§ Mr. Craigen
asked the Secretary of State for Employment how many men aged 55 years and over were unemployed for longer than six months during each of the past five years for which figures are available; and what percentage this constituted of the total of all those unemployed for longer than six months in Great Britain as a whole and in Scotland, respectively.
§ Mr. John Fraser
The most recent figures for those aged 55 and over are for 8th July 1974 and the following table 633W shows the available information for July each year. Statistics of the unemployed relate to those who are unemployed on
UNEMPLOYED FOR OVER 26 WEEKS Great Britain Scotland Number of men aged 55 and over As a percentage of the total number of males and females unemployed for over 26 weeks Number of men aged 55 and over As a percentage of the total number of males and females unemployed for over 26 weeks 13th July 1970 … 78,884 47 9,191 32 12th July 1971 … 88,305 40 10,596 25 10th July 1972 … 105,569 35 12,216 23 9th July 1973 … 97,042 42 11,787 29 8th July 1974 … 84,852 44 10,522 33