§ Mr. Ernie Ross
asked the Secretary of State for Scotland what has been the percentage increase in the number of those unemployed in Scotland since 1979; and how these figures compare with each European Economic Community country, Japan, Canada and the United States of America.
§ Mr. Alexander Fletcher
The information is set out in the following table. The figures are not directly comparable, owing to differences in national definitions, coverage and methods of compilation: they are seasonally adjusted where possible.39W
Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development 'Main Economic Indicators', supplemented by labour attache reports, and, for Italy and Ireland, Statistical Office of the European Community.