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Volume 981: debated on Thursday 27 March 1980

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asked the Secretary of State for Employment what action his Department has taken with regard to the proposed study of local unemployment rates in Manchester, further to the Under-Secretary of State's meeting with representatives of the Manchester city council on 21 February; and if he will make a statement.

My officials are considering the proposals that were put to me at this meeting, and I shall be writing to the Manchester city council shortly.