HC Deb 16 November 1987 vol 122 cc402-3W
Mr. Alan Williams

To ask the Secretary of State for Employment how the activity rate among women in Wales compares with the figures nationally and in Scotland and the English regions; and what are the comparable breakdown figures for full and part-time employment.

Mr. Lee

The table gives estimates of the civilian activity rates for women aged 16 and over in Wales, Scotland and each of the regions of England in 1985:

Female civilian activity rate1 Mid-1985
per cent.
Wales 43.0
Scotland 47.6
Northern 45.4
Yorkshire and Humberside 47.5
East Midlands 49.2
East Anglia 48.1
South East 51.1
South West 47.6
West Midlands 48.8
North West 48.9
Great Britain 48.8
1 The activity rate is calculated as the percentage of women aged 16 and over who were economically active, that is in employment or seeking work in a reference week.

The available estimates of full and part-time employment are not fully comparable with the activity rates given.

Estimates of the number of women employees in employment in each region, separately identifying those working part-time, are published in Table 1.5 of Employment Gazette, copies of which are available in the Library.

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