HC Deb 05 December 1985 vol 88 cc325-6W
Mr. Deakins

asked the Prime Minister how many European Economic Community meetings since the Milan Summit meeting for the purpose of developing the formal and informal structures of the European Economic Community have been attended by the Foreign Secretary, other Foreign and Commonwealth Office Ministers and United Kingdom officials based in the EEC, respectively.

Unemployed over 12 months as a percentage of total unemployed
Registrants—April 1979 Claimants—October 1985
Region Number unemployed over 12 months Percentage Percentage Difference
South East 62,358 22.4 36.3 13.9
East Anglia 7,805 23.3 34.8 11.5
South West 25,262 26.5 34.2 7.7
West Midlands 34,154 28.6 47.0 18.4
East Midlands 20,152 27.9 40.4 12.5
Yorkshire and Humberside 32,728 28.3 41.8 13.5
North West 60,088 31.1 45.2 14.1
North 35,885 31.7 45.7 14.0
Wales 22,785 27.1 42.4 15.3
Scotland 45,578 26.0 40.9 14.9
Northern Ireland 19,916 32.8 48.5 15.7

Mr. Winnick

asked the Paymaster General if he will state the total number in each region who are at present in Manpower Services Commission or other state schemes involving temporary employment of all kinds, including the youth opportunities programme.

Mr. Alan Clark

The youth opportunities programme no longer exists. Periods of employment do not exceed a year for most participants on the community programme and the community industry scheme. A regional breakdown of total numbers employed under these measures, whether for more or less than a year, is as follows:

Region Figures for October
London 12,111
South East 13,856
South West 10,484
Midlands 30,911
Wales 11,843
North West 26,427
Scotland 22,566
Northern 17,103

The Prime Minister

The Intergovernmental Conference has met six times at ministerial level. The United Kingdom has been represented by my right hon. and learned Friend the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs or by my hon. and learned Friend the Minister of State, the Member for Edinburgh, Pentlands (Mr. Rifkind). There have also been 11 preparatory meetings of officials.

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