HC Deb 10 May 1982 vol 23 cc182-3W
17. Mr. Straw

asked the Secretary of State for Employment, pursuant to the statement of the Under-Secretary of State for Industry concerning the average unemployment rates of all intermediate areas remaining in existence after August, Official Report, 22 April, c. 519–20, if he will publish in the Official Report a table giving the latest available annual rate of unemployment for each travel-to-work area which will remain an intermediate area after 1982, and the average annual rate thereof, and for each of the Blackburn, Accrington, Burnley, Nelson and Rossendale travel-to-work areas.

Mr. Alison

[pursuant to his reply, 5 May 1982, c. 70–71.]: The travel-to-work areas with intermediate area status designated to retain that status after August 1982 were listed in the September 1979 issue of the Department of Employment Gazette although a few revisions were made subsequently. Table 1 gives annual average unemployment rates for 1981 for these area, Table 2 gives corresponding rates for the Blackburn, Accrington, Burnley, Nelson and Rossendale travel-to-areas.

Table 1
Per cent.
Banstaple 9.6
Bideford 11.0
Dartmouth 12.8
Kingsbridge 13.6
*Torbay 13.2
East Midlands
Gainsborough 14.0
Mablethorpe 17.6
Skegness 13.4
Yorkshire and Humberside
*Barnsley 13.4
*Bradford 13.5
Bridlington 15.8
*Doncaster 14.8
Goole 15.0
Maltby 16.1
Richmond 11.8
Scarborough 11.3
Whitby 19.6
*Blackpool 11.7
*Lancaster 11.8
Southport 15.1
*Alnwick 13.1
*Darlington and South-West Durham 13.1
Denbigh 9.3
*Llandudno 10.8
*Llanelli (part) 16.5
Llangollen 12.1
Llanrwst 12.4
Monmouth 13.5
*Pontypool (part) 14.6
*Swansea (part) 14.6
Tenby 18.4

Steel Costs and Prices
Financial Year
1978–79 1980–81 Percentage change
BSC employment costs per tonne of liquid steel produced (£) 47.1 64.0 36
Index of wholesale prices for the steel industries* (1975=100) 157.2 179.9 14


British Steel Corporation; Financial Statistics; Monthly Digest of Statistics.


Employment costs include both manual and staff grade employees.

* MLHS 311 and 312