To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what rates of economic activity were recorded in each of the last five years in (a) the UK and (b) each region, broken down by (i) age and (ii) sex. 
The information requested falls within the responsibility of the National Statistician. I have asked him to reply.
Letter from Len Cook to Sue Doughty, dated 7 April 2003:
As National Statistician, I have been asked to reply to your Parliamentary Question about economic activity rates. (107430)
I am placing in the House of Commons Library, tables which give the information requested based on data from the Labour Force Survey (LFS). Table 1 shows estimates for the United Kingdom which have been interim reweighted to reflect the results of the 2001 Census. Comparable estimates for countries and regions within the UK will be available on 16 April 2003.
LFS estimates for Scotland, Wales, Northern Ireland and the regions of England are available based on population estimates which have not yet been adjusted to reflect the 2001 Census results. These LFS estimates are shown in Tables 2–6.