§ Mr. Michael McGuire
asked the Secretary of State for Employment what are the criteria which determine whether or not a town or area should be joined with another town or area to form a travel-to-work area for employment statistical purposes.
§ Mr. John Fraser
A travel-to-work area is one which is largely self-contained in labour market terms—that is, where people resident in the area work in the area and those working in the area also live there. If an area is not self-contained it is combined with the adjacent area to which or from which there is most movement of labour, using information from the Censuses of Population. The results of the 1971 Census of Population are now available and I am conducting a review of the travel-to-work areas.