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In addition, it is envisaged that modern apprenticeships will also be offered in the following sectors from September 1995:
Arts and Entertainment
Column 273Broadcasting, Film and Video Production
Bus and Coach
Cleaning and Support Services
Hotel and Catering
Knitting, Lace and Narrow Fabric Industries
Paper and Board Industry
Road Haulage and Distribution
Sports and Recreation
In 1995 96, the Department will make £680 million available for youth training and modern apprenticeships.
Miss Widdecombe: The Department has a wide range of initiatives and services which help enhance employment opportunities for people with disabilities, including those wishing to work in the horticultural industry. We will continue our programme of educating and persuading employers to adopt good employment practices for disabled people. We will also continue to provide effective practical help to both employers and disabled individuals.
The Government have also introduced a Disability Discrimination Bill which will make it unlawful for an employer to treat a disabled person less favourably because of his or her disability, without justifiable reason.
Mr. Sumberg: To ask the Secretary of State for Employment what the arrangements are for paying employers investment in people programme, contractors to South Thames TEC, since the appointment of the receiver; and if he will make a statement.
Column 274company's operating agreement with the Employment Department. The receiver is making payments to providers in respect of employers investment in people activity undertaken since his appointment. He is making related claims upon the Department and the Department is meeting legitimate claims. As is normally the case when a company is in receivership, the receiver has not met claims arising from activities undertaken before his appointment.
I am providing £1 million to fund the small firms training initiative in Wales during 1995 96. This represents 11 per cent. of the £9 million level of funding set aside for the equivalent programme in England known as skills for small business.
The Attorney-General: The detailed information requested by the hon. Member could be obtained only by scrutiny of all correspondence and other representations received in my office since 1990 and would involve disproportionate expense.
Mr. Peter Bottomley: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what proportion of new long-dated government borrowing is from the accumulated funds of (a) insurance linked saving, (b) a personal equity plans and (c) tax-exempt special savings accounts.
Table: Net investment in British Government Securities (over 15 years maturity and undated). £ million and as a percentage of long gilt insurance. 1993-94 1994 (April-September) |£ million |Percentage|£ million |Percentage --------------------------------------------------------------------------- Insurance Companies |7,943 |66.7 |1,951 |85.4 Unit Trusts |86 |0.7 |-31 |-1.4 Investment Trusts |114 |1.0 |-54 |-2.4 Source: CSO, "Financial Statistics", tables 1.2C, 5.1A, 5.2C and 5.2D.
No information is available on the proportion of PEP funds specifically invested in long-dated gilts. TESSAs represent a significant proportion of bank and building society retail funds. Although bank and building societies currently own around 9 per cent. of UK government stock, these holdings are predominantly of short and medium-dated issues. No information is available on their recent transactions in long-dated stock.
Sir Timothy Sainsbury: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many prosecutions have been made against individuals importing and illegally selling duty-free wines, beers and spirits from the EU; and what was the total value of goods seized.
Mr. Heathcoat-Amory: Of the 182 prosecutions brought by customs in the period 1 January 1993 to 31 December 1994 for the illegal importation or sale of alcoholic drinks duty paid in other member states, 54 involved alcohol only and 128 involved mixed loads of alcohol and tobacco. The retail value of the goods seized is not available, the volumes involved were 117,579 litres of beer, 4,556 litres of spirits and 13,314 litres of wine.
Sir Timothy Sainsbury: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what assessment he has made of whether the retail prices index takes sufficient account of consumers' expenditure patterns varying in response to the availability of sales and special offers.
Mr. Nelson: In accordance with the recommendations of the retail prices index advisory committees, the RPI is based on a fixed "basket" of items revised annually in line with changes in consumer spending. The monthly RPI price indicators are based on prices charged; sale and special offers available to all purchasers are included.
Mr. Barry Field: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer when he expects to announce whether capital gains tax reinvestment relief for unquoted rule 4.2 companies will be extended to those companies that transfer to the alternative investment market.
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Mr. McCartney: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will provide the latest available estimates of the number of women who have earnings below (a) the tax threshold and (b) the national insurance threshold, broken down for married women, lone parents and single parents and for each year since 1979.
Sir George Young [holding answer 15 February 1995]: It is estimated that in 1994 95 about 2.3 million women employees have no income tax liability, and about the same number have earnings below the national insurance lower earnings limit. Some women in this latter category will be taxpayers due to income from other sources. In each of the categories, approximately 75 per cent. are married women, 10 per cent. are lone parents and 15 per cent. single women. It is not possible to provide a consistent series of figures for earlier years.
As the central bank of the United Kingdom, the Bank of England's overriding objective is to maintain a stable and efficient monetary and financial framework for the effective functioning and development of the economy. In pursuing this goal, it has three core purposes: maintaining the integrity and value of the currency; maintaining the stability of the financial system, both domestic and international; and seeking to ensure the effectiveness of the UK's financial services.
The three core purposes relate primarily to the UK, but achieving them requires the bank to monitor international developments and co-operate with other monetary authorities and international organisations.
Mr. Cousins: To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs on what date the United Kingdom named Iraq as being in breach of the 1925 chemical weapons obligation; when his Department first became aware that Iraq had breached its 1925 obligations; what action ensued in respect of Iraq as a result of it being so named; and what assessment his Department made as to the adequacy of these actions.
"clear breach of the Geneva protocol".
He referred to a report by a team of specialists which had been released on 14 March 1986 by the UN Secretary-General which confirmed the use of chemical weapons by Iraqi forces in the conflict between Iran and Iraq.
The Security Council subsequently considered the report, and on 21 March 1986 the president of the council