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Sir Brian Mawhinney: To ask the President of the Board of Trade when the right hon. Member for North-West Cambridgeshire can expect a reply to his letter of 28 October 1997 on behalf of Mrs. Tomayan.[26374]

Mrs. Beckett [holding answer 30 January 1998]: I refer the right hon. Gentleman to my answer to him on 26 January 1998, Official Report, column 64.

Airbus 340X

Mr. Barry Jones: To ask the President of the Board of Trade is she will make a statement about the application by British Aerospace for launch aid for the Airbus 340X. [27297]

Mrs. Beckett: I am pleased to announce that the Government have agreed to a public/private partnership with British Aerospace involving a long-term investment of up to £123 million in British Aerospace towards the design and development of the wing for the new Airbus A340. This represents a major step forward for the UK's involvement in Airbus Industries, which enjoyed its most successful year to date in 1997; it is also a further

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demonstration of British Aerospace's world class expertise in wing design and manufacture--expertise which it has brought to all Airbus programmes to date.

The agreement with British Aerospace continues the Government's drive to create a new partnership between Government and industry. The investment by the Government is repayable and will be on a commercial basis. The terms of the partnership reflect the risk that the taxpayer has been asked to share. The Government will monitor the programme carefully to ensure that the employment and other economic benefits are fully realised, and that all the conditions of the partnership are met.

The new Airbus A340-500 will be the longest range aircraft on the market, operating up to 8,500 nautical miles. Seven launch customers have already placed orders and commitments for around 100 A340-500/600 aircraft; this represents an excellent start which I hope bodes well for the success of the programme.

I am also delighted that Rolls-Royce will provide the engines for the new aircraft, taking the overall British interest in the aircraft to around 50 per cent. The Government announced in November that they would support Rolls-Royce in its engine development programme for this aircraft.

British Aerospace is a major investor in R&D in the UK and much of its technology is diffused to other sectors of the UK economy. Some of the new technology to be incorporated in the new wing has been researched with support from the DTI's Civil Aircraft Research and Technology Demonstration (CARAD programme.

My Department will be discussing the investment with the European Commission.



Mr. David Marshall: To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland if he will publish for each constituency in Scotland his estimate of the numbers of (a) male and (b) female (i) lone parents, (ii) pensioners, (iii) recipients of DSS benefits and (iv) unemployed persons, (1) under the age of 18 years, (2) aged 18 to 24 years and (3) aged over 24 years. [24037]

Mr. Wilson: The numbers of lone parents and pensioners are given in the table. The source is the 1991 Census of Population.

Parliamentary constituency level information is not available for all DSS benefits. I have asked my right hon. Friend the Secretary of State for Social Security to write supplying the data that are available.

The Office for National Statistics measures unemployment using the internationally standard ILO unemployment rate. This is measured through the Labour Force Survey, which is a survey of households in the United Kingdom. This is internationally-agreed and counts as unemployed people who are: (a) without a paid job; (b) available to start work within the next two weeks

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and (c) have either looked for work in the last four weeks or are waiting to start a job already obtained.

ONS also published figures on the number of people who are claiming Jobseeker's Allowance or National Insurance Credits. This is published monthly and is known as the Claimant Count.

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The information requested can be derived only from the claimant count as the Labour Force Survey does not give detail below local authority district level. This information is available through the Nomis database in the House of Commons Library. Library staff are ready to assist in accessing the information.

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1991 Census: Parliamentary Constituencies as at the 1997 General Election

Lone parents(10) PersonsMalesFemalesMales 65+/ Females 60+ Males 65+Females 60+
Aberdeen Central2,4902402,24013,4614,1239,338
Aberdeen North2,9704402,5309,4383,2396,199
Aberdeen South2,4303402,09014,0414,3489,693
Airdrie and Shotts3,9305303,40012,4074,0268,381
Argyll and Bute2,3503901,97014,0014,6679,334
Banff and Buchan2,4804202,06012,5694,3478,222
Caithness, Surtherland and Easter Ross2,0402501,7809,6053,2986,307
Carrick, Cummock and Doon Valley3,4104502,97015,3965,31810,078
Central Fife3,4403503,10012,0614,0268,035
Clydebank and Milngavie3,6404403,20012,9454,1108,835
Coatbridge and Chryston3,2504502,80011,5583,6887,870
Cumbernauld and Kilsyth2,6903302,3607,3372,3664,971
Cunninghame North3,1803302,85014,5534,6809,873
Cunninghame South3,3903403,0609,5243,1516,373
Dundee East4,2404703,77015,1964,99210,204
Dundee West4,4605203,94014,3174,5429,775
Dunfermline East2,7204302,29011,8174,1507,667
Dunfermline West2,6503602,29010,7233,6177,106
East Kilbride2,9404302,52012,0613,9838,078
East Lothian2,6403802,26014,0074,8249,183
Edinburgh Central2,3803102,08014,3444,4489,896
Edinburgh East and Musselburgh3,5004403,06015,7555,04210,713
Edinburgh North and Leith3,2503502,90013,0034,0748,929
Edinburgh Pentlands3,3704702,90012,2103,9288,282
Edinburgh South2,7102802,44015,8104,70011,110
Edinburgh West2,9003602,55014,7514,9579,794
Falkirk East2,7202902,44011,9164,0177,899
Falkirk West2,6202302,38012,7784,2628,516
Galloway and Upper Nithsdale2,5304002,13014,6945,1859,509
Glasgow Anniesland4,8805904,29016,5635,27311,290
Glasgow Baillieston5,9106205,29010,7953,5217,274
Glasgow Cathcart4,0404703,57013,2214,1249,097
Glasgow Govan3,5605503,01012,6223,7038,919
Glasgow Kelvin2,2802902,00011,9833,6178,366
Glasgow Maryhill5,3606904,67012,2253,8708,355
Glasgow Pollok5,0004904,51014,2314,3149,917
Glasgow Rutherglen3,9404703,47013,0544,1308,924
Glasgow Shettleston4,4805503,93012,7094,0928,617
Glasgow Springburn5,7407404,99014,0104,4139,597
Greenock and Inverclyde3,9105403,37012,8514,1208,731
Hamilton North and Bellshill3,6305103,12010,3093,3416,968
Hamilton South3,0304302,6008,8702,8486,022
Inverness East, Nairn and Lochaber2,7404302,31013,5464,5139,033
Kilmarnock and Loudoun3,7504203,33014,3774,6549,723
Motherwell and Wishaw3,0403402,70012,9624,1328,830
North East Fife2,2103301,89014,7144,9599,755
North Tayside2,3903702,03016,7385,79810,940
Orkney and Shetland1,2703209607,2572,5804,677
Paisley North3,7804503,33011,1533,4447,709
Paisley South3,5604603,10012,5453,9528,593
Ross, Skye and Inverness West2,8903502,55012,5664,3548,212
Roxburgh and Berwickshire1,9503001,65012,9424,4978,445
Strathkelvin and Bearsden2,7204202,30012,1884,0688,120
Tweeddale, Ettrick and Lauderdale2,0202601,75011,7043,9507,754
West Aberdeenshire and Kincardine1,7102001,51010,4803,6486,832
West Renfrewshire2,5303702,16010,0153,3656,650
Western Isles1,2802001,0806,1902,1234,067


(10) Based on a 10 per cent. sample. A common grossing factor has been applied to give an estimate for the total lone parent population in each constituency.


1991 Census of Population General Register Office for Scotland.

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