HC Deb 27 January 1997 vol 289 cc36-7W
Mr. Byers

To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will list for November(a) 1990 and (b) 1996 the number of under-25-year-olds who had been out of work for more than 12 months in (i) each region of England, (ii) Scotland, (iii) Wales, (iv) Northern Ireland and (v) the United Kingdom. [10909]

Mrs. Angela Knight

[holding answer 15 January 1997]: 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 Tim Holt to Mr. Stephen Byers, dated 27 January 1997: The Chancellor of the Exchequer has asked me to reply as the Director of the Office for National Statistics to your recent question on long term unemployment amongst people aged under 25 years old. Claimant count statistics by age and duration are available quarterly for the months of January, April, July and October. For other months data is restricted to those claimants whose records have been computerised. In each case the data is on the unadjusted basis and is therefore not seasonally adjusted and does not make allowances for discontinuities in the count. The available information can be obtained from the Nomis database accessed by the House of Commons Library.