§ Mr. Hepburn
To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what the average wage for a new graduate was in each year since 1997 in(a) the North East and (b) the UK. 
§ Ruth Kelly
The information requested falls within the responsibility of the National Statistician, who has been asked to reply.
Letter from Colin Mowl to Mr. Stephen Hepburn, dated 17 November 2003:
The National Statistician has been asked to reply to your recent Parliamentary Question about the average wage for new graduates in the North East and the UK. I am replying in his absence. (137458)
Table 1 overleaf gives estimates of the average gross weekly earnings of all working age graduates resident in the UK and the North East region who are full-time employees.
Table 2 gives estimates of the average gross weekly earnings of graduates aged 25 and under resident in the UK who are full-time employees. Similar estimates for graduates aged 25 and under resident in the North East region are not reliable because the survey sample sizes available are too small.
These estimates are from the Labour Force Survey (LFS) for the twelve month period ending August of each year from 1998 to 2003. Estimates for all new graduates, irrespective of age, cannot be produced as the LFS does not include a question about how long ago respondents graduated.
Average gross weekly earnings of working age1, graduates2 who are full-time3 employees
£ September to August UK North East 1997–8 513 453 1998–9 539 488 1999–2000 555 484 2000–1 582 497 2001–2 605 534 2002–3 625 552 1Men aged 16–64 and women aged 16–59 2 People whose highest qualification is degree level or above 3 The definition of full-time is based on respondents' self assessment
These Labour Force Survey (LFS) estimates have not been interim-adjusted to take account of the recent Census 2001 results.
ONS—Labour Force Survey525W
Average gross weekly earnings of graduates1 aged 25 and under resident in the UK who are full-time2 employees
September to August £ 1997–8 285 1998–9 314 1999–0 319 2000–1 341 2001–2 356 2002–3 350 1People whose highest qualification is degree level or above 2 The definition of full-time is based on respondents' self assessment
These Labour Force Survey (LFS) estimates have not been interim-adjusted to take account of the Census 2001 results
ONS Labour Force Survey.