HC Deb 04 March 1981 vol 1000 cc129-31W
Mr. Dobson

asked the Secretary of State for Employment, at the latest available date, how many (a)

Percentage increase
Male Female Young people under 20 years of age
Yorkshire and Humberside 83.2 59.0 94.4
North-west 62.2 54.0 62.2
North 53.7 38.3 50.7
Wales 69.4 42.3 60.3
Scotland 45.3 33.0 38.8
Northern Ireland 51.6 45.0 67.2
Including young people.

Mrs. Rençe Short

asked the Secretary of State for Employment how many (a) men, (b) women and (c) young people were unemployed in (i) Wolverhampton and (ii) the West Midlands in January and December 1980; and what percentage increase in the year this represents in each case.

Mr. Peter Morrison

Age analyses of the numbers registered as unemployed are available only in January, April, July and October. The following table gives, for the areas specified, the numbers of males, females and young people under 20 years of age registered as unemployed at January 1980 and January 1981 and the percentage increases between these dates.

lone mothers and (b) lone fathers work (i) full-time for an employer, (ii) part-time for an employer and (iii) are self-mployed.

Mr. Peter Morrison

It is estimated that in 1978, the latest year for which estimates have been made, there were approximately 825,000 lone parents in Great Britain. Of these about a quarter of a million worked full-time and about 160,000 worked part-time, either as employees or as self-employed. Of the quarter of a million lone parents who worked full-time it is estimated that about two-thirds were lone mothers and a third lone fathers. It is believed that almost all lone parents working part-time are mothers, although no precise estimates are available. These estimates are based on information from the general household survey. Comparable separate estimates of self-employed lone parents are not available.