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Departmental Video Conferencing

Norman Baker: To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster if he will set a target to increase the use of video-conferencing by his Department to reduce the need to travel to meetings. [195875]

Mr. Watson: The Cabinet Office has video conferencing equipment located throughout its offices in central London, Basingstoke, Birchwood and Easingwold. The equipment is utilised whenever possible to reduce travel costs and to help limit carbon emissions. The Department's travel policy requires staff, as a first step before taking any travel decisions, to consider use of video conferencing facilities. There are no plans to set any specific usage targets.

Departmental Written Questions

Mr. Harper: To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster how many and what proportion of written questions for answer on a named day his Department has answered on the due date in the current session of Parliament to date. [226885]

Kevin Brennan: The Cabinet Office has received 149 named day questions during the current session to the end of September. Of these, 86 were answered on the due date.

Electorate

Mr. Andrew Turner: To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster (1) what the average number of electors in (a) English, (b) Scottish, (c) Welsh and (d) Northern Ireland parliamentary constituencies was in (i) 2001, (ii) 2004 and (iii) 2007; [225861]

(2) what the average number of electors in the areas covered by the (a) English, (b) Scottish, (c) Welsh and (d) Northern Ireland parliamentary constituencies which will be in effect at the next general election was in (i) 2001, (ii) 2004 and (iii) 2007. [225862]

Kevin Brennan: The information requested falls within the responsibility of the UK Statistics Authority. I have asked the authority to reply.

Letter from Karen Dunnell, dated October 2008:


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Table 1: Average number of parliamentary electors on existing boundaries

2001 2004 2007

England

70,503

70,026

71,489

Wales

55,892

55,837

56,392

Scotland

55,094

53,581

65,891

Northern Ireland

66,498

58,085

62,241


Table 2: Average number of parliamentary electors on boundaries that come into effect at the next general election

2007

England

70,890

Wales

56,437

Source: Office for National Statistics. General Register Office for Scotland, and Electoral Office for Northern Ireland.

Employment

Mr. Clappison: To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster what the (a) employment rate and (b)
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the number in employment of the working age population was for (i) the UK population of working age, (ii) foreign nationals of working age, (iii) UK nationals of working age and (iv) UK born workers of working age in each quarter since 1 January 2007; and what the equivalent figures are for all persons in work irrespective of age. [223544]

Kevin Brennan [holding answer 15 September 2008]: The information requested falls within the responsibility of the UK Statistics Authority. I have asked the Authority to reply.

Letter from Karen Dunnell, dated September 2008:


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Table 1: Employment of working age( 1) population by nationality and country of birth, United Kingdom, not seasonally adjusted

Employment level (Thousand) Employment rate( 2) (Percentage)

2007

Q1

UK population

27,776

74

Foreign nationals(3)

1,978

67

UK nationals(3)

25,794

75

UK born

24,529

75

2007

Q2

UK population

27,895

74

Foreign nationals(3)

2,103

68

UK nationals(3)

25,784

75

UK born

24,508

75

2007

Q3

UK population

28,146

75

Foreign nationals(3)

2,113

69

UK nationals(3)

26,023

75

UK born

24,694

76

2007

Q4

UK population

28,232

75

Foreign nationals(3)

2,173

68

UK nationals(3)

26,050

76

UK born

24,718

76

2008

Q1

UK population

28,131

75

Foreign nationals(3)

2,254

69

UK nationals(3)

25,870

75

UK born

24,547

75

2008

Q2

UK population

28,152

75

Foreign nationals(3)

2,266

69

UK nationals(3)

25,882

75

UK born

24,532

75

(1) Men aged 16-64 and women aged 16-59.
(2) The employment rate is the number of people in employment as a percentage of the total number in the relevant group.
(3) Foreign and UK nationals may not add to the UK population levels due to those who did not state their nationality.
Note:
It should be noted that the estimates exclude people in most types of communal establishment (e.g. hotels, boarding houses, hostels, mobile home sites, etc.).
Source:
Labour Force Survey (LFS)

Table 2: Employment of population aged 16 and over by nationality and country of birth, United Kingdom, not seasonally adjusted

Employment level (Thousand) Employment rate( 1) (Percentage)

2007

Q1

UK population

28,978

60

Foreign nationals(2)

2,021

61

UK nationals(2)

26,953

60

UK born

25,622

60

2007

Q2

UK population

29,100

60

Foreign nationals(2)

2,143

62

UK nationals(2)

26,949

60

UK born

25,616

60

2007

Q3

UK population

29,382

60

Foreign nationals(2)

2,152

63

UK nationals(2)

27,219

60

UK born

25,825

60

2007

Q4

UK population

29,488

60

Foreign nationals(2)

2,208

63

UK nationals(2)

27,271

60

UK born

25,878

60

2008

Q1

UK population

29,438

60

Foreign nationals(2)

2,290

64

UK nationals(2)

27,141

60

UK born

25,755

60

2008

Q2

UK population

29,475

60

Foreign nationals(2)

2,304

63

UK nationals(2)

27,167

60

UK born

25,759

60

(1) The employment rate is the number of people in employment as a percentage of the total number in the relevant group.
(2) Foreign and UK nationals may not add to the UK population levels due to those who did not state their nationality.
Note:
It should be noted that the estimates exclude people in most types of communal establishment (e.g. hotels, boarding houses, hostels, mobile home sites, etc.).
Source:
Labour Force Survey (LFS)

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