HC Deb 23 July 1985 vol 83 cc486-7W
Mr. Neil Hamilton

asked the Secretary of State for Employment how many people have registered as willing to work, giving details of their skill and experience, at jobcentres covering the county of Cheshire at the most convenient date; and how many people were registered as unemployed for the purpose of benefit in the equivalent area at the same date.

Mr. Alan Clark

On 7 June 1985 there were 16,638 job seekers registered for employment at jobcentres covering the county of Cheshire. Analysis of this figure by details of skills or experience is not available. It includes some employed people seeking a change of employment and some unemployed people not claiming benefits. Job seekers are no longer required to register at a job centre as a condition for receiving unemployment benefits; nor is it necessary to register for employment in order to use the jobcentre.

The number of unemployed persons claiming unemployment benefit, supplementary allowances or national insurance credits in the county of Cheshire on 13 June 1985 was 51,646. It is a condition of receipt of these benefits or credits that a person be unemployed and capable and available for work.