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Manufacturing Industry

Mr. Page: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many people were employed in manufacturing in each year since 1979. [R] [142879]

Miss Melanie Johnson [holding answer 15 December 2000]: The information requested falls within the responsibility of the National Statistician. I have asked him to reply.

Letter from Len Cook to Mr. Richard Page, dated 10 January 2001:

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Workforce jobs in manufacturing--UK

June 19796,963
June 19806,676
June 19816,014
June 19825,683
June 19835,375
June 19845,314
June 19855,293
June 19865,178
June 19875,147
June 19885,226
June 19895,274
June 19905,156
June 19914,728
June 19924,495
June 19934,300
June 19944,317
June 19954,378
June 19964,428
June 19974,483
June 19984,515
June 19994,347
June 20004,238

Children's Tax Credit

Mr. Webb: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will estimate the yield from reducing the annual threshold at which the children's tax credit begins to be tapered away by (a) £1,000, (b) £2,000, (c) £3,000, (d) £4,000 and (e) £5,000. [144358]

Dawn Primarolo [holding answer 8 January 2001]: The estimated full year yield from reducing the annual threshold at which the Children's Tax Credit (CTC) begins to be tapered away for 2001-02 is given in the table.

Reduction to CTC threshold Estimated full year yield (£ million)

Special Advisers

Mr. Tyrie: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer (1) what categories of submissions from civil servants to Ministers, other than those relating to (a) intelligence and (b) personnel matters, are not circulated to Special Advisers; [143818]

Miss Melanie Johnson: Special Advisers in this Department have access to material produced by permanent civil servants in accordance with paragraph 14e of the "Model Contract for Special Advisers".

Working Families Tax Credit (Wansbeck)

Mr. Denis Murphy: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many families in Wansbeck are in receipt of Working Families Tax Credit. [144292]

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Dawn Primarolo: I refer my hon. Friend to the answer given to my hon. Friend the Member for Bury, North (Mr. Chaytor) on 1 November 2000, Official Report, column 515W.


Mr. Llwyd: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how much (a) value-added tax and (b) income tax was collected in each year since 1995 in Wales. [144089]

Dawn Primarolo: I refer the hon. Gentleman to the answer I gave him on 7 November 2000, Official Report, columns 121-22W.

Healthcare Plans

Dr. Iddon: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many people contribute annually to low cost healthcare cash plans; and what steps he is taking to assist such schemes. [143679]

Miss Melanie Johnson: The Government do not collect the information requested.

The Financial Services Authority is in discussion with the British Healthcare Association about such schemes.

Youth Unemployment

Mr. Paul Marsden: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what the (a) percentage and (b) numerical change in youth unemployment was between (i) 1 May 1997 and (ii) the latest date for which figures are available; and if he will make a statement. [143376]

Miss Melanie Johnson: The number of young people aged 18-24 claimant unemployed for six months or more fell by 81 per cent. or 143,700, between April 1997 and November 2000.

Disabled Person's Tax Credit

Mr. Paul Marsden: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many disabled people have been helped back into work through the disabled person's tax credit; and if he will make a statement. [143377]

Dawn Primarolo: The Disabled Person's Tax Credit (DPTC) is open to people who work for 16 hours or more a week, have an illness or disability which puts them at a disadvantage in getting a job, and who are either receiving one of a range of incapacity or disability benefits at the time of their application or have been receiving certain benefits within the previous six months. In August 2000 over 25,000 disabled workers were benefiting from DPTC--37 per cent. more than were receiving Disability Working Allowance in July 1999. From October 2000, a new fast-track to DPTC was introduced to help people who have been sick for 20 weeks or more to remain in work.

Income Tax

Mr. Gordon Prentice: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what is the (a) value and (b) percentage of the total income tax paid by each decile of earners for the latest year for which figures are available. [142702]

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Dawn Primarolo: The amount of income tax paid by the decile group (or taxpayers) and the percentage of income tax that each decile group are liable to is shown in the table, based on 1998-99 liabilities from the survey of personal incomes.

Decile Amount of income tax liability for each decile group £ billionIncome tax liability of the decile group as a percentage of total income tax liability

VAT Relief (Property Conversion)

Mr. Matthew Taylor: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer for what reason he is unable to provide a disaggregated cost of the three measures outlined in paragraph 6.80 of Cm 4917; and what estimate he has made of the time that Customs and Excise staff will have to spend in ensuring that enhanced relief does not subsidise high value properties. [142251]

Dawn Primarolo: These measures are part of a package worth £80 million. Customs and Excise estimate that the cost of the reduced VAT rate for work on converting residential properties into a different number of dwelling units will be around £70 million and that the cost of the adjustment to the zero-rate of VAT for the sale of refurbished vacant dwellings could be around £10 million in 2001-02. Inland Revenue estimate that the cost of the measure giving tax relief for the costs of converting redundant space over commercial premises into flats for letting will be negligible in 2001-02.

Customs will not need extra staff to assure the package of measures for property conversions. The tax relief for converting flats over shops will exclude high value properties. The VAT proposals in the package will not, but their main benefit will be to smaller families, single people and the less well-off, by encouraging the creation of a greater number of good quality and relatively affordable homes.

Health Spending

Mr. Alexander: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer by how much spending on health has increased since 1 May 1997; and by what proportion of GDP health spending will increase by 2002. [144627]

Mr. Andrew Smith: Planned UK net expenditure on the NHS in 2000-01, as announced in the March 2000 budget, is £54.2 billion. This represents a real terms increase of 18 per cent. since 1997-98.

By 2002-03, total expenditure on healthcare, both public and private, in the UK is forecast to rise to 7.4 per cent. of GDP compared to 6.7 per cent. in 1997-98.

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Climate Change Levy

Mr. Clappison: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what proportion of the proceeds from the climate change levy he estimates will be obtained from electricity generated from (a) nuclear power, (b) hydro- electric power and (c) renewable sources. [143681]

Mr. Timms: Climate change levy will be payable on the non-domestic use of energy. It is not possible to distinguish between domestic and non-domestic electricity according to how it is generated. Electricity from all sources is expected to account for some 70 per cent. of the levy proceeds. Energy from new renewable sources will be exempt.

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