§ 32. Mr. Blaker
asked the Secretary of State for Employment what examination he has made of the incidence of unemployment in the over-55 age group in seaside towns; and if he will make a statement.
§ Mr. Dudley Smith
We are aware that people aged 55 and over account for a higher proportion of those registered as unemployed in many seaside towns than in the country as a whole. One reason for this is that some men who retire from their normal employment before 65 move to seaside towns and register as unemployed in order to obtain fresh jobs or, if suitable work is not available, claim unemployment benefit and credits of national insurance contributions.