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The National Statistician has been asked to reply to your recent Parliamentary Question asking what the average gross annual earnings was in (a) Cornwall, (b) the South West, and (c) England in each year since 1979. I am replying in her absence. (140557)
Levels of earnings are estimated from the Annual Survey of Hours and Earnings (ASHE), and are provided for all full time employees on adult rates of pay whose pay for the survey period was not affected by absence. This is the standard definition used for ASHE. Estimates of Gross Annual Earnings are not available prior to 1999.
I attach a table showing Gross Annual Earnings for Cornwall, the South West, and England, for all full-time employees, for the years 1999-2006.
The ASHE, carried out in April each year, is the most comprehensive source of earnings information in the United Kingdom. It is based on a one per cent sample of all employees who are members of pay-as-you-earn (PAYE) schemes.
|Gross annual earnings for all full-time employee( 1) jobs|
|(1 )Employees on adult rates, pay not affected by absence.|
(2 )In 2004 additional supplementary surveys were introduced to improve the coverage of the Annual Survey of Hours and Earnings. Figures are presented both excluding and including the additional surveys for
(3 )Estimates of Gross Annual Earnings are not available prior to 1999.
Annual Survey of Hours and Earnings, Office for National Statistics.
Mr. Gauke: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what consideration he has given to enhancing the role of Parliament in appointing (a) the chairman and chief executive of the Financial Services Authority, (b) members of the Statistics Board, including the Chairman and the National Statistician, and (c) the Chairman of HM Revenue and Customs. 
Mr. Timms: The Statistics and Registration Service Bill, which is currently before Parliament, makes provision for the appointment of members of the Statistics Board. Permanent Secretary level appointments, including the Executive Chairman of HM Revenue and Customs, and appointments to the Board of the Financial Services Authority are conducted in accordance with the code of practice issued by the Commissioner for Public Appointments.
To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer when he expects the Financial Secretary to respond to the letter from the hon. Member
for Inverness, Nairn, Badenoch and Strathspey of 19 March 2007, reference SP2271, on Chernobyl children's life-line. 
Mrs. Maria Miller: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many and what percentage of (a) men aged 65 years and (b) women (i) aged over 60 years and (ii) over 65 years were (A) employed and (B) unemployed in each of the last 10 years. 
The National Statistician has been asked to reply to your Parliamentary Question asking how many and what percentage of (a) men aged 65 years were (i) employed and (ii) unemployed and (b) women (i) aged over 60 years and (ii) over 65 years were (A) employed and (B) unemployed in each of the last 10 years. I am replying in her absence. (140445)
The attached table gives the numbers and rates for men aged 65 and over, women aged 60 and over, and women aged 65 and over who were in employment or unemployed. It covers the 3 months ending December each year for 1997-2006 (estimates for 1998 and 2000 are not available). The data are not seasonally adjusted.
Estimates are taken from the Labour Force Survey (LFS). As with any sample survey, estimates from the LFS are subject to a margin of uncertainty.
|People in employment or unemployed by age and gender, United Kingdom, 1997 to 2006, not seasonally adjusted|
|3 months ending December each year||Level (thousand)||Rate (percentage)( 1)||Level (thousand)||Rate (percentage)( 2)|
|(1) Total in employment as a percentage of all persons in the relevant age group.|
(2) Total unemployed as a percentage of all economically active persons in the relevant age group.
Comparable data are not available for 1998 or 2000.
ONS Labour Force Survey (LFS)
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