§ Mrs. Curtis-Thomas
To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry how many women work in the science, engineering and technology industries in the UK and what percentage of all workers in those industries were women in each of the last 10 years. 
§ Mr. Timms
Data are only available for spring 2001, 2002 and 2003. The information requested is not available in a consistent basis prior to spring 2001, due to a change in the occupation classification used in the Labour Force Survey, from SOC90 to SOC2000.
Women employed in science, engineering and technology
occupations—United Kingdom, springs (March to May) 2001,
2002 and 2003
Not seasonally adjusted March to May Thousand Percentage1 2001 335 14.1 2002 337 14.6 2003 302 12.8 1Women as a percentage of all employed in science, engineering and technology occupations.
ONS Labour Force Survey.