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Female Unemployment

Volume 986: debated on Monday 16 June 1980

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asked the Secretary of State for Employment what are the causes of unemployment amongst women ; and what measures and policies his Department is using specifically to remedy female unemployment.

[pursuant to his reply, 13 June 1980, c. 249]: The main causes of unemployment are much the same for both men and women. The much faster rise in registered female unemployment compared with males needs to be seen against the background of the very large increase in the numbers of women entering employment receive wages to cover the statutory period of notice.A team from the local jobcentre visited the Liverpool works and discussed with the workers the facilities which the Manpower Services Commission could offer. The only financial assistance which my Department can offer to help avert redundancies is through the temporary short time working compensation scheme. The company was advised of the scheme but felt that in all the circumstances it would not be of help to it.