§ Mr. Thomason
To ask the Secretary of State for Employment how many people in the United Kingdom are in work as a percentage of the total population of working age; and what is the average figure in the European Community.
§ Miss Widdecombe
The United Kingdom percentage in spring 1991 was 70.2 per cent. compared with an EC average of 61.6 per cent. based upon the latest published EC labour force survey report. The most recent available estimate for the United Kingdom is for winter 1992–93 when the percentage was 70 per cent.