HL Deb 01 February 1983 vol 438 cc798-800WA
Lord Kennet

asked Her Majesty's Government:

What are the advantages and disadvantages and to whom, of information no longer being available on the number of women seeking part-time or full-time work on the grounds that they are ineligible for unemployed benefit.

The Minister of State, Ministry of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food (Earl Ferrers)

The exclusion from the monthly count of male and female unemployed registrants who do not claim benefit was an unavoidable consequence of the introduction of voluntary registration on 18th October. However, special counts will be made in the summer of non-claimant school-leavers. More generally, estimates of unemployed people seeking work but not claiming benefit will be made, in a similar way that estimates of the unregistered unemployed have been in the past.