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Adult Education

Volume 406: debated on Monday 9 June 2003

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To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions (1) how many people counted under (a) claimant count unemployment figures and (b) International Labour Organisation unemployment figures did not have a first Level 2 qualification in each year since 1997; and if he will make a statement; [114485](2) what the proportion of economically inactive people without a first Level 2 qualification by age in each year since 1997 is; and if he will make a statement. [114483]

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

Letter from Karen Dunnell to Paul Holmes of 3 June 2003:

The National Statistician has been asked 10 reply to your Parliamentary Questions about unemployed and economically inactive people without a first NVQ Level 2 qualification. I am replying in his absence. (114483, J14485)

The attached tables give the information requested for (a) people classified as unemployed according 10 the International Labour Organisation definition and (b) economically inactive people. These estimates are from the Labour Force Survey (LFS). Information about the qualification levels of people included in the Claimant Count is not available.

Unemployed people of working age 1without a first NVQ Level 2
or equivalent qualification2 United Kingdom

Thousand

March to February

1997–98690
1998–99631
1999–2000573
2000–01610
2001–02480
2002–03463

1 Men aged 16–64 and women aged 16–59

2 People with DO qualifications and those whose highest
qualification is below NVQ level 2 or equivalent

Note:

These Labour Force Survey (LFS) estimates have not been interim
adjusted to take account of the recent census 2001 results.

Source:

ONS—Labour Force Survey

Proportion of economically inactive people of working age
1without a first NVQ level 2 or equivalent qualification2, by age
United Kingdom

Per cent

March to February

Total

16–17

18–24

25–34

35–49

50–
69/64

1997–9840.544.019.538.646.646.7
1998–9940.344.518.437.646.446.3
1999–200039.245.518.635.843.845.8
2000–0138.343.818.135.843.144.2
2001–0238.644.419.135.843.244.2
2002–0337.343.919.533.541.843.0

1 Men aged 16–64 and women aged 16–69

2 Includes economically inactive people with no qualifications,
and those whose highest qualification is below NVO level 2 or
equivalent

Note:

These Labour Force Survey (LFS) estimates have not been
interim-adjusted
to take account of the recent Census 2001 results.