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RAF Trainer Aircraft

Earl Attlee asked Her Majesty's Government:

The Minister of State, Ministry of Defence (Lord Gilbert): We have sought "best and final offers" from the shortlisted bidders and their responses were due back on 20 May 1998. A decision will be made on the preferred bidder and choice of aircraft as soon as possible after evaluation of final bids. The anticipated level of monthly savings is sensitive at this stage of negotiations and I am, therefore, withholding this information under Exemption 7 of the Code of Practice on Access to Government Information. Details of savings will be released when contract negotiations have been completed.

Gulf Deployments: Costs

Lord Tebbit asked Her Majesty's Government:

Lord Gilbert: The most up-to-date additional costs of recent British deployments to the Gulf are those covering the 1997-98 financial year. These will be finalised at the end of May and are expected to be in the region of £8 million. The costs are mainly the preparation, deployment/redeployment costs, plus the costs of additional equipment purchased for the operation. None of these costs is met by the UN. Costs fall to Defence Votes, specifically Class 1 vote 1, operational and support costs, and Class 1 vote 3, systems procurement and research.

Campsfield House: Management Contract

Earl Russell asked Her Majesty's Government:

The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State, Home Office (Lord Williams of Mostyn): Copies of the contract between the Home Office and Group 4 Total Security Ltd. for the management, maintenance and operation of Campsfield House, excluding those parts which relate to security or are commercially confidential, will be placed in the Library.

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Access to Museums and Galleries: Consultation

The Earl of Clancarty asked Her Majesty's Government:

    Whether they are satisfied with the extent of dissemination of their consultation paper Access to Museums and Galleries; and to whom or to which public museums and galleries this paper was sent; and[HL1675]

    How many comments they received in response to the consultation paper Access to Museums and Galleries; from whom they received such comments; what was the text of these comments; and whether, in the interests of wider public discussion and access, they will publish these comments in full, and place a copy in the Library of the House; and[HL1676]

    Whether their consultation paper Access to Museums and Galleries was sent directly to public authority museums and galleries or organisations representing such museums.[HL1677]

Lord McIntosh of Haringey: The consultation paper Access to Museums and Galleries was issued by the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport in December 1997. It was sent to the national museums and galleries sponsored by the department and to the Museums and Galleries Commission (MGC) and the Scottish, Welsh and Northern Ireland Offices for wider distribution. The MGC sent it to all of the Area Musuem Councils (AMCs). In addition, the consultation paper was publicised in the Secretary of State's interim access announcement made at that time and in associated press coverage. A copy was made available on the department's web-site. We are, therefore, satisfied that the access paper was made widely available.

Over 60 responses have been received from national museums and galleries, AMCs, arts and museums organisations, local museums and local authorities, and interested members of the public. Comments were not requested on the understanding that they would be made public, but a list of the organisations which have responded has been placed in the Library of the House.

We are continuing to consider ways of increasing access to museums and galleries as part of the departmental spending review. That will be completed by the summer, when a further announcement will be made. The revised Access Code is likely to be issued at the same time.

Lloyd's Underwriters: Tax Payments

Lord Marlesford asked Her Majesty's Government:

    Whether they will give, on a constant price basis using the price index of the gross domestic product at market prices (with reference to the January to March quarter for 1998), the net tax paid by, or repaid to, underwriting members of Lloyd's during each of the 16 years 1982-83 to 1997-98.[HL1919]

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Lord McIntosh of Haringey: The reply I gave on 2 December 1997 to an earlier question by the noble Lord (Official Report cols. 162-163) listed figures up to October 1997 on (a) tax charged on individuals as initial assessments for underwriting profits and gains and (b) income tax and capital gains tax repaid to individual Lloyd's underwriters by the underwriters unit of the Inland Revenue. These figures related to 1995-96 and earlier tax years.

The introduction of self assessment for 1996-97 and later tax years means that it is not possible to provide figures on assessments and repayments made during the second half of 1997-98, or for later periods, relating to underwriting activities. Self assessment brings all sources of income together; there are no longer separate assessments on Lloyd's income. As a result it is not possible to strip out any meaningful figures for the amount of tax paid on income from Lloyd's, as opposed to tax paid on all sources of income taken together.

Heavy Industry and Agriculture: Employment Data

Lord Marlesford asked Her Majesty's Government:

    Whether they will estimate the number of persons employed in the United Kingdom in the years 1938, 1948, 1958, 1968, 1978, 1988 and 1998 in each of the following industries:


    (a) coal mining;


    (b) ports and docks;


    (c) railways;


    (d) steel production;


    (e) shipbuilding; and


    (f) agriculture.[HL1917]

Lord McIntosh of Haringey: The information requested falls within the responsibility of the Chief Executive of the Office for National Statistics, who has been asked to arrange for a reply to be given.

Letter to Lord Marlesford from the Director of the Macro-Economic Statistics and Analysis Group of the Office for National Statistics, Mr. J. Kidgell, dated 24 May 1998.

In the absence of the Director of the Office for National Statistics (ONS), I have been asked to reply to your parliamentary Question on the number of persons employed in the United Kingdom, by industry, and year.

The figures that are available are set out below. Data for 1948, 1958 and 1968 are taken from British Labour Statistics Historical Abstract 1886-1968, a copy of which is available in the House of Lords Library. For other dates, figures are based on censuses of employment in the nearest available year. Please note

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that the industry classification has changed several times since 1938, which means that some estimates are not strictly comparable over time.

Employee jobs in United Kingdom
(Thousands)

1948a1958a1968a1978b1989c1996d
Coal mining(4)7947824822959534
Ports and docks(5)156156136663332
Railways(6)57249529325014880
Steel production(7)26830632927110467
Shipbuilding(8)2452151561475349
Agriculture(9)784577385372305289

Source:

a British Labour Statistics Historical Abstract 1886-1968. Figures for 1948 and 1958 figures based on Standard Industrial Classification 1948. Figures for 1968 based on Standard Industrial Classification 1958.

b GB, 1978 Census of Employment. Figures based on Standard Industrial Classification 1968. Northern Ireland estimates have been especially constructed for this year.

c GB, 1989 Census of Employment. Figures based on Standard Industrial Classification 1980. Northern Ireland Department for Economic Development (NIDED) Census figures 1989.

d GB, 1996 Annual Employment Survey. Figures based on Standard Industrial Classification 1992. Northern Ireland Department for Economic Development (NIDED) Census figures 1995.

Key:

(4) For 1989 the description for this industry is "deep coal mines and opencast coal working" and for 1996 "mining and agglomeration of hard coal".

(5) For the years 1948, 1958 and 1968 this industry includes "port, river and canal transport, harbour, dock and canal conservancy". For 1978--"port and inland water transport", 1989--"supporting services to sea transport" and 1996--"inland water transport and other supporting water transport activities".

(6) The content and description of this industry has remained consistent over the years shown in the table.

(7) The figures shown in the table for this industry include iron and steel. It is not possible to identify some parts of steel manufacture separately (i.e., melting and rolling).

(8) The content and description of this industry has remained consistent over the years shown in the table. All of the figures include the manufacture and repair of ships and boats.

(9) The content of this industry has remained consistent over the years shown in the table. The description for the years 1948 to 1989 is "agriculture and horticulture", and for 1996 "agriculture, hunting and related service activities".



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