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NATIONAL HERITAGE

National Lottery

Mr. Ieuan Wyn Jones: To ask the Secretary of State for National Heritage if she will make it her policy to establish a national disaster fund from the proceeds of the national lottery. [11723]

Mr. Sproat: The National Lottery etc. Act 1993 established five areas to benefit equally from the lottery: sport, the arts, the heritage, charities and a millennium fund to mark the year 2000 and the beginning of the third millenium. There are no plans to establish a national disaster fund from the proceeds of the national lottery.

LORD CHANCELLOR'S DEPARTMENT

Judges

Mr. William Powell: To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Lord Chancellor's Department if he will list those full-time judges now aged over 70 years still sitting on the bench, together with the date by which they must retire. [11072]

Mr. Streeter: The information requested is as follows:

Retirement date
The Right Honourable The Lord Goff of Chieveley12 November 2001
The Right Honourable Sir Stephen Brown President of the Family Division3 October 1999
The Right Honourable Lord Justice Beldam29 March 2000
The Right Honourable Lord Justice Hirst31 July 2000
The Honourable Mr. Justice French14 October 2000
The Honourable Mr. Justice Owen22 November 2000
His Honour Judge David QC DL30 April 1997
His Honour Judge Sir Lawrence Verney TD DL Recorder of London1 June 1998
His Honour Judge Halnan8 June 1997
His Honour Judge Edwards QC22 July 1997
His Honour Judge Ian Davidson QC23 September 1997
His Honour Judge Atkinson7 October 1997
His Honour Judge Baker DL29 March 1998
His Honour Judge Sir David Hughes-Morgan CBE15 May 1998
His Honour Judge Gerald Coombe29 May 1998
His Honour Judge Esyr Lewis QC27 September 1998
His Honour Judge Harrison-Hall DL28 September 1998
His Honour Judge Morgan Hughes9 November 1998
His Honour Judge Robert Smyth9 December 1998
His Honour Judge Paiba19 December 1998
His Honour Judge Tibber5 January 1999
Her Honour Judge Viner CBE QC16 January 1999
His Honour Judge Watts2 March 1999
His Honour Judge Wickham Recorder of Liverpool2 September 1999
His Honour Judge Goldstone26 September 1999
His Honour Judge Harry Walker29 November 1999
District Judge HG Hughes31 December 1997
District Judge Lambert31 December 1997
District Judge Wood30 November 1998
District Judge Goodman19 June 1999
District Judge Kendrick31 October 1999


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Legal Aid

Mr. Beggs: To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Lord Chancellor's Department on how many occasions in each of the last five years legal aid certificates have been discharged by the Legal Aid Committee or legal aid department of the Law Society of Northern Ireland when evidence that incorrect information was supplied by claimants for the purpose of legal aid was established. [10955]

Mr. Streeter: Since 1 April 1994, 13 legal aid certificates have been revoked on account of false statements being made on applications. One was revoked in 1994-95, 11 in 1995-96 and one in the current financial year.

Mr. Beggs: To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Lord Chancellor's Department how many prosecutions having been initiated against persons who succeeded in obtaining legal aid certificates were later discharged when it was established that the award was based on incorrect information supplied by applicants, in each of the last five years in Northern Ireland. [10956]

Mr. Streeter: Records relating to the requested information have been maintained by the legal aid authorities since 1 April 1994. Since that time, there has been one case in which a legal aid certificate was revoked and the application for legal aid was referred for investigation by the police. The case is under investigation.

Mr. John Marshall: To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Lord Chancellor's Department how much has been paid by the legal aid fund during the last three years and so far this year to help in respect of cases under the Asylum and Immigration Acts. [11215]

Mr. Streeter: The information requested is not available since the data gathered by the Legal Aid Board does not identify separately cases brought under the Asylum and Immigration Acts.

Assistance for people in immigration and nationality matters is provided through the legal aid scheme in two ways. First, advice and assistance is available through the green form scheme and secondly through the civil legal aid scheme by way of a judicial review of an administrative decision.

Figures for the number of claims for green form advice and assistance paid by the Legal Aid Board over the last three financial years are as follows:

YearAmount (£000)
1993-9411,295
1994-9514,572
1995-9623,929
1996-97 to January 199720,039

It is not possible to give figures for civil legal aid expenditure relating to immigration and nationality matters since the Legal Aid Board does not record judicial review cases by category of proceedings.

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TREASURY

Incomes

Mr. Allen: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what proportion of income was paid in tax, including national insurance and VAT, by a family with two children earning (a) £10,000, (b) £15,000 (c) £20,000 and (d) £45,000 in each of the last five years. [10817]

Mr. Jack: The table provides figures for the percentage of earnings paid in tax by a one-earner couple with two children earning (a) £10,000, (b) £15,000, (c) £20,000 and (d) £45,000 in cash in each of the years 1991-92 to 1997-98.

Estimates of indirect taxes are very approximate. The margin of error is particularly high outside the central range of earnings so even illustrative estimates cannot be made at the top and bottom of the range.

Proportion of earnings paid in tax by one-earner family with two dependent children

Percentage of earnings paid in
Annual earnings £Direct taxes(5) VAT Other indirect taxes
1991-92
10,00011.2----
15,00018.85.27.7
20,00022.65.66.8
45,00029.4----
1992-93
10,0009.1----
15,00017.45.37.6
20,00021.55.76.7
45,00029.1----
1993-94
10,0008.4----
15,00016.95.17.8
20,00021.25.56.9
45,00029.1----
1994-95
10,0009.5----
15,00018.05.58.8
20,00022.25.57.4
45,00030.3----
1995-96
10,0009.8----
15,00018.25.49.5
20,00022.45.48.0
45,00030.2----
1996-97
10,0008.0----
15,00016.75.610.1
20,00021.05.68.5
45,00029.1----
1997-98
10,0006.7----
15,00015.55.610.8
20,00019.95.79.0
45,00028.1----

(5) Income tax and NICs.

1. Income tax payments are calculated on the assumption that the households receive no tax reliefs other than the standard allowances and only have income from employment. The earner is assumed to pay class 1 national insurance contributions at the contracted-in rate. Child benefit is deducted from income tax.

2. Figures for indirect taxes include estimates of the effects of the main intermediate taxes on households as well as the impact of taxes on final goods and services. Estimates of the impact of taxes on final goods and services assume that these taxes are fully incident on households. Estimates of the impact of intermediate taxes are based on the relation between intermediate production costs and final consumption derived using input-output techniques.

3. Figures for indirect taxes since 1994-95 are estimated from expenditure patterns in the 1994-95 family expenditure survey uprated to later years using forecasts of aggregate tax receipts. For years before 1994-95 the 1985 family expenditure survey was used. All estimates are based on the illustrative assumption that 10 per cent. of disposable income is saved.

4. Estimates of indirect taxes are very approximate, even where figures are shown, because spending patterns vary widely between households with the same composition and income. Because of sampling variation, there can be substantial differences between estimates obtained from family expenditure surveys for different years, so reliable comparisons cannot be made between the estimates for different years.


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