§ Dr. Roger Thomas
asked the Secretary of State for Wales if he will publish a table listing those employment exchanges in the Principality whose total unemployment rate is less than that of the average rate for Great Britain, together with percentage details of unemployment for each area in Wales in April.
§ 1. Mr. Nicholas Edwards
The information is as follows:
RATES OF UNEMPLOYMENT ON 10 APRIL 1980 Employment Office Area Percentage Monmouth 9.1 Pontypool Abergavenny 8.3 Blaenavon Cwmbran Newport Newbridge 8.1 Risca Chepstow Ebbw Vale Abertillery 13.3 Brynmawr Tredegar Cardiff Barry Llantwit Major Penarth Caerphilly Bargoed Blackwood 12.1 Pontlottyn Ystrad Mynach Pontypridd Ferndale Llantrisant 9.5 Tonypandy Tonyrefail Treorchy Merthyr Tydfil Treharris 8.4 Aberdare 9.8 Swansea Gorseinon Morriston 7.8 Pontardawe Ystradgynlais Neath 9.3 Resolven Port Talbot Bridgend Cymmer 7.8 Maesteg Porthcawl Llanelli Burry Port Kidwelly 8.9 Tumble Ammanford Garnant Carmarthen* 3.7 Fishguard 9.9 Milford Haven Haverfordwest 8.2
Llandeilo 9.2 Pembroke Dock 11.5 Tenby 12.0 Cardigan 15.0 Lampeter 14.2 Llandyssul Aberystwyth 7.1 Barmouth 6.6 Blaenau Ffestiniog 9.6 Holyhead Amlwch 13.3 Beaumaris Llangefni Caernarvon Bangor 9.2 Bethesda Penygroes Llanrwst 6.5 Pwllheli Porthmadog 10.1 Colwyn Bay Conwy 7.6 Llandudno Wrexham 12.6 Cefn Mawr Shotton Flint Holywell 14.0 Mold Rhyl 12.1 Denbigh 6.9 Llangollen 7.6 Brecon* 5.2 Llandrindod Wells 6.4 Machynlleth 7.1 Tywyn 11.8 Newtown* 5.7 Welshpool* 4.8
* Denotes those areas whose rate was below the Great Britain rate of 6.2 per cent. in April 1980.
2. Where applicable employment offices have been blocked together in travel-to-work area groups.
§ Dr. Roger Thomas
asked the Secretary of State for Wales if he will publish in the Official Report the source of manufacturing job decreases for each of the eight counties of Wales between 1974 and the latest figures available under the following categories (a) closures or outward movement of firms and (b) contraction of existing establishments.
§ Mr. Nicholas Edwards
Information is not available in the form requested. Details of the net change in employment levels are available from the annual census of employment, but these are not yet available at county level beyond 1976. For Wales as a whole the Department of Employment estimates that employment in the manufacturing sector stood at 305,600 in December 1979 compared with 335,500 in June 1974.