To ask the Secretary of State for Employment, pursuant to his answer to the hon. Member for Alyn and Deeside, 11 May, Official Report, column 270, on adult earnings, if he will make a statement on the criteria he uses in answering questions from hon. Members regarding earnings statistics.
When the information available to answer a question on earnings has already been published, it is the long-standing practice to refer the hon. Member to that source. The source publication referred to for earnings questions is predominantly but not exclusively the annual new earnings survey report.