§ Mr. Meacher
To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer (1) what the(a) change and (b) percentage change was in full-time permanent jobs in Oldham West and Royton from 1997 to 31 December 2003; [1709031
(2) how many new jobs have been created in Oldham West and Royton since 1997. 
§ Ruth Kelly
The information requested falls within the responsibility of the National Statistician, who has been asked to reply.
Letter from Len Cook to Mr. Meacher dated 10 May 2004:
As National Statistician, I have been asked to reply to your Parliamentary Questions about full-time jobs and jobs created in Oldham West and Royton. (170903, 170904)
While statistics of jobs created are not available explicitly, statistics from surveys enable comparisons to be made of net changes, in numbers of jobs, from year to year.
The attached table shows the information requested, relating to all jobs and full-time jobs, in Oldham West and Royton Parliamentary Constituency, for 1997 and the latest year available, 2002.
Information is not available about whether the jobs were permanent.
Number of full-time employees and total number of employees in Oldham West and Royton Parliamentary Constituency: 1997 and 2002 percentage Full-Time Total Number of employees 1997 31,400 45,000 2002 32,100 45,300 Change from 1997 to 2002 Absolute 700 300 Percentage 2.3 0.7 1Employee jobs only, not self-employed jobs
1997; Annual Employment Survey, resealed 2002; Annual Business Inquiry (ABI)