§ Mr. Gordon Marsden
To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what estimate he has made of the number of employees in Blackpool currently earning less than(a) £3.50 per hour, (b) £3.75 per hour and (c) £4 per hour. 
§ Mrs. Liddell
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. Gordon Marsden, dated 16 July 1997:The Chancellor of the Exchequer has asked me to reply as Director of the Office for National Statistics to your recent question on earnings in Blackpool.The latest information, from the New Earnings Survey (NES) April 1996, is given in the table below for the local authority district of Blackpool.
Employees on adult rates whose pay for the survey pay-period was not affected by absence, NES April 1996 Percentage of employees with hourly earnings (excluding overtime) less than: Blackpool Local Authority £3.50 £3.75 £4.00 Full-time 10.1 13.2 15.9 Part-time 18.4 25.0 30.3 All 12.2 16.2 19.5