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Labour Statistics

Volume 81: debated on Thursday 20 June 1985

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asked the Secretary of State for Employment how many people were employed in the electronics industry in England in 1979 and the latest date for which figures are available.

The table gives, for Great Britain (figures for England are not available), the estimated number of employees in employment in June 1979 and April 1985 in the electronics industries specified. The figures for April 1985 are provisional.

Employees in employment—Great Britain
1980 Standard Industrial ClassificationJune 1979April 1985
Electronic data processing equipment (Activity Heading 3302)49,90070,400
Telecommunications equipment, electrical measuring equipment, electronic capital goods and passive electronic components (Group 344)208,000200,600
Other electronic equipment (Group 345)149,700132,700
Total of above407,700403,700

asked the Secretary of State for Employment what is the number of young people who have become unemployed and who have registered at unemployment offices in each travel-to-work area in Lancashire for the last 12-month period for which figures are available.

The following information is in the Library. The table shows the numbers of occasions a person under 18 became an unemployed claimant over the period May 1984 to May 1985 for each old travel-to-work area in Lancashire. Many of these new claimants will have since ceased to claim benefit. The number unemployed, under 18, in each travel-to-work area at the beginning and end of the period is also given in the table. The figures

exclude those unemployed persons whose claims are not dealt with by computer. Information for the new travel-to-work areas will be available shortly.

Number of Claims May 1984-May 1985

Total employed under 18 years of age

Old travel-to-work area

At May 1984

At May 1985


asked the Secretary of State for Employment how many people in (i) Coventry, (ii) the west midlands and (iii) nationally have been unemployed (a) between one and two years, (b) between two and three years, (c) between three and four years, (d) between four and five years, (e) between five and six years, (f) between six and seven years and (g) more than seven years.

The following information is in the Library. The figures relate to 11 April 1985, the latest date for which the available information on unemployment by duration is produced.

Unemployed Claimants

11 April 1985

Duration of unemployment

Former Coventry Travel-to-Work Area

West Midlands Region

United Kingdom

over one and up to two years6,58459,738544,074
over two and up to three years3,86938,103305,772
over three and up to four years2,89928,641204,693
over four and up to five years2,32821,364143,368
over five years1,62016,298136,254