§ Mrs. Clwyd
To ask the Secretary of State for Wales if he will assess the impact on the unemployment figures of the valleys initiative in each of the areas covered by the initiative since the scheme started.
§ Mr. David Hunt
The unemployment rate in the whole of the area covered by the programme for the valleys has fallen by 4.1 per cent. since June 1988. This compares with a fall of 3.2 per cent. in Wales and 2.2 per cent. in the United Kingdom as a whole.