HC Deb 28 July 2000 vol 354 cc1010-1W
Mr. Moore

To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer (1) what percentage of workers on adult rates of pay in part-time employment have hourly earnings, including and excluding overtime pay, that are less than(a) £4.94, (b) £6.58, (c) £7.18 and (d) £3.60 in (i) Scotland, (ii) each of the unitary local authority areas in Scotland and (iii) Great Britain, broken down by (1) male manual, (2) male non-manual, (3) all male workers, (4) female manual, (5) female non-manual, (6) all female workers, (7) all manual, (8) all non-manual and (9) all workers; [128287]

(2) what the average weekly earnings are, including and excluding overtime, for part-time workers in (a) Scotland, (b) each of the local unitary local authority areas in Scotland and (c) Great Britain, broken down by (i) men and (ii) women in (1) manual employment, (2) non-manual employment and (3) all employment. [128288]

Miss Melanie Johnson

The information requested falls within the responsibility of the National Statistician. I have asked him to reply.

Letter from Len Cook to Mr. Michael Moore, dated 28 July 2000As National Statistician, I have been asked to reply to your recent questions about earnings of part-time employees in Scotland, the unitary authority areas in Scotland and Great Britain (128287/8). The New Earnings Survey (NES) can provide earnings data for small geographical areas. However, the release of NES data is restricted to figures that are derived from a sufficiently large sample of employees, and have an acceptable level of accuracy. I have provided the available data for Scotland, the unitary authorities in Scotland and Great Britain; these are based on the 1999 NES, the latest survey for which data are available. These are large tables and copies of them are being placed in the Library of the House rather than reproduced in Hansard. The NES is based on a one per cent. sample of employees in PAYE system and is therefore likely to under-represent relatively low paid staff earning below the tax threshold and in particular those who work part-time.

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