HC Deb 16 February 1978 vol 944 cc327-8W
Mr. Arthur Lewis

asked the Secretary of State for Employment whether he is aware that the latest unemployment figures for Newham are the highest for the past four years, showing more than 500 out of work than the previous month, that the figures do not include school leavers of a further 680 and that the vacancies were only 250, being half of those for the previous month; what are the reasons for this; and what action he has taken or intends taking to rectify this situation.

10 per cent. guideline on wages he has taken action against company directors for exceeding this figure; and with what results.

Mr. Harold Walker

I would refer my hon. Friend to the series of replies which I have given him on this topic, the last of which was on 13th February.—[Vol. 944, c.74–5.]