HC Deb 02 November 1989 vol 159 cc307-9W
Mr. Bill Michie

To ask the Secretary of State for Employment, in relation to each of the occupational categories identified in the Office of Population Censuses and Surveys occupational mortality decennial supplement, what proportion of each occupational category, by sex, are drawn from ethnic minority groups.

Mr. Freeman

I have been asked to reply.

Information on ethnicity is not available for the occupation categories identified in Office of Population Censuses and Survey's occupational mortality decennial supplement, since questions on ethnic origin were not asked in the 1981 census and are not asked at time of death registration.

The nearest available information on ethnicity by occupation is derived from the labour force survey, a sample survey conducted by Office of Population Censuses and Surveys on behalf of the Department of Employment. From this survey, the Department of Employment publish aggregated years data on ethnicity by broad occupation group. The most recent published data covers the years 1985 to 1987, and can be found in the Department of Employment Gazette, December 1988, page 638. A copy of this and the latest edition of the labour force survey (1987), can be found in the Library.

Mr. Galloway

To ask the Secretary of State for Employment how many women aged 60–65 years there are(a) in the United Kingdom, (b) in Scotland, (c) in full/part-time employment, United Kingdom and Scotland and (d) married, and receiving their full state pension entitlement.

Mrs. Gillian Shephard

I have been asked to reply. The information requested in parts(a), (b) and (c) of the question is supplied in the table. Information is not available as to the number of married women who receive their full state retirement pension.

Since 1 October 1989 women aged 60–65 years are now able to choose to continue working and claim their own, category A, state retirement pension.

between 1.25 and 1.75 per cent. is maintained, in view of the higher level of inflation than forecast at the time of this commitment.

Mr. Kenneth Clarke

The range of 1.25 per cent. to 1.75 per cent. to be assumed for real terms growth nationally in 1990–91, published in the Resource Assumptions and Planning Guidelines (HC(89)24), was provided to assist authorities in their short-term planning. The figures form a largely technical part of the planning process and are to be used as a basis for cautious and prudent planning. Actual allocations for 1990–91 have yet to be decided and are dependent on the outcome of this year's public expenditure survey.

Back to