§ 18. Mr. Barry Jones
asked the Secretary of State for Wales by what amount and by what percentage unemployment has increased in Wales, Clwyd and the Deeside travel-to-work area since May 1979.
§ Mr. Nicholas Edwards
Between May 1979 and December 1983 the number of unemployed claimants in Wales is estimated to have increased by 91,516 or 118.6 per cent. Claimant based figures for Clwyd and the Shotton travel-to-work area are available only from October 1982. Between May 1979 and October 1982 the number of registered unemployed increased by 13,779 or 118.8 per cent. and 5,837 or 182.2 per cent respectively;432W between October 1982 and December 1983 the number of unemployed claimants decreased by 359 or 1.5 per cent. and 630 or 7.0 per cent respectively.