§ 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 over.
§ Mr. Dudley Smith
At 11th January, 1971, 524 persons who last worked in coalmining (minimum list heading 101 of the Standard Industrial Classification) were registered as unemployed in the area 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 December, 1970, confined to workers affected by colliery closures included 381 men aged 55 and over who were registered as unemployed in this area.