§ Mr. Ian McCartney
To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will publish, by region(a) the unemployment claimant count statistics and (b) the unemployment statistics as measured by the labour force survey, showing the percentage difference between the two in each case. 
§ Mrs. Angela Knight
[holding answer 28 October 1996]: The information requested falls within the responsibility of the Chief Executive of the Office for National Statistics. I have asked him to arrange for a reply to be given.
Letter from Dennis Roberts to Mr. Ian McCartney, dated 1 November 1996:The Chancellor of the Exchequer has asked the Director of the ONS to reply to your parliamentary question on regional unemployment. The Director has asked me to reply in his absence.The latest LFS estimates of unemployment for the standard regions of Great Britain on the internationally standard ILO definition relate to Summer (June-August) 1996 and are published in Table 16 of the Labour Force Survey Summer 1996 First Release. The corresponding average levels of unadjusted claimant unemployment for the same three month period can be obtained on-line from the Nomis database. Both the LFS publication and access to the Nomis database are available from the House of Commons Library.