§ Mrs. Chalker
asked the Secretary of State for Employment what was the total number of males and females registered as unemployed at the latest date for which figures are available in (a) Wallasey (b) Birkenhead (c) Bebington and (d) the rest of Wirral Borough Council area, respectively; what percentage of the working population this represents; and what were the comparable figures for 1974 and 1975.
§ Mr. John Fraser
The following table shows the numbers registered as unemployed in the Wallasey, Birkenhead, Bebington and Hoylake employment office areas. These offices are included in the Liverpool travel-to-work area for which the rates of unemployment at February 1974, February 1975 and February 1976 were 6.1, 7.4 and 104 per cent., respectively. Rates can be calculated for the whole of a travel-to-work area but not separately for its constituent parts. They are calculated by expressing the numbers unemployed as percentages of the estimated numbers of employees, employed and unemployed.
Employment Office Area February 1974 February 1975 February 1976 Wallasey … 2,133 2,457 3,586 Birkenhead … 3,904 4,864 6,869 Bebington … 923 1,084 1,701 Hoylake … 367 441 710