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Employment Statistics

Mr. Frank Field: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what his most recent estimate was of the number of people, broken down by age and sex, who have never worked. [90817]

Ruth Kelly: The information requested falls within the responsibility of the National Statistician. I have asked him to reply.

Letter from J. Pullinger to Mr. Frank Field, dated 15 January 2003:

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The attached table gives the information requested for the three month period ending August 2002. These estimates are from the Labour Force Survey (LFS).

People who have never had paid work(8), by sex and age United Kingdom, June to August 2002
Thousands, not seasonally adjusted

All personsMaleFemale
All aged 16+2,4621,0121,450
All of working age(9)2,2039961,208

(8) Paid work excluding casual or holiday work but including periods of self-employment or support by a Government training and employment programme.

(9) Men aged 16–64 and women aged 16–59.


These Labour Force Survey (LFS) estimates are Not Seasonally Adjusted (NSA) and have not yet been adjusted to take account of the recent Census 2001 results.


ONS—Labour Force Survey

Barristers' Fees

Mr. Dismore: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will explain the policy reasons for the special tax point regime for VAT due on barristers' fees; and if he will make a statement. [90422]

John Healey: The VAT tax point rules for barristers were introduced at the start of VAT in recognition of the fact that usually fees are still subject to negotiation after completion of the work and barristers are mostly unable to sue for unpaid fees.

Capita Group

Mr. Burstow: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will list the contracts that have been awarded to the Capita Group by his Department. [89974]

Ruth Kelly: The information is as follows.

HMT (1)Recruitment of Staff
IR (2)Two Management consultancy frameworks let in 2002
HMCE (39)Maximum return on Investment Training
Membership Subscription
Promoting Flexible Working Practices
Managing Change Training
e-Learning Training
Leadership Training
GORS Selection Interview Training
Training Administration Introduction
NLP Training
IT Tests
Talent Spotting
Professional Skills for SEC
Business Writing
Taking Responsibility Training
Civil Service Reform Training
AA/AO Assessment Tests
Training Evaluation
Legal Trainees
Fast Stream Recruitment
Advanced Assertiveness for Managers Training
Complaints Training
Henry V and Inspirational Leadership
Positive Image Training
Assistant Print Buyer
Access to Personal Information Training
Time Management Training
Data Protection Training
Belfast Building Work
Diagnostic Internal Communications Manager
RAS Helpline
Thinking on your feet
GLS Lawyers Recruitment
Human Resources Manager
Communication Training
Internal Communications Manager
Effective Middle Management
Human Resources
Customer Contact Centre Advisor
OGC (1)Capita Property Consultancy are appointed to provide property related advice and services under the terms of a framework agreement.

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Departmental Running Costs

Mr. Andrew Turner: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what the running costs of (a) the Department and (b) each of its sponsored agencies were in (i) 1997 and (ii) the most recent year for which figures are available. [90705]

Ruth Kelly: Detailed information on administration costs for HM Treasury and its agencies, going back to 1998–99 and with projections to 2003–04, is set out in Table 5, annex B, of the 2002 departmental report (Cm 5425). Data for years before 1998–99 are not available on the same basis. Provisional outturn for gross and net administration costs limits were published in XPublic Expenditure 2001–02 Provisional Outturn" (Cm 5574), Tables 4 and 5. Updated information, with plans to 2005–06, will be published in the 2003 departmental report in the spring.

Departmental Staff

Mr. Cousins: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what distribution of his Department's whole-time equivalent staff was, including the staff in agencies and other bodies reporting to him, in each Government office region and nation of the UK (a) in 1996 and (b) at the most recent available period. [90466]

Mr. Andrew Turner: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many full-time equivalent staff are employed in (a) the Department and (b) each of the agencies it sponsors; and what the figures were for 1997. [90665]

Ruth Kelly : I refer my hon. Friend and the hon. Gentleman to the answer the Minister of State, Cabinet Office is giving today.

Honours and Dignities

Norman Lamb: To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will break down by main spending heads (a) salaries and (b) ceremonial expenses paid for by his Department under its provision for honours and dignities, as set out on page 55 of the HM Treasury Departmental Report 2002. [89263]

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Ruth Kelly [holding answer 7 January 2003]: Honours and dignities are normally awarded by HM the Queen on the advice of the Ceremonial Secretariat of the Cabinet Office. For historical reasons spending is included in the Treasury's Estimate. Estimated spending by the Central Chancery of the Orders of Knighthood (CCOK) for the financial year 2002–03 breaks down as follows:

Admin expenses of CCOK, including salaries469,100
Cost of Insignia issued459,700
George Cross annuities18,200
Other Ceremonial costs69,000

(10) Net of #7,000 appropriations-in-aid.

Income Tax

Matthew Taylor : To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what estimate he has made of the revenue yield of a 50 per cent. income tax rate on (a) taxable incomes and (b) gross incomes exceeding #100,000 per annum; if he will estimate in each case the (i) income tax and (ii) capital gains tax yield; and if he will make a statement. [90175]

Dawn Primarolo: The full-year yield in 2003–04 of making the changes are set out in the table.

(i) income tax yield (# billion)(ii) capital gains tax yield (# million)
(a) 50 per cent. rate for taxable incomes over #100,0004.9120
(b) 50 per cent. rate for gross incomes over #100,0005.1120

The income tax estimates are based on the Survey of Personal Incomes and are consistent with the November 2002 Pre-Budget Report. These estimates exclude any behavioural response to the tax change.

Capital gains tax estimates take into account the likely effect on yield of changes in the volume of disposals in a full year caused by taxpayers' behaviour.

Inheritance Tax

Paul Flynn : To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what plans he has to ensure that inheritance tax is paid on the same basis by all residents of the United Kingdom. [90251]

Dawn Primarolo: Inheritance tax is payable on the world-wide estate of those who die domiciled in the UK, or are treated as domiciled here by virtue of their length of residence.

Loans (Second World War)

Bob Russell: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what financial payments are being made to the United States of America in respect of loans and other financial assistance given to the UK during the Second World War. [90361]

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Ruth Kelly: I refer the hon. Member to the answer I gave to the hon. Member for Castle Point (Bob Spink) on 28 February 2002, Official Report, columns 1437–39W.

Table B19 in the Supplementary Statements to the Consolidated Fund and National Loans Fund Accounts for 2001–02, presented to Parliament on 19 December 2002, provides the latest published data on these loans (HC 113, Session 2002–03).

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