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Volume 405: debated on Tuesday 20 May 2003

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To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what analysis has been made of the assessment of earnings levels for (a) each Government office region and (b) each constituency covered by Government Office for the North East, in the New Earnings Survey. [114304]

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

Letter from Colin Mowl to Dr. Ashok Kumar, dated 20 May 2003:

The National Statistician has been asked to reply to your recent question about the average earnings of people in the Government Office Regions and the constituencies within the North East. I am replying in his absence.
The attached table shows average weekly earnings for the areas requested. The data are from the New Earnings Survey (NES) and apply to people on adult rates working full-time whose pay was not affected by absence.

The NES can provide earnings data for small geographical areas. The release of NES data is restricted to figures that are derived from a sufficiently large sample of employees, and have an acceptable level of accuracy. I have provided the available data for the GO Regions and parliamentary constituencies in GO North East only for those areas where the samples are large enough. These are based on the 2002 NES, the latest survey for which data are available.

Average gross weekly earnings1 (£) by location of workplace

New earnings survey, April 2002

North East399.3
Stockton North424.2
Stockton South403.0
Bishop Auckland388.0
City of Durham425.4
North Durham338.7
Houghton and Washington East414.8
Newcastle upon Tyne East and Wallsend340.7
North Tyneside406.6
South Shields366.3
Sunderland North373.9
Tyne Bridge422.4
North West426.8
Yorkshire and The Humber409.9
East Midlands413.0
West Midlands427.3
South West421.7
South East496.7

1 Full-time employees on adult rates, whose pay was not affected by absence.