§ Mr. Sanders
To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions if he will list the top and bottom 100 travel to work areas by average wage; and if he will make a statement. 
§ Ruth Kelly
I have been asked to reply.
The Information requested falls within the responsibility of the National Statistician who is writing to the hon. Member.
Letter from Colin Mowl to Mr. Adrian Sanders, dated 17 September 2003:
The National Statistician has been asked to reply to your recent question on the top and bottom 100 travel to work areas by average wage. I am replying in his absence.
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Information on average weekly earnings for travel to work areas is taken from the New Earnings Survey (NES) for 2002, the latest year for which data are available. Publication criteria for NBS state that all estimates with a sample size less than 30 or a relative standard error greater than 5% must be excluded from published analyses since they are not accurate enough.
A large number of the earnings estimates for travel to work areas have been excluded as a result of these criteria, and there are a total of 150 areas for which estimates can be given. I am placing in the House of Commons library a single table showing the estimated average weekly earnings for each of these 150 travel to work areas.