§ 32. Sir A. Meyer
asked the Secretary of State for Employment what was the total number of working days lost in the United Kingdom due to industrial disputes and to unemployment, expressed as a single figure, in the 12 months ended 31st March 1977; and what was the corresponding figure for the 12 months to 31st March 1974.
§ Mr. Harold Walker
Following is the information available. It should be noted that working days lost through unemployment can be estimated only on an imprecise basis.
§ Mr. Golding
My Department estimates that between 2 per cent. and 3 per cent. of the national total of funds allocated to the special measures has been spent in Devon and Cornwall. This is a rough estimate only, because precise figures for some of the schemes are not available. The special measures on which these funds have been spent comprise the temporary employment subsidy scheme, the youth employment subsidy 163W scheme—and the recruitment subsidy for school leavers which it replaced—the job release scheme, the job creation programme and the work experience programme.