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Low Pay

Mr. Dawson: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many people in Lancaster and Wyre constituency were paid at rates below: (a) £4, (b) £3.50 and (c) £3 per hour, at the latest date for which figures are available. [4054]

Mrs. Liddell [holding answer 17 June 1997]: The Information requested falls within the responsibility of the Chief Executive of the Office for National Statistics. I have asked him to arrange for a reply to be given.

Letter from Tim Holt to Mr. Hilton Dawson, dated 18 June 1997:



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Employees on adult rates whose pay for the survey pay-period was not affected by absence, new earnings survey April 1996
Percentage of employees with hourly earnings (excluding overtime) less than:

£3.00£3.50£4.00
Lancaster
Full-time0.02.05.4
Part-time9.123.636.4
All2.57.913.9
Wyre
Full-time3.813.820.0
Part-time16.229.743.2
All7.718.827.4

Unemployment

Mr. Lansley: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will make a statement on the relative rates of unemployment in (a) the United Kingdom, (b) France, (c) Germany, (d) Italy and (e) Spain. [3426]

Mrs. Liddell: The information requested falls within the responsibility of the Chief Executive of the Office for National Statistics. I have asked him to arrange for a reply to be given.

Letter from Tim Holt to Mr. Andrew Lansley, dated 18 June 1997:

The Chancellor of the Exchequer has asked me to reply as the Director of the Office for National Statistics to your recent question on the relative rates of unemployment in (a) the United Kingdom, (b) France, (c) Germany, (d) Italy and (e) Spain.



Earnings (Burnley)

Mr. Pike: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what estimates he has made of the number of people in Burnley earning less than (a) £3.50 per hour and (b) £4.50 per hour. [2889]

Mrs. Liddell: The information requested falls within the responsibility of the Chief Executive of the Office for National Statistics. I have asked him to arrange for a reply to be given.

Letter from Tim Holt to Mr. Peter Pike, dated 18 June 1997:


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Employees on adult rates whose pay for the survey pay-period was not affected by absence, NES April 1996
Percentage of employees with hourly earnings (excluding overtime) less than:

£3.50£4.50
Burnley8.120.4

Balance of Payments

Mrs. May: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if the balance of payments statistics for the United Kingdom will continue to be collected via a survey. [3535]

Mrs. Liddell: The information requested falls within the responsibility of the Chief Executive of the Office for National Statistics. I have asked him to arrange for a reply to be given.

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Letter from Tim Holt to Mrs. Theresa May, dated 18 June 1997:

The Chancellor of the Exchequer has asked me to reply as the Director of the Office for National Statistics to your recent question on whether the balance of payments for the United Kingdom will continue to be collected via a survey.


Local Government Finance

Mrs. May: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what plans the Government have to review the timetable for setting levels of standard spending assessment and revenue support grant for local authorities. [3537]

Mr. Raynsford: I have been asked to reply.

The Government currently have no plans to review the timetable for setting levels of standard spending assessment and revenue support grant for local authorities.