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Office for National Statistics: Performance

Lord Patten asked Her Majesty's Government:

Lord McIntosh of Haringey: Yes. The annual reports of the Office for National Statistics (ONS) report on ONS performance against its corporate targets. Following many years of underinvestment, the ONS has embarked on an ambitious development programme to improve its infrastructure to the level necessary to support a world-class statistical service. The ONS's 2002–03 annual report provides detail on this development programme.

Financial Ombudsman Service: Claims

Lord Taylor of Warwick asked Her Majesty's Government:

Lord McIntosh of Haringey: I am advised that in the financial year ending 31 March 2002, the Financial Ombudsman Service received a total of 43,330 cases, of which 39,194 cases were resolved. In the financial year ending 31 March 2003, the Financial Ombudsman Service received a total of 62,170 cases, of which 56,459 cases were resolved.

The table below shows a breakdown of the outcome of all cases resolved during the period:

Outcome of casesYear ended 31 March 2002 Year ended 31 March 2003
Resolved by mediation or conciliation 45% 40%
Resolved after investigation by an adjudicator40% of which 10% mixed outcome (partial win/ lose for both sides) 23% in favour of the consumer 67% in favour of the firm 49% of which 13% mixed outcome (partial win/ lose for both sides) 18% in favour of the consumer 69% in favour of the firm
Resolved by final decision of an ombudsman 15% of which 15% mixed outcome (partial win/ lose for both sides) 29% in favour of the consumer 56% in favour of the firm 11% of which 15% mixed outcome (partial win/ lose for both sides) 35% in favour of the consumer 50% in favour of the firm

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Office for National Statistics: Assessing Economic Growth

Lord Taylor of Warwick asked Her Majesty's Government:

    Why on 12 September the Office for National Statistics introduced a new methodology for assessing economic growth.[HL4638]

Lord McIntosh of Haringey: The information falls within the responsibility of the National Statistician, who has been asked to reply.

Letter from the National Statistician, Len Cook, dated 14 October 2003.

As National Statistician I have been asked to reply to your recent question on the recent introduction of a new methodology for assessing economic growth. (HL4638)

The main change introduced in the data published on 12 September was the use of annual chain-linking for the measurement of the volume of GDP. This method allows changing industrial structures and patterns of expenditure to be reflected more quickly in GDP as the weights used for aggregating components are updated annually rather than 5-yearly as they were under the previous methodology. Because a significant portion of economic activity is measured by statistical surveys or indicators that reflect annual or quarterly change, chain-linking means that the benchmark for each year's measure of GDP is based on the latest available information on the structure of the UK economy.

The introduction of annual chain-linking follows international guidance published in the United Nations System of National Accounts 1993 and the European System of Accounts 1995. Annual chain-linking has already been implemented in the United States and Canada, Australia, New Zealand, Denmark, France, Greece, Luxembourg, Sweden, Netherlands, Portugal and Finland (using annual weights).

A number of articles about the move to annual chain-linking are available on the National Statistics website at: http://www.statistics.gov.uk/about/Methodology–by–theme/chainlinking/default.asp

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In addition to the move to annual chain-linking, the price indices used for detailed level deflation of current price estimates of gross fixed capital formation, changes in inventories and trade in goods, and in the compilation of the Index of Production, have been updated so that their internal weights reflect the values of 2000 rather than 1995. The purpose of this rebasing is to use more up to date and therefore more appropriate weights for current industrial structures.

Lord Roberts of Conwy asked Her Majesty's Government:

    How many new jobs have been created since the Government came into office in 1997 in (a) the public and (b) the private sectors; and [HL4645]

    How many new jobs have been created since they came into office in 1997 by region in the United Kingdom; and how many were in (a) the public and (b) the private sectors in each region of the United Kingdom. [HL4646]

Lord McIntosh of Haringey: The information requested falls within the responsibility of the National Statistician, who has been asked to reply.

Letter from the National Statistician, Len Cook, dated 14 October 2003.

As National Statistician, I have been asked to reply to your recent question about jobs created in the UK since 1997. (HL4645 and HL4646)

There are no figures for jobs created. However Table 1 attached shows the changes in job levels in the public and private sectors from August 1997 to August 2002 (the latest available data).

A disaggregation of Table 1 by region is not available, but Table 2 attached shows the total persons in employment by Government Office Region, covering the three month period to July 1997 and the three month period to July 2003, together with the change between those dates. It is a count of employed persons, and not a count of jobs, and thus excludes second and subsequent jobs.

Table 1
Job Levels by Main Sector in the UK Thousands, not seasonally adjusted

August 1997August 2002Change
Public Sector4,9545,298344
Private Sector22,81123,610799
Total27,76528,9081,143

Source:

Labour Force Survey and Administrative Returns from public bodies


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Table 2
Persons in Employment by Government Office Region (Thousands) Thousands, not seasonally adjusted

RegionMay-July 1997May-July 2003Change
North East1,0581,07113
North West2,9163,078162
Yorkshire & the Humber2,1812,310129
East Midlands1,9412,01776
West Midlands2,3912,43140
East2,5152,699184
London3,1563,416260
South East3,8374,053216
South West2,2642,417153
Wales1,2251,31186
Scotland2,2652,397132
Northern Ireland68573348

Source:

Labour Force Survey


Licensing Act 2003: Statutory Guidance

Lord Bradshaw asked Her Majesty's Government:

    When the statutory guidance relating to the Licensing Act 2003 is to be published.[HL4658]

Lord McIntosh of Haringey: The Licensing Act 2003 provides that the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport may not issue the licensing guidance to licensing authorities unless a draft of it has been laid before, and approved by resolution of, each House of Parliament. The Government intend to lay the guidance before Parliament as soon as possible.

Sportsmatch: Funding

Lord Moynihan asked Her Majesty's Government:

    Whether it is their intention to provide long-term funding for Sportsmatch; and[HL4674]

    Whether they intend to continue funding Sportsmatch from the Department for Culture, Media and Sport via Sport England and retain Sportsmatch as an organisation independent from government; and[HL4675]

    Whether they intend to increase funding for Sportsmatch in order to keep pace with demand for Sportsmatch programmes.[HL4676]

Lord McIntosh of Haringey: As a result of the 2002 spending review, Sportsmatch was allocated £3.675 million for each of the years 2003–04, 2004–05 and 2005–06. The future of the scheme, including its funding, will be considered as part of the 2004 spending review.



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