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Mr. Laws: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what proportion of the UK work force earned the (a) minimum wage, (b) less than £5.50 per hour, (c) less than £5.75 per hour, (d) less than £6.00 per hour, (e) less than £6.50 per hour, (f) less than £7.00 per hour and (g) less than £10 per hour in each year since 199798, broken down by region. 
As National Statistician, I have been asked to reply to your recent Parliamentary Question to ask what proportion of the UK workforce earned the (a) minimum wage, (b) less than £5.50 per hour (c) less than £5.75 per hour, (d) less than £6.00 per hour, (e)less than £6.50 per hour, (f) less than £7.00 per hour and (g)less than £10 per hour in each year since 19971998, broken down by region. (41290)
Currently average earnings are estimated from the Annual Survey of Hours and Earnings (ASHE), and are provided for employees on adult rates whose pay for the survey period was not affected by absence. This is the standard definition used for ASHE. The ASHE does not collect data on the self employed and people who do unpaid work.
I am placing a table in the House of Commons Library showing the proportion of the UK workforce with Average Gross Hourly Earnings by place of work from 1998 to 2005 below the stated hourly rates. Estimates of the proportion of the UK workforce earning at the Minimum Wage are not calculated, however proportions earning below this level have been given. The Minimum Wage was introduced from October 1998 so figures prior to April 1999 are not available.
The ASHE, carried out in April of each year, is the most comprehensive source of earnings information in the United Kingdom. It is a one per cent sample of all employees who are members of pay-as-you-earn (PAYE) schemes.
Mr. Amess: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequerwhat percentage of the population is registered to vote in each ward of each constituency in (a) Essex, (b) Hertfordshire and (c) Greater London in descending order of numbers registered for each constituency. 
As National Statistician, I have been asked to reply to your recent Parliamentary Question concerning the population registered to vote in each ward of each constituency in (a) Essex, (b) Hertfordshire and (c) Greater London in descending order of numbers registered for each constituency. (42330)
The attached Table 1 gives a comparison between the number of registered electors and the estimated population for wards in each parliamentary constituency in Essex, Hertfordshire and Greater London. Ward figures for the Unitary Authority areas formerly in Essex (Southend-on-Sea and Thurrock) and Hertfordshire (Luton) are included. Because of the length of the table it has been provided in electronic format and will be placed in the House of Commons Library.
It should be borne in mind that the percentage of the resident population who are registered to vote does not provide a reliable estimate of the registration rate of the eligible population. This is mainly because there are definitional differences between usually resident" and eligibility to vote and therefore the estimated resident population aged 18 and over is not the same as the number of people eligible to vote. For example, the resident population includes all those who usually live in an area irrespective of nationality whereas the parliamentary electorate excludes foreign nationals (but Commonwealth and Irish citizens are included) and may include some overseas electors who do not currently live in the area. Further, there is inevitably some double counting of the registered electorate and this can occur for a number of reasons. People who have more than one address, including students, may register in more than one place. Electoral registration officers may vary in how quickly they remove people from the registers after they have moved away from an area or after they have died.
The closest available geography to current electoral wards, for which population estimates are available, is Census Area Statistics (CAS) wards. This geography was created for outputs from the 2001 Census and is based mainly on 2003 electoral wards. The electorate counts are on current ward boundaries and it has been necessary to convert these to the CAS ward geography.
The latest population data available at ward level are for mid-2002, published in April 2005. The ward electorate counts are for December 2002 parliamentary electors, including attainers. The parliamentary electorate has been used rather than the local government electorate even though the latter is definitionally closer to the resident population because the local government electorate is not available at ward level. No adjustment has been made to reflect the difference between these two time points. There are a number of wards that are split by parliamentary constituency i.e. they fall within two or more parliamentary constituencies. These are shown by an asterisk * alongside their ward name, and appear under both constituencies. Electorate and population figures for the whole ward are shown. Some wards will therefore be double counted. It is not possible to split the data for these wards.
The population data are estimates and as such are subject to a margin of confidence. This margin of confidence is proportionately larger for ward level estimates than for local authority level estimates. The CAS ward level population estimates have been published with the status of experimental statistics". Therefore, the estimates, and figures derived from them, should be treated with some care.
There are a relatively small number of wards (28) where the electorate counts are more than 5 per cent. greater than the population estimate. These cases are attributable to definitional differences between the estimates and electoral counts, the margin of confidence in the ward estimates, the accuracy of the electoral registers and limitations in the methodology used to convert electoral counts to the CAS ward geography.
Mr. Hands: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer (1) how many electors of all categories there are in each London borough according to the electoral registers now in force; and how many there were in the previous year; 
As National Statistician I have been asked to reply to your recent Parliamentary Questions regarding (1) the number of electors in each London borough according to the electoral registers now in force, and how many there were in the previous year and (2) what proportion of these currently registered electors are (a) male and (b) female (41606 & 41608).
The latest available electoral counts are for 1 December 2004. Therefore, the attached table provides data for each London borough (and the City of London) for 1 December 2004 and 1 December 2003. Figures are given for both the parliamentary electorate and the local/European electorate. Electoral counts for 1 December 2005 will be published on 23 February 2006 and will be available on the National Statistics website at: http://www.statistics.gov.uk/StatBase/Product.asp?vlnk=319&Pos= &ColRank=l&Rank=272
|Total electors December:|
|City of London||6,029||6,018||5,982||5,688|
|Barking and Dagenham||117,350||119,372||116,757||117,621|
|Hammersmith and Fulham|
|Kensington and Chelsea||99,745||98,629||85,262||84,052|
|Kingston upon Thames||98,378||99,014||95,667||95,740|
|Richmond upon Thames||121,132||120,146||117,025||115,632|
Mr. Hands: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what proportion of registered electors are EU nationals who are not UK or Republic of Ireland nationals in each London borough according to the electoral registers now in force. 
As National Statistician I have been asked to reply to your recent Parliamentary Question concerning what proportion of registered electors are EU nationals, who are not UK and Republic of Ireland nationals, in each London borough, according to the electoral registers now in force. (41607)
The attached table provides figures for 1 December 2004 on the proportion of registered electors who are EU citizens but not British or Irish citizens in each London borough (and the City of London). These figures are the latest available data. Electoral counts for 1 December 2005 will be published on 23 February 2006 and will be available on the National Statistics website at: http://www.statistics.gov.uk/StatBase/Product.asp?vlnk=319i&Pos= &ColRank=l&Rank=272
|London borough||Electorate Qualifying through European Union Citizenship(106)(5508620107)||Total European/Local Government Electorate||Percentage of European/Local Electorate Qualifying through EU Citizenship|
|City of London||333||6,018||5.5|
|Barking and Dagenham|
|Hammersmith and Fulham|
|Kensington and Chelsea|
|Kingston upon Thames|
|Richmond upon Thames|
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