§ Mr. Maxwell-Hyslop
asked the Secretary of State for Employment whether he is aware that, under the present system of recording unemployment statistics, it is often the case that figures cannot be obtained for parliamentary constituencies or district council areas; and whether he will arrange for every unemployed person to be allocated a reference letter of the alphabet identifying the parish of residence, and for the parish statistics to be collated on (a) a constituency, and (b) district council basis.
§ Mr. Golding
, pursuant to his reply, [Official Report, 21st June 1978; Vol. 720W 952, c. 208], gave the following information:
The present unemployment figures for local employment office areas are compiled manually from the separate records of individual registrants, and it would not be practicable to do this in respect of constituency and local authority areas also. However, as part of plans for computerisation of the unemployment statistics in the next few years, it is hoped to introduce the use of a locational coding which would allow the economical production of figures for alternative areas.
§ Mr. Tilley
asked the Secretary of State for Employment how many unemployed young people have benefited from the special measures programme in the borough of Lambeth and the constituency of Lambeth Central; and how many more will benefit from plans already approved.
§ Mr. Golding
, pursuant to his reply, [Official Report, 27th June 1978; Vol. 952, c. 517], gave the following information:
The current schemes my Department operates apply to all age groups, and 721W information about the number of young people who benefit from them is not available. I am informed by the Manpower Services Commission that the information is not available at present for the progammes for unemployed young people it operates but arrangements are being made to provide statistics about them on a local basis as soon as possible.