§ 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.