§ Mr. Soames
asked the Paymaster General when the results of the 1985 labour force survey are to be published.
§ Mr. Kenneth Clarke
Work is in hand to produce a range of preliminary results from the 1985 labour force survey similar to those for 1984 which appeared inEmployment Gazette in May 1985. In the absence of an Employment Gazette in April, and to avoid undue delay, we intend to issue the preliminary results of the 1985 survey in a press release on 23 April: they will also appear in an article in the May Employment Gazette in the usual way.
The Department announced on 19 February that its employment estimates were to be revised in the light of the 1985 labour force survey and the 1984 census of 389W employment. However, the census timetable has been delayed because of operational difficulties and results are not now expected before the late summer. It has therefore been decided to revise the employment estimates in light of the 1985 labour force survey results without waiting for the census of employment results. These revised estimates were published in the labour market press notice which was released earlier today. Subsequent revision may be necessary when the census results become available later in the year.