§ Mr. Graham
To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer (1) how many employees have opted to make charitable donations through the payroll deduction scheme;
(2) if he will make a statement on the progress of the payroll deduction scheme for tax-free donations to charity since April 1987.
§ Mr. Brooke
Since the scheme started in 1987, a total of 17 charity agencies have been approved to run it and more than 2,700 individual schemes have been set up. By April 1988, some 40,000 employees had joined. The number of employers and employees taking part in the scheme is increasing all the time.