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As National Statistician I have been asked to reply to your recent Parliamentary Question asking how many divorces were granted in each region in each of the last 30 years. (285997)
Divorce statistics are based upon information supplied to ONS by the courts in England and Wales. The fact that a divorce has taken place in a court in a particular region does not mean that either one or both parties are resident there. Therefore, divorce statistics have been historically presented at a national level only. Table 1 shows the number of divorces separately for Wales and England for all years from 1986 to 2007. Figures are not available for years prior to 1986. Figures for 2008 will be published later in the year.
|Table 1: Number of divorces by country 1986 to 2007|
|(1) Data are provisional for 2007|
As National Statistician, I have been asked to reply to your recent question asking how many deaths from drowning were recorded in each of the last five years. (285446)
The table attached provides the number of deaths where drowning was the underlying cause of death, in England and Wales, from 2004 to 2008 (the latest year available).
Deaths from drowning may be accidental or due to suicide or homicide.
|Table 1. Number of deaths where drowning was the underlying cause of death( 1) , England and Wales( 2) , 2004-08( 3,4)|
|(1) Cause of death was defined using die International Classification of Diseases, Tenth Revision (ICD-10), codes W65-W74 (Accidental drowning and submersion), X71 (Intentional self-harm by drowning and submersion), X92 (Assault by drowning and submersion) and Y21 (Drowning and submersion, undetermined intent).|
(2) Figures for England and Wales include deaths of non-residents.
(3) Figures are for deaths registered in each calendar year.
(4) Figures for deaths registered in 2008 are provisional.
Hugh Bayley: To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office how many (a) men and (b) women were in employment in (i) City of York constituency, (ii) the City of York local authority area and (iii) Yorkshire and the Humber in (A) May 1997 and (B) each year since. 
As National Statistician, I have been asked to reply to your Parliamentary Question asking how many (a) men and (b) women were in employment in (i) City of York constituency (ii) City of York local authority area and (iii) Yorkshire and the Humber region in (A) May 1997 and (B) each year since. (285824)
The Office for National Statistics (ONS) compiles labour market statistics for local areas from the Annual Population Survey (APS) and its predecessor the Annual Labour Force Survey (LFS) following International Labour Organisation (ILO) definitions.
Table 1 shows the number of males and females in employment resident in the requested areas. For the 12 month periods ending in February for 1997 to 2004 estimates have been provided from the Annual LFS. For the 12 month periods ending in December 2004 to 2008 estimates have been provided from the APS. The estimates for Yorkshire and The Humber have also been compiled from the Annual LFS and APS to be consistent with those for the City of York parliamentary constituency and City of York local authority and will therefore differ from the employment figures published in the Labour Market Statistical Bulletin.
National and local area estimates for many labour market statistics, including employment and unemployment are available from the NOMIS website at:
|Table 1: Number of males and females in employment aged 16 and over resident in the City of York parliamentary constituency , City of York local authority and Yorkshire and the Humber|
|City of York parliamentary constituency||City of York local authority||Yorkshire and the Humber|
|(1) Coefficients of Variation have been calculated for the latest period as an indication of the quality of the estimates. See Guide to Quality below.|
Guide to Quality:
The Coefficient of Variation (CV) indicates the quality of an estimate, the smaller the CV value the higher the quality. The true value is likely to lie within +/- twice the CV-for example, for an estimate of 200 with a CV of 5 per cent. we would expect the population total to be within the range 180-220.
Key Coefficient of Variation (CV) (%) Statistical Robustness
* 0 ≤ CV< 5 Estimates are considered precise
** 5 ≤CV < 10 Estimates are considered reasonably precise
*** 10≤ CV < 20 Estimates are considered acceptable
**** CV ≥ 20 Estimates are considered too unreliable for practical purposes
Annual Labour Force Survey/Annual Population Survey
Jenny Willott: To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office when the Government plans to respond to the Public Administration Select Committee's First Report of this Session on Lobbying: access and influence in Whitehall; and if she will make a statement. 
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