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The Lord Chancellor (Lord Mackay of Clashfern): The number of days sat by Recorders was 17,035 in 1992, 16,362 in 1993 and 20,962 in 1994. The number of days sat by Assistant Recorders was 8,979 in 1992, 9,421 in 1993 and 11,431 in 1994.
The Minister of State, Department of Social Security (Lord Mackay of Ardbrecknish): The £5 disregard on earnings in income support would presently be worth £6.85, rising to £6.95 from April 1995, if it had been up-rated each year in line with the Rossi index since its introduction in 1988.
The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State, Department of Transport (Viscount Goschen): The Government intend to publish the findings of the London congestion charging research programme during the summer, but as yet no specific date has been fixed for publication.
The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State, Department of Health (Baroness Cumberlege): In 1992, the latest year for which figures are available, there were 47 recorded suicides of nurses, which accounted for 4.7 per cent. of all female suicides. Nurses and midwives rank sixth among female occupational groups for the risk of suicide, with a proportional mortality ratio of 1.5. No suicide is acceptable.
The Minister of State, Department of the Environment (Viscount Ullswater): Certain aspects of the general consents for the voluntary sale of council housing were amended on 27 March 1995. In particular, where an increase in owner-occupation would assist the regeneration of an area, the local authority will be able to sell housing at a discount to persons who might otherwise prefer to buy on the open market outside the regeneration area.
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