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39. 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

Agency Candidates--

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


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NATIONAL FINANCE

Insurance Premium Tax

Mr. Hinchliffe : To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what estimates he has for the expenditure incurred in administration and collection of insurance premium tax.

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.

Division of Telecommunications

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.

Mr. Dorrell : I understand that my right hon. and learned Friend the Home Secretary has responded to the civil service unions' representations.

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.

Scott Inquiry

Mr. Llew Smith : To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many pages of evidence have now been provided by Her Majesty's Customs and Excise to the Scott inquiry.

Sir John Cope : Customs and Excise has to date supplied in the region of 15,100 pages of evidence to the Scott inquiry.

Domestic Fuel Consumption

Mr. Clelland : To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what estimates he has made of the reductions in consumption of domestic fuel resulting from the imposition of value added tax.

Sir John Cope : It was estimated that over the next two years imposing VAT at the standard rate on domestic fuel and power would reduce consumption by around 3 per cent. overall.

Public Appointments

Sir Thomas Arnold : To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what estimate he has made of the total number of public appointments which he makes.


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Mr. Nelson : Details of the number of public appointments which my right hon. and learned Friend makes are listed in the publication "Public Bodies", which is available in the Members' Library.

Exchange Rate

Mr. Austin Mitchell : To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what effect the takeover of British industry by foreign firms has on the exchange rate.

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.

Caribbean (Offshore Companies)

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.

Gross Domestic Product

Mr. Milburn : To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what was the gross domestic product per head in each county for each of the last five years.

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.

Inheritance Tax (Works of Art)

Mr. Redmond : To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will publish a list of those works of art which must be made available for public access by reason of inheritance tax exemption.

Mr. Dorrell : I refer the hon. Member to the reply given to the hon. Member for Pendle (Mr. Prentice) on 28 January 1994 at column 454.

Taxpayers

Mr. Redmond : To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what was the number and percentage of taxpayers who had incomes of (a) £5 million or more, (b) between £1 million


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and £5 million, (c) between £500,000 and £1 million and (d) between £100,000 and £500,000 in 1991-92 and 1992-93.

Mr. Dorrell : Reliable estimates are available only for the numbers of taxpayers with incomes in excess of £100,000 and are as follows :


               |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                                                            

British Aerospace

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. Dorrell : For reasons of confidentiality, I cannot make any comment on the specific tax affairs of any individual.

Banks

Mr. Redmond : To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what are the legal restrictions governing the use of the term "bank".

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).

Tax Changes

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.

Pensioners

Mr. David Porter : To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will make it his policy to write to every pensioners group in the country giving details of the


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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] : Efforts were made on Budget day to make the details available to pensioner groups.

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.

NATIONAL HERITAGE

Public Bodies

Mr. Kilfoyle : To ask the Secretary of State for National Heritage (1) who are the members currently appointed to the Board of the Registrar of Public Lending Right ;

(2) who are the members currently appointed to the Advisory Committee for the Public Lending Right.

Mr. Sproat : There is no PLR board, since the registrar (appointed by the Secretary of State) is a corporate sole. The current registrar is Dr. James Parker.

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)

Lee Langley

Keith Crawshaw

Clive Grenyer

Janet Hurrell

Gillian McClure

Roger Palmer

Lavinia Trevor

Mr. Kilfoyle : To ask the Secretary of State for National Heritage who are the members currently appointed to the board of the Wallace collection.

Mr. Sproat : The members of the board of trustees of the Wallace collection are :


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Hon. Simon Sainsbury (Chairman)

Lord Egremont DL

Prof. Francis J. H. Haskell FBA

James Joll Esq

Dr. Jennifer I. R. Montagu FBA

Lady Shaw-Stewart.


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