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Swimming and Recreation Centres

Mr. Menzies Campbell: To ask the Secretary of State for National Heritage what is the number of public swimming baths and recreation centres per head of population; what is the equivalent figure for other European Union member states; and if she will make a statement. [1534]

Mr. Sproat: Latest figures for England, based on 1991 population census and the Sports Council's sports facilities database, are for one swimming pool for every 43,429 of the population and one sports centre for every 32,572 of the population. Equivalent figures for Scotland, Wales, and Northern Ireland are the responsibility of the respective Secretaries of State. We do not hold comparative data for other European Union member states.

Millenium Exhibition

Mr. Dafis: To ask the Secretary of State for National Heritage what provisions are being made to ensure that charity, Church and other non-commercial organisations will be able to fully participate in the millennium exhibition. [373]

Mrs. Bottomley: This is a matter for the Millennium Commission. I shall reply to the hon. Member in my capacity as chairman of the commission and place copies of my reply in the Libraries of the House.

TREASURY

Labour Statistics

Mr. Simon Hughes: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will list the unemployment rates by sex, age and ethnic origin for each year from 1989 using the latest labour force survey. [2848]

Mrs. Angela Knight: Comparable information on International Labour Organisation unemployment by sex, age and ethnic origin is available from the labour force survey (LFS), quarterly from spring 1992 onwards. It can be obtained via the Quantime LFS service available in the

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Library. Information for the average of the three years 1989-91 is available from the February 1993 issue of the Employment Gazette, which is also available from the Library.

Mr. Hughes: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will list employment by broad occupation, by ethnic origin and by sex for each year from 1991. [2850]

Mrs. Knight: Comparable information on employment, by occupation, ethnic origin and sex is available from the labour force survey quarterly from spring 1992 onwards. It can be obtained via the Quantime LFS service available in the Library.

Mr. Hughes: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what are the proportions of (a) men and (b) women by ethnic origin who are working as (i) full-time employees, (ii) part-time employees and (iii) self-employed. [2847]

Mrs. Knight: Estimates from the labour force survey are shown in the table.

Men and women, by ethnic origin in employment Great Britain, spring 1995

Proportion (percentage) of those who are in employment who are:
Full-time employees Part-time employees Self-employed
Men
White75618
All ethnic minority groups71 918
Black731013
Indian74718
Pakistani/Bangladeshi611025
Mixed/other origins701117
Women
White51407
All ethnic minority groups 6330 5
Black6926n/a
Indian60327
Pakistani/Bangladeshi6129n/a
Mixed/other origins6131n/a

n/a--not available, based on estimate below 10,000.


Mr. Hughes: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will list employment by industry for each year from 1991 of (a) men and (b) women broken down into (i) whites and (ii) ethnic minorities. [2849]

Mrs. Knight: Comparable information on employment, by industry, ethnic origin and sex is available from the labour force survey, quarterly from spring 1992 onwards. It can be obtained via the Quantime LFS service available in the Library.

Executive Agencies

Mr. Redmond: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will list for each of his executive agencies for the last financial year in respect of overseas travel by agency staff (a) the costs of the travel, (b) the countries visited and (c) the posts held by the staff concerned. [2283]

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Mrs. Knight: The information for the Chancellor of the Exchequer's four agencies is as follows:

Cost of overseas travel 1994-95 Countries visited Posts held by travelling staff
Central Statistical Office
£159,661 Countries of the European Community Switzerland, Scandinavia, United States of America, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, China, Hong Kong Directors (Grades la to Grade 4) Heads of Inquiry Divisions, Branches and Sections (Grades 5-7) Heads of Statistical Units (Grades of 5-7) Heads of Service Divisions, Branches and Sections and staff (Grades EO to Grade 5) Statistical staff (SEO to Assistant Statistician)


Single Currency

Mr. Gill: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer (1) what preparations have been made within the Treasury in anticipation of the single currency; [2772]

    (2) what preparations the Bank of England has made in anticipation of the introduction of the single currency. [2771]

Mrs. Angela Knight: The Chancellor of the Exchequer is a member of the ECOFIN Council. The Governor of the Bank of England is a member of the European Monetary Institute Council. Treasury and the Bank of England both have representatives on the

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EU monetary committee. Under the EC treaty, ECOFIN, the EMI and the monetary committee are all involved in preparatory work for a single currency.

The United Kingdom's involvement in preparatory work in no way prejudges the UK's decision whether or not to notify our intention to move to stage 3 of EMU, in accordance with the provisions of protocol 11 annexed to the EC treaty.

Under protocol 11 annexed to the UK treaty, the Prime Minister has ensured that the United Kingdom shall not be obliged or committed to move to the third stage of economic union without a separate decision to do so by the Government and Parliament. We will agree to take part in a single currency only if it is in our national interest to do so, given the circumstances at the time.

Tax

Mr. Robert Ainsworth: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how much tax was remitted or written off as irrecoverable in 1994; and how much of this was PAYE contributions. [83]

Mr. Jack: The total amount of tax remitted or written off as irrecoverable in the year ended 28 October 1994 was £1.16 billion--about 1.4 per cent. of the total tax collected, and some 26 per cent. lower than the figure for the previous year.

The amount of PAYE contributions remitted or written off in the year ended 28 October 1994 was £270.13 million, some 32 per cent. less than the previous year.

Insolvencies, where the Inland Revenue has very little control over the amount recoverable, account for the vast majority of tax written off or remitted.

EU Contributions

Mr. Spearing: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what was (a) the gross contributions, receipts and net contributions or receipts, (b) the population and approximate number of households and (c) the net contributions or receipts per head and per household of each state which was a member of the EU before the treaty of Corfu for (a) 1990 and (b) 1994, in (i) ecus and (ii) £ sterling. [2513]

Mr. Heathcoat-Amory: This information is set out in the table. This covers the former European Union of 12 member states. Following the conclusions of the European Council in Corfu in June 1994, Sweden, Austria and Finland proceeded to join the Union at the beginning of this year.

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Contributions to and receipts from the EU--12 Budget in 1990 and 1994 1990 ecu/£ = 1.39

Gross contribution Gross Receipts Net Contribution/Receipt
(mecu)£ million(mecu)£ million(mecu)£ million
Belgium1,763.71,268.8989.8712.1-773.9-556.8
Denmark775.1557.61,197.6861.6422.5304.0
Germany10,357.57,451.44,807.13,458.3-5,550.4-3,993.1
Greece563.6405.53,033.82,182.62,470.21,777.1
Spain3,671.12,641.35,382.73,872.41,711.31,231.2
France8,089.55,819.86,284.64,521.3-1,804.9-1,298.5
Ireland368.2264.92,260.71,626.41,892.51,361.5
Italy6,097.74,386.85,6814,087.1-416.7-299.8
Luxembourg74.553.614.510.4-60-43.2
Netherlands2,615.21,881.42,983.62,146.5368.4265.0
Portugal502.4361.41,103.2793.7600.8432.2
United Kingdom 6,534.3 4,700.9 3,147.4 2,264.3 -3,386.9 -2,436.6


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1990 ecu/£ = 1.39

Population Number of householdsNet per head Net per household
MillionsMillions (ecu)£(ecu)£
Belgium9.93.95-78.2 -56.2-196-141.0
Denmark5.12.2782.859.6186133.9
Germany79.135.26-70.2-50.5-157-113.2
Greece10.13.2244.6176.0772555.4
Spain38.811.8444.131.7145104.0
France56.621.54-31.9-22.9-84-60.3
Ireland3.51.03540.7389.01,8371,321.9
Italy56.719.91-7.3-5.3-21-15.1
Luxembourg0.40.15-150.0-107.9-400-287.8
Netherlands14.96.1624.717.86043.0
Portugal9.93.1560.743.7191137.2
UK57.522.42-58.9-42.4-151-108.7

Notes: 1. Contribution figures are after abatement. 2. Administration costs are not fully allocated by member state in the Court of Auditors Report. Allocation of administrative spending would increase gross receipt figures for Belgium and Luxembourg. 3. Figures for population and households in Germany are for unified Germany for both 1990 and 1994. 4. Figures for number of households are the latest available and refer to 1990-91. Source: Court of Auditors Reports and Eurostat.


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1994 ecu/£=1.29

Gross contribution Gross receipts Net contribution
(mecu)£ million (mecu)£ million (mecu)£ million
Belgium2,822.12,187.72,512.81,947.9-309.3-239.8
Denmark1,296.21,004.81,495.11,159.0198.9154.2
Germany21,366.316,563.07,729.25,991.6-13,637.1-10,571.4
Greece992.3769.24,844.23,755.23,851.92,986.0
Spain4,718.13,657.47,834.76,073.43,116.62,416.0
France12,550.99,729.49,924.57,693.4-2,626.4-2,036.0
Ireland638.9495.32,390.91,853.41,7521,358.1
Italy7,759.66,015.25,219.24,045.9-2,540.4-1,969.3
Luxembourg165.4128.2419.1324.9253.7196.7
Netherlands4,245.93,291.42,4161,872.9-1,829.9-1,418.5
Portugal1,215.6942.33,042.62,358.61,8271,416.3
United Kingdom6,417.44,974.75,258.64,076.4-1,158.8-898.3

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1994 ecu/£ = 1.29

Population Number of households Net per head Net per household
millionsmillions(ecu)£(ecu)£
Belgium10.13.95-30.6-23.7-78-60.7
Denmark5.22.2738.229.78867.9
Germany81.335.26-167.7-130.0-387-299.8
Greece10.43.2370.4287.11,204933.1
Spain39.111.8479.761.8263204.1
France57.821.54-45.4-35.2-122-94.5
Ireland3.61.03486.7377.31,7011,318.6
Italy57.119.91-44.5-34.5-128-98.9
Luxembourg0.40.15634.3491.71,6911,311.1
Netherlands15.36.16-119.6-92.7-297-230.3
Portugal9.93.15184.5143.1580449.6
UK58.322.42-19.9-15.4-52-40.1

Notes: 1. Contribution figures are after abatement. 2. Administration costs are not fully allocated by member state in the Court of Auditors Report. Allocation of administrative spending would increase gross receipt figures for Belgium and Luxembourg. 3. Figures for population and households in Germany are for unified Germany for both 1990 and 1994. 4. Figures for number of households are the latest available and refer to 1990-91. Source: Court of Auditors Reports and Eurostat.


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