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1991 - PMQT Written Answers 1st May 1991

Below is the text of the written answers relating to Prime Minister's Question Time from 1st May 1991.


PRIME MINISTER:

VAT

Mr. O'Brien : To ask the Prime Minister if he will put in hand an assessment of the comparative loss of revenue in the sale of home safety equipment free of value added tax and the costs of the treatment of victims of accidents in the home; and if he will make a statement.

The Prime Minister : An official estimate of the value added tax accruing on the sale of home safety equipment is not available. The costs of treatment for all accidents in the home are about £300 million per year. The United Kingdom is not permitted under the EC sixth VAT directive to introduce any new zero rates.


Olympic Games

Mr. Alfred Morris : To ask the Prime Minister what specific steps he and the Government will be taking in support of the Manchester Olympic Committee's bid to stage the Olympic Games; and if he will make a statement.

The Prime Minister : The Government wish Manchester every success in its attempt to bring the 2000 Olympics to Britain. My hon. Friend the Minister for Sport is ready to discuss with those concerned how best the Government can help to promote the bid.