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|Constituencies in Great Britain with the largest percentage falls from 1997 to 2005|
|Thousand and percentage|
| Note: The surveys cover Great Britain only. Corresponding estimates are not available for Northern Ireland constituencies. Estimates exclude jobs in agricultural sectors Sources: Annual Business Inquiry 2005 and Annual Employment Survey 1997|
|Employee jobs in parliamentary constituencies in Greater Merseyside|
| Note: Estimates exclude jobs in agricultural sectors. Source: Annual Business Inquiry 2005 and Annual Employment Survey 1997|
Mr. Clappison: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what estimate he has made of the number of inward migrants to the UK intending to stay for 12 months or more who cited work-related purposes as the main reason for migration in each year for which figures are available; and how many work permit holders were given leave to enter the UK in each year that such data have been collected. 
As National Statistician, I have been asked to respond on behalf of the Chancellor of the Exchequer to your question concerning the number of inward migrants to the UK intending to stay for 12 months or more who cited work-related purposes as the main reason for migration in each year for which figures are available; and how many work permit holders were given leave to enter the UK in each year that such data has been collected.
The estimates of inward migration to the UK of those intending to stay 12 months or more are taken from the International Passenger Survey (IPS) and are shown in the attached table 1. The usual ONS definition of work related includes those migrating for business reasons and au pairs, and those with a definite job to go to are shown as a separate sub-category. The ONS definitions include a further category for those looking for work which are not included in the work related category but are shown here for completeness. The data are also broken down by British, European Union and non-EU citizens as work permits are only applicable to non-EU citizens.
Work permit data from the Home Office is shown in the attached Table 2,
|Table 1International Migration: estimates from the International Passenger Survey time series 1991 to 2005 Citizenship by reason for migration inflowUnited Kingdom|
|Work-related( 1)||Definite job to go||Looking for work( 2)|
1. The ONS definition of work related includes those with a definite job to go to, au pairs and 'business' reasons but excludes those looking for work, diplomats, military personnel, merchant seaman and flight crews. Looking for work is included separately.
2. Looking for work is not included in the ONS definition of work related but is shown for information. Data are not available for 1995. These are recorded under Other reasons for visit which is not shown in the table.
3. Italicised estimates are not statistically robust (defined as standard error > 30%) but have been included for completeness.
4. Full details of country groupings are available in the Notes to tables section of International Migration Series MN no.32 (http://www.statistics.gov.uk/StatBase/Product.asp?vlnk=507)
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