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Employment: Coastal Areas

Volume 483: debated on Tuesday 18 November 2008

To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster how many people and what proportion of the working age population were in employment in each of the principal seaside towns in England and Wales in each year since 1997. (234934)

The information requested falls within the responsibility of the UK Statistics Authority. I have asked the authority to reply.

Letter from Karen Dunnell, dated November 2008:

As National Statistician, I have been asked to reply to your Parliamentary Question asking how many people and what proportion of the working age population were in employment in each of the principal seaside towns in England and Wales in each year since 1997. (234934)

The Office for National Statistics compiles employment statistics for local areas using the Annual Population Survey (APS) and Annual Labour Force Survey (LFS) following International Labour Organisation (ILO) definitions.

Estimates of employment are not available for the principal seaside towns in England and Wales. Instead we have provided estimates relating to the Local Authorities associated with each of these towns.

Table 1 provides the number of working age persons employed in the relevant local authorities from the LFS for the twelve month periods ending February 1998 to February 2004, and from the APS for the twelve month periods ending March 2005 to March 2008. A copy of the table has been placed in the library of the House.

These figures along with a wide range of other labour market data for parliamentary constituencies and local authorities are also published on the Office for National Statistics’ Nomis® website:

www.nomisweb.co.uk.