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Shipowners jailed by UK courts for letting unseaworthy vessels sail in the last five years: 0

Laws introduced by the Department of Transport since 1980: 1,215

Annual cost of running a squadron of Tornado GR-1 fighter-bombers, not counting office costs: pounds 26,700,000

Unemployment benefit paid out by the Government per working day: pounds 28,307,692

Full-time receptionists employed by English doctors: 19,508

Full-time physiotherapists employed by English doctors: 77

English schizophrenics staying more than a year in hospital annually: 19,700

Percentage of English and Welsh prison inmates with psychiatric disorders: 39

Maximum years a current prisoner in England and Wales has been treated as high-security: 26

Repayments to UK banks by poor countries since 1987: pounds 4,840,000,000

Percentage of nation's total income controlled by top 1 per cent of taxpayers: 8

Value of Porton Down laboratory's Nato contract to help develop an anti-emetic for nausea and vomiting induced by nuclear war: pounds 250,000

Percentage of British 1991 movie releases which were EC-made: 10.5

Percentage of television owners who would not part with their sets for pounds 1,000,000: 15

Sources: Dept of Transport; RM/DoT; Ministry of Defence; Dept of Social Security; Dept of Health; ibid; ibid (1989-90); Prof John Gunn/Home Office; Home Office; Treasury; ibid; Chemical and Biological Defence Establishment; BFI; NOP