§ Mr. Boswell
To ask the President of the Board of Trade if she will make a statement on the number of persons employed in the United Kingdom in the energy industries by sector in each of the last three years. 
§ Mr. Battle
[holding answer 9 February 1998]: Figures separately identifying components of the energy industries such as electricity and gas are not readily available; however, estimated figures for these sectors for 1980, 1990 and provisional figures for 1996 were published in Volume 1 of the 1997 Energy Report "Shaping Change". These estimates are based on detailed Annual Employment Survey data which have been revised since publication of the Energy Report. For this reason, the ONS figures, which are more up to date than those in the Energy Report, are given.
The latest available comparable figures for employment in the energy industries in Great Britain are as follows:
Employees in employment in the energy industries Thousands 11995 11996 11997 Mining of coal, lignite, peat extraction 10.9 10.5 9.6 Extraction of crude petroleum and natural gas4 25.3 30.8 33.7 Electricity, gas steam and hot water supply5 117.8 99.8 98.7 Manufacture of coke, refined petroleum products and nuclear fuel6 30.0 33.6 33.2 Total 184.0 174.8 175.2
Office for National Statistics
1Annual Employment Survey figures, based on September. Figures exclude contractors.
2Short term Survey data, based on September 1997. Figures exclude contractors.
3Corresponds to Standard Industrial Classification 1992 (SIC92) code 10.