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As National Statistician, I have been asked to reply to your Parliamentary Question asking what percentage of the working-age population in Hyndburn constituency are economically inactive. (218288)
The Office for National Statistics compiles estimates of inactivity for local areas from the Annual Population Survey (APS) following International Labour Organisation definitions.
The estimate of 28% for people of working age (Males aged 16-64, Females aged 16-59) for Hyndburn Constituency was obtained from the APS for the 12 months ending in December 2007, which is the latest period for which estimates are available.
As this estimate is for a subset of the population in a small geographical area, it is based on a very small sample size, and is therefore subject to a large margin of uncertainty.
Mr. Jenkins: To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster what youth unemployment was in (a) Tamworth constituency, (b) Staffordshire, (c) the west midlands and (d) the UK in each year since 2005. 
As National Statistician, I have been asked to reply to your Parliamentary Question asking what the level of youth unemployment has been in (a) Tamworth constituency, (b) Staffordshire, (c) the West Midlands and (d) the UK in each year since 2005. (220128)
The Office for National Statistics compiles unemployment statistics for local areas from the Annual Population Survey (APS) following International Labour Organisation (ILO) definitions.
The Annual Population Survey classifies as unemployed people who are without a job who were available to start work in the two weeks following their APS interview and who had either looked for work in the four weeks prior to interview or are waiting to start a job already obtained.
Table 1, attached, shows the level of youth unemployment defined as persons age 16-24 resident in (a) Tamworth constituency, (b) Staffordshire, (c) the West Midlands and (d) the UK for the 12 month periods ending December, for 2005-2007, from the APS, which is the most recent period for which estimates are available.
As these estimates are for a subset of the population in small geographical areas, they are based on small sample sizes, and are therefore subject to large margins of uncertainty.
The data are also published on the Office for National Statistics's NomisĀ(r) website:
|Table 1: Number of unemployed persons aged 16 to 24, resident in (a) Tamworth constituency, (b) Staffordshire, (c) the West Midlands and (d) the UK in each year since 2005|
|12 months ending||December 2005||December 2006||December 2007|
|(1) Disclosive or data is unavailable.|
The estimates for local areas are based on very small sample sizes and are subject to a very high degree of sampling variability. Changes from year to year, especially, should be treated with caution.
ONS Annual Population Survey
Mrs. Riordan: To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster how many people aged between 18 and 25 years were unemployed (a) in 1997 and (b) at the most recent date for which figures are available. 
As National Statistician, I have been asked to reply to your Parliamentary Question about the number of people aged between 18 and 25 years who were unemployed (a) in 1997 and (b) at the most recent date for which figures are available. 
In the UK, for the three month period ending March 1997, there were an estimated 552 thousand people aged 18 to 25 inclusive who were unemployed. The corresponding estimate for the three months ending March 2008 was 533 thousand.
The estimates of unemployment use the definition agreed by the International Labour Organisation (ILO), i.e. people are unemployed if they are without a job, want a job, have actively sought work in the last four weeks and are available to start work in the next two weeks, or if they are out of work, have found a job and are going to start it in the next two weeks.
Each month the Office for National Statistics (ONS) publishes Labour Force Survey (LFS) unemployment estimates by age in the Labour Market Statistics First Release. Historical information can be found via the following link:
As with any sample survey, estimates from the LFS are subject to a margin of uncertainty.
Tim Loughton: To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what consideration he has given to extending the provisions of section 11 of the Children Act 2004 to the armed forces. 
Kevin Brennan: We currently have no plans to extend the provisions of section 11 of the Children Act 2004 to the armed forces. Working Together to Safeguard Children (HM Government 2006) provides statutory guidance on how to help safeguard and promote the welfare of children, including young people under the age of 16 who are in the armed forces as recruits or trainees, or who may be dependents of a service family, whether based in the UK or overseas. The armed forces are fully committed to co-operating with statutory and other agencies in supporting families and have procedures to help safeguard and promote the welfare of children. In addition, the Department for Children, Schools and Families continues to work closely with the Ministry of Defence and offers advice on safeguarding children and young people attached to garrisons abroad.
|Number and percentage of looked after children who had been looked after continuously for at least 12 months and who missed at least 25 days of school( 1) 12 months ending 30 September 2000-07, England|
|Looked after children|
|(1) Includes authorised and unauthorised absence.|
(2) Figures have been rounded to the nearest 100.
To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families how many holiday club places were provided by his Department for school-age children in each of the last five years; what proportion provided services for (a) six hours or less, (b) between six and eight hours, (c) between eight and 10 hours
and (d) more than 10 hours each day; and what information he holds on the average cost to parents of taking up such places. 
Beverley Hughes: The Childcare and Early Years Providers Survey collects information about holiday clubs that were registered with Ofsted, these are facilities that provide day care for children under eight They may also provide care for children up to 14 years old, and up to 16 years old for children with special needs.
|Total number of places|
|Percentage of providers|
(1) Caution should be taken with the data on fees; this figure has been derived from a number of variables and is prone to distortion.
|Nursery, primary and secondary schools( 1) : number and percentage of pupils known to be eligible for free school meals: Position in January each year 1997 to 2008, St. Albans parliamentary constituency|
|Maintained Nursery and Primary Schools||Maintained Secondary Schools|
|Number on roll||Number of pupils known to be eligible for free school meals||Percentage known to be eligible for free school meals||Number on roll||Number of pupils known to be eligible for free school meals||Percentage known to be eligible for free school meals|
|(1) Includes middle schools as deemed. Also includes CTCs and academies (although none of these school types in St Albans).|
(2) Includes dually registered pupils, excludes boarding pupils.
(3) Includes dually registered pupils and boarding pupils.
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