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Lord Judd asked Her Majesty's Government:

Baroness Chalker of Wallasey: Together with our EU and UN partners, we are working with the Government of Rwanda to ensure the delivery and distribution of humanitarian assistance to the internally displaced and other refugees. We are in close contact with the UN agencies and our NGO's about this.

European Convention on Human Rights: Articles 9 and 10

Lord Palmer asked Her Majesty's Government:

Baroness Chalker of Wallasey: Article 9 of the Convention guarantees the right to freedom of thought, conscience and religion, including the right to manifest one's religion or beliefs. Article 10 guarantees the right to freedom of expression. The enjoyment of the rights and freedoms set out in the two articles is subject to certain limitations which are specified in the Convention. These are limitations which are prescribed by law and are necessary in a democratic society in the interests of, among other things, public safety, the prevention of disorder or crime, the protection of public order, health or morals, or the protection of the reputation and rights and freedoms of others. The jurisprudence of the European Commission of Human Rights and European Court of Human Rights has shown that the Convention cannot be interpreted as permitting unbridled freedom of expression.

EC Legislation: Repeals Procedure

Lord Tebbit asked Her Majesty's Government:

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Baroness Chalker of Wallasey: Individuals and groups in the UK, as in any other member state, may seek the repeal or amendment of EC legislation through representations to their own Government, the Commission, the European Parliament and other member state governments. The legality of EC Acts may also be challenged in the ECJ in the circumstances and through the procedures set out in Articles 173 and 177 of the Treaty.

UN Register of Conventional Arms

Lord Brougham and Vaux asked Her Majesty's Government:

    On what date they submitted to the UN Secretary-General a return from the UK to the UN Register of Conventional Arms and whether a copy of the return will be placed in the Library of the House.

Baroness Chalker of Wallasey: The United Kingdom 1994 return to the United Nations Register of Conventional Arms was submitted to the United Nations on 1 May 1995. Arrangements have been made for copies of the return to be placed in the Libraries of the House.

Statutory Instruments: Statistics

Lord Pearson of Rannoch asked Her Majesty's Government:

    How many statutory instruments were made (a) in each of the last five years; and (b) in 1946, 1956, 1966, 1976 and 1986.

The Lord Privy Seal (Viscount Cranborne): The number of statutory instruments made in each of the years requested is as follows:

    (a) 1990: 2,667
1991: 2,953 1992: 3,359 1993: 3,279 1994: 3,334

    (b) 1946: 2,271
1956: 2,124 1966: 1,641 1976: 2,245 1986: 2,356

Public Revenues: Statistics

Earl Russell asked Her Majesty's Government:

    Whether they will supply a breakdown, by heads of revenue, of the shortfall in public revenues during 1994–95 and in particular how far the shortfall in income tax receipts is to be explained in terms of number of taxpayers, how far in terms of income levels, and how far in terms of shortfall in collection.

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The Minister of State, Department of Social Security (Lord Mackay of Ardbrecknish): The differences between provisional receipts and outlays in 1994–95 and the forecasts made for the 1994 Budget are given in the following table.

£ billion

Central government Forecast(1) Provisional outturn Differences
Inland Revenue(1) 89.1 87.3 –1.8
of which: income tax(1) 64.2 63.0 –1.2
corporation tax(1) 20.1 19.3 –0.8
Customs and Excise(1) 73.6 72.5 –1.1
of which: VAT(1) 43.3 42.2 –1.1
Social Security contributions (GB) 41.0 40.7 –0.3
Interest and dividends 7.6 7.8 +0.2
Other receipts(1) 17.6 17.4 –0.2
Total receipts 228.8 225.6 –3.2
Interest payments 21.4 21.4 –0.1
Privatisation proceeds –6.3 –6.4 –0.1
Net departmental outlays(1) 250.0 249.0 –1.1
Total outlays 265.1 263.9 –1.2
Net own account borrowing 36.4 38.3 +1.9
Local authority borrowing requirement –0.4 –0.8 –0.4
Public corporations' borrowing requirement –1.7 –1.9 –0.2
Public sector borrowing requirement 34.3 35.6 +1.3

(1) The forecasts are adjusted as necessary for the consequential effects of the Chancellor's statement on 8 December 1994 following the decision to leave the rate of VAT on domestic fuel and power at 8 per cent.

(1) Payments to the Consolidated Fund

(1) Net receipts by Inland Revenue

(1) Net receipts by Customs and Excise

(1) Including some elements of expenditure that are not separately identified

(1) Net of certain receipts, and excluding on-lending to local authorities and public corporations It is not possible at this stage to provide a detailed analysis of the shortfall in income tax receipts.

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