§ Mr. Straw
asked the Secretary of State for Employment if he will publish in the Official Report tables giving a breakdown of the age and duration of unemployment in each of the Blackburn, Accrington, Burnley, Nelson and Rossendale travel-to-work areas, for age groups under 18 years, 18 years, 19 years, 20 to 24 years, 25 to 29 years, 30 to 34 years, 35 to 44 years, 45 to 54 years, 55 to 59 years and 60 to 64 years, for duration of up to 13, 26, 52 weeks and over 52 weeks, respectively, and in respect of the annual averages for 1979, 1980, and the latest available figures.
§ Mr. Alison
[pursuant to his reply, 5 May 1982, c. 70–71]: I am writing to the hon. Member sending him tables giving the numbers registered as unemployed for the age and duration categories specified at January each year 1980, 1981 and 1982, the latest available. The corresponding information for January 1979 and the annual averages could be provided only at disproportionate cost.
A copy of the tables is also being deposited in the House of Commons Library.