§ Mr. Willetts
To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many working-age people not in full-time education were economically inactive in each year since 1997. 
§ Ruth Kelly
The information requested falls within the responsibility of the National Statistician. I have asked him to reply.
Letter from L. Cook to Mr. David Willetts, dated 23 January 2003:As National Statistician, I have been asked to reply to your Parliamentary Question about economically inactive people not in full-time education. (91978)The attached table give the information requested. These estimates are from the Labour Force Survey (LFS).
Economically inactive people of working age' who are not in full- time education United Kingdom: 1997–20022 Thousands December to November 1996–97 6,316 1997–98 6,320 1998–99 6,215 1999–2000 6,271 2000–01 6,327 2001–02 6,342 1Men aged 16–64 and women aged 16–59. 2Average for the twelve month period ending November of each year.
These Labour Force Survey (LFS) estimates are Not Seasonally Adjusted (NSA) and have not yet been adjusted to take account of the recent Census2001 results.
Labour Force Survey (ONS)