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Volume 464: debated on Wednesday 10 October 2007

To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many people were registered as disabled in (a) Jarrow constituency, (b) South Tyneside, (c) the North East and (d) the UK in each year since 1997; and how many of those registered were in employment in each case. (156714)

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

Letter from Karen Dunnell, dated October 2007:

As National Statistician, I have been asked to reply to your Parliamentary Question about how many people were registered as disabled and how many of those registered were in employment in each year since 1997. (156714)

The Office for National Statistics (ONS) 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 (1LO) definitions. ONS does not have data on registered disabled people but the above surveys do collect information on the disability status of respondents, based on the respondents' self-assessment.

The table attached, shows the number of disabled people and of those the number who were in employment in (a) Jarrow constituency, (b) South Tyneside, (c) the North East and (d) the UK, for the 12 month period ending in February for 1999 to 2004 from the local area LFS and for the 12 month period ending in March for 2003 to 2006, from the APS. The table also shows employment rates which allow changes to be seen in the context of changing population numbers. Annual estimates are not available prior to 1999.

As with any sample survey, estimates from the annual Labour Force Survey and the Annual Population Survey are subject to a margin of uncertainty.

Disabled1 people of working age2 in employment in the Jarrow parliamentary constituency, South Tyneside, the North East region and the United Kingdom

Thousand

Jarrow

South Tyneside

All disabled1

In employment

All disabled1

In employment

12 months ending

Level

Level

Rate3 (%)

Level

Level

Rate3 (%)

February 1999

11

3

27

19

3

18

February 2000

13

4

34

20

7

34

February 2001

11

5

41

20

7

34

February 2002

11

4

40

19

7

36

February 2003

11

5

44

21

8

37

February 2004

12

5

38

22

8

37

March 2005

12

5

39

22

9

41

March 2006

11

4

40

21

8

36

Marsh 2007

10

4

35

21

8

36

Thousand

North East

United Kingdom

All disabled1

In employment

All disabled1

In employment

12 months ending

Level

Level

Rate 3 (%)

Level

Level

Rate3 (%)

February 1999

356

123

35

6,219

2,724

44

February 2000

357

124

35

6,471

2,952

46

February 2001

334

118

35

6,718

3,110

46

February 2002

348

125

36

6,747

3,157

47

February 2003

351

132

38

6,817

3,234

47

February 2004

361

143

39

6,879

3,284

4S

March 2005

358

147

41

6,853

3,358

49

March 2006

353

147

42

6,838

3,374

49

Marsh 2007

359

161

45

6,809

3,352

49

1 Includes DDA (Disability Discrimination Act) and working-limiting disabled. 2 Includes men aged 16 to 64 and women age 16 to 59. 3 Disabled people in employment of working-age as a percentage of all disabled people. Note: 1. Estimates are subject to sampling variability. 2. Changes in the estimates over time should be treated with particular caution. Source: Annual local area Labour Force Survey; Annual Population survey.