§ Mrs. Peacock
To ask the Secretary of State for Employment what proportion of women in the United Kingdom have jobs; and what are the figures for other major European countries. 30W
§ Miss Widdecombe
[holding answer 27 March 1995]: The most recent comparable estimates between the United Kingdom and other major European countries are for 1992 and are given in the following table.
The most recent information for the United Kingdom is for spring 1994, when the rate was 65 per cent.
Total female employment as a percentage of the female population ages 15–59 Country 1992 Sweden* 76 Denmark 74 United Kingdom 64 Finland* 63 Germany 60 Portugal 58 Austria* 56 France 55 Netherlands 54 Luxembourg 50 Belgium 49 Italy 39 Greece 38 Ireland 38 Spain 33
Source: Labour Force Survey.