§ Gregory Barker
To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many people he estimates are employed in the wood panel industry. 
§ Ruth Kelly
The information requested falls within the responsibility of the National Statistician, who has been asked to reply.
Letter from Colin Mowl to Gregory Barker dated 18 November 2003
The National Statistician has been asked to reply to your Parliamentary Question about people employed in the wood panel industry. I am replying in his absence. 
According to the latest available figures from the Annual Business Inquiry, in December 2001 there were 6700 employees in industries whose primary economic activity is "The manufacture of veneer sheets; manufacture of plywood, laminboard, particle board, fibre board and other panels and boards".