§ Mr. Battle
To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many people have benefited from the national minimum wage since its introduction(a) in Leeds, West and (b) in total; and in each case how much was given to them. 
§ Ruth Kelly
The information requested falls within the responsibility of the National Statistician. I have asked him to reply.483W
Letter from Len Cook to Mr. John Battle, dated 21 October 2003:As National Statistician I have been asked to reply to your recent question on the number of people in the Leeds West parliamentary constituency and in the UK who have benefited from the national minimum wage (NMW) since its introduction, and how much has been given to them. (132741)The Office for National Statistics (ONS) calculates estimates of the number of jobs paid less than NMW rates for the United Kingdom and Government Office Regions. A guide to measuring low pay and associated articles and data can be found on the National Statistics website at:http://www.statistics.gov.uk/StatBase/Product.asp?vink = 5837&Pos = 1&ColRank = 1&Rank = 272Estimates for Parliamentary Constituencies are not available.No information is available on how much money has been given to people as a result of the National Minimum Wage.