HC Deb 09 February 1971 vol 811 cc144-5W
Mr. John Morris

asked the Secretary of State for Employment what is the number of registered disabled in employment and not in employment in the Aberavon constituency and the Cymmer Employment Exchange area, respectively; and whether he will set up a Remploy factory in the area.

Mr. Dudley Smith

The number of registered disabled persons in employment in any area is not known. The total numbers of registered disabled persons in the Aberavon Constituency and Cymmer Employment Exchange areas are 1,263 and 228, respectively, and of these, 257 and 86, respectively, are registered as unemployed. The area is already served by Remploy factories at Neath and Bridgend. An extension of the capacity of the Neath factory is planned for this year.

Mr. Mason

asked the Secretary of State for Employment what are the age groups of the 2,856 ex-coal miners who are unemployed within the coal zone of Yorkshire.

Mr. Dudley Smith

There is no analysis of the ages of unemployed ex-coal miners but a special quarterly return of workers affected by colliery closures shows separately men aged 55 and over. The return for December, 1970, included 1,392 men aged 55 and over out of a total of 1,493 affected by colliery closures who were registered as unemployed in the Yorkshire Coalfield sub-division of the Yorkshire and Humberside Region.

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