asked the Secretary of State for Employment how many workers in Merseyside and Greater Liverpool have been unemployed for three years, two-and-a-half years, two years, 18 months, 174W one year and for six months, respectively; how many are receiving unemployment pay; and how many are receiving supplementary benefit.
§ Mr. Golding:
At 13th October the number of people unemployed in the Merseyside special development area included 27,285 who had been registered for more than 52 weeks and 15,270 who had been registered for more than 26 and up to 52 weeks. The analysis does not provide information for the periods specified which are in excess of 52 weeks.
I am informed by the Secretary of State for Social Services that at 2nd August 1977, of those recorded at the unemployment benefit offices which cover the Merseyside special development area, 18,500 were receiving unemployment benefit only, 5,300 were receiving un- 175W employment benefit and supplementary benefit, and 47,300 were receiving supplementary benefit only.