security Resettlement Agency : Tony Ward
80. Teachers' Pensions Agency : Mrs. Denyse Metcalfe
81. The Buying Agency : Stephen Sage
82. Training and Employment Agency : Julian Crozier
83. Transport Research Laboratory : John Wootton
84. UK Passport Agency : John Hayzelden
85. Valuation and Lands Agency (N. Ireland) : David Bell 86. Valuation Office : Rex Shutler CB
87. Vehicle Certification Agency : Derek Harvey
88. Vehicle Inspectorate : Ron Oliver
89. Veterinary Medicines Directorate : Dr. Mike Rutter 90. Warren Spring Laboratory : Dr. Douglas Cormack
91. Wilton Park Conference Centre : Richard Langhorne
1. Highways Agency : Lawrence Haynes
2. Marine Emergencies Organisation : Chris Harris
3. Marine Safety Agency : Robin Bradley
4. Medical Devices Directorate : Alan Kent
5. Ministry of Defence Police : John Reddington
6. Public Trust Office : Julia Lomas
7. Royal Air Force Training : Air Vice-Marshal Chris Coville 8. Social Security War Pensions Directorate : Peter Mathison 9. Student Awards : Ken MacRae
Sir John Cope : It is a priority in the implementation of insurance premium tax to minimise the compliance and administrative costs associated with it, recognising that there are a wide range of interests within the insurance sector. Discussions since the Budget between Her Majesty's Customs and Excise and representatives of the insurance industry have been very much directed toward this end. When firm conclusions have been reached on the actual operation of the tax, a revised compliance cost assessment will be issued. However, it is clear that in terms of the likely costs of administration by Customs the tax will be highly cost effective ; whilst the compliance costs of the insurance industry should not in practice prove burdensome.
Mr. McAllion : To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer when he intends to respond to the claim presented by Civil Service Unions for Treasury underwriting of the severance terms for Home Office DTELS employees when that division is privatised ; and if he will make it his policy that DTELS employees are offered the same severance and redundancy terms as PSA employees and Forward Catering employees have been offered.
On the second point, I refer the hon. Member to the reply that I gave to the hon. Member for Nottingham, North (Mr. Allen) on 8 February 1994 at column 120.
Mr. Nelson : The effect is uncertain. The purchase of British assets by foreign firms will tend to raise sterling. Similarly, when United Kingdom firms acquire overseas assets, this will tend to lower the exchange rate. In the 10 years to 1992, the most recent complete year for which data are available, direct investment overseas by United Kingdom residents has been £122 billion, while direct investment in the United Kingdom by overseas residents has been £91 billion.
Mr. Bayley : To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what reports (a) the Treasury and (b) the Bank of England have prepared in the last five years on banking, financial services or offshore companies operating in British dependent territories in the Caribbean ; what recommendations were made in those reports ; what action has been taken on the recommendations ; and if he will ensure that a copy of each of those reports is placed in the Library.
Mr. Nelson : The Foreign and Commonwealth Office has responsibility for offshore financial regulation in the Caribbean Dependent Territories. It published a Survey of Offshore Finance Sectors in the Caribbean Dependent Territories in 1990. A copy is in the House of Commons Library. Work is proceeding on enhanced regulation in the offshore finance sector to which both Her Majesty's Treasury and the Bank of England contribute.
Mr. Nelson : Estimates for gross domestic product by county are only calculated for years when there is an Annual Census of Employment. The latest available information for GDP per head by county is for 1987, 1989 and 1991 which was published in the December 1993 issue of Economic Trends, a copy of which is available in the House of Commons Library.
Column 789and £5 million, (c) between £500,000 and £1 million and (d) between £100,000 and £500,000 in 1991-92 and 1992-93.
|Total number |Number of |Percentage of |of taxpayers |taxpayers with|taxpayers with |incomes<1> in |incomes<1> in |excess of |excess of |£100,000 |£100,000 --------------------------------------------------------------------------- |Thousands |Thousands |Per cent. 1991-92 |25,700 |100 |0.4 1992-93<2> |25,100 |110 |0.4 <1> Total income for income tax purposes <2> Provisional
Dr. Lynne Jones : To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what United Kingdom tax regime will apply to any payment received by the chairman of British Aerospace as a result of the increased value of his shareholding with that company.
Mr. Nelson : The statutory restrictions governing the use of banking names and descriptions, including the use of the term "bank", are contained in sections 67-73 of the Banking Act 1987, as amended by the Banking Co- ordination (Second Council Directive) Regulations 1992 (SI 1992/3218).
Mr. Milburn : To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will publish a table showing for each region the change in total tax in each year since 1978-79 as against the 1978-79 indexed regime broken down into the top 1 per cent., 5 per cent., 10 per cent., and bottom 70 per cent., 50 per cent., 30 per cent. and all taxpayers, giving the number of taxpayers in each category.
Mr. Dorrell [holding answer 14 February 1994] : Available information was provided in the answers which I gave to the hon. Member on 20 January at column 777 and to the hon. Member for Hartlepool (Mr. Mandelson) on 29 November 1993 at columns 337-38. The analysis sought for the later years is not available and the analyses for the earlier years could be provided only at disproportionate cost.
Column 790compensation package he announced in the Budget for all pensioners as a consequence of tax increases ; and if he will make a statement.
Mr. David Porter : To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what steps he is taking to publicise the compensation package he announced in the Budget for all pensioners as a consequence of tax increases ; and if he will make a statement.
Mr. Portillo [holding answer 15 February 1994] : The package of assistance with fuel bills announced in the November Budget was the subject of a press release, and has received widespread publicity at the time of the Budget and since. All pensioners will have received notification of the increase in the state retirement pension by 1 April 1994.
Leaflets offering information on the home energy efficiency scheme (HEES), which is to be extended to cover all pensioners, are supplied free of charge to local authorities, housing benefit offices, housing associations, citizens advice bureaux, the Benefits Agency, jobcentres, Age Concern and other organisations which have contact with HEES client group. The Energy Action Grants Agency (EAGA), which is responsible for administering the HEES, also encourages installers to promote HEES locally by means of advertising, press publicity and distribution of their own leaflets.
The Department for National Savings ran advertisements in the national press for the new pensioners' guaranteed income bond between 21 January and 13 February. The prospectus for the bond is available from all post offices and on request from the DNS office in Blackpool.
(2) who are the members currently appointed to the Advisory Committee for the Public Lending Right.
The public lending right (PLR) advisory committee advises the Secretary of State and/or the registrar on PLR matters.
The present members of the committee are :
Philip Ziegler CVO (Chairman)
Column 791Hon. Simon Sainsbury (Chairman)
Lord Egremont DL
Prof. Francis J. H. Haskell FBA
James Joll Esq
Dr. Jennifer I. R. Montagu FBA