HC Deb 09 December 1986 vol 107 cc114-5W
Mr. Deakins

asked the Paymaster General how many people in Walthamstow have left the employment register since the beginning of the restart programme.

Mr. Kenneth Clarke

I do not have information in the precise form requested. Between 13 June 1986, the closest date available to the start of the restart scheme in the Walthamstow area, and 9 October 1986 some 2,246 people in the Walthamstow parliamentary constituency ceased to be unemployed claimants. I have no means of calculating exactly how many of these people ceased to be unemployed as a result of help under the restart programme because people are continually ceasing to be unemployed for a whole variety of reasons.

Mr. William Powell

asked the Paymaster General if he will publish in the Official Report the number of unemployed claimants in each parliamentary constituency of the United Kingdom in October and the proportion of the work force they represent, listing the various constituencies in decending order with the highest at the head of the list and the lowest at the bottom.

Mr. Lee

The information is not available in the form requested because unemployment rates are not calculated for areas smaller than travel-to-work areas. The numbers of unemployed claimants in each parliamentary constituency of the United Kingdom on 9 October 1986 are available in table 2.10 of the December 1986 edition ofEmployment Gazette.

Mr. Fallon

asked the Paymaster General whether he will estimate the number of (a) European Economic Community nationals and (b) foreign nationals working in London and the south-east.

Mr. Lee

Estimates from the 1985 Labour Force Survey of the number of EC and other foreign nationals in employment, resident in Greater London and the south-east region are as shown in the following table:

EC1 and other foreign nationals in employment Thousands: Spring 1985
Area of Residence EC2 Nationals 3Other Foreign Nationals
South East Region4 223 379
Greater London 135 243

1 EC 12, including Spain and Portugal.

2 Excluding United Kingdom nationals.

3 Including British Overseas and Dependent Territories Citizens.

4 Including Greater London.