§ Chris Ruane
To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many young adults there are aged 16 to 18 years who are not in education, training or work by region, expressed as(a) a percentage of the population and (b) the total number, ranked in descending order according to percentage figures for the latest date available. 
§ Ruth Kelly
The information requested falls within the responsibility of the National Statistician. I have asked him to reply.
Letter for Len Cook to Chris Ruane, dated 30 January 2002:As National Statistician, I have been asked to reply to your Parliamentary Question about young adults who are not in education, training or employment. (30598)The Labour Force Survey (LFS) provides estimates of the number and percentage of people aged 16–18 years who are not in education, training or employment. The latest available estimates are for autumn (September to November) 2001. These are given in the table below.
People aged 16–18 who are not in education, training or work by Government Office Region Autumn (September to November) 2001 (not seasonally adjusted) Percentage1 Thousand UK 12.0 264 Yorkshire and Humberside 16.3 32 Scotland 15.2 30 North West 14.0 39 Wales 13.8 15 North East 13.3 13 London 12.5 29 West Midlands 12.3 26 South East 11.0 31 Eastern 9.3 18 East Midlands 9.3 l4 South West 7.0 12 Northern Ireland 2— 2— 1Sample size too small for reliable estimate. 2People aged 16–18 who are not in education, training or work as a percentage of all persons aged 16–18.
ONS—Labour Force Survey.