§ Mr. Kilroy-Silk
asked the Secretary of State for Employment what is the total number of unemployed, expressed as a percentage of the work force in (a) Scotland, (b) Wales, (c) the North-West, (d) Merseyside, (e) Kirkby, and (f) Ormskirk.
§ Mr. Golding
Following is the information:
Percentage rate of unemployment at October 1976 Scotland 7.3 Wales 7.6 North-West Region 7.0 Merseyside special development area 10.7 Liverpool travel-to-work area* (including Kirkby Employment office area) 11.2 Ormskirk travel-to-work area* (including Skelmersdale Employment office area) 10.6 * Unemployment rates are calculated only for the whole of a travel-to-work area and not separately for its constituent parts. They represent numbers unemployed taken as a percentage of the total number of employees (employed and unemployed).