§ Mr. Chidgey
To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security, pursuant to her answer of 2 December,Official Report, column 204, how many full-time employees are paid at the lowest hourly rates listed, in each of the regions defined by the regional government offices. 
§ Mr. Field
The information is not readily available in the format requested. Such information as is available is set out in the table.
Economic planning region Number of full-time employees on the lowest hourly rate Scotland 132 Northern 24 Yorkshire and Humberside 45 North West 252 East Midlands 36 West Midlands 47 Wales 24 East Anglia 18 South East 49 South West 50 Northern Ireland 1 Overseas 1 1. Figures include all staff on payroll as at 30 September 1997 in their current substantive grade.