§ Mr. Iain Macleod
I regret that it is not possible to adopt the hon. Member's suggestion. The unemployment figures are designed to show the numbers registered as unemployed on a specified day, and for this purpose it is necessary to make the count on the same day at all Employment Exchanges. A recent analysis showed that, for the country as a whole, a count on Monday produced a total which was closer to the average for the week than for any other day and it would therefore be wrong to depart from the long-standing practice of taking the count on a Monday.