§ Mr. Winnick
asked the Paymaster General if he will list the electoral wards in the west midlands region where unemployment is above the national average and the percentage change since May 1979.
§ Mr. Winnick
asked the Paymaster General if he will list those parliamentary constituencies in the United Kingdom where unemployment is above the national average, giving, in each case, the numbers of jobless now and in May 1979; and the percentage increase.
§ Mr. Bermingham
asked the Paymaster General what is the total number of persons registered unemployed in the St. Helens area at the last date available.
§ Mr. Ralph Howell
asked the Paymaster General what is the number of claimants registered as unemployed in (a) employment benefit offices and (b) jobcentres throughout the United Kingdom in each of the regions in Liverpool, in Norwich and in the travel-to-work areas of Cromer and North Walsham (i) in October 1985 and (ii) in October 1986.
§ Mr. Lee
Information on the numbers of unemployed claimants registered at jobcentres is not available. The table gives the numbers of unemployed claimants signing on at unemployment benefit offices in the areas requested at October 1985 and October 1986. This information is available in the Library. Comparisons of unemployment figures between October 1985 and October 1986 are affected by the change in the timing of the compilation of unemployment statistics in March 1986.
Unemployed Claimants at Unemployment Benefit Offices October 1985 October 1986 South East 785,424 770,388 East Anglia 80,160 80,138 South West 206,000 201,970 West Midlands 350,976 343,453 East Midlands 199,152 198,687 Yorkshire and Humberside 307,471 311,415 North West 451,659 438,893 North 238,152 228,234 Wales 182,734 174,105 Scotland 353,311 359,236 Northern Ireland 121,822 130,635 United Kingdom 3,276,861 3,237,154 Liverpool local authority district 56,871 55,586 Norwich local authority district 8,934 8,748 Cromer and North Walsham travel-to-work area 2,471 2,484