§ Mr. Bob Russell
To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many people in the Colchester parliamentary 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
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.461W
Letter from Tim Holt to Mr. Bob Russell, dated 24 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 the Colchester parliamentary constituency.The latest information, from the New Earrings Survey (NES) April 1996, precedes the creation of Colchester parliamentary constituency. Data for the areas prior to the last General Election are given in the table below.
Employees on adult rates whose pay for the survey pay-period was not affected by absence, NES April 1996 £3.00 £3.50 £4.00 North-Colchester Full-time 0.8 2.5 8.1 Part-time 7.0 18.6 37.2 All 2.5 6.8 15.8 South Colchester and Maldon Full-time 3.9 7.0 13.3 Part-time 14.6 33.3 47.9 All 6.8 14.2 22.7