HC Deb 25 July 1986 vol 102 cc702-3W
Mr. Corbyn

asked the Secretary of State for Social Services how many staff at his Department's offices at (a) Arab street, (b) Archway Tower, Finsbury Park, and (c) Archway Tower, Highgate, for each year since 1979 have handled (i) supplementary benefit and (ii) other claims.

Mr. Major

Information is not available before 1984. The Department does not have an office in Arab street. Islington, North constituency is covered by three of the Department's offices, Finsbury Park, Highgate, and Hoxton, but the boundaries are not conterminous with the boundary of the constituency.

The table shows the number of staff in post on 1 April 1984 and 1 April 1985 and the staff allocation on 1 July 1986.

insurance contributions and so on published in the Official Report, column 80, on 14 March 1983 in answer to the hon. Member for Great Grimsby.

Mr. Major

The figures are as follows:

Mr. Austin Mitchell

asked the Secretary of State for Social Services what is the current yield of the employers' and employees' national insurance contributions, respectively; and by how much the yield of the employee's contributions would be reduced if (a) the contribution rate was reduced from 9 per cent. to 5 per cent., (b) no charge was levied on the first £2,000 for a single person and £5,000 for a married couple and (c) the upper earnings limit were to be removed; and if he will pubish in the Official Report a table showing the estimated number of incomes in each range of income and the current yield in each range compared with the yield which would result from the proposed changes.

Mr. Major

I shall write to the hon. Member.