Unemployment: Older People

John Robertson: To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what estimate he has made of the number of people over the age of 50 who are unemployed in (a) Glasgow North West constituency, (b) Glasgow, (c) Scotland and (d) the UK. [150099]

Mr Hurd: I have been asked to reply on behalf of the Cabinet Office.

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

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Letter from Glen Watson, dated March 2013:

As Director General for the Office for National Statistics, I have been asked to reply to your Parliamentary Question asking the Secretary of State for Business for the number of people over the age of 50 who are unemployed in (a) Glasgow North West constituency, (b) Glasgow, (c) Scotland and (d) the UK (150099).

The Office for National Statistics (ONS) compiles unemployment statistics for local areas from the Annual Population Survey (APS) following International Labour Organisation (ILO) definitions. However, estimates of unemployment for the requested age band in Glasgow North West constituency and Glasgow are not available due to small sample sizes.

As an alternative, in table 1, we have provided the number of persons claiming Jobseeker's Allowance (JSA) aged 50 years and over for the requested geographies for February 2013. The counts of people claiming JSA are those who are claiming benefits for unemployment related purposes. At a UK level the total number of JSA claimants is around two thirds of the total unemployment level.

Table 2 shows the number of people in Scotland and the UK aged 50 and over who were unemployed, according to survey responses, in the 12 month period ending December 2012 from the APS. As with any sample survey, estimates from the APS are subject to a margin of uncertainty. A guide to the quality of the estimates is given in the tables based on survey results.

National and local area estimates for many labour market statistics, including employment, unemployment and claimant count are available on the NOMIS website at:

http://www.nomisweb.co.uk

Table 1: Number of people aged 50 years and over claiming jobseeker's allowance, February 2013
 Number

Glasgow North West

525

Glasgow City

3,820

Scotland

24,450

United Kingdom

266,880

Note: Data rounded to nearest five. Source: JobcentrePlus Administrative System
Table 2: Number of unemployed people aged 50 years and over, January 2012 to December 2012(1)
 Number (thousand)

Scotland

**34

United Kingdom

*396

(1) Coefficients of Variation have been calculated as an indication of the quality of the estimates. See Guide to Quality: 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% we would expect the population total to be within the range 180-220. Key: * 0 = CV <5%—Statistical Robustness: Estimates are considered precise ** 5 = CV <10%—Statistical Robustness: Estimates are considered reasonably precise *** 10 = CV <20%—Statistical Robustness: Estimates are considered acceptable **** CV ? 20%—Statistical Robustness: Estimates are considered too unreliable for practical purposes Source: Annual Population Survey

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Visits Abroad

Naomi Long: To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what details of (a) itineraries, (b) costs and (c) other aspects of overseas visits in support of trade and investment by Ministers in his Department are published (i) routinely and (ii) on request. [150613]

Michael Fallon: I refer the hon. Lady to the answer I gave to the right hon. Member for Belfast North (Mr Dodds) on 26 March 2013, Official Report, column 1068W.

Vocational Training: Young People

Mr Marsden: To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what specific proposals he has to ensure that young people between the ages of 19 to 24, classified as not in education, employment or training, will benefit from a substantial number of traineeships when the traineeships scheme is introduced. [150482]

Matthew Hancock: We intend shortly to set out our approach to the delivery of traineeships. This will build on the positive feedback my Departments have received from a wide range of organisations and individuals in response to the Traineeships Discussion Paper we published in January.

Work Experience

Mr Marsden: To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills how many employers provide (a) work experience placements and (b) internships to people aged between 19 and 24; and what proportion are in the (i) public and (ii) private sector. [150401]

Matthew Hancock: The Department for Business, Innovation and Skills recognises that work experience and internships can provide valuable opportunities for young people to gain vital experience in the labour market and we welcome the diverse and numerous opportunities which both public and private employers provide. We continue to encourage employers to provide work experience and internship opportunities.

There are no single legal definitions of work experience or internships, and therefore no definitive comprehensive data source on overall numbers. Therefore, the Government do not hold information about the numbers of work experience opportunities offered in the public and private sectors.