§ Mr. Wigley
asked the Secretary of State for Employment what is the most recent ratio of vacancies to persons employed in Wales and in each region of England, respectively.
§ Mr. Gummer
The latest provisional estimtes of total employees in employment relate to December 1982 and the figures for Wales and each region of England were published in table 1.5 of the labour market data section of the May 1983 issue ofEmployment Gazette. In table 3.2 of that Employment Gazette, a copy of which is in the Library, the vacancies figures for the corresponding areas and month were published. These vacancies figures relate only to vacancies notified to jobcentres and careers offices; vacancies notified to jobcentres are estimated to be about one third of all vacancies in the country as a whole. Because of this, and of possible duplication between the figures for jobcentres and careers offices, it is not the practice of this Department to express the numbers of such vacancies as proportions of other manpower statistics.
The latest vacancies figures—for June 1983—were published in the unemployment and vacancies press notice issued by this Department on 30 June; a copy is in the Library.