§ Mr. Frank Field
To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what his most recent estimate was of the number of people, broken down by age and sex, who have never worked. 
§ Ruth Kelly
The information requested falls within the responsibility of the National Statistician. I have asked him to reply.
Letter from J. Pullinger to Mr. Frank Field, dated 15 January 2003:659WThe National Statistician has been asked to reply to your recent question about the number of people who have never worked. I am replying in his absence. (90817)
The attached table gives the information requested for the three month period ending August 2002. These estimates are from the Labour Force Survey (LFS).
People who have never had paid work1, by sex and age United Kingdom, June to August 2002 Thousands, not seasonally adjusted All persons Male Female All aged 16 + 2,462 1,012 1,450 All of working age2 2,203 996 1,208 16–17 777 416 361 18–24 843 417 427 25–34 283 94 189 35–49 222 54 168 50–64(m)/50–59(w) 77 14 63 65 + (m)/60+ (w) 259 17 242 1Paid work excluding casual or holiday work but including periods of self-employment or support by a Government training and employment programme. 2Men aged 16–64 and women aged 16–59.
These Labour Force Survey (LFS) estimates are Not Seasonally Adjusted (NSA) and have not yet been adjusted to take account of the recent Census 2001 results.
ONS—Labour Force Survey