§ Mr. Wigley
To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment what proportion of those who leave the unemployment pool based on the claimant count reapply for benefit within 12 months of securing employment by region. 
§ Miss Melanie Johnson
The information requested falls within the responsibility of the Director of the Office for National Statistics. I have asked him to reply.
Letter from Tim Holt to Mr. Dafydd Wigley, dated 1 February 2000:As Director of the Office for National Statistics (ONS), I have been asked to answer your parliamentary question about the proportion of those leaving the claimant and finding work who rejoin within 12 months. Following are estimates based on the 5% sample cohort of claimants of Jobseeker's Allowance.Of those leaving the claimant count during 1998 and known to have found work as the reason for ceasing their claim, the proportions of these who started another claim within 12 months of ceasing their original claim, were as follows.
Government Office Region Percentage North East 45 North West 38 Yorkshire and Humberside 42 East Midlands 37 West Midlands 35 Eastern 35 London 28 South East 33 South West 36 Wales 40 Scotland 43 Northern Ireland 31 United Kingdom 37