§ Mr. John Fraser
asked the Secretary of State for Employment how many people, including school leavers, are now unemployed or engaged on youth training schemes or similar schemes in the London borough of Lewisham; and what was the comparable figure for June 1979.
§ Mr. Peter Morrison
On 11 April 1985 the number of unemployed claimants in the London borough of Lewisham was 17,237. About 400 people were being helped by the youth training scheme and about 1,800 were on other Government employment and training measures at the latest available date, although, because of the various bases on which local information is collated, an unknown proportion will be in areas outside the borough.
Comparable figures for June 1979 are not available because of changes in the way figures are collected. However, the number registered unemployed in jobcentre areas approximating to the London borough of Lewisham in June 1979 was 5,729.