HC Deb 18 March 1997 vol 292 cc550-1W
Mr. Milburn

To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many(a) men, (b) women and (c) men and women have made (i) one, (ii) two and (iii) three or more claims for unemployment-related benefits in (1) Great Britain, (2) each standard region of England, (3) Wales and (4) Scotland for each major group of the standard occupational classification since January 1995. [19584]:

Mrs. Angela Knight

[holding answer 10 March 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. Alan Milburn, dated 18 March 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 how many people have experienced at least one, two and three or more spells of claimant unemployment since January 1995, broken down by sex, region, and by major occupational group. I have attached tables of the information requested, copies of which have been placed in the Library. Please note that for claimants who have had more than one spell of claimant unemployment since 1 January 1995, the information from their most recent claim has been used to determine the claimant's region and usual occupation.

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