§ Mr. Jim Murphy
To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport how many people were employed in the hotel, catering and restaurant trade(a) in each of the last 20 years, (b) on 1 May 1997 and (c) at the most recent date for which figures are available. 
§ Janet Anderson
[holding answer 13 December 1999]: Estimates of the total number of employee and self-employment jobs in the hotel, catering and restaurant trade in Great Britain are available for 1984 onwards and are presented in the table:
Employee and self-employment jobs in hotels, restaurants and catering Great Britain Great Britain Thousand Number 1984 1,154 1985 1,188 1986 1,201 1987 1,194 1988 1,268 1989 1,348 1990 1,391 1991 1,366 1992 1,355 1993 1,319 1994 1,323 1995 1,386 1996 1,419 1997 1,452 1998 1,443 1999 1,425
Office for National Statistics
Estimates for the number of self-employed are provided by the Labour Force Survey, which bases its annual figures on employment in the spring months (March to May). The employee jobs figures are derived from official employment surveys and are for June each year. The employment surveys are conducted at regular fixed points 282W each year, and therefore information is not available for employment in the hotel, catering and restaurant trade on 1 May 1997.
The latest available estimate for the annual number of employee and self-employment jobs in the hotel, catering and restaurant trade is for 1999, and is presented in the table.