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Treasury

Correspondence

Mr. Lancaster: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer when he will reply to the email sent on 30 March 2006 by Sarah Bowron, a constituent of the hon. Member for North-East Milton Keynes. [70795]

Mr. Timms: A reply was emailed to Ms Bowron on 20 April, and a copy was sent to her alternative email address on 10 May.

Earnings

Mr. Martlew: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what the average earnings were of full-time employees in (a) Carlisle, (b) Eden, (c) Allerdale, (d) Copeland, (e) Barrow and (f) South Lakes district council areas based on the annual survey of hours and earnings in each year since 1997. [70154]


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John Healey: The information requested falls within the responsibility of the National Statistician. I have asked her to reply.

Letter from Karen Dunnell, dated May 2006:


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Gross weekly(£) pay for full-time employee jobs( 1) by place of work
Median Mean

Carlisle

1997

*283

324

1998

*283

326

1999

284

345

2000

*308

348

2001

321

363

2002

*335

374

2003

*337

*410

2004

*362

402

2004(2)

*353

399

2005

*396

435

Eden

1997

**256

*306

1998

**249

*279

1999

*238

*301

2000

*258

*322

2001

*275

*331

2002

**327

*368

2003

**323

*383

2004

**340

*380

2004(2)

**345

*374

2005

*407

*470

Allerdale

1997

**287

331

1998

*293

322

1999

*310

341

2000

*308

344

2001

*349

372

2002

*340

*377

2003

*346

*398

2004

*327

*372

2004(2)

*326

*369

2005

**346

406

Copeland

1997

*391

419

1998

*414

429

1999

*421

458

2000

*497

496

2001

*479

482

2002

503

511

2003

*495

517

2004

*524

541

2004(2)

*526

544

2005

*529

537

Barrow-In-Furness

1997

**304

*317

1998

*327

348

1999

**356

386

2000

**318

*369

2001

*398

393

2002

**346

*409

2003

*352

*421

2004

**405

*451

2004(2)

**390

*451

2005

*402

*441

South Lakeland

1997

*312

* 357

1998

*295

* 351

1999

*307

356

2000

*322

367

2001

*316

372

2002

*346

*392

2003

*355

408

2004

*370

*410

2004(2)

*366

*404

2005

*369

*435

(1) Employees on adult rates whose pay for the survey pay-period was not affected by absence

(2) Includes Supplementary survey data

Guide to quality:

The Coefficient of Variation (CV) indicates the quality of a figure, the smaller the CV value the higher the quality.

The true value is likely to lie within +/- twice the CV e.g. for an average of 200 with a CV of 5 per cent., we would expect the population average to be within the range 180 to 220.

Key:

CV <= 5 per cent.

* CV >5 per cent. and < = 10 per cent.

** CV > 10 per cent. and < = 20 per cent.

The median replaces the mean as the headline statistic. The weighted mean is the sum of the weighted values divided by the sum of the weights. The median is the value below which 50 per cent. of employees fall. It is preferred over the mean for earnings data as it is influenced less by extreme values and because of the skewed distribution of earnings data.

Source:

Annual Survey of Hours and Earnings, Office for National Statistics.


Immigration (EU Accession Countries)

Mr. Stewart Jackson: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what research he has evaluated on the impact on employment levels in the UK of immigration from EU accession countries since May 2004; and if he will make a statement. [70018]

Ed Balls: It is widely believed that net inward migration makes a positive contribution to growth of
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the UK labour force and employment. With respect to the labour market, since May 2004 employment levels in the UK have risen to record highs, in part due to the expansion of the work force from immigration.

A paper entitled ‘The Impact of Free Movement of Workers from Central and Eastern Europe on the UK Labour Market’ (2006) published by the Department for Work and Pensions, suggests that the impact of migration from the new EU member states has been broadly positive, reflecting the flexibility and speed of adjustment of the UK labour market. The authors also found no discernible statistical evidence supporting the view that the inflow of A8 migrants is contributing to a rise in claimant unemployment in the UK.


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