HC Deb 10 December 1981 vol 14 cc456-7W
Mr. Kilroy-Silk

asked the Secretary of State for Employment how many people are on (a) short-time working, (b) community industry, (c) youth opportunities programmes and (d) all other temporary employment schemes in (i) the North-West, (ii) Merseyside, (iii) Kirkby and (iv) Ormskirk.

Mr. Peter Morrison

The information is set out in the following table:

Mr. Peter Morrison

At 12 November the number of people registered as unemployed in the United Kingdom was 2,953,340.

At the end of October it was estimated that the special employment and training measures in Great Britain had a direct effect on the unemployment register of about 355,000. This figure depends on a number of uncertain assumptions and is the Department of Employment's best estimate of the direct effects only. It takes no account of any indirect effects of financing expenditure on special measures.

Mr. Cyril Smith

asked the Secretary of State for Employment how many persons are likely to be removed from the total of unemployed persons, as a consequence of the Department of Health and Social Security circular urging all men over 59 years of age who have received 52 weeks' benefit to remove their name from the unemployed register.

Mr. Alison

I refer the hon. Member to the answer I gave to the hon. Member for Wolverhampton, North-East (Mrs. Short) on Monday 30 November. —[Vol. 14, c. 11–12.]