Mr. Radice : To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many agency chief executives in his Departments are currently paid more than £82, 925, excluding performance-related bonuses ; and whether such chief executives were recruited directly to their present post from outside the civil service.
Mr. Dorrell : One agency chief executive in the Chancellor of the Exchequer's Departments is paid more than £82,925 per year, excluding performance-related bonuses. The person in question was recruited directly to the post from outside the civil service.
Mr. Nelson : None. All the properties occupied and used by the Treasury form part of the Government's common user estate which is the responsibility of the Secretary of State for the Environment, who will answer in respect of that property. The Treasury has no other property holdings.
(2) what assessment the Government have made of the inflationary effect of increases in house prices ; and what steps the Government intend to take to prevent house prices from rising further in 1994.
Column 456Monetary policy decisions are based on assessments of a range of monetary and other indicators, including house prices and other asset prices. Asset price movements have in the past been valuable leading indicators of inflation, but the Government do not rely on any single indicator.
As stated in the 1994-95 "Financial Statement and Budget Report," while some recovery in house prices is expected in 1994, inflation is still forecast to remain within the Government's target range.
Mr. Austin Mitchell : To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer to what extent the Government distinguish between asset inflation, cost-push inflation and demand-pull inflation for the purposes of fiscal and monetary policy ; and which of the three principally characterised inflation between 1987 and 1990.
Mr. Nelson : The Government's monetary policy is set to deliver low inflation irrespective of its cause. Figures on a wide range of monetary and other indicators are monitored, including asset prices, earnings, other input prices and activity. These are published regularly in the monthly monetary report, which has included charts for the period referred to.
Mr. Austin Mitchell : To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what were the proportions and the amounts of the public sector borrowing requirement funded by the trading banks for each year since 1985 in the United Kingdom, Germany, France and Italy ; and what amount of United Kingdom gilts in each year were purchased and held by (a) banks, (b) pension funds and (c) other financial institutions.
Mr. Nelson : Data on Government financing by type of debt holder are published by the International Monetary Fund in its "Government Finance Statistics Yearbook". This covers the United Kingdom, Germany, France and Italy. More detailed sectoral analyses of United Kingdom gilt transactions are published by the Bank of England in its "Statistical Abstract".
Mr. Matthew Taylor : To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many collection staff were working for the Inland Revenue in each year since 1980 (a) in London and the south-east and (b) in the United Kingdom as a whole in the area of value added tax.
Mr. Redmond : To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer (1) what was the total number of Customs and Excise officers engaged in value added tax inspections in the Doncaster area in each year for the last 10 years ;
(2) what was the total number of value added tax inspections carried out in the Doncaster area by Customs and Excise officers in each year for the last 10 years.
Sir John Cope : Information is not available for the whole period requested. For the years to the end of March 1991, March 1992 and March 1993 Doncaster local VAT office assigned 48, 50 and 47 officers respectively to visiting duties. For the year to the end of March 1994, it is expected that 45 officers will be assigned to this work.
Column 457A total of 4,088 visits were carried out by those staff in the year ending 31 March 1991, 3,197 in 1992 and 2,956 in 1993. It is planned to complete some 2,500 visits by the end of March 1994. Businesses are selected in accordance with their risk profile which may vary from year to year. Better targeting of resources and the time needed to carry out each visit also has an effect.
Mr. Wigley : To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what is his estimate of what proportion of the total value added tax revenue is raised in (a) Wales, (b) England, (c) Scotland and (d) Northern Ireland.
|Percent. Wales |4.6 England |85.2 Scotland |8.0 Northern Ireland |2.2
Sir John Cope : Information regarding total outstanding value added tax debt is not analysed by geographical areas. Providing this information for the Doncaster area would involve disproportionate cost.
Sir John Cope : Proceedings for such cases may be taken in the magistrates court under sections 170(A) or (B) of the Customs and Excise Management Act 1979, or under sections 170(1) or (2) of that Act if the magistrates court accepts jurisdiction where it considers its powers of sentencing adequate following representations from Customs and the defendant or his representative.
Sections 170(A) or (B) carry maximum penalties of £5,000. Sections 170(1) or (2) involve fraudulent intent to evade duty and carry maximum penalties of six months' imprisonment and a penalty of £5,000 or three times the value of the goods concerned.
Mr. Dowd : To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment if he will list the projects which have received rough sleepers initiative funding during 1993-94, the amounts allocated and the London boroughs in which they are located.
Sir George Young : As part of the rough sleepers initiative in central London my Department has allocated grant aid in 1993-94 under section 73 of the Housing Act 1985 to the housing associations and voluntary organisations shown in the following table.
In addition, the Housing Corporation has made capital allocations of £67 million to 23 housing associations to provide at least 1,500 places in permanent accommodation for people who are in hostels or on the streets to move on to.
List of voluntary organisations and housing associations who receive funding through section 73 of the Housing Act 1985 under the Rough Sleepers Initiative in 1993-94 Organisation |Project |London Borough |Total grant (£) /Association ---------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Alone in London |Resettlement Work |Camden |21,000 Service Arlington HA |Arlington House hostel<1> |Camden |31,000 Resettlement Work Centrepoint |Vauxhall Hostel<1> |Lambeth |894,327 |Off the Streets' |Westminster |Management ofPSL properties<1> |Westminster |Resettlement Work |Camden/Lambeth/Westminster |Soho Square winter shelter |Westminster CLHAS |Resettlement Work |Westminster/Camden/Islington |80,467 Crisis |Tooley Street winter shelter |Southwark |216,225 DePaul Trust |Lord Clyde nightshelter<1> |Lambeth |295,211 |Moorhouse Road hostel<1> |Westminster |Resettlement Work |Lambeth Drink Crisis Centre |HostelWorkers |Lambeth |50,000 English Churches |Station Hotel hostel<1> |Camden |880,164 Housing Group |New To London hostel<1> |Westminster |MacNaghten House hostel<1> |Camden |Nevern Mansions hostel<1> |Kensington and Chelsea |Resettlement Work |Camden/Westminster |Allied House winter shelter |Islington Homeless Network |Improved Support Project |Westminster |59,000 Housing Services |Managing PSL properties |Camden |273,295 Agency |Clearing Housing Project |Camden |Resettlement Work |Camden Hyde HA |Private Sector Leasing<1> |Bromley |106,100 London Borough of |Albert Street winter shelter |Camden |79,000 Camden London Connection |Resettlement Work |Westminster |182,448 London and Quadrant |Private Sector Leasing<1> |Lewisham |89,000 Housing Trust Look Ahead HA |Resettlement Work |Westminster |18,000 Met Office |Weather Forecasting |- |1,463 National Council of |West Cromwell Road Hostel<1> |Kensington and Chelsea |74,000 YMCAs New Horizon Youth |Resettlement Work |Westminster |26,000 Centre North Lambeth Day |Resettlement Work |Lambeth/Southwark |95,730 Centre Notting Hill Housing |Private Sector Leasing |Kensington and Chelsea |228,000 Trust |Rent Deposit Fund The Passage |Passage Nightshelter |Westminster |190,000 Providence Row |47/49 Crispin St. hostel<1> |City of London |418,000 |50 Crispin St. hostel<1> |City of London |Ede House hostel<1> |Hackney |Resettlement Work |City of London Resource Information |Information gathering |- |3,180 Service Riverpoint |Management of PSL properties<1>|Hammersmith andFulham |241,622 |John Street winter shelter |Camden St. Mungo Association |Nevern Square hostel<1> |Kensington and Chelsea |1,205,005 |Bassett Road hostel |Kensington and Chelsea |Vartry Road hostel<1> |Haringey |Chichester Road hostel<1> |Brent |City Road hostel<1> |Islington |Hatton Gardens hostel |Islington |Siddons Buildings hostel |Westminster |Outreach/Resettlement Work |Westminster/Lambeth/Camden |Neville House winter shelter |Westminster Salvation Army |Outreach/Resettlement |Hackney |168,641 |TudorStreet winter shelter |Camden SHAC |Hostels Vacancy Information |Westminster |114,000 |Project Shaftesbury Society |Lansdowne Centre hostel<1> |Southwark |171,000 |John Kirk Centre hostel<1> |Southwark |Aldershot Road hostel<1> |Brent Short Term Leasing |Management of PSL properties<1>|Islington |167,000 South London Family |Private Sector Leasing<1> |Lambeth |11,000 HA Thames Reach |Outreach/Resettlement Work |Southwark |59,000 |Lincoln's Inn Outreach Team |Camden Threshold HA |Private Sector Leasing<1> |Wandsworth |21,000 West Hampstead HA |Private Sector Leasing<1> |Camden |173,000 <1> These organisations also receive RSI revenue funding from the Housing Corporation.
Mr. Gale : To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment if he has completed his review of the working of the use classes order in relation to houses in multiple occupation ; and if he will make a statement.
Column 460of such hostels in traditional hotel areas. It is investigating the feasibility of legislation to introduce a licensing system for the establishment of hostels.
As a temporary measure pending the introduction of any such licensing scheme, an amending order being made today will amend the Town and Country Planning (Use Classes) Order 1987 to require planning permission for the change of use from a hotel to a hostel.
Mr. Atkins : There is no interdepartmental working group on derelict land. If, however, the hon. Member is referring to the review of the arrangements for dealing with contaminated land, I refer him to the answer I gave on 8 March 1994, Official Report, column 110.
Mr. Atkins : If the hon. Member is referring to registers of land subject to contaminative uses under section 143 of the Environmental Protection Act 1990, the Government withdrew their proposals on 24 March 1993, Official Report, column 633.
If the hon. Member is referring to the registers of vacant and underused public sector land, these are compiled each year by local authorities and other public bodies. My Department does not have a central register.
Mr. Baldry : The area cost adjustment was given extensive consideration during the 1993 review of standard spending assessments. We do, however, wish to look again at the way the adjustment works within the south-east region outside London. We shall be discussing shortly with the local authority associations the 1994 programme of technical work on SSAs.
Mr. Gordon Prentice : To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment what steps he is taking to ensure that wind farms are not located in environmentally sensitive areas or in areas of natural beauty.
Mr. Baldry : Planning policy guidance note 22 gives advice on renewable energy projects which local planning authorities should take into account when they consider planning applications for wind farms. This guidance makes it clear that authorities must always weigh the desirability of exploiting a clean, renewable energy resource against the visual impact which the development may have on the landscape.
The PPG also emphasises that particular care should be taken in assessing proposals for developing all renewable projects, including wind farms, in national parks, areas of outstanding natural beauty, the Broads and sites of special scientific interest.
Mr. Robert Ainsworth : To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment (1) how much grant was paid to British Gas by Greater Manchester development corporation for the development of the Grand Island scheme ;
(2) what is the current situation concerning the grant dispute with British Gas for the Grand Island scheme in Manchester.
Mr. Robert Ainsworth : To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment what representations he has received concerning possible abuse of grants analogous to city grant which are offered by urban development corporations in their own areas.
Mr. Robert Ainsworth : To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment whether agreement has been reached with British Gas on the appropriate level of grant needed to ensure the development of the Foleshill gas works site in Coventry.
Mr. Baldry : English Partnerships has made a proposal to British Gas, the site owners, under which a grant could be offered for a first phase of development on the Foleshill site. English Partnerships has also suggested a possible joint venture for the development of a second phase.
Ms Harman : To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment how much his Department spends on child care provision for the under-fives and out-of-school provision for children aged over five either directly, excluding provision for departmental staff, or indirectly through resources made available to local authorities or other organisations ; what form of provision is thereby provided ; how many places are thereby provided ; and if he will make a statement on child care.
Mr. Baldry : The amount included in local authority standard spending assessments for 1994-95 in respect of the education of children under five is £935.2 million. The amount spent by local authorities on provision for child care, and the number of places thereby provided, are matters for individual authorities.
Mr. Baldry : There has been extensive consultation on draft bidding guidance for the single regeneration budget, both centrally and at local level. Some 10,000 copies of the draft bidding guidance on the single regeneration budget have been distributed ; 11 seminars organised by the Department have been held throughout England ; and several hundred written responses have been received. The responses will be taken into account in finalising the bidding guidance which is expected to be issued in early April.
(2) what powers local authorities have to control and deal with dog faeces ; what representations he has received to increase those powers ; and if he will make a statement ;
(3) what plans he has to amend the law to classify dog mess as litter ; and if he will make a statement.
Mr. Atkins : Under the provisions of part IV of the Environmental Protection Act 1990, local authorities have a duty to keep certain public areas, such as parks and highways, clear of dog faeces. Citizens can apply to a magistrates court for a litter abatement order if a local authority fails to carry out this duty.
Local authorities in England and Wales can also adopt "poop-scoop" byelaws which make it an offence for owners not to clear up after their dogs in designated areas. It is however, for each local authority to decide whether or not to adopt such byelaws. The Tidy Britain Group and others have proposed replacement of poop-scoop byelaws with national legislation to make it an offence for any person to allow a dog to foul any area to which the public have access. The Department's advisory group on litter is currently considering this proposal as well as the suggestion that dog mess should be defined as litter. The advisory group's report is expected to be completed in the near future.
Mr. Matthew Taylor : To ask the Prime Minister (1) what was the (a) budgeted and (b) actual expenditure by his office on (1) internal and (2) overseas travel by the Prime Minister in 1990-91 and after 28 November 1990, 1991-92, 1992-93 and so far in 1993-94 ; (2) what was the (a) budgeted and (b) actual expenditure by his office on (1) internal and (2) overseas travel by the Prime Minister in 1990-91, after 28 November 1990, 1991-92, 1992-93 and so far in 1993-94.
The Prime Minister : Disaggregated budget information is not available, nor is information for portions of financial years. The outturn for total travel and subsistence costs for domestic and overseas travel recorded in the financial years in question was as follows :
|Domestic |Overseas |travel |travel |£ |£ ---------------------------------------- 1990-91 617,943 1991-92 |89,810 |860,307 1992-93 |71,078 |1,190,087
Information on spending in 1993-94 will be available after the end of the financial year.
These figures relate to sums paid in the relevant financial years : in some cases payments may relate to travel in the previous financial year.
Mr. Redmond : To ask the Prime Minister what is the budget for the running cost for the Prime Minister's residence at 10 Downing street for 1994-95 ; and what was the running cost of 10 Downing street over the last 14 years.
The Prime Minister : Figures on a consistent basis are not available. In 1980-81, recorded spending on 10 Downing street and Chequers on the votes of the Cabinet Office, OPSS, was £1.745 million. In 1981- 82, charges were introduced for the use of Ministry of Defence aircraft. Including those charges, spending was £2.415 million in 1981-82 and £2.700 million in 1982-83. In 1983-84, charges were introduced by the Property Services Agency for buildings and services. Including those charges, spending was £3.026 million in 1983-84. In 1984-85, charges were introduced for use of the Government car service and for service personnel at Chequers. Including those charges, spending was £3.787 million in 1984-85 and £4.406 million in 1985-86. In 1986-87, the cost of office services was included in the No. 10 budget. Including those costs, spending since then has been as follows :
Year |£million --------------------------- 1986-87 |4.963 1987-88 |5.418 1988-89 |6.554 1989-90 |7.669 1990-91 |8.226 1991-92 |8.664 1992-93 |9.866
An outturn for 1993-94 will be available shortly ; it is likely to be around the same level of spending as in 1992-93. The provisional budget for 1994-95 is £9.486 million.
Mr. Grocott : To ask the Prime Minister, pursuant to his answer to the hon. Member for Blaenau Gwent (Mr. Smith) of 21 February, Official Report, column 849, what has been the total expenditure to date by the Government on the Government's "back to basics" policy ; and how many departmental staff are currently working on the Government's "back to basics" policy.
Mr. Llew Smith : To ask the Prime Minister if he will place in the Library a copy of the transcript of his interview of the "Jimmy Young Programme" on BBC Radio 2 broadcast on 7 March ; and if he will make a statement on new policy positions announced in the interview.
The Prime Minister : There has been no such audit in recent years, although the items are and have been available for inspection by the auditors in the Cabinet Office or in the National Audit Office. I am satisfied that all the items concerned are in safe-keeping in Number 10.
Mr. Austin Mitchell : To ask the Prime Minister if he will publish a list of the number of Ministers in each Department with the numbers of Ministers in each corresponding Department in the period 1964 to 1970 ; and how the responsibilities of the respective Departments have altered.
The Prime Minister : Current information on the number of Ministers in each Department can be found in the "List of Ministerial Responsibilities", a copy of which is in the Library of the House. The responsibilities of Departments and the numbers of Ministers changed during the period 1964-1970. Tables of ministeral office holders were published regularly in Hansard.
Mr. Austin Mitchell : To ask the President of the Board of Trade, pursuant to his answer of 16 February, Official Report, columns 829-30, by how much United Kingdom output has fallen since the United Kingdom joined the EEC; and what have been the corresponding persentage changes since 1973 in Germany, France, Italy, Belgium and Spain.
|Percent. --------------------------------- United Kingdom |-21 Germany |+3 France |-1 Italy |-39 Belgium<1> |-26 Spain |+113 <1> The comparison for Belgium is for the period from 1976 to 1992. Sources: "Motor Industry of Great Britain: World Automotive Statistics" and Motorstat Express, Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders.
Mr. Austin Mitchell : To ask the President of the Board of Trade, pursuant to his answer of 16 February, Official Report, column 830, by what percentage employment in the United Kingdom vehicle and parts industry has fallen since 1973 ; and what have been the corresponding percentage changes in Germany, France, Italy, Belgium and Spain.
Figures for Germany, France, Italy, Belgium and Spain are not available for the same period. But available figures show changes in people employed in the motor vehicles and parts industry were as follows :
- |1976-1993|1980-1992 |Per cent.|Per cent. --------------------------------------------- United Kingdom |-52 |-45 Germany |+20 |+11 France |+35 |-32 Italy |-45 |-37 Belgium |n/a |+3 Spain |n/a |-6 Source: Eurostat VISA database.
Mr. Needham : My Department works closely with the Foreign and Commonwealth Office, which has responsibility for the know-how fund scheme, on schemes to encourage enterprise in eastern Europe, including the former Soviet Union. The Department is consulted on applications from United Kingdom companies for grants under the pre-investment feasibility scheme for potential investment projects in the region and for support under the training investment personnel scheme. My Department also provides advice as appropriate on projects to encourage the development of enterprise under the know-how fund country programmes and is consulted on aspects of the joint industrial company awards programme under which entrepreneurs from the region are seconded to United Kingdom companies in order to gain valuable commercial experience. Two officials from the Department have been seconded to the FCO to work on the know-how-fund programme.
The university of Hertfordshire has made an important contribution to the know-how fund's activities in Romania through its involvement in the successful launch of the Romanian centre for the improvement of management performance. The know-how fund will continue to support the university's work with the centre into the next financial year. It is planned that the centre will be financially self-sustainable in early 1995.