HC Deb 24 July 1979 vol 971 cc185-6W
Mr. Steen

asked the Secretary of State for Education and Science if he will make a statement about the youth service forum for England and Wales and about his intentions as regards his relations with organisations in the youth service field.

Mr. Mark Carlisle

It is apparent that the youth service forum has not fulfilled the expectations entertained for it in its two and a half years of existence. I have decided, in consultation with my right hon. Friend the Secretary of State for Wales, that the forum will therefore not continue in being. This decision implies no diminution whatever in the Government's commitment to the youth service. I believe that direct consultations between my Department and youth service organisations will prove a more effective means of maintaining the necessary contact and of promoting the development of youth service policy. My hon. Friend the Under-Secretary of State will play an active part in this process.

£2,000, and in each £1,000 band above £2,000; in each case how many of these are pensioners; and what is the aggregate surcharge payable by each income category.

Mr. Peter Rees,

pursuant to his reply [Official Report, 20 July 1979]: gave the following answer:

I understand the hon. Member to refer to the 1978–79 levels of surcharge, since surcharge for 1979–80 is not payable until next year.

The information available is not sufficiently reliable to give in the detail required and distinguishes the surcharge payable by taxpayers aged 65 or over and below age 65. The available information at 1979–80 income levels and on the basis of the 1978–79 thresholds for the surcharge is as follows: