§ Mr. Forman
asked the Secretary of State for Employment by how much in absolute numbers and percentage terms registered unemployment among (a) women, (b) people under 24 years and (c) people over 50 years has increased in the United Kingdom since 1979.
§ Mr. Alison
The following table gives the absolute and percentage increases in the numbers of registered unemployed people under 25 and over 50 years of age in the United Kingdom between April 1979 and April 1982, the latest date for which this quarterly information is available. It also gives the increases for all unemployed females between the same dates.
Between July 1979 and July 1982, the number of unemployed females increased by 460,066 or 95 per cent.
Increases in the numbers registered as unemployed between April 1979 and April 1982—United Kingdom Absolute Percentage Unemployed aged under 25 years* 652,719 145 Unemployed aged 50 years and over 313,041 96 All unemployed females* 464,477 122 * Easter school leavers are included in the figures for April 1982 but not for April 1979.
§ Mr. Prescott
asked the Secretary of State for Employment what are the numbers and percentages of unemployed persons for each travel-to-work area in the United Kingdom compared to June 1979.
§ Mr. Alison
I shall write to the hon. Member sending him the information for June 1979 and June 1982. A copy of the tables will also be deposited in the House of Commons Library.