§ Mrs. Ballard
To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what statistics the Office for National Statistics compiles on the value of unpaid work to the economy. 
§ Mrs. Liddell
The information requested falls within the responsibility of the chief executive of the Office for National Statistics. I have asked him to arrange for a reply to be given.
Letter from Tim Holt to Mrs. Jackie Ballard, dated 29 July 1997:The Chancellor of the Exchequer has asked me to reply as Director of the Office for National Statistics (ONS) to your recent question on statistics ONS compile on the value of unpaid work to the economy.ONS publishes no direct estimates of unpaid labour. It plans, however, to publish an experimental account of household production in the ONS publication Economic Trends in the next few months, based on time use surveys. An article describing the approach was published in Economic Trends in July 1996.The above publication is available in the House of Commons Library.