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Volume 506: debated on Thursday 4 March 2010

To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what forecasts of employment levels have been (a) made and (b) used by her Department since 2007. (317633)

The Department for Work and Pensions does not produce a forecast of employment levels of its own.

The Department draws on a number of elements of the Budget and pre-Budget report economic forecasts for planning purposes. These forecasts are detailed, along with a discussion of the current state of the economy, in the Budget and pre-Budget report. The latest forecast was set out in Annex A of the 2009 pre-Budget report (Cm 7747), published on 9 December 2009.

A copy of the pre-Budget report (Cm 7747) is available in the Library.