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Special Advisers

Mr. Ruffley: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will make a statement on the qualifications of each of the special advisers in the Treasury and on how those qualifications are relevant to their work inside that Department. [3681]

Mrs. Liddell: All Special Advisers are appointed to advise Ministers on the development of Government policy and its effective presentation. My right hon. Friend, the Chancellor of the Exchequer, made his appointments against these criteria.

Knight Williams

Mr. Lansley: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will review the circumstances of the Knight Williams investors; and if he will make a statement. [3422]

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Mrs. Liddell: Knight Williams and Co. has been declared in default by the Investors Compensation Scheme and claims by investors are being considered. Regrettably, progress has been slowed by a number of factors but there is no need for a review.

Economic Activity

Mr. Jack: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will list the economic indicators which he will use as the lead indicators of changes in economic activity. [3373]

Mrs. Liddell: I will make a comprehensive assessment of the current state of the economy, taking account of all relevant indicators in forming my view of the prospects for economic activity.

EC Budget

Mr. Heathcoat-Amory: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what estimate he has made of the United Kingdom contribution to, and public sector receipts from, the EC budget for (a) 1997, (b) 1998 and (c) 1999 in pound sterling. [3337]

Mrs. Liddell: The latest estimates of the United Kingdom's net contribution to the European Community Budget are those set out in the Departmental Report published by the then Chancellor of the Exchequer in March this year (Cm. 3617). These cover the financial years 1997-98 to 1999-2000 and are as follows:


These estimates were produced under the revised methodology announced in the 1996 Financial Statement and Budget Report and explained further in the Departmental Report. They estimate the trend in the UK's net contribution over the period in question, incorporating the UK's gross contribution, abatement and public sector receipts, and do not identify the individual elements which the right hon. Member has requested. An estimate of the UK's gross contribution to, and receipts from, the 1997 EC Budget will be included in the annual White paper on the EC Budget which the Government will publish before the recess.

Mr. Heathcoat-Amory: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what were the (a) contributions to, and (b) total public sector receipts from, the EC budget for each member state for each year from 1993 to 1996 in pound sterling. [3338]

Mrs. Liddell: The tables set out the information requested for the years 1993 to 1995. These figures are derived from ecu figures contained in annual reports of the European Court of Auditors and have been converted

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to sterling using the annual average exchange rates shown. Information on 1996 will not be available until the Court of Auditors publish their report on the 1996 Community Budget later this year.

Gross contributions by member states 1993 to 1995
£ million

199319941995
Belgium1,8642,1842,195
Denmark9391,0031,061
Germany14,85116,53217,463
Greece787768807
Spain4,0273,6512,985
France8,9889,7119,726
Ireland442494544
Italy7,9916,0045,252
Luxembourg130128137
Netherlands3,1383,2853,562
Austrian/an/a1,444
Portugal708941708
Finlandn/an/a727
Swedenn/an/a1,358
UK5,9374,9657,576

Source:

Court of Auditors Reports, converted to sterling using £=1.2845 (1993), £=1,2924 (1994) and £=1.2211 (1995).

It should be noted that the European Community Budget is denominated in ECU but that the figures in this table have been converted to sterling using the annual average exchange rate for each of the years. These figures should, therefore, be treated with caution.

Notes:

1. Figures for gross contributions are after account is taken of the UK's abatement and the bringing to account of surpluses and deficits in respect of Member States contributions in earlier years.

2. These figures exclude 10 per cent. collection costs in respect of contributions for sugar and agricultural levies and customs duties--Member States deduct this from their contributions for levies and duties before making their contributions available to the Community.

3. The revenue available to the Community also includes relatively small amounts of miscellaneous revenue derived from such sources as the sale of publications, disposal of property etc.


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Receipts paid to Member States 1993-95
£ million

BelgiumDenmarkGermanyGreeceSpainFranceIrelandItalyLuxembg.Nethrland.AustriaPortugalFinlandSwedenUK
19931,9111,2335,6414,0086.4338,1952,2886,8042782,105n/a2,661n/an/a3,504
19941,9441,1575,9813,7486,0627,6791,8504,0383241,869n/a2,354n/an/a4,069
19951,9401,3116,4643,6648,8968,3122,0904,7491011,9207022,6585925903,711

Source:

Court of Auditors Reports, converted to sterling using £=1.2845 (1993), £=1.2924 (1994) and £=1.2211 (1995).

It should be noted that the European Community Budget is denominated in ECU but that the figures in this table have been converted to sterling using the annual average exchange rate for each of the years. These figures should, therefore treated with caution.

Notes:

Due to a change in the basis of the Court of Auditors report figures, administration payments to Member States, including other institutions, are not included in the amounts shown for 1995. This mainly effects Belgium and Luxembourg.


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Euro

Sir Richard Body: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what would be the estimated number of euro coins that would need to be minted if the United Kingdom adopted the euro; and what would be the estimated cost. [4048]

Mrs. Liddell: It is estimated that 18 billion euro coins would be needed if the United Kingdom were to adopt the euro. The costs if the UK were to join would depend on the detailed coin specifications.

Unemployment (Greenock and Inverclyde)

Dr. Godman: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer (1) if he will list by each year of age, the number of (a) male and (b) female 18 to 24-year-olds currently unemployed in (i) the parliamentary constituency of Greenock and Inverclyde and (ii) the Greenock travel-to-work area; [3461]

Mrs. Liddell [holding answer 17 June 1997]: The information requested falls within the responsibility of the Chief Executive of the Office for National Statistics. I have asked him to arrange for a reply to be given.

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Letter from Tim Holt to Dr. Norman Godman, dated 18 June 1997:





Dr. Godman: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many (a) males and (b) females aged 18 to 24 years are currently unemployed in (i) the parliamentary constituency of Greenock and Inverclyde and (ii) the

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Greenock travel-to-work area; and what percentages of the national total for those of this age group in each case these figures represent. [3464]

Mrs. Liddell [holding answer 17 June 1997]: The Information falls within the responsibility of the Chief Executive of the Office for National Statistics. I have asked him to arrange for a reply to be given.

Letter from Tim Holt to Dr. Norman Godman, dated 18 June 1997:





Unadjusted claimant unemployment aged 18-24 years as a percentage of the total unemployed in this age group in April 1997 (most recently available date)

Males Females
NumberPercentageNumberPercentage
Parliamentary constituency
Greenock and Inverclyde3940.131210.10
Travel-to-work area
Greenock5870.201750.14


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