HC Deb 18 January 1977 vol 924 c129W
Mr. Richard Wainwright

asked the Secretary of State for Employment if he will list in the Official Report the total population of each town where a spot check on low wages has recently been carried out by his Department's Wages Inspectorate.

Mr. John Grant

Following the implementation of the Local Government Act 1972 and the Local Government (Scotland) Act 1973, recent population figures are no longer available for all the towns concerned; the figures are now compiled for the new districts, which in many cases cover a wider area than the towns themselves. In the list of towns below, where spot checks on low wages were carried out, population figures are given for 1975 where they still relate to the towns and for 1973 where current figures for the towns are no longer compiled.

Town Population (Thousands)
*Luton 166.1
Cheltenham 75.9
Burton-on-Trent 49.5
*Blackpool 147.1
Wakefield 58.5
Sunderland 214.8
Newport 110.1
Loughborough 49.0
Northwich 17.7
Shipley 28.6
*Brighton 159.0
Wigan 80.9
Mexborough 16.0
Carlisle 70.9
Kidderminster 50.0
Weymouth 41.1
Warrington 65.3
Harrogate 64.6
*Norwich 121.8
Wrexham 39.5
Dundee 180.7
Ayr 48.0
Aberdeen 180.8
*1975 figures.
†Small boundary change only.