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Disabled Persons

Volume 932: debated on Monday 16 May 1977

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asked the Secretary of State for Employment what is the latest figure for unemployment among registered disabled workers in Southampton, Eastleigh and the adjacent travel-to-work area; what percentage of all registered disabled workers in the area this represents; and what is the corresponding figure for general employment in the area.

I am advised by the Manpower Services Commission that on 14th April 1977, the latest date for which figures are available, 422 registered disabled people were unemployed in the travel-to-work area which comprises Southampton, Eastleigh, Hythe, Romsey and Woolston. This figure represents 12·8 per cent. of all registered disabled people in the area. The total number of people unemployed in the area was 9,044 or 5·1 per cent.