HC Deb 24 November 1994 vol 250 cc342-3W
Mrs. Ewing

To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland how many adults were in(a) full-time employment, (b) part-time employment, (c) self-employment and (d) unemployment in each year since 1979; and if he will provide a breakdown by parliamentary constituency.

Mr. Allan Stewart

Information for Scotland is given in the table.

At parliamentary constituency level, self-employed estimates are not available. The numbers unemployed are available but not in a form which will allow comparison over time on a consistent basis. Employees in employment estimates, split into full-time and part-time, are available from the censuses of employment carried out in 1981, 1984, 1987, 1989 and 1991. This information, along with the unemployment information, is on the NOMIS database in the House of Commons Library. Library staff are ready to assist in accessing the information.

re-valuation of non-domestic rates to be effective from 1 April 1995.

Mr. Stewart

The valuation for rating of individual subjects is the responsibility of the assessor for each valuation area. It is therefore assessors, not the Secretary of State, who gather evidence for the purposes of revaluation.

Our consultations with the Convention of Scottish Local Authorities and relevant ratepayer companies in relation to the formula valuation of certain lands and heritages under section 6 of the Local Government (Scotland) Act 1975 have been informed by evidence on movement in values generally provided by assessors.