§ 51. Sir G. Nabarro
asked the Secretary of State for Employment what decline in male unemployment has occurred this year in Birmingham and the West Midlands; and whether he will make a statement.
§ Mr. Dudley Smith
Between January and May, 1972, the provisional number of males registered as wholly unemployed decreased by 4,869 to 70,110 in the West Midlands region and by 1,254 to 24,558 in the Birmingham travel-to-work area. Over the same period there was also a substantial reduction in the number of workers temporarily stopped and a significant increase in the number of notified unfilled vacancies.
Taken together, these figures suggest that the Government's measures to stimulate the economy are now beginning to make an impact upon unemployment in the West Midlands.