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Preston

Volume 958: debated on Tuesday 14 November 1978

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asked the Secretary of State for Employment how many males and females were unemployed in the Preston travel-to-work area in the years 30th September 1973 to 30th September 1978, respectively.

The numbers registered as unemployed are counted on a selected date in each month. The following table gives the numbers unemployed in the Preston travel-to-work area in September each year from 1973 to 1978:

MalesFemales
10th September 19732,538555
9th September 19742,638613
8th September 19754,8461,567
9th September 19765,3202,374
8th September 19775,6032,908
14th September 19785,5733,435

asked the Secretary of State for Employment what is the average length of time that (a) a notified general vacancy and (b) a notified skilled tradesman (engineering) vacancy exists at the Preston jobcentre before such vacancy is filled, for the period 1st January 1978 to 30th September 1978.

I am informed by the Manpower Services Commission, which is responsible for the operation of job centres, that this information could be supplied only at disproportionate cost.

asked the Secretary of State for Employment what were the numbers of general vacancies for males and females notified to his Department's (a) main Preston employment office and (b) Bamber Bridge, Preston office, at 30th September 1977, 31st December 1977, 31st March 1978, 30th June 1978 and 30th September 1978.

I am informed by the Manpower Services Commission, which is responsible for the operation of local employment offices, that notified vacancies are, with certain very limited exceptions, open to either sex. The total number of vacancies notified to the offices concerned and unfilled on the statistical dates closest to the dates specified were:

Preston jobcentreBomber Bridge (Preston) Jobcentre
7th October 197751955
6th January 1978606226*
7th April 197882745
30th June 197862635
6th October 197870471
* The January figure for Bamber Bridge was unusually high because of the opening of a large supermarket in the area at that time.