§ Mr. Wigley
asked the Secretary of State for Employment what is the current male employee activity rate in England, Scotland and Wales, respectively; and what it was in each of the past five years.
§ Mr. Gummer
The latest available estimates of economic activity rates (employed plus unemployed) of males in England, Wales and Scotland are given in the following table. Estimates for other years are not available.
Economic Activity Rates* of Males aged 16 and over Great Britain Per cent. 1977 1979 1981 England 79 77 77 Scotland 79 78 77 Wales 76 75 74
* The percentage of population aged 16 and over which is in the civilian labour force. All figures are based on the biennial EC labour force survey adjusted to be comparable wish census of population coverage.
Results from the survey are subject to sampling errors; small differences in the results, therefore, may not be significant.