§ Mr. Lang
The following table shows those travel-to-work areas which, on 9 January 1986, had an unemployment rate of 8 per cent. or less. Jobcentre boundaries do not coincide with travel-to-work areas; moreover registrants at jobcentres do not distinguish the unemployed from employed people seeking a change of employment.
Unemployment rates for travel-to-work areas—January 1986 Travel-to-work area Unemployment rate—per cent. Winchester and Eastleigh 5.5 Crawley 5.9 Clitheroe 6.0 Aylesbury and Wycombe 6.5 Basingstoke and Alton 6.6 Aberdeen 6.7 Shetland Islands 6.8 Cambridge 6.9 Guildford and Aldershot 6.9 Slough 7.1 Tunbridge Wells 7.3 Bury St. Edmunds 7.4 Heathrow 7.7 Oxford 7.9 Malton 8.0 Reading 8.0
§ Mr. Trippier
My Department does not collect information identifying significant shortages of skilled labour. The Manpower Services Commission does conduct a survey of those vacancies at jobcentres that have remained unfilled for more than two months. The results provide an indication of areas of skill shortage both geographically and by occupation. The latest survey was completed in September 1985 and I will write to my hon. Friend again shortly when results by travel-to-work area have been prepared.351W
§ Mr. Lang
Information on the previous occupation for the unemployed has not been available from the claimant count since October 1982. However the annual labour force survey collects information on the previous occupation of people looking for work who have been out of employment for less than three years but only at regional and national level. This information is made available to the Manpower Services Commission. It is also available to the local education authorities on request.
The survey does not provide information on skills levels or the potential for skills upgrading for the unemployed, and my Department has no other information on these topics at the present time.
§ Mr. Gordon Brown
asked the Paymaster General if he will list by postal code areas the numbers of (a) men and (b) women unemployed in the York constituency for 1983, 1984, 1985 and 1986 in January of each year.