§ Mrs. Curtis-Thomas
To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what the unemployment rate is in(a) South Sefton, (b) postcode L20 and (c) the UK. 
§ Ruth Kelly
The information requested falls within the responsibility of the National Statistician. I have asked him to reply.
Letter from Colin Mowl to Mrs. Claire Curtis-Thomas, dated 11 September 2003The National Statistician has been asked to reply to your recent parliamentary question on what the unemployment rate is in (a) South Sefton, (b) postcode L20 and (c) the UK. I am replying in his absence. (128882)The United Kingdom unemployment rate for the three months ending June 2003 was 5.0%.Estimated unemployment rates for the South Sefton geographical area are not available. However, the latest estimated unemployment rate for the Sefton local authority area, for the 12 months to February 2002, is 5.0%.Estimated unemployment rates are not available for postcode areas. However, the number of claimants of the Jobseeker's Allowance (ISA) are available for postcode areas. In postcode district L20 there were 1,333 ISA claimants in July 2003.