HC Deb 16 June 1986 vol 99 cc415-7W
Mr. Frank Field

asked the Paymaster General if he will specify the average unemployment rate during 1984 and 1985 in each of the 10 local authority areas with the highest average unemployment rates in the United Kingdom for the years specified.

Mr. Lang

The following table shows, for 1984 and 1985, the 10 counties with the highest average unemployment rates. Unemployment rates are not calculated for local authority areas smaller than counties, or regions in Scotland.

County Average unemployment rate
Cleveland 22.5
Merseyside 20.7
Tyne and Wear 19.4
Mid Glamorgan 18.4
Durham 18.3
Strathclyde Region 18.3
Clwyd 17.5
Gwynedd 17.1
Cornwall and Isles of Scilly 16.7
South Yorkshire 16.6
Gwent 16.6
West Midlands 16.5
Cleveland 22.7
Merseyside 21.0
Tyne and Wear 20.1
Mid Glamorgan 18.9
Durham 18.8
Strathclyde Region 18.7
Gwynedd 18.4
Clwyd 18.2
Cornwall and Isles of Scilly 17.8
Dyfed 17.6
South Yorkshire 17.5
Gwent 17.1

Mr. Winnick

asked the Paymaster General what was the number of those unemployed for 12 months and more in May 1979; what is the current number; and what has been the percentage increase.

Mr. Lang

The following information is in the Library. On 10 April 1986, the latest date for which an analysis of unemployment by duration is available, the number of claimants in the United Kingdom who had been unemployed for over 12 months was 1,356,509. The corresponding number of unemployed registrants in April 1979—not available for May 1979—was 366,711. The figures are not strictly comparable because of changes in the way the figures are collected.

Mr. Hancock

asked the Paymaster General how many people were unemployed in each electoral division in Portsmouth, at the latest available date; and if he will show the percentage change from the same period three years ago.

Mr. Lang

The following information is in the Library. Figures are given showing the numbers of unemployed claimants as at 8 May 1986 in the wards of the Portsmouth local authority district. Statistics of unemployment for electoral wards are derived from the new ward-based system and are available only from June 1983. Moreover, comparisons with May 1983 would have been affected by the 1983 Budget provisions, which means that certain older men, mainly aged 60 and over, no longer have to sign on to obtain national insurance credits or supplementary benefits, and by the change in the timing of compilation of unemploymemnt statistics in March 1986.

Buckland 558
Cosham 617
Farlington 296
Fratton 583
Havelock 737
Highland 650
Kingston 494
Nelson 517
North End 698
Paulsgrove 1,122
Portsea 899
St. Jude 1,228
St. Mary and Guildhall 712
St. Simon 800
St. Thomas 1,072
Meredith 644