§ Mr. Ashley
asked the Secretary of State for Employment if he will give the number of unemployed people in December 1980 and the number who had been unemployed for longer than one year.
§ Mr. Peter Morrison
At December 1980, the total number of people registered as unemployed in the United Kingdom was 2,244,229. The analysis by duration of unemployment is available quarterly in January, April, July and October. At January 1981, the total number of people registered as unemployed in the United Kingdom was 2,419,451 and of these 455,402 had been registered for over 52 weeks.