§ Mr. Roy Hughes
asked the Secretary of State for Wales what are the latest unadjusted figures for unemployment in (a) Newport, (b) Gwent and (c) Wales; and if he will give the equivalent figures for 1979 on the most nearly comparable basis.
§ Mr. Nicholas Edwards
In December 1986 the numbers unemployed in Newport TTWA, Gwent and Wales were 12,558, 27,923 and 173,546 respectively. Precise comparisons with the position in 1979, however, cannot be made as methods of compilation and collection have altered, and there have been some boundary changes in the intervening period. On the basis of the definitions then in use, the figures for Newport TTWA, Gwent and Wales in December 1979 were 6,274, 14,734 and 85,177 respectively.