§ Mr. Dormand
asked the Secretary of State for Employment what is the number of mineworkers presently unemployed in the Easington constituency and the number of those aged 55 years and 58 years, respectively.
§ Mr. Dudley Smith
At 12th October 1970, 574 persons who last worked in coal mining (minimum list heading 101 of the Standard Industrial Classification) were registered as unemployed in the area54W covered by the Peterlee and Wingate Employment Exchanges, which approximates broadly to the Easington constituency. There is no age analysis of this figure but a special quarterly return for 14th September 1970 confined to workers affected by colliery closures included 388 men aged 55 and over who were registered as unemployed in this area. I regret that information about the number of men aged 58 is not available.