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Lynne Jones: To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster how many lone parents were in work in (a) 1998 and (b) 2005; and how many lone parents were in work on the most recent date for which figures are available. 
As National Statistician, I have been asked to reply to your Parliamentary Question asking how many lone parents were in work in (a) 1998 and (b) 2005; and how many lone parents are in work on the most recent date for which figures are available. (257315)
The information requested is given in the table attached. The figures in the table are estimates from the Labour Force Survey (LFS) household datasets available for the three month period ending in June of each year requested.
The LFS is a sample survey covering over 53,000 households in the United Kingdom, in each three month period. As with any sample survey, estimates from the Labour Force Survey are subject to a margin of uncertainty.
|Working-age( 1 ) lone parents with dependent children( 2) in employment|
|(1) Men aged 16-64 and women aged 16-59.|
(2) Children under 16 and those aged 16-18 who are never-married and in full-time education.
Labour Force Survey
As National Statistician, I have been asked to reply to your Parliamentary Question about how many people were in employment in the City of York in each of the last 15 years.
The Office for National Statistics (ONS) compiles employment statistics for local areas from the annual Labour Force Survey (LFS) and the Annual Population Survey (APS) and following International Labour Organisation (ILO) definitions.
The following table shows the number of people, aged 16 and over, resident in the City of York constituency, who were in employment in each of the last 15 years. Estimates are provided for the 12 months ending in February from 1995, the earliest period for which estimates are available, to 2004, from the annual LFS, and for the 12 months ending in March from 2005 to 2008, from the APS. An estimate for July 2007 to June 2008 has also been provided, the most recent twelve months for which data are available.
As these estimates are for a subset of the population in a small geographical area, they are based on small sample sizes, and are therefore subject to large margins of uncertainty.
|People in employment( 1) in City of York Constituency|
|12 months ending||Employment|
|(1) Levels of employment are provided for persons aged 16 and over. The figures presented are weighted to population estimates published in 2007.|
(2) Coefficients of Variation have been calculated for the latest period as an indication of the quality of the estimates. See Guide to Quality below.
Guide to Quality:
The Coefficient of Variation (CV) indicates the quality of an estimate, the smaller the CV value the higher the quality. The true value is likely to lie within +/- twice the CV for example, for an estimate of 200 with a CV of 5 per cent. we would expect the population total to be within the range 180-220.
Key Coefficient of Variation (CV) (%) Statistical robustness
* 0 = CV [le] 5 Estimates are considered precise.
** 5 = CV [le] 10 Estimates are considered reasonably precise.
*** 10 = CV [le] 20 Estimates are considered acceptable.
**** CV ≥ 20 Estimates are considered too unreliable for practical purposes.
Annual Labour Force Survey and Annual Population Survey.
As National Statistician, I have been asked to reply to your Parliamentary Question asking how many non-UK nationals were working in Wales in 2008. (258034)
There are an estimated 48 thousand non-UK nationals aged 16 and over in employment in Wales.
The estimate is derived from the Labour Force Survey (LFS) using the latest data available (October-December 2008). It should be noted that the above estimate excludes people in most types of communal establishment (e.g. hotels, boarding houses, hostels, mobile home sites etc). As with any sample survey, estimates from the LFS are subject to a margin of uncertainty.
The figure is derived from the LFS microdata which are weighted using the official population estimates published in autumn 2007. Consequently the estimate is not entirely consistent with the figures published in the monthly Labour Market Statistics First Release, or the migrant workers figures published every quarter, which are weighted using more up-to-date population estimates.
Mr. Gordon Prentice: To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster how many freedom of information requests refused in whole or in part by his Department are subject to further review by the Information Commissioner. 
Mr. Watson: The Government are committed to seek the best value for money in the technology it buys. We announced in 2004 that Open Source solutions should be considered fairly on this basis. Since then, many Government Departments have shown that Open Source can be best for the taxpayerfor our web services, for the NHS and in other vital public services.
However we need to ensure that the potential of open source solutions are fully appreciated among all Government IT Suppliers and among the Government's own IT and procurement professionals. I am publishing today new procurement guidelines and a programme of ten positive actions to ensure that cost-benefit analysis of open source is a regular part of IT procurement. I am placing a full copy of the document in the Libraries of the House.
Mr. Milburn: To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster what the average number of job vacancies was in (a) Darlington constituency, (b) County Durham and (c) England in each of the last three years. 
As National Statistician, I have been asked to reply to your Parliamentary Question asking what the average number of vacancies was in (a) Darlington constituency, (b) County Durham and (c) England in each of the last three years. (258256)
The Office for National Statistics estimates the total number of UK vacancies from the Vacancy Survey, but estimates for areas within the UK are not available from this source.
An alternative source of information on job vacancies is the administrative data from Jobcentre Plus. This data only includes job vacancies notified to Jobcentre Plus and so is inconsistent with the Vacancy Survey, which includes all known vacancies. However, detailed geographical breakdowns of the administrative data are available.
The table attached shows the number of live, unfilled job vacancies held by Jobcentre Plus for the Darlington constituency, for County Durham and for England, in December 2006, 2007 and 2008. Figures from Jobcentre Plus for Great Britain and three month averages for the UK from the Vacancy Survey have also been included, for comparison.
|Number of job vacancies( 1) in Darlington parliamentary constituency, County Durham, England, Great Britain and UK|
|Not seasonally adjusted||Seasonally adjusted|
|Darlington||County Durham||England||Great Britain||UK|
|(1) Job vacancies for Darlington, County Durham, England and Great Britain are live unfilled vacancies from Jobcentre Plus administrative data. These are inconsistent with the UK figures from the ONS Vacancy Survey.|
Not seasonally adjustedJobcentre Plus Administrative Data
Seasonally adjustedVacancy Survey, ONS
Mr. Meacher: To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster if he will establish a register of lobbyists to record (a) representations made by lobbyists, (b) salaries of lobbyists, (c) each lobbying event involving a Minister and (d) the subject of each lobbying event. 
Hugh Bayley: To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster how many people in (a) the UK, (b) Yorkshire and the Humber and (c) the City of York he estimates are being paid at the level of the national minimum wage. 
As National Statistician, I have been asked to reply to your recent Parliamentary Question asking how many people in (a) the UK, (b) Yorkshire and the Humber and (c) the City of York are estimated as being paid at the level of the national minimum wage. (257973)
Estimates for the number of jobs paid at the national minimum wage are not available from the Office for National Statistics. However, estimates for the number of all employee jobs paid below the national wage are available by Government Office Region. This is the lowest geographical breakdown published by ONS.
I attach a table showing the number of jobs earning less than the national minimum wage for UK and the Yorkshire and the Humber region for all employees in 2008.
A guide to measuring low pay and associated articles can be found on the National Statistics website at:
|Number of employee jobs paid below the national minimum wage in the UK and the Yorkshire and the Humber region for 2008|
|2008||Number of jobs ( T housand)|
Annual Survey of Hours and Earnings, Office for National Statistics.
Hugh Bayley: To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster what the average weekly earnings were of (a) full-time and (b) part-time (i) employees, (ii) male employees and (iii) female employees in (A) the UK, (B) Yorkshire and the Humber and (C) the City of York in (1) cash and (2) real terms in each year since the City of York unitary council was established. 
As National Statistician, I have been asked to reply to your recent Parliamentary Question asking what the average weekly earnings were of (a) full-time and (b) part-time (i) employees, (ii) male employees and (iii) female employees in (A) the UK, (B) Yorkshire and the Humber and (C) City of York in (1) cash and (2) real terms in each year since the City of York unitary council was established. (257976)
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