§ Mr. Dawson
To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many people in Lancaster and Wyre constituency were paid at rates below:(a) £4, (b) £3.50 and (c) £3 per hour, at the latest date for which figures are available. 
§ Mrs. Liddell
[holding answer 17 June 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. Hilton Dawson, dated 18 June 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 earnings in Lancaster and Wyre parliamentary constituency.The latest information, from the New Earnings Survey April 1996, which preceded the creation of the Lancaster and Wyre 242W parliamentary constituency, is given in the table below. Data for the area prior to the last General Election are given instead.
Employees on adult rates whose pay for the survey pay-period was not affected by absence, new earnings survey April 1996 Percentage of employees with hourly earnings (excluding overtime) less than: £3.00 £3.50 £4.00 Lancaster Full-time 0.0 2.0 5.4 Part-time 9.1 23.6 36.4 All 2.5 7.9 13.9 Wyre Full-time 3.8 13.8 20.0 Part-time 16.2 29.7 43.2 All 7.7 18.8 27.4