§ Mr. Geraint Howells
asked the Secretary of State for Wales how many young people under the age of 21 years are unemployed in Wales; and what were the correspondng figures for the last 10 years.
§ Mr. John Stradling Thomas
The information is not available in the exact form requested. However, in April 1983, the latest date for which such figures are available, 34,493 claimants under the age of 20 years were unemployed in Wales. In previous years the figures, based on registrations and not therefore directly comparable, were:
Year Numbers April 1982 30,178 April 1981 23,760 April 1980 17,358 April 1979 13,345 *Jan 1978 18,255 Jan 1977 16,301 Jan 1976 14,535 * Prior to 1979 the statistics were collected in January and July each year; figures prior to 1976 are not available.