HC Deb 08 November 1976 vol 919 cc82-3W
33. Mr. Moonman

asked the Secretary of State for Employment if he will publish in the Official Report the more recent percentages for unemployment in the new towns ringing London compared with the national average.

Mr. Golding

Unemployment rates are calculated only for the whole of a travel-to-work area and not separately for its constituent parts. The following table shows the rates of unemployment for the areas which include the new towns:

Percentage rate of unemployment October
Travel to work area 1976
Southend on Sea (including Basildon) 7.2
Reading (including Bracknell) 3.9
Crawley (including Burgess Hill, East Grinstead, Haywards Heath, Horsham and Redhill) 2.4
Harlow (including Bishops Stortford and Epping) 4.3
St. Albans (including Hatfield and Welwyn Garden City) 2.7
Watford (including Hemel Hempstead) 2.9
Bletchley (Milton Keynes) 3.9
Northampton (including Towcester) 3.9
Peterborough 4.7
Stevenage 4.4
Great Britain 5.7