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Lord Luke asked Her Majesty's Government:

Lord McIntosh of Haringey: The Government fully accept Mr Justice Richards' judgment. The judge recognised that the National Lottery Commission had intended to be fair and made clear that, as a responsible public authority, the commission could be relied on to act in accordance with the judgment.

Baroness Anelay of St Johns asked Her Majesty's Government:

Lord McIntosh of Haringey: The award of the new Lottery operating licence is the responsibility of the National Lottery Commission. The Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport appointed Lord Burns to the commission last week and the Government have every confidence that Lord Burns will be able to assist the current licensing process to a timely and proper conclusion. The Government have not made any

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estimate of the potential loss to good causes of any hiatus in the operation of the National Lottery since they have made clear to the commission that there must be no such hiatus.

Baroness Anelay of St Johns asked Her Majesty's Government:

    Whether they still hold the view put forward in the Labour Party's manifesto, that "When the contract runs out, Labour will seek an efficient not-for-profit operator" to run the National Lottery. [HL4127]

Lord McIntosh of Haringey: The Government have maintained their policy of seeking and welcoming bids from efficient not-for-profit operators. But the decision on the award of the next licence is a matter for the National Lottery Commission. It will make its decision on the need to maximise returns to good causes, subject to ensuring propriety and protecting players' interests.

Mr Alan Howarth

Baroness Anelay of St Johns asked Her Majesty's Government:

    When the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport became aware that Mr Alan Howarth, Minister for the Arts, had acted as a paid adviser to Sir Richard Branson in 1992-96. [HL4125]

Lord McIntosh of Haringey: Upon his appointment as Minister for the Arts in 1998.

National Lottery Commission Chairman

Baroness Seccombe asked Her Majesty's Government:

    When they expect to appoint a permanent Chairman of the National Lottery Commission. [HL4133]

Lord McIntosh of Haringey: The noble Lord, Lord Burns, was appointed to the National Lottery Commission on 12 October 2000 to succeed Dame Helena Shovelton. The National Lottery Commission appoints its own chairman from among its members; the Commission elected Lord Burns chairman on 16 October.

Income Tax

Lord Marlesford asked Her Majesty's Government:

    Whether they will update their Written Answer of 4 May 1999 (WA 84-86) to show the top rate of direct tax on personal income in the United Kingdom (including where appropriate investment income surcharge and surtax and any surcharge on surtax) for each financial year since 1970-71, indicating the threshold of taxable income at which that rate applied, expressing that threshold in both current prices and 1999-2000 prices. [HL4066]

Lord McIntosh of Haringey: The following information uses the same methodology as presented in my previous Answer except that the final two columns are now presented in 1999-2000 prices.

Single, non-aged personal allowance for a man with no childrenTaxable income above which the highest rate is chargedHighest rate of income tax chargedRetail Price IndexSingle, non-aged personal allowance for a man with no children at 1999-2000 pricesTaxable income above which the highest rate is charged at 1999-2000 prices
££%££
1970-7132520,0005018.922,728175,846
1971-7232520,0005020.672,497160,958
1972-7346020,0005522.133,301150,339
1973-7459520,0009024.453,865136,074
1974-7562520,0009828.823,444115,441
1975-7667520,0009835.912,98592,648
1976-7773520,0009841.402,82080,362
1977-7894521,0009847.193,18074,027
1978-7998524,0009851.113,06178,114
1979-801,16525,0007559.193,12670,261
1980-811,37527,7507568.853,17267,047
1981-821,37527,7507576.772,84460,130
1982-831,56531,5007582.203,02463,747
1983-841,78536,0007586.033,29569,611
1984-852,00538,1006090.373,52470,133
1985-862,20540,2006095.713,65969,870
1986-872,33541,2006098.783,75469,383
1987-882,42541,20060102.723,74966,721
1988-892,60519,30040108.883,80029,487
1989-902,78520,70040117.383,76829,336
1990-913,00520,70040128.743,70726,747
1991-923,29523,70040134.853,88029,236
1992-933,44523,70040139.113,93328,341
1993-943,44523,70040141.483,86727,866
1994-953,44523,70040145.353,76427,124
1995-963,52524,30040150.083,73026,934
1996-973,76525,50040153.733,88927,593
1997-984,04526,10040158.814,04527,339
1998-994,19527,10040163.764,32627,529
1999-20004,33528,00040166.354,33528,000

For 1970-71 to 1972-73 the highest rate of income tax is the highest rate of surtax.

For 1973-74 to 1983-84, the highest rate charged includes investment income surcharge at 15 per cent but this total rate would apply only if the taxpayer's income included investment income greater than the threshold for the highest rate of surcharge, which varied between £2,000 in 1973-74 and £7,100 in 1983-84.




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