§ Sir Ian GilmourTo ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will publish figures setting out the net incomes, after payment of mortgage interest, of a married couple with two children in March 1988 and in October 1988, in each of the following circumstances(a) the father earns £200 and has a mortgage of £30,000, (b) the father earns £300 and has a mortgage of £45,000, (c) the father earns £500 and has a mortgage of £75,000, and (d) the father earns £500, the mother earns £200, and the mortgage is £100,000.

§ Mr. Lawson[holding answer, 27 October 1988]: The information requested is shown in the table.

Net weekly income after payment of mortgage interest of a married couple with two children March 1988 October 1988 (a) Father earns £200 Mortgage=£30,000

£119.04 £111.02 (b) Father earns £300 Mortgage = £45,000

£153.92 140.24 (c) Father earns £500 Mortgage = £75,000

£237.71 £216.23 (d) Father earns £500 Mother earns £200

Mortgage = £100,000

£318.39 £291.52 The examples in the table, in which the mortgage is approximately three times the annual income, are not typical. Outstanding mortgages of three times annual income and above represent about 5 per cent. of mortgagors and 2 per cent. of taxpayers.

498WMajesty's Treasury in the London pay area of the number of vacancies by grade and the proportion this is of the grade complement in London;

(2) what are the latest available figures for the Central Computer and Telecommunications Agency in the London pay area of the number of vacancies by grade and the proportion this is of the grade complement in London.

§ Mr. BrookeThe information is as follows: