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Poorest and Richest Households: Income

Lord Morris of Manchester asked Her Majesty's Government:

The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State, Department of Social Security (Baroness Hollis of Heigham): The number of individuals living in households with incomes below half contemporary average (mean) was published in Table H1 of Households Below Average Income 1994-95 1998-99, a copy of which is in the Library.

The information on average weekly incomes is given in the table below. Analysis of expenditure patterns of the bottom decile suggests that income information for those in the bottom decile does not necessarily reflect their living standards. For this reason, figures for the bottom decile should be treated with caution. Users of HBAI statistics are encouraged to look at analysis of the bottom quintile (20 per cent), and so the income levels for this group have been additionally included in the table.

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Median Income (in £ per week) of the bottom decile and top decile after housing costs (in February 2000 prices)
£ per week

Including self-employed Excluding self-employed
Bottom decile Bottom quintile Top decile Bottom decile Bottom quintile Top decile
1994-9566 93 565 74 97 535
1995-96 71 96 574 78 98 543
1996-97 73 96 596 77 97 568
1997-98 71 98 603 78 100 573
1998-99 77 101 639 82 103 603

Notes:

1. The HBAI estimates are taken from the Family Resources Survey and relate to Great Britain.

2. The median has been used as the measure of the average income in the bottom and top decile and bottom quintile in line with HBAI conventions. This measure is preferred to the mean because it measures the central income of the group and is less influenced by possibly unrepresentative outliers.

3. All estimates are subject to sampling error and response bias and small changes between years may be influenced by these. Results for individual years may be sensitive to the way in which household incomes are adjusted for size and composition: the picture of changes over time is less sensitive to this.

4. Figures are provided both including and excluding the self-employed reflecting concerns over the accuracy of income information for the self-employed.

Source: Family Resources Survey


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GLA Side Roads

Lord Bowness asked Her Majesty's Government:

    How many roads in Greater London have been designated as Greater London Authority side roads. [HL3676]

The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State, Department of the Environment, Transport and the Regions (Lord Whitty): The Greater London Authority side roads in each borough are designated in a series of Statutory Instruments as follows: The GLA Side Roads (London Borough of Barking and Dagenham) Designation Order 2000 (SI 2000/1256);
The GLA Side Roads (London Borough of Barnet) Designation Order 2000 (SI2000/1257);
The GLA Side Roads (London Borough of Bexley) Designation Order 2000 (SI2000/1258);

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The GLA Side Roads (London Borough of Brent) Designation Order 2000 (SI2000/1259);
The GLA Side Roads (London Borough of Bromley) Designation Order 2000 (SI2000/1260);
The GLA Side Roads (London Borough of Camden) Designation Order 2000 (SI2000/1261);
The GLA Side Roads (City of London) Designation Order 2000 (SI2000/1262);
The GLA Side Roads (London Borough of Croydon) Designation Order 2000 (SI2000/1263);
The GLA Side Roads (London Borough of Ealing) Designation Order 2000 (SI2000/1286);
The GLA Side Roads (London Borough of Enfield) Designation Order 2000 (SI2000/1287);
The GLA Side Roads (London Borough of Greenwich) Designation Order 2000 (SI2000/1288);

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The GLA Side Roads (London Borough of Hackney) Designation Order 2000 (SI2000/1289);
The GLA Side Roads (London Borough of Hammersmith & Fulham) Designation Order 2000 (SI2000/1290);
The GLA Side Roads (London Borough of Haringey) Designation Order 2000 (SI2000/1291);
The GLA Side Roads (London Borough of Havering) Designation Order 2000 (SI2000/1292);
The GLA Side Roads (London Borough of Hillingdon) Designation Order 2000 (SI2000/1293);
The GLA Side Roads (London Borough of Hounslow) Designation Order 2000 (SI2000/1307);
The GLA Side Roads (London Borough of Islington) Designation Order 2000 (SI2000/1371);
The GLA Side Roads (London Borough of Kensington & Chelsea) Designation Order 2000 (SI2000/1308);
The GLA Side Roads (London Borough of Kingston) Designation Order 2000 (SI2000/1309);
The GLA Side Roads (London Borough of Lambeth) Designation Order 2000 (SI2000/1312);
The GLA Side Roads (London Borough of Lewisham) Designation Order 2000 (SI2000/1310);
The GLA Side Roads (London Borough of Merton) Designation Order 2000 (SI2000/1313);
The GLA Side Roads (London Borough of Newham) Designation Order 2000 (SI2000/1311);
The GLA Side Roads (London Borough of Redbridge) Designation Order 2000 (SI2000/1372);
The GLA Side Roads (London Borough of Richmond) Designation Order 2000 (SI2000/1373);
The GLA Side Roads (London Borough of Southwark) Designation Order 2000 (SI2000/1374);
The GLA Side Roads (London Borough of Sutton) Designation Order 2000 (SI2000/1375);
The GLA Side Roads (London Borough of Tower Hamlets) Designation Order 2000 (SI2000/1376);
The GLA Side Roads (London Borough of Waltham Forest) Designation Order 2000 (SI2000/1377);
The GLA Side Roads (London Borough of Wandsworth) Designation Order 2000 (SI2000/1378);
The GLA Side Roads (City of Westminster) Designation Order 2000 (SI 2000/1379).

Lord Bowness asked Her Majesty's Government:

    Whether, as a consequence of designation as Greater London Authority side roads, the Greater London Authority has to be consulted as the highway authority in respect of all applications for planning permission relating to properties fronting the designated length of these side roads. [HL3677]

Lord Whitty: No. Transport for London is not the highway authority for these side roads. It is the traffic authority only.

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London Underground Limited: Performance

Lord Shepherd asked Her Majesty's Government:

    When they will publish details of London Underground Limited's peformance in 1999-2000. [HL3634]

The Minister of State, Department of the Environment, Transport and the Regions (Lord Macdonald of Tradeston): The below table shows a comparison of London Underground Limited's performance in 1999-2000 to that in 1998-99. It also shows the performance targets that London Underground have been set to achieve by the end of 2000-01.

1998-991999-20002000-01 target
Capacity (train kms run)61.263.167.3 [10% increase on 98-99 performance]
Reliability (unweighted excess journey time in minutes)3.153.213.02 [4% improvement on 98-99]
Customer satisfaction measures (average scores out of 100)
Train Service757577
Information777777
Customer Safety & Security818183
Staff Helpfulness & Availability687070
Cleanliness676869

Railway Station Car Park Charges

Lord Tebbit asked Her Majesty's Government:

    Whether they intend to exercise directly or indirectly control over car parking prices and the provision of services in railway station car parks. [HL3697]

Lord Macdonald of Tradeston: Car parking charges and services are a commercial matter for station operators. It is not proposed that the Franchising Director will regulate car parking charges directly under the provisions of the Transport Bill. However, it is expected that there will be reasonable commercial and contractual incentives on operators to keep car parking charges to a minimum. Many train operators already have contractual commitments to provide CCTV and additional security patrols at station car parks. The Franchising Director will be seeking further improvements through the franchise replacement process.

Ten-year Transport Plan

Lord Lea of Crondall asked Her Majesty's Government:

    What changes are implied by the 10-Year Transport Plan for the financing and scheduling of county road schemes such as Surrey County Council's proposed "Hickleys Corner" underpass on the A.31 primary route in Farnham. [HL3640]

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Lord Macdonald of Tradeston: Our plan provides for the investment of £180 billion in transport over the next 10 years, including £59 billion in local transport. The allocation of this funding to particular areas of local transport will be determined through Local Transport Plans and other decision-making processes, but it is our assessment that over the life of the plan the heightened level of investment could fund 200 major local road improvements. It is for Surrey County Council to determine whether and when to propose the A.31 Hickleys Corner scheme as part of its Local Transport Plan.


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