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Employment Statistics

Mr. Grieve: To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland how many job losses there were in Scotland, broken down by the lowest regional level for which data are available, for each of the last five years. [145647]

Mrs. Liddell: Figures on job losses are not held centrally. However, figures on employment for Scotland by unitary authority (the lowest regional level for which data are available) are produced by the ONS as part of the Labour Force Survey.

Total employment--Scottish unitary authorities, 1996-2000

Thousand
Area Name19961997199819992000
Scotland2,2602,2842,3092,2972,331
Aberdeen City115109111123110
Aberdeenshire110115107115119
Angus5759495256
Argyll and Bute4240443837
Clackmannanshire1516231918
Dumfries and Galloway6863636765
Dundee City6065656157
East Ayrshire5443464348
East Dunbartonshire5153535554
East Lothian3941444842
East Renfrewshire4344434341
Edinburgh, City of207206215223222
Eilean Siar15161111(44)--
Falkirk6762706673
Fife150156162155160
Glasgow City208215220207225
Highland92101989398
Inverclyde3939344037
Midlothian3839433742
Moray4539404542
North Ayrshire5856595363
North Lanarkshire128131139141133
Orkney Islands(44)--12101315
Perthshire and Kinross6467625764
Renfrewshire7790818589
Scottish Borders4851495054
Shetland Islands10111212(44)--
South Ayrshire4652604847
South Lanarkshire147136141150142
Stirling4233343632
West Dunbartonshire3642423544
West Lothian8183807682

(44) Spring of each year, refers to UAs with less than 10,000 employed in a particular year, where the survey is not reliable.

Source:

Office for National Statistics, Labour Force Survey


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Employment

Mr. Grieve: To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland if she will provide a breakdown by industry of the jobs created in Scotland between 1 May 1997 and 1 July 1999. [145887]

Mrs. Liddell [holding answer 16 January 2001]: Exact figures on job creation are not held centrally. However figures on employee jobs by sector (the lowest level of aggregation available for Scotland) are collected by the ONS on a quarterly basis. For the dates specified, the closest match is the June quarter. These figures do not include the self-employed.

Employee jobs by sector, Scotland

Thousand
June
199719981999
Agriculture, Forestry and Fishing35.832.438.6
Mining and Quarrying Industries24.927.226.0
Manufacturing320.0315.9301.4
Electricity Gas and Water Supply16.016.717.8
Construction111.1117.5111.4
Retail and Wholesale324.1316.4312.5
Hotels and Catering120.2131.8127.7
Transport Storage and Communication104.6106.5113.6
Financial Services79.377.682.0
Real Estate and Business Services206.6221.0229.4
Public Administration126.1115.0148.1
Education155.8152.6155.0
Health and Social Work272.1263.2261.6
Other services92.498.496.7
Total1,989.11,992.52,021.7

Note:

Columns may not add up, owing to rounding

Source:

ONS Employer Surveys


Mr. Grieve: To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland how many jobs were lost in Scotland in each year between 1 May 1997 and 1 July 1999, broken down by (a) sector and (b) industry. [145889]

Mrs. Liddell [holding answer 16 January 2001]: I refer the hon. Member to the answer above, columns 368-69W. Figures are not held centrally for jobs lost.

Asylum Seekers

Mr. Grieve: To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland if he will make a statement about the number of asylum seekers and refugees placed in Scotland under the dispersal scheme. [145888]

Mrs. Liddell [holding answer 16 January 2001]: Glasgow City is currently the only local authority in Scotland providing services for asylum claimants under

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the dispersal scheme implemented by the Immigration and Asylum Act 1999. At 30 March it was accommodating 1,301 principal asylum seekers (3,903 individuals) under these arrangements.

The YMCA in Glasgow is also contracted to provide services under the dispersal scheme and at 30 March it was providing accommodation for 186 single asylum seekers.

Press Releases

Mr. Don Foster: To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland how many press releases were issued by his Department in the financial years (a) 1996-97, (b) 1997-98, (c) 1998-99 and (d) 1999-2000; how many have been issued in the current financial year; and what his estimate is of the total number for the current financial year. [149240]

Mrs. Liddell [holding answer 8 February 2001]: The former Scottish Office issued 1,968 press releases in 1996-97; 2,162 in 1997-98 and 2,451 in 1998-99.

The Scotland Office was established in its present form on 1 July 1999. In 1999-2000 the Department issued 174 press releases and 372 in 2000-01.

Public Relations (Expenditure)

Mr. Don Foster: To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland what the total expenditure and the breakdown of expenditure was in her Department for the financial years (a) 1996-97, (b) 1997-98, (c) 1998-99 and (d) 1999-2000, and what the planned expenditure and breakdown of expenditure for 2000-01 is on (i) public opinion research, (ii) television, radio and newspaper advertising and (iii) direct mail. [149262]

Mrs. Liddell [holding answer 8 February 2001]: Expenditure by the former Scottish Office was as follows:

£

Press advertisingTVRadioDirect mail
1996-97981,3351,160,447444,957--
1997-98526,206814,874221,02163,473
1998-991,058,5732,371,073393,70189,080
1999 April-June286,323378,7191,681--

The Scotland Office was established in its present form on 1 July 1999. The Department has carried out one advertising campaign on electoral registration. Expenditure was as follows:

2000-01

£
Press advertising154,758
TV163,073
Radio--
Direct mail--

Ministerial Visits

Ms Roseanna Cunningham: To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland how many official representations abroad were made by Ministers in his Department in (a) 1997-98,

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(b) 1998-99, (c) 1999-2000 and (d) 2000-01; which countries were visited; in which capacity each visit was undertaken; and what was the cost of each visit. [150059]

Mrs. Liddell [holding answer 12 February 2001]: The Scotland Office was established in its present form on 1 July 1999. Since then Scotland Office Ministers have made a number of visits abroad for a variety of official purposes. The Secretary of State made visits to Spain and Italy and the Minister of State made visits to


















The Minister of State's overseas visits were to promote Scottish trade or wider Scottish and UK interests. The total cost of ministerial overseas travel in 1999-2000 was £11,198 and £29,183 in 2000-01.

The information for earlier years is not available in the form requested and could be obtained only at disproportionate cost.

Ms Roseanna Cunningham: To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland how many official trade representations abroad Scotland Office Ministers have made in (a) 1997-98, (b) 1998-99, (c) 1999-2000 and (d) 2000-01; and which countries were visited. [150036]

Mrs. Liddell [holding answer 12 February 2001]: The Scotland Office was established in its present form on 1 July 1999. In 1999-2000 the Minister of State, who had trade responsibilities within the Department, made trade-related visits to France, Belgium, Italy, Egypt and the Far East (Thailand, Singapore and Vietnam). In 2000-01 the Minister made visits to Belgium; Azerbaijan; Germany; Sweden; Slovenia; Canada; Cuba; Italy and Japan.


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