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Economically Inactive Persons

Volume 448: debated on Tuesday 11 July 2006

To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what the ratio is of economically inactive persons to the number of persons engaged in manufacturing industry in (a) England, (b) Wales and (c) Scotland. (83803)

The information requested falls within the responsibility of the National Statistician who has been asked to reply.

Letter from Colin Mowl, dated 10 July 2006:

The National Statistician has been asked to reply to your Parliamentary Question about the ratio of economically inactive persons to the number of persons employed in manufacturing in (a) England (b) Wales and (c) Scotland. I am replying in her absence. (83803)

The attached table gives the ratio of persons economically inactive to people employed in manufacturing for the 3 countries of Great Britain for the period three month ending March 2006.

Estimates are taken from the Office for National Statistics’ Labour Force Survey (LFS). As with any sample survey, estimates from the LFS are subject to a margin of uncertainty.

Economically inactive people and people employed in the manufacturing1 industry by country of residence for people of working age2 not seasonally adjusted

Three months ending March 2006

Economically inactive (Thousand)

Employed in manufacturing industry (Thousand)

Ratio3

England

6,455

3,008

2.1

Wales

446

183

2.4

Scotland

652

254

2.6

1 Standard Industrial Classification (SIC92) code D.

2 Men aged 16-64 or women 16-59.

3 Economically active people divided by the number of those in employment in manufacturing industry.

Source:

ONS Labour Force Survey