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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. 
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.
|Argyll and Bute||42||40||44||38||37|
|Dumfries and Galloway||68||63||63||67||65|
|Edinburgh, City of||207||206||215||223||222|
|Perthshire and Kinross||64||67||62||57||64|
(44) Spring of each year, refers to UAs with less than 10,000 employed in a particular year, where the survey is not reliable.
Office for National Statistics, Labour Force Survey
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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.
|Agriculture, Forestry and Fishing||35.8||32.4||38.6|
|Mining and Quarrying Industries||24.9||27.2||26.0|
|Electricity Gas and Water Supply||16.0||16.7||17.8|
|Retail and Wholesale||324.1||316.4||312.5|
|Hotels and Catering||120.2||131.8||127.7|
|Transport Storage and Communication||104.6||106.5||113.6|
|Real Estate and Business Services||206.6||221.0||229.4|
|Health and Social Work||272.1||263.2||261.6|
Columns may not add up, owing to rounding
ONS Employer Surveys
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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.
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. 
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. 
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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. 
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
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. 
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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