§ Mr. Pickthall
To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what his estimate is of the net migration from urban and suburban to rural areas of England and Wales in the past 10 years. 
§ Mr. Andrew Smith
The information requested falls within the responsibility of the National Statistician. I have asked him to reply.
Letter from Len Cook to Mr. Colin Pickthall, dated 15 February 2001:As National Statistician, I have been asked to reply to your recent question about estimates of net migration from urban and suburban to rural areas of England and Wales over the last ten years. (150359)The Office of National Statistics produces quarterly estimates of migration using the movement of NHS doctor's between the former Family Health Service Authorities. They should not be regarded as an exact measure of migration particularly because there is variation in the delay between a person moving and registering with a new doctor.305WThe attached table shows migration from metropolitan areas (including London) to shire county areas. Migration estimates are only available for the last ten years for these administrative areas.
Movements1 between London and metropolitan districts and the Shire countries of England and Wales during the years 1989 to 1999 Thousand Year From London and metropolitan districts to shire countries From shire countries to metropolitan districts and London Net migration from metropolitan districts and London to shire countries 1989 347.2 277.5 69.6 1990 296.2 235.5 60.6 1991 331.3 254.7 76.7 1992 337.8 260.5 77.3 1993 341.8 257.7 84.2 1994 354.1 266.1 88.0 1995 364.1 282.0 82.2 1996 372.9 279.8 93.1 1997 385.4 282.7 102.7 1998 376.0 289.9 86.1 1999 384.1 285.0 99.2 1 Based on NHS patient re-registration
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