asked the Secretary of State for Employment if he will make it his practice to publish statistics of persons not in full-time work, including those on temporary employment schemes giving a regional breakdown, and in each case giving the figures for young people as a percentage of the total.
Estimates of the numbers of people covered by each of the special employment and training measures are published monthly in a Department of Employment press notice issued with the unemployment press notice. Information by region and on the numbers of young people covered is also available.In addition, my Department publishes a wide range of regular statistics on the labour market in the labour market data section of the
Employment Gazette. These include estimates of the numbers of females working part-time—that is, working for not more than 30 hours a week—and of the numbers of operatives in manufacturing industries on short time. Generally, regional estimates are available, but separate information relating to young people is not available. I have no plans for any substantial increase in the amount of data collected and published.