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Birkenhead And Merseyside

Volume 13: debated on Friday 27 November 1981

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asked the Secretary of State for Employment if he will list the number of firms and the number of employees involved in firms which have closed since May 1979 in (a) the Birkenhead travel-to-work area, (b) Merseyside and (c) the United Kingdom.

There are no comprehensive statistics of closures. The available information on closures, involving redundancies of ten or more employees, reported to the Manpower Services Commission as due to occur is given in the following table.Since the information is often provided in confidence, the identity of the firms may not be disclosed.

Closures reported as due to occur: May 1979 to October 1981*

Number of establishments

Number of employees involved

Birkenhead travel-to-work area341,284
Merseyside Special Development Area22315,434

* Including provisional figures for September and October 1981.

Includes St. Helens up to July 1980.

Corresponding information for the United Kingdom is not available.

asked the Secretary of State for Employment if he will list the unemployment figures by age group in May-June 1979 and at the latest available date in the Birkenhead travel-to-work area.

The numbers unemployed are analysed by age in January, April, July and October. The following is the information at April 1979 and October 1981.

AgeApril 1979October 1981
Under 18 years1,1732,588
18 years7491,915
19 years8441,718
20 to24 years3,1086,123
25 to 29 years2,1673,801
30 to 34 years1,5132,841
35 to 44 years2,0233,771
45 to 49 years9181,635
50 to 54 years9061,672
55 to 59 years9942,151
60 years and over1,2952,387
The October figures for the younger age groups include some of this year's summer school leavers, whereas the April 1979 figures do not even include the Easter school leavers in that year.

asked the Secretary of State for Employment if he will list the total number of registered vacancies in (a) the Birkenhead travel-to-work area, (b) Merseyside and (c) the United Kingdom in May-June 1979 and at the latest available date.

The following table gives the number of notified vacancies remaining unfilled at employment offices and at careers offices in the areas specified at May 1979 and November 1981. The figures are not seasonally adjusted. Vacancies notified to employment offices are estimated to be about one-third of all vacancies in the country as a whole. Because of possible duplication the figures for employment offices and careers offices should not be added together. The number of vacancies unfilled at a particular date takes no account of the flow of vacancies being notified, filled or withdrawn during the preceding month, which would reflect activity more closely. For example, during the 12-month period to September 1,337,622 people were placed in jobs by employment offices and 121,344 by careers offices in the United Kingdom. It is estimated that the public employment service accounts for about one in four of all placings.

Notified vacancies remaining unfilled

May 1979

November 1981 (provisional)

At employment offices

At careers offices

At employment offices

At careers offices

Birkenhead travel-to-work area1,048225587
Merseyside Special Development Area3,8471272,32817
United Kingdom267,91641,265100,9294,472

asked the Secretary of State for Employment if he will list by trade and occupation the registered vacancies in (a) the Birkenhead travel-to-work area, (b) Merseyside and (c) the United Kingdom.

The following table gives an analysis by broad occupational groups of the numbers of notified vacancies remaining unfilled at employment offices in the areas specified at 4 September, the latest date for which the information is available.Vacancies notified to employment offices are estimated to be about one-third of all vacancies in the economy as a whole. The number of vacancies unfilled at a particular date takes no account of the flow of vacancies being notified, filled or withdrawn during the preceding month, which would reflect activity more closely. For example, during the 12-month period to September 1,337,622 people were placed in jobs by employment offices in the United Kingdom. It is estimated that the public employment services accounts for about one in four of all placings.

Birken-head travel-to-work areaMersey-side Special Development AreaUnited Kingdom
Managerial (general management)274
Professional and related supporting management and administration341,693
Professional and related in education, welfare and health191325,950
Literary, artistic and sports211703
Professional and related in science, engineering, technology and similar fields4332,928
Managerial (excluding general management)12723,539
Clerical and related9454717,480
Selling6531516,495
Security and protective service2671,410
Catering, cleaning, hairdressing and other personal service13334524,031
Farming, fishing and related4231,223
Materials processing (excluding metal)3151,367
Making and repairing (excluding metal and electrical)21816,711
Processing, making, repairing and related (metal and electrical)281117,491
Painting, repetitive assembling, product inspecting, packaging and related8303,008
Construction, mining and related not elsewhere classified9952,738
Transport operating, materials moving and storing related9484,117
Miscellaneous (including general labourers)13503,986
TOTAL4262,011104,944