§ Mr. Simon Hughes
To ask the Secretary of State for Employment if he will estimate the number of job vacancies currently available in the London borough of Southwark.
§ Mr. Lee
On 8 April 1988, the latest available date, the number of unfilled vacancies at jobcentres covering an area closely corresponding to the London borough of Southwark was 574. Vacancies at jobcentres do not represent the total number of vacancies in the economy. Estimates suggest that nationally about a third of all vacancies are notified to jobcentres, but equivalent local estimates are not available.