§ 33. Mr. Skinner
asked the Paymaster General how many times the method of compiling the unemployment figures has been changed by his Department since 1979.
§ Mr. Kenneth Clarke
There have been two changes to the method of compiling the unemployment figures and a further minor statistical change to reduce over-recording in Northern Ireland.
§ 34. Mr. Teddy Taylor
asked the Paymaster General what was the most recent percentage level of unemployment in the United Kingdom; and what were the comparable average percentages for the rest of the European Economic Community and for the EFTA nations, respectively, on the most recent date for which such comparative figures are available.
§ Mr. Lee
The latest available information is as follows:
Percentage levels of unemployment: OECD Standardised rates (unless otherwise stated) Seasonally adjusted Month Per cent. United Kingdom October 111.5 Spain June 21.0
Month Per cent. Ireland September 218.3 Belgium August 12.1 Netherlands August 12.1 Italy April 11.3 France August 10.5 Denmark August 27.9 Portugal August 28.4 Greece August 25.4 Luxemburg September 21.4 Finland August 6.9 Austria March 3.5 Sweden July 2.5 Norway May 1.9 Germany August 8.3 1 National figure, seasonally adjusted excluding school leavers. OECD standardised rate for United Kingdom not available since May (13.3 per cent.) pending review of calculations and new information from the labour force surveys. 2 National Definitions (OECD Standardised rate not available).
§ 44. Mr. Canavan
asked the Paymaster General what is the total number of unemployed people in the United Kingdom.
§ 86. Mr. Andrew MacKay
asked the Paymaster General if he will make a statement of the current level of unemployment.
§ 54. Mr. Loyden
asked the Paymaster General if he will give the number of long-term unemployed in the Merseyside travel-to-work area.
§ 71. Mr. Greg Knight
asked the Paymaster General what are the latest figures in respect of people in work in the United Kingdom; and how they compare with the figures available for June 1983.
§ 74. Mr. Flannery
asked the Paymaster General what was the number of people unemployed in November 1980, 1981, 1982, 1983, 1984 and 1985, respectively.
§ Mr. Lee
The following table shows the estimated number of unemployed claimants excluding school leavers, adjusted for seasonality and discontinuity, for the United Kingdom for each of the years requested.
Year November Total 1980 1,808,800 1981 2,462,500 1982 2,740,700 1983 2,904,600 1984 3,055,200 1985 3,113,800
§ 75. Mr. Wallace
asked the Paymaster General what proportion of those leaving the unemployment register sign on again within three months; and if he will make a statement.166W
§ Mr. Lee
Following is the available information. The table shows the numbers of unemployed claimants in the Basildon parliamentary constituency in October of each year since 1983. The comparison is affected by the change in the timing of the compilation of unemployment statistics in March 1986. Statistics of unemployment for parliamentary constituencies are derived from the new ward-based system and are available only from June 1983.
Number October 1983 6,372 October 1984 6,972 October 1985 6,492 October 1986 6,159