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Employment Forecast

Volume 974: debated on Monday 26 November 1979

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asked the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will circulate in the Official Report a table breaking down the forecast of an increase of 300,000 in the numbers of unemployed (a) between manufacturing and non-manufacturing and (b) by region.

[pursuant to his reply, 23 November 1979]: The figure quoted by the hon. Member is not a forecast but derived from the broad working assumption used for the calculation of the social security programme about which I informed the House on 1 November.—[Vol. 972, c. 1453.] The details asked for are not available as they are not needed for the purpose of the calculations.