The information requested falls within the responsibility of the National Statistician, who has been asked to reply.
Letter from Karen Dunnell, dated 17 July 2007:
As National Statistician, I have been asked to reply to your Parliamentary Questions asking how many people in Ribble Valley constituency were recorded as being in full-time employment in the financial year ended March (a) 1997 and (b) 2007. (150260)
The Office for National Statistics compiles employment statistics for local areas from the annual local area Labour Force Survey (LFS) and the Annual Population Survey (APS) following International Labour Organisation definitions.
There were 38,000 people, aged 16 and over, in full-time employment, resident in the Ribble Valley constituency, for the 12 months ending February 1997, from the local area LFS. There were 34,000 people, aged 16 and over, in full-time employment, resident in the Ribble Valley constituency, for the 12 months ending December 2006, from the latest available data from the APS.
As these estimates are for a subset of the population in small geographical areas, they are based on small sample sizes, and are therefore subject to large margins of uncertainty. In this case, the sample sizes are not sufficient to give an accurate estimate of even the direction of the change over the period.