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Unemployment: Lancashire

Volume 463: debated on Tuesday 17 July 2007

To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many people in Ribble Valley constituency were not in education, employment or training in the financial year ended March (a) 1997 and (b) 2007. (150261)

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 Question asking how many people in Ribble Valley constituency were not in education, employment or training in the financial year ended March (a) 1997 and (b) 2007. (150261)

There were 7,000 people of working age, resident in the Ribble Valley constituency, who were not in full-time education, employment or training, for the 12 months ending February 1997, from the annual local area Labour Force Survey. The corresponding figure from the latest Annual Population Survey, for the 12 months ending in December 2006, was 8,000.

Estimates for a subset of the population in a small geographical area, are based on very 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.