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As National Statistician, I have been asked to reply to your Parliamentary Question asking what information is held on the average length of a working week in each of the last 30 years. (285685)
Estimates of the average actual weekly hours of work for those in employment from 1980 to 2009 are shown in the attached table. This information is updated monthly as part of the Labour Market Statistics Bulletin and can be found on the National Statistics website at the following address:
The estimates are derived from the Labour Force Survey. As with any sample survey, estimates from the LFS are subject to a margin of uncertainty.
|Average actual weekly hours of work, three-month periods ending April, 1980 to 2009, United Kingdom, seasonally adjusted|
|Average weekly hours( 1, 2)|
|(1) Average hours actually worked in the reference week, which includes hours worked in second jobs.|
(2) Figures include both paid and unpaid overtime.
The above estimates exclude people in most types of communal establishment (e.g. hotels, boarding houses, hostels mobile home sites etc.)
Labour Force Survey.
As National Statistician, I have been asked to reply to your recent Parliamentary Question concerning what estimate has been made of the number of public houses to have ceased trading in each of the last 30 years. (285687)
Annual statistics on business births, deaths and survival are available from the ONS release on Business Demography. Data on business deaths are only available back as far as 2002 in this series. The table below contains the count of enterprise deaths of public houses for 2002-2007.
|Table showing counts of Enterprise 'deaths' within Public Houses SICs for the years 2002-07|
|Standard industrial c lassification||2002||2003||2004||2005||2006||2007|
Bob Spink: To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office what her most recent estimate is of the number of children in a household in which no adult is in work in (a) Essex and (b) Castle Point. 
As National Statistician, I have been asked to reply to your Parliamentary Question on what the most recent estimate is of the number of children in a household in which no adults work in a) Essex and b) Castle Point. (285961)
Estimates for Essex from the Annual Population Survey (APS) household dataset for January to December 2007 are shown in the attached table. An estimate for Castle Point has not been provided as it is unreliable for practical purposes.
Figures for children in households are based on children aged under 16 years old living in working age households. A working-age household is a household that includes at least one person of working-age, that is a woman aged 16 to 59 or a man aged 16 to 64.
As with any sample survey, estimates from the APS are subject to a margin of uncertainty as different samples give different results. These estimates are such that there is 95 per cent certainty that from all samples possible they will lie within the lower and upper bounds.
|Number of children( 1) in workless( 2) households in Essex, 2007, January to December 2007|
|Estimate||Lower bound( 3)||Upper bound( 3)|
|(1 )Children under 16.|
(2) Workless household is a working-age household where no one aged 16 or over is working.
(3) 95 per cent. confidence interval which means that from all samples possible there would be 95 per cent. certainty that the true estimate would lie within the lower and upper bounds.
Annual Population Survey Household data sets
Mrs. Lait: To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government when he expects to make appointments of Audit Commissioners to replace those commissioners who retired at the end of March 2009. 
Ms Rosie Winterton: Three audit commissioners left the board at the end of April 2009. The statutory size of the board is being reduced from 1 August and in the light of this, we are not replacing all three members.
Mr. Hoyle: To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government pursuant to the answer of 16 June 2009, Official Report, column 199W, on Chorley Borough Council: bank services, what steps his Department has taken to assist Chorley Borough Council in recovering its deposits in Icelandic banks; and if he will make a statement. 
Mr. Austin Mitchell: To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government whether new council houses to be built under the proposals in Building Britain's Future will be allowed to be sold under right to buy provisions. 
John Healey: Tenants in new council houses will have the same rights as other council tenants. However, I announced last month that we will exclude all new build council housing from the HRA subsidy system, which means that councils will retain in full the rent and capital receipts from these homes.
Mr. Austin Mitchell: To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government pursuant to the Prime Minister's statement of 29 June 2009, Official Report, columns 21-24, on Building Britain's Future, what steps he is taking to inform councils of the new opportunities for them to build homes; and how he plans to encourage them to do so. 
John Healey: We have encouraged local authorities by making up to £350 million available to support the provision of new council housing, and by changing the rules governing the financing of such housing. The Homes and Communities Agency issued guidance to local authorities on accessing the funding available on 8 May, and will encourage delivery through its continuing dialogue with each authority.
Mr. Austin Mitchell: To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government pursuant to the Prime Minister's statement of 29 June 2009, Official Report, columns 21-24, on Building Britain's Future, when he expects the local authority house building programme to start. 
Grant Shapps: To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government on what date he expects his Department to launch its consultation on the future of the Housing Revenue Account. 
Bob Spink: To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what changes have been made to his Department's (a) office equipment and (b) stationery purchasing policy in the last six months. 
Ms Rosie Winterton: My right hon. Friend the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government is responsible for all areas of policy, including those relating to the Audit Commission. I as Minister of State with responsibility for local government, lead on oversight of the Audit Commission on his behalf.
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