§ Mr. Peter Duncan
To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many people were employed in the oil and gas sector in Scotland in each of the last five years. 
§ Ruth Kelly
The information requested falls within the responsibility of the National Statistician, who has been asked to reply.
Letter from Len Cook to Mr. Peter Duncan, dated 23 February 2004:
As National Statistician, I have been asked to reply to your Parliamentary Question about jobs in the oil and gas sector in Scotland. (155472)
The table below shows the number of people in Scotland working in industries whose primary activities were described as:
- extraction of crude petroleum/natural gas
- service activities in oil and gas extraction
- manufacture of refined petroleum products
- manufacture/distribution of gas.
Figures are provided for the years 1998 to 2002, the last five years for which data are available, and are obtained from the Annual Business Inquiry (ABI).
Number of people in Scotland working in the oil and gas sector,1998–2002 Number of people (Thousand) 1998 26.6 1999 24.5 2000 21.6 2001 23.6 2002 22.9