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Earl Russell asked the Leader of the House: When this House last went into Committee on a money Bill.

The Lord Privy Seal (Viscount Cranborne): On 15 February 1972, on the Mineral Exploration and Investment Grants Bill.


Lord Lawson of Blaby asked Her Majesty's Government:

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 1978–79 to 1994–95.

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Year Real growth per cent.
1978–79 4.7
1979–80 3.2
1980–81 1.8
1981–82 1.4
1982–83 2.7
1983–84 1.6
1984–85 2.8
1985–86 0.0
1986–87 2.0
1987–88 0.0
1988–89 –1.8
1989–90 2.6
1990–91 0.9
1991–92 2.8
1992–93 5.7
1993–94 2.3
1994–95 2.3

The average annual percentage real growth of general government expenditure (excluding privatisation proceeds) over the periods 1978–79 to 1989–90, 1983–84 to 1989–90 and 1989–90 to 1994–95 are given below.

Period Average annual percentage real growth
1978–79 to 1989–90 1.5
1983–84 to 1989–90 0.9
1989–90 to 1994–95 2.8


Lord Kilmarnock asked Her Majesty's Government:

    In relation to the Lord Henley's reply of 30th November (HL Deb., col. WA38) and in view of Inland Revenue Occupational Pension Schemes Practice Notes paragraph 8.17 which states that full commutation does give rise to a tax charge, why such commutation for persons suffering from AIDS with short life expectancy would be inconsistent with the purpose of occupational pension scheme tax reliefs.

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 Spens asked Her Majesty's Government:

    Whether the Bank of England has reached a settlement with the liquidators of the Bank of Credit and Commerce International (BCCI); and, if so, what are the parameters of the settlement and what is the liability of the Bank of England under the settlement to the liquidators.

Lord Henley: The Bank of England has not made a settlement with the liquidators of BCCI.

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Earl Russell asked Her Majesty's Government:

    What is the estimated increase in tax revenues likely to result from last month's fall in unemployment.

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 Kennet asked Her Majesty's Government:

    What is the proportion of the export income of African countries currently being used to pay their debts; to which Governments and institutions are those debts owed; whether present African governments incurred these debts; what proportion of the monies originally borrowed do they consider may have been fraudulently re-exported into banks within British, British dependency, Swiss or other jurisdictions; and in such cases, what steps are being taken to assist present African governments in recovering any of these monies.

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 174–175 of World Debt Tables 1993–4 Volume 1, published by the World Bank.

The UK is not involved in assisting African countries to recover monies which may have been fraudulently exported.

The other information sought is not available.


Lord Stoddart of Swindon asked Her Majesty's Government:

    What is the latest published figure for the cost per unit of electricity produced by nuclear power, and whether it includes the full costs of de-commissioning nuclear power stations and associated installations.

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.


Baroness Jeger asked Her Majesty's Government:

    What steps they are taking to reduce the waiting time of appellants against banding for council tax

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    purposes; and what recompense will be made to successful appellants who are shown to have been over-paying this tax since its institution.

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.


Lord Sefton of Garston asked Her Majesty's Government:

    Why they purchased the Vauxhall Cross building for MI.5 instead of buying and adapting County Hall.

Viscount Ullswater: When the Property Services Agency carried out a search for possible new accommodation for the Secret Intelligence Service in 1988–89, County Hall was not considered to be an available option.


Earl Russell asked Her Majesty's Government:

    Whether the Youth Training Allowance and the Youth Training Bridging Allowance are being up-rated this year.

Lord Inglewood: There are no plans to up-rate either allowance, but such matters are kept under review.


Earl Russell asked Her Majesty's Government:

    What percentage of 16 and 17 year-old school-leavers in 1993 in the Bassetlaw district of Nottinghamshire were not in education, youth training or employment.

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

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school-leavers undertaken by the Nottinghamshire Careers Service, 9.9 per cent. of 16 year-olds leaving full-time education in Bassetlaw in Summer 1993 were not identified as being in education, employment or training on 31 October 1993. Results of the 1994 survey will not become available until later this year.


Earl Russell asked Her Majesty's Government:

    How many people under 18 in Mansfield were unemployed on 13th October 1994, and how many of these were in receipt of severe hardship payments or income support.

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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