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Volume 934: debated on Thursday 30 June 1977

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asked the Secretary of State for Employment how many women in the Wolverhampton travel-to-work area are now registered as unemployed.

At 9th June, 2,585 females were registered as unemployed in the Wolverhampton travel-to-work area. This figure is provisional.

asked the Secretary of State for Employment how many school leavers in Wolverhampton leaving school in the current year at any time are likely to be unemployed at the end of the summer term; and how many will be offered temporary work under any of the current anti-unemployment schemes before the autumn.

It is not possible to make predictions of this kind. It is expected that, including those who left at Easter, some 4,250 young people in Wolver- hampton will have left school to seek employment this year. In the normal course the placing of Easter and summer leavers spreads over several months and no reliable assessment can be made of any residual problems of unemployment until about October. In the meantime, the full range of the Government's special measures for alleviating unemployment among young people has been extended and expanded to help meet the needs of this year's school leavers who cannot find jobs. As announced by my right hon. Friend yesterday, the Government will also implement as quickly as possible the new programme of opportunities for young people recommended in the recent report of the Manpower Services Commission, "Young People and Work".