§ 105. Mr. Watkins
asked the Minister of Labour what local consultations took place before the decision to close his Department's office at Llanwrtyd Wells, Breconshire, was made; whether the local authorities, employers' associations and trade unions were advised of the proposed closure; how far away the nearest employment exchange is where advice can be sought; and how unemployed persons will be able to register and obtain unemployment benefit. 144W 12 months and two years ago, respectively; what number and proportion of those at present unemployed are over 40 years of age; and what number and proportion of them are disabled persons.
§ Mr. Heath
At 11th January, 847 persons representing 3.2 per cent. of the estimated total number of employees in the area were registered as unemployed. compared with 1,490 or 5.6 per cent. at 12th January, 1959, and 967 or 3.6 per cent. at 13th January, 1958. At 7th December, 1959, the latest date for which an age-analysis of the unemployed is available, 404 persons or 60 per cent. of the total of 678 wholly unemployed were aged 40 and over. At 18th January there were 196 unemployed registered disabled persons, representing about 23 per cent, of the total number of unemployed in the area.