§ Mr. Peter Bottomley
asked the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will update the figures on family income provided in his reply on 2 April to the hon. Member for Woolwich West, Official Report, columns 211–14, in the light of the latest information on earnings levels.
§ Mr. Ridley
The information, including small revisions for 1981–82, is shown in the following tables. Figures for 1982–83 are provisional. Average earnings are for full time adult male manual workers. For illustration, an increase in earnings of 9 per cent. has been assumed between 1981–82 and 1982–83. The income figures include child benefit (where appropriate). It has been assumed that employees are not contracted out of the earnings related State pension scheme.
§ Mr. Ridley
Payment appropriations in the main sectors of the Community Budget as a percentage of the total Budget in 1982 are as follows:
Per Cent. EAGGF—Guarantee Section 59.9 EAGGF—Guidance Section 3.6 European Regional Development Fund 4.3 European Social Fund 4.9
The percentage increase in annual payments in these funds in the last two years are as follows:
Year on Year Percentage Change 1980 1981 EAGGF—Guarantee Section +8.4 -3.1 EAGGF—Guidance Section +49.1 +3—9 European Regional Development Fund +41.6 +9.9 European Social Fund +23.4 +1.5