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Lord Macdonald of Tradeston: We announced in February of this year that the Rural Bus Subsidy Grant scheme would continue at least at its current level until March 2004. In July the 10-Year Plan for Transport announced the extension of the scheme to include support for services in and around market towns. The plan also provides additional resources for rural transport which will enable the extension of the Rural Transport Partnership scheme to every rural county and will make possible further support for innovative schemes. Further details will be announced shortly.
Lord Macdonald of Tradeston: Such studies have been undertaken for over 25 years. BAA Heathrow publishes details of air quality at Heathrow annually. A number of local authorities in the vicinity of Heathrow have also studied emission in and around Heathrow Airport as part of their reviews and assessments of local air quality under Part IV of the Environment Act 1995.
The most recently published study that identified pollution from aircraft and cars separately was in BAA's evidence to the Heathrow Terminal Five planning inquiry in 1996. This showed that aircraft were the main source of oxides of nitrogen and carbon dioxide within the airport boundary; but that outside the airport, the main source of both was road traffic. Present and projected levels of air quality around Heathrow will also be examined as part of the South East and East Regional Air Service Study.
The Minister of State, Ministry of Defence (Baroness Symons of Vernham Dean): A review of policy on wrecked military vessels is being undertaken and I will write to the noble Lord when this review is complete and a copy of my letter will be placed in the Library of the House.
Baroness Symons of Vernham Dean: A flaw has been found in pipework that forms part of the cooling system in some Trafalgar and Swiftsure class hunter/killer submarines. Initial indications are that this may have arisen from the original construction of this component. The repair of this flaw, if needed, is straightforward but, because of the stringent safety procedures that we employ for any work involving repairs to our nuclear submarines, the repair process will take some months. As responsible nuclear operators, we take even the slightest flaw to our submarines very seriously. It is for this reason that our
Lord McIntosh of Haringey: The Paymaster General has approved the terms of reference for a post-implementation review of the duty free successor regime. The terms of reference are available in the Library of the House. The Paymaster General expects to publish the findings of the review early in the New Year.
The review will concentrate on how well the successor regime is working and whether there are any further technical changes which can be made to improve its operation. The review will also assess the effect of the abolition of intra-EU duty free sales on the Exchequer receipts of excise duty and VAT.
Lord McIntosh of Haringey: Employment benefits provided by voucher are generally chargeable to income tax and national insurance contributions. The exception for the first 15p per day of a luncheon voucher is a long-standing concession that successive Governments have not withdrawn but whose value has not been increased. Only a tiny proportion of employees now receive such vouchers.
Lord McIntosh of Haringey: Consistent with the assumptions of the March 2000 Budget forecast, the net revenue yield from reintroducing indexation and abolishing taper is estimated to be £400 million for the first year, most of which would be received in the following year. Further information in the form requested on the yield, in total and by type of asset, for subsequent years can be provided only at disproportionate cost.
How many employees who were in employment in 1999-2000 paid Class 1 National Insurance contributions for more than one job simultaneously; and what was the total number of jobs held by employees who held more than one job simultaneously; and[HL4093]
What would be the estimated revenue yield if Class 1 National Insurance contributions were charged on the basis of total income rather than weekly income per employer.[HL4094]
Lord McIntosh of Haringey: The award of the next National Lottery licence is a matter for the National Lottery Commission. No Minister has had access to the applications or papers relating to the assessment of the applications.
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