§ Dawn Primarolo
No representations have been received relating to differences in treatment for VAT between medical appliances donated to named patients or to hospital wards. This is because the VAT treatment of goods donated to an NHS hospital is the same whether the goods are for a ward or named patient.
§ Mr. Drew
To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer (1) if he will assess the advantages and disadvantages of exempting patient participation groups from VAT on their purchases of medical equipment; 
(2) for what reasons some charitable bodies are exempt from VAT on medical equipment and others are not. 
§ Dawn Primarolo
[holding answer 5 November 1999]: There is VAT relief for medical equipment bought by charitable patient participation groups when it is donated to National Health Service bodies, charity run hospitals and research institutions operating on a not for profit
Distribution of employees earnings 1 by when they started with their current employer United Kingdom, spring 1999, not seasonally adjusted Pay band Employees who started with their current employer less than 3 months ago 2 Per cent. All employees Less than half of average earnings (Less than £4.07) 38 18 From half average earnings up to average earnings (£4.07 to less than £8.14) 46 46 From average earnings to twice average earnings (£8.14 to less than £16.28) 13 30 Two or more times average earnings (£16.28 or more) 3 7 All employees (thousands = 100%)3 1,160 23,680 1 The LFS estimate of average hourly earnings for all employees in spring 1999 was £8.14. LFS hourly earnings estimates exclude employees earning £100 per hour or more. 2 Employees who said that they started working continuously for their employer in the current month or the two previous calendar months. 3 Excludes employees who did not give a valid response regarding their hourly earnings.
ONS, Labour Force Survey