§ Mr. Redmond
To ask the Secretary of State for Employment what were the numbers and percentages of unemployed persons removed from all English and Welsh unemployment registers as a result of changes that took effect in August 1989 in the redundant mineworkers' payments scheme, by region.
§ Mr. Nicholls
The latest estimates of the number of mineworkers who have decided to take advantage of the change in the redundant mineworkers' payment scheme are given in the following table. There has been little or no effect in the Greater London, south-east, East Anglia, and south-west regions.
Region Estimated effect1 Percentage effect2 West Midlands 500 0.3 East Midlands 4,500 4.3 Yorkshire and Humberside 3,500 2.0 North West 500 0.2 North 2,000 1.5 Wales 500 0.5 1 These estimates are derived from latest available information and are subject to revision. 2 Using August 1989 unadjusted unemployment totals