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Volume 405: debated on Tuesday 20 May 2003

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To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what the latest unemployment claimant count was in (a) Scotland and (b) Fife. [114609]

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

Letter from Len Cook to Mr. MacDougall dated 20 May 2003:

As National Statistician, I have been asked to reply to your recent question on the latest unemployment claimant count for Scotland and Fife.
In April 2003, there were 103,385 claimants of Jobseeker's Allowance benefit in Scotland, and 8,591 claimants in the Fife Local Authority District.