§ Mr. Stevenson
To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many unemployed people in Stoke-on-Trent claimed unemployment benefit 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 Len Cook to Mr. George Stevenson, dated 24 March 2003:As National Statistician, I have been asked to reply to your recent parliamentary question on how many unemployed people in Stoke-on-Trent claimed unemployment benefit in each year since 1997. (105000)The table below gives the annual average number of claimants of Jobseeker's Allowance in the Stoke-on-Trent Unitary Authority for the years 1997 to 2002. The data are not seasonally adjusted.
Year Total 1997 6,377 1998 5,725 1999 6,063 2000 5,256 2001 5,142 2002 4,739