HC Deb 05 December 1967 vol 755 cc282-3W
Mr. Moorman

asked the Minister of Labour what is the percentage of unemployed in the Brentwood and Basildon Urban District Council areas; and how these figures compare with the national average.

Mr. Fernyhough

At 13th November, 1967, the percentage rates of unemployment in the areas covered by the Brentwood and Basildon (including Canvey Island) Employment Exchanges and in Great Britain were 1.5, 3.9 and 2.5, respectively.

Manufacturing industries (Orders III-XVI of the Standard Industrial Classification) Non-manufacturing industries (Orders I, II and XVII-XXIV) Total all industries and services
In Development Areas Outside Development Areas In Development Areas Outside Development Areas (including those not classified by industry)
South East 2,616 5,447 8,068
East Anglia 190 425 615
South Western 20* 390* 120* 830* 1,355
West Midlands 1,263 1,123 2,388
East Midlands 625 810 1,437
Yorkshire and Humberside 902 1,207 2,111
North western 350* 1,030* 510* 1,150* 3,034
Northern 466 866 1,335
Scotland 690* 60* 1,250* 180* 2,193
Wales 210* 120* 450* 230* 1,007
* As precise estimates of the numbers of employees in manufacturing and non-manufacturing industries cannot be made for Development Areas, these estimates have been rounded to the nearest 10,000.

Mr. Gwynfor Evans

asked the Minister of Labour if he will give an estimate of the additional number of persons in Wales who would be available for employment if the employee activity rate in Wales for all persons over 15 years of age equalled that of England.

Mr. Hattersley

If the employee activity rate in Wales in 1966 had been equal to that in England, the number of employees in Wales would have been about 200,000 higher. But the difference between the activity rates in England and Wales is only partly due to economic factors.