The information requested falls within the responsibility of the UK Statistics Authority. I have asked the authority to reply.
Letter from Stephen Penneck, dated March 2010:
As Director General for the Office for National Statistics, I have been asked to reply to your Parliamentary Question asking how many (a) public and (b) private sector employees there were in each constituency in the (i) equivalent period in 1996-97 and (ii) latest period for which figures are available. (322883)
The Office for National Statistics (ONS) compiles employment statistics for local areas from the Annual Population Survey (APS) and its predecessor the Annual Labour Force Survey (LFS) following International Labour Organisation (ILO) definitions.
Individuals are classified to the public or private sector according to their responses to the APS. Consequently, the classification of an individual's sector may differ from how they would be classified in the National Accounts.
Estimates on the number of people in employment in the public and private sector are not available for the 1996-97 period from the Annual LFS. Estimates of employment for the latest available period have been provided as part of the answer in the Official Report, column 699W.
National and local area estimates for many labour market statistics, including employment, unemployment and claimant count are available on the NOMIS website at