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Written Answers

Volume 12: debated on Friday 6 November 1981

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Written Answers To Questions

Friday 6 November 1981

National Finance

Agency Workers (Taxation)

asked the Chancellor of the Exchequer when the Government will be initiating consultations on the subject of the tax treatment of agency workers operating through companies.

A consultative paper is being published today by the Inland Revenue. A copy has been placed in the Library and further copies are available on request from the Inland Revenue at Somerset House.

Transport

National Bus Company

asked the Secretary of State for Transport whether he has any plans to involve the private sector in the National Bus Company.

The Government will be promoting legislation to provide appropriate enabling powers to permit the introduction of private capital into the National Bus Company. Opportunities for involving the private sector are being examined in relation to the expansion of the market for express coach travel, following the removal of licensing restrictions by the Transport Act 1980; and to the potential for developing and improving passenger facilities at certain of the Company's properties. The Government intend to work closely with the National Bus Company in examining the opportunities these new powers will create.

Agriculture, Fisheries And Food

Wheat Trade Convention

asked the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food if it is the Government's intention to specify the sixth extension of the Wheat Trade Convention 1971 as a Community treaty under the European Communities Act 1972.

No. We have examined carefully the need for specification of this extension, and have concluded that since it does not contain provisions having direct effect, or interpreting, or amending, or extending the life of other provisions that have direct effect, and since there is no need for recourse to powers under the Act, an Order in Council under section 1(3) is not necessary. This decision has not, of course, affected the House's ability to examine the extension through the normal and quite separate procedures for the scrutiny of Community documents or for the ratification of treaties.