HC Deb 29 January 2004 vol 417 cc496-7W
Mr. Hepburn

To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry (1) how many young people in(a) the Jarrow constituency, (b) South Tyneside, (c) the North East and (d) the UK have entered the manufacturing industry following school in each year since 1997; [145121]

(2) how many young people in (a) the Jarrow constituency, (b) South Tyneside, (c) the North East and (d) the UK have been employed in the manufacturing industry in each year since 1997. [145122]

Ruth Kelly

I have been asked to reply.

The information requested falls within the responsibility of the National statistician. I have asked him to reply.

Letter from J. Pullinger to Mr. Stephen Hepburn, dated 29 January 2004:

The National Statistician has been asked to reply to your recent Parliamentary Questions about young people employed in the manufacturing industry. I am replying in his absence. (145121 and 145122)

The attached table gives estimates of the number of people aged 16 to 24 resident in the United Kingdom and the North East region employed in the manufacturing industry, for the twelve month period ending November of each year from 1997 to 2003.

These estimates are from the Labour Force Survey (LFS). The LFS sample size is too small to give reliable estimates for South Tyneside or the Jarrow Parliamentary Constituency.

Although the LFS can provide some retrospective information, its principal focus is on the current labour market status of people when they are interviewed. No estimates of young people who left school to enter manufacturing industry are available.

As with any sample survey, estimates from the LFS are subject to sampling variability.

Young people1 employed in the manufacturing industry2 by area of residence
12-month period ending November United Kingdom North East
1997 679 33
1998 654 32
1999 604 29
2000 537 27
2001 530 24
2002 502 22
2003 447 20
1People aged 16–24
2People whose main job is in Standard Industrial Classification (SIC) 1992 Division D: Manufacturing


These LFS estimates have not been adjusted to reflect the 2001 Census results.


ONS Labour Force Survey