asked the Secretary of State for Employment what are the latest Scottish unemployment figures; and how they compare with the figures for the South-East and Northern Regions.
At 10th February there were 101,326 unemployed in Scotland. The percentage rates of unemployment were 4·7 in Scotland, 2·2 in the South-East and 5·2 in the Northern Region.
asked the Secretary of State for Employment if he will make a statement on the level of unemployment in Scotland.
Although the February unemployment figures for Scotland showed a slight improvement on those for January the overall level of unemployment in Scotland is still too high. There has, however, been a significant improvement over the last year in the unemployment position in Scotland relative to that of Great Britain as a whole.