HC Deb 15 July 1977 vol 935 cc303-4W
Mr. Knox

asked the Secretary of State for Employment what was the average number of people unemployed in the Leek parliamentary constituency in each of the past 10 years.

Mr. Golding:

The following table shows the numbers unemployed in the area covered by the Biddulph, Cheadle, Kidsgrove and Leek employment offices at June and December in the last 10 years. The numbers unemployed in local areas are not available on an annual average basis.

June December
1967 553 630
1968 566 585
1969 702 823
1970 750 1,016
1971 1,148 1,356
1972 1,265 1,089
1973 708 547
1974 593
1975 1,192 1,600
1976 1,572
1977 1,529

Because of industrial action by some staff in the Department of Employment Group information for December 1974 and December 1976 is not available.

Sir Frederic Bennett

asked the Secretary of State for Employment what proportion of those drawing unemployment benefit in Torbay on 9th June 1977 and comparable dates in 1976 and 1975 were and were not habitually resident, respectively, in the area.

Mr. Golding:

I regret the information is not available. Statistics of unemployment benefit claimants do not distinguish between those who are habitually resident in the area and those who are not.

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