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Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform written question – answered on 11th March 2009.

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Photo of Theresa May Theresa May Shadow Minister (Women), Shadow Secretary of State for Work and Pensions

To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform what estimate he has made of the (a) number of people made redundant, (b) number of statutory redundancy payments made and (c) average value of statutory redundancy payments in each (i) month of the last five years for which figures are available and (ii) year since 1997.

Photo of Pat McFadden Pat McFadden Minister of State (Department for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform) (Employment Relations and Postal Affairs), Member, Labour Party National Executive Committee

The information is provided in the following tables.

(a) The Office for National Statistics' survey the number of people made redundant in the last three months in their quarterly Labour Force Survey. The following two tables show this information on a quarterly basis over the last five years and over the calendar year since 1997.

Quarterly UK redundancy numbers (ILO definition)
Quarter Number (Thousand)
2004 Q1 139
Q2 148
Q3 133
Q4 144
Total 564
2005 Q1 134
Q2 131
Q3 160
Q4 146
Total 571
2006 Q1 142
Q2 139
Q3 137
Q4 134
Total 552
2007 Q1 145
Q2 121
Q3 129
Q4 111
Total 506
Q1 111
Q2 127
Q3 156
Q4 259
Total 653

ONS Labour Market Statistics (BEAO)

Annual UK redundancy numbers (ILO definition)
Number (Thousand)
1997 620
1998 677
1999 712
2000 677
2001 709
2002 741
2003 630
2004 564
2005 571
2006 552
2007 506
2008 653

ONS Labour Market Statistics (BEAO)

(b) and (c) no information is held on statutory redundancy payments made or the average value of payments.

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