§ Mr. Hargreaves
asked the Paymaster General what percentage of those registered as unemployed came from building and allied trades in (a) the borough of Hyndburn and (b) the north-west.
§ Mr. Lang
The results of the 1984 labour force survey indicate that in the north-west region in the spring of 1984, 6.6 per cent. of those people without a job and looking for work had been employed at some time in the last three years in the construction industry. Data on the industrial classification of the unemployed cannot be provided for areas smaller than standard regions because of the sampling error that would be involved.
§ Mr. Canavan
asked the Paymaster General what is the total number of unemployed people in the United Kingdom.
§ Mr. Janner
asked the Paymaster General how many people in Leicester have been unemployed for more than one year.
§ Mr. Kennedy
asked the Paymaster General what account is taken in compiling the unemployment figures of those whose small self-employed businesses have gone bankrupt and are therefore not eligible for unemployment benefit.
§ Mr. Lang
Some people are not entitled to unemployment benefit if they were self-employed in the tax year relevant to their claim, but many nevertheless claim supplementary benefit or national insurance credits and are therefore included in the monthly unemployment count. Recent analysis from the 1984 labour force survey has revealed that only small numbers of unemployed people who had previously been self-employed are excluded from the unemployment count.