HC Deb 23 July 2002 vol 389 cc983-4W
Annabelle Ewing

To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland what discussions she has had with(a) Scottish Enterprise and (b) the Scottish Executive regarding unemployment in Scotland. [72434]

Mrs. Liddell

I last met Scottish Enterprise on 2 July. I also have regular discussions with Scottish Executive Ministers on a wide range of issues. The latest figures show that claimant count unemployment in Scotland has fallen by 1,900 over the last year to its lowest level for 25 years. There are 2,388,000 people in work in Scotland, the highest for a generation.