§ Mr. Golding
asked the Secretary of State for Employment what were the numbers unemployed in Westhoughton at June 1970 and at the last convenient date; and what percentage these are of the workforce.
§ Mr. Chichester-Clark
On 8th June 1970 there were 51 people unemployed in the Westhoughton employment exchange area and on 12th March 1973 there were 120. Rates of unemployment—the unemployed expressed as a percentage of the estimated total number of employees —can be calculated only for travel-to-work areas. On 8th June 1970 the rate for the Bolton travel-to-work area, which includes Westhoughton, was 1.7 per cent. and on 12th March 1973 it was 3.4 per cent.