§ 19. Mr. Flannery
asked the Paymaster General if he will give the figures for unemployment in the Sheffield travel-to-work area for each year from 1979 to 1986.
§ Mr. Lee
The following table shows the numbers of unemployed registrants in the Sheffield travel-to-work area as defined in 1978 for October 1979, 1980, 1981 and 1982. The number of unemployed claimants in that area are also given for October 1982 and 1983. Figures for October of each year since 1983 are also given according to the 1984 definition of the travel-to-work area. Comparisons over the period 1979 to 1986 are difficult to make because of changes in the method of collection and compilation of the data.
Unemployed registrants in the Sheffield travel-to-work area (as defined in 1978) Numbers October 1979 14,203 October 1980 23,100 October 1981 38,063 October 1982 42,554
Unemployed claimants in the Sheffield travel-to-work area (as defined in 1978) Numbers October 1982 39,367 October 1983 41,681
Unemployed claimants in the Sheffield travel-to-work area (as defined in 1984) Numbers October 1983 41,869 October 1984 43,946 October 1985 44,915 October 1986 47,030
§ 29. Mr. Canavan
asked the Paymaster General what is the total number of unemployed people in the United Kingdom.
§ 65. Mr. Latham
asked the Paymaster General whether he will make a statement on the current level of unemployment.
§ 35. Mr. Kenneth Carlisle
asked the Paymaster General what is the latest trend in the unemployment figures; and whether he will make a statement.
§ 50. Mr. Hunter
asked the Paymaster General what are the latest unemployment figures for the Basingstoke travel-to-work area.
§ 68. Mr. Roy Hughes
asked the Paymaster General how many protests he has received, and from what bodies, concerning the changes made in the method of counting the number of people unemployed.
§ Mr. Kenneth Clarke
During the past 12 months, my Department has received 20 letters expressing concern about changes which the writers claimed affected the unemployment figures.
Three were from local authorities, the rest from individuals. I do, of course, receive frequent politically motivated protests in this House.
§ Mr. Kenneth Clarke
There has been one change in compilation during 1986 which, from March, reduced an unintended over-recording by about 50,000 on average and therefore improved the accuracy of the figures.