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As National Statistician, I have been asked to respond to your question asking how many registered voters there were in each of the last 10 years. (281367)
The table below shows the number of people registered to vote in the UK in local government elections and parliamentary elections for the years 1999 to 2008.
The number of people registered to vote in local government elections is not the same as that for parliamentary elections due to differences in the eligibility to vote.
|Number of local government and parliamentary electors registered to vote in the UK, 1999 to 2008|
|Local government electors||Parliamentary electors|
| Note: Individuals eligible to vote in local government elections include peers and European Union (EU) citizens but exclude UK citizens resident abroad. Those eligible to vote in parliamentary elections however include UK citizens resident abroad but exclude peers and EU citizens. Source: Office for National Statistics.|
Mr. Clappison: To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office pursuant to the answer of 12 January 2009, Official Report, columns 479-82W, on employment, how many (a) UK nationals, (b) UK-born people, (c) foreign nationals, (d) non-UK EU nationals and (e) non-EU nationals of working age were in employment in (i) the public sector and (ii) the private sector in each of the last eight quarters for which figures are available; and what the percentage change between 1997 and the most recent year for which figures are available was in respect of categories (i) and (ii). 
As National Statistician, I have been asked to reply to your Parliamentary Question asking pursuant to the Answer of 12 January 2009, Official Report, columns 479-82W, on employment, how many (a) UK nationals, (b) UK-born people, (c) foreign nationals, (d) non-UK EU nationals and (e) non-EU nationals of working age were in employment in (i) the public sector and (ii) the private sector in each of the last eight quarters for which figures are available; and what the percentage change between 1997 and the last year for which figures are available was in respect of categories (i) and (ii). (281118)
The information requested is shown in the attached table. The estimates are derived from the Labour Force Survey. The distinction between public and private sector is based on respondents' views about the organisation for which they work. The public sector estimates provided do not correspond to official Public Sector Employment estimates. Those are derived directly from employers and are based on National Accounts definitions, but do not include a nationality breakdown.
As with any sample survey, estimates from the LFS are subject to a margin of uncertainty. This is assessed in a footnote to the table.
The figures in the table are derived from the LFS microdata which are weighted using the official population estimates published in autumn 2007. They are not entirely consistent with the figures published in the monthly Labour Market Statistics Statistical Bulletin, or the migrant worker figures published every quarter, which are weighted using more up-to-date population estimates.
|Employment levels for people of working age( 1) in employment by public and private sector and by nationality and country of birth, three months ending March 1997 and three months ending March, June, September and December, 2007-09, United Kingdom, not seasonally adjusted|
|Public sector( 2, 3)||Private sector( 2, 4)|
|UK nationals||UK born||Non-UK nationals( 6)||Non-UK EU nationals( 7)||Non-EU nationals( 7)||UK nationals||UK born||Non-UK nationals6||Non-UK EU nationals( 7)||Non-EU nationals( 7)|
|Employment( 4, 5)|
|UK nationals||UK born||Non-UK nationals( 6)||Non-UK EU nationals( 7)||Non-EU nationals( 7)|
|(1) Men aged 16-64 and women aged 16-59.|
(2) It should be noted that public and private sector estimates;
are based on survey respondents' views about the organisation for which they work;
do not correspond to the National Accounts definition used for Public Sector Employment estimates.
(3) Includes nationalised industry or state corporation, central Government, civil service, local government or council (incl. police, fire services and local authority controlled schools or colleges), university or other grant funded educational establishment, health authority or NHS trust and armed forces.
(4) Includes self-employed and unpaid family workers.
(5) Includes those whose type of employer was not known.
(6) Excludes those whose nationality was not known.
(7) Other EU comprises Austria, Belgium, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Ireland, Italy, Luxembourg, Netherlands, Portugal, Spain and Sweden only in 1997 Q1. Meaningful comparisons between 1997 Q1 and 2009 Q1 are not possible due to the changes in the composition of EU.
(8) Coefficients of Variation have been calculated for the latest period as an indication of the quality of the estimates, as described 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% 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
It should be noted that the above estimates exclude people in most types of communal establishment (e.g. hotels, boarding houses, hostels mobile home sites etc.)
Labour Force Survey
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