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The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State, Ministry of Defence (Lord Henley): The following table shows the real growth rates in general government expenditure (excluding privatisation proceeds) between 197879 to 199495.
|Year||Real growth per cent.|
The average annual percentage real growth of general government expenditure (excluding privatisation proceeds) over the periods 197879 to 198990, 198384 to 198990 and 198990 to 199495 are given below.
|Period||Average annual percentage real growth|
|197879 to 198990||1.5|
|198384 to 198990||0.9|
|198990 to 199495||2.8|
Lord Henley: Tax reliefs are given to occupational pension schemes exclusively to encourage the provision of benefits on retirement and to dependants in the event of death. Accordingly, there are very strict limits on the extent to which such schemes can provide health or terminal illness cover.
Lord Henley: Reliable estimates of increases in tax revenue from any given fall in unemployment would depend on information on the wages earned and the spending patterns of those moving into employment. This information is not available.
Lord Henley: The proportion of export income being used by African countries to pay their debts and to which type of creditor is given on pages 174175 of World Debt Tables 19934 Volume 1, published by the World Bank.
The Minister of State, Department of Trade and Industry (Earl Ferrers): According to Nuclear Electric's 1993/94 Report and Accounts, the operating cost per unit sold in that year was 3.1 pence per unit. The comparable figure for Scottish Nuclear is 2.8 pence per unit. These figures include the provisions made by the companies to meet their anticipated liabilities for the costs of station de-commissioning, fuel reprocessing and waste management and disposal.
The Minister of State, Department of the Environment (Viscount Ullswater): Waiting times for appellants should drop substantially once the bulk of the appeals made during the initial period have been disposed of. 80 per cent. of initial appeals are expected to be settled in England and Wales by the end of December; that figure had already been exceeded in many areas by the end of November. In Scotland 78 per cent. of initial appeals had been settled by the end of September, the latest date for which figures are available. The remainder will be settled as early as possible in the new year. Where the banding of a dwelling is lowered following an appeal, the council tax bill is recalculated, and any overpayment is either refunded or credited against future council tax liabilities.
Viscount Ullswater: When the Property Services Agency carried out a search for possible new accommodation for the Secret Intelligence Service in 198889, County Hall was not considered to be an available option.
Lord Inglewood: Information is not available in the precise form requested. However, the Youth Training (YT) Guarantee figures and the annual school-leaver destination survey do provide some information about young people after they have left school. Under the YT Guarantee, on 13 October 1994, the latest date for which figures are available, there were 140 young people in the North Nottinghamshire Training and Enterprise Council area, which includes Bassetlaw, who were covered by the guarantee and were waiting for a YT place. Only nine of these had been waiting for a YT place for eight weeks or more. According to the annual survey of
Lord Inglewood: In October 1994 there were 54 claimant unemployed people aged under 18 in the Mansfield Local Authority District. Information is not available from the Department of Social Security (DSS) relating to local authority areas because Benefits Agency (BA) boundaries do not correspond to local authority boundaries. However, information has been provided relating to the BA's North Nottinghamshire District, which includes the Mansfield area.
Unemployed people aged 16 or 17 who fall into one of the exemption categories, as defined in the Social Security Regulations, can receive Income Support (IS) under the normal rules. Those who do not fall into the exemption categories can be considered for IS under the severe hardship provisions. Statistics are not maintained at BA District level relating to those people aged 16 or 17 who are in receipt of IS under the normal rules. In addition, although the DSS does maintain monthly statistics in respect of the number of applications from 16 and 17 year-olds for IS under the severe hardship provisions, information is not readily available relating to the number of people in receipt on a specific date in a particular area; such information could be obtained only at a disproportionate cost.
Normally a direction is made, in successful applications, for IS to be paid under the severe hardship provisions for an eight week period. At the BA's North Nottinghamshire District there were 55 successful applications in August 1994, 46 successful applications in September 1994 and 30 successful applications in October 1994 for IS under the severe hardship provisions.
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