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Income Redistribution, Taxation And Social Policy

Volume 892: debated on Wednesday 21 May 1975

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asked the Minister for the Civil Service whether he will publish details of the content of course S17 at the Civil Service College on the distribution of wealth.

Senior seminar S17, entitled "Income Redistribution, Taxation and Social Policy", will be held at the Civil Service College at Sunning-dale from 2nd to 6th June 1975. The published aim of the seminar is

"to examine alternative policies for redistributing income and personal wealth in the United Kingdom".
It is intended primarily for civil servants with a need for information about relewhat is his policy in connection with the field. Those attending will mainly be at assistant secretary, economic adviser and statistician level. The programme will include talks on the following subjects:
the distribution of income; distribution of wealth; education, ability and earnings; collective bargaining and occupational earnings differentials; fiscal methods of redistribution versus price or wage fixing; the problem of low pay; causes of the distribution of wealth; poverty and social security; tax credits; the effects of direct and indirect taxation; wealth tax; wealth transfer taxes; distributional aspects of public expenditure; and education and the redistribution of lifetime earnings.
I regret that the detailed seminar programme has not yet been finally settled. As soon as it is available, I shall send a copy to the hon. Member.