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Volume 885: debated on Monday 27 January 1975

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asked the Secretary of State for Employment what was the date of the latest count of unemployed and vacancies for Basingstoke and district, and the number of unemployed and vacancies recorded, together with the latest estimate of the Department as to the proportion of those seeking work who are included in the figure of unemployed and the best estimate as to the proportion of vacancies notified to the Department.

The latest available unemployment and vancancy statistics for Basingstoke are for November 1974. On 11th November the number of unemployed was 468 and on 6th November there were 643 notified vacancies remaining unfilled at the Basingstoke employment office and 165 at the careers office.In Great Britain the great majority of unemployed men and boys register as unemployed; among women and girls who describe themselves in the General Household Survey as seeking work about half have registered. No figures are available for Basingstoke.An estimate of the proportion of the total vacancies in Great Britain that are notified to my Department was given in my reply to the hon. Member for Norfolk, North (Mr. Howell) on 3rd December 1974. No figures are available for Basingstoke.