HC Deb 20 November 2000 vol 357 cc79-80W
Mr. Field

To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer in how many constituencies the number of(a) male and (b) female employees has decreased since (i) 1997 and (ii) 1999. [139305]

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. Frank Field, dated 20 November 2000:

As National Statistician I have been asked to reply to your recent question on the number of Parliamentary Constituencies that have seen a fall in employee jobs since 1997 and 999. (139305)

The Annual Employment Survey (AES) is the current source of data on the numbers of employee jobs in Parliamentary Constituencies. Limited post-1997 information may be obtained by comparing the AES results for 1997 and 1998. These can be accessed from the NOMIS database in the House of Commons Library. Estimates for 1999 will not be released until April 2001 and will be based on the Annual Business Inquiry, the AES's successor.