HC Deb 08 February 1983 vol 36 c329W
20. Miss Boothroyd

asked the Secretary of State for Employment what are the latest figures of numbers unemployed in the west midlands region; and whether he will make a statement.

Mr. Alison

At 13 January 1983 there were 367,300 unemployed claimants in the west midlands region.

The best way of helping all those who are unemployed in the west midlands, as in the rest of the country, is to get the economy right. Falling inflation and reduced interest rates are positive steps in that direction.