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Restaurant Staff (Attacks)

Volume 124: debated on Friday 18 December 1987

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To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he will call for a report from the Commissioner of Police of the Metropolis on the number, by district, of reported attacks on restaurant staff in 1986 and for each year since 1979; and if he will make a statement.

I understand from the commissioner that the available information, which may be incomplete,

Direct Revenue Costs of Pension Reliefs
Relief for:1985–86£ billion 1987–88
current prices1987–88 prices1987–88 prices
Employers' contributions to occupational pension schemes13·33·52·9
Employees' contributions to occupational pension schemes1·51·71·6
Retirement annuity premiums20·400·400·45
Lump sum payments31·11·21·2
Investment income of occupational pensions schemes33·94·24·1
1 on the basis that employers' contributions are not taxable as a benefit in kind of the employee.
2 including premiums paid by self-employed and others. It is not possible to estimate the costs of exemption of investment income related to retirement annuity contracts.
3 assuming relief at the basic rate of income tax.
The total cost of the reliefs cannot be calculated by adding the costs of the individual reliefs as this would imply a considerable degree of multiple taxation. Income tax receipts in 1987–88 are expected to be about £40 billion.

To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will publish a table setting out for the

indicates that about 120 offences of violence against the person by members of the public on staff of cafes or restaurants are recorded each year. The numbers in most districts are small and so subject to wide variation.