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As National Statistician, I have been asked to reply to your parliamentary question about the economic sectors in which the 1.4 million additional foreign born workers of working age between 1997 and 2007 are working; and how many UK born individuals have gained a level 2 qualification in these sectors since 1997. (175385)
The attached table firstly gives the change in number of working age foreign born workers in each industry sector. Secondly it provides the change in number of UK born workers who are qualified to at least NVQ Level 2 or equivalent, between the second quarter of 1997 and the second quarter of 2007.
The data for analysing migrant workers comes from the labour force survey. The national statistics method for estimating the number of migrant workers employed in the UK is routinely based on the number of people at a given time who were born abroad, are of working age (16-64 for men, 16-59 for women), and in employment. This question has been answered on this basis.
When interpreting the figures in the table, it is important to bear in mind that the labour force survey (LFS) is not designed to cover everyone who is present in the UK. The survey may undercount the numbers of people who were born overseas. The reasons are set out in the table footnote.
As with any sample survey, estimates from the LFS are subject to a margin of uncertainty.
|Working age population( 1) , in employment by industry sector and highest qualification level, by country of birth April to June 1997, 2007: United Kingdom, not seasonally adjusted|
|Foreign-born||UK-born, qualified to at least NVQ Level 2 or equivalent|
|(1) Men aged 16-64 and women aged 16-59. (2) Includes those who did not state their industry. Note: It should be noted that the above estimates: Exclude certain people who have been resident in the UK for less than six months. Exclude students in halls of residence who do not have a UK resident parent. Exclude people in most types of communal establishment, (e.g. hotels, boarding houses, hostels, mobile home sites etc.) Are grossed to population estimates that only include migrants staying 12 months or more. Are grossed to population estimates consistent with those published in spring 2003 which are significantly lower than the latest population estimates as used in the Labour Market Statistics. Source: ONS Labour Force Survey (LFS)|
Mr. Carmichael: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will introduce legislation to (a) give the status of legal tender to banknotes issued by Scottish clearing banks and (b) create a legal obligation for English retailers to accept such notes. 
Angela Eagle: The Government have no plans to introduce such legislation. The acceptability of banknotes or other payment arrangements for transactions is a matter for the parties concerned to agree upon.
As National Statistician, I have been asked to reply to your question asking what the Government's official estimate of the population of the United Kingdom was in each year since 1980. (178266)
The attached Table 1 shows the population of the United Kingdom for the years requested.
The latest population estimates available are mid-2006.
|Table 1: Mid-year population estimates for the United Kingdom|
| Sources: 1. Office for National Statistics. 2. General Register Office for Scotland and Northern Ireland Statistics and Research Agency.|
Mr. Don Foster: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what the percentage productivity changes were for (a) the tourism and leisure industry, (b) the service industry and (c) the UK economy in each year since 2002; and if he will make a statement. 
The National Statistician has been asked to reply to your recent Parliamentary Question asking what the percentage productivity changes were for (a) the tourism and leisure industry, (b) the service industry and (c) the UK economy in each year since 2002; and if he will make a statement. I am replying in her absence. (183922)
The UK does not produce Productivity estimates for the tourism and leisure industry. The tables below show the growth rate for the service sector and the UK whole economy for each year from 2002 to 2006. Table A shows the growth for the service sector on an output per hour basis. Table B shows the growth for the UK whole economy on an output per worker basis.
|Table A: service sector output per hour annual growth, 2002 to 2006|
|Annual growth rate (percentage)|
|Table B: UK whole economy output per worker annual growth, 2002 to 2006|
|Annual growth rate (percentage)|
Lembit Öpik: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what the rates of staff retention were in the tax offices in HM Revenue and Customs offices (a) Cardiff, (b) Wrexham and (c) Welshpool in each year since 2001; and if he will make a statement. 
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