§ Mr. Knox
asked the Secretary of State for Employment what were the numbers unemployed in each of the employment areas in the Leek parliamentary constituency in March 1973; what percentages of the working population they represent; and how the percentage figures compare with the national percentage figure.
§ Mr. Dudley Smith
Following is the information for 12th March 1973:
Employment Exchange area Number unemployed Percentage rate of unemployment✶ Leek … 213 1.7 Cheadle … 184 Rate not available—see footnote. Biddulph … 146 Kidsgrove … 331
The rate of unemployment for Great Britain Was 3.0 per cent.
✶ The numbers unemployed expressed as a percentage of the estimated number of employees, employed and unemployed. The Cheadle, Biddulph and Kidsgrove employment exchange areas are part of the Stoke-on-Trent travel-to-work area for which the unemployment rate was 2.3 per cent. Rates can be calculated for this area as a whole but not separately for its constituent parts.