§ Mr. Coaker
To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what estimate he has made of the average wage paid to 16 and 17 year-olds in full-time work with no training. 
§ 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. Vernon Coaker, dated 28 June 2000:As National Statistician, I have been asked to reply to your recent question regarding the average wage of 16 and 17 year-olds in full-time work with no training. (127616)The Labour Force Survey (LFS) is National Statistics' major source of labour market data on individuals and is the most appropriate source of data to answer this question. LFS estimates 540W show that in the UK in winter (December to February) 1999/2000, the average gross weekly earnings of 16 and 17 year-old full-time employees who had not received any job-related training in the last 13 weeks and were not currently enrolled on an education course was £139. This estimate is not seasonally adjusted.