To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer (1) how many people aged 16 to 21 there were in low rates of pay in Wales for each of the last 20 years; (2) how many people aged 16 to 21 were unemployed in Wales in each of the last 20 years. 
The information requested falls within the responsibility of the National Statistician. I have asked him to reply.
Letter from Mr. Colin Mowl to Mr. Chris Ruane, dated 10 March 2003:
The National Statistician has been asked to reply to your Parliamentary Questions about unemployment and low pay rates in Wales. I am replying in his absence. (100241, 100243)
The attached table gives estimates of the number of unemployed people aged 16 to 21 in Wales for the three month periods ending May of each year from 1984 to 2002. These estimates are from the Labour Force Survey and are not seasonally adjusted. This information is not available on a consistent basis for 1983.
For years from 1998, ONS has published estimates of the numbers of people paid below the National Minimum Wage on the basis of sample survey data. However, for the group requested, sample numbers are too small to provide a reliable estimate.
Unemployed people aged 16–21 in Wales; Spring (March to May) 1984 to 2002
Thousand, not seasonally adjusted
March to May
These Labour Force Survey (LFS) estimates are Not Seasonally Adjusted (NSA) and have not been adjusted to take account of the Census 2001 results.
ONS Labour Force Survey