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Unemployment (Forecasts)

Volume 163: debated on Monday 4 December 1989

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To ask the Secretary of State for Employment if he will now make it his policy to issue forecasts of unemployment; and if he will make a statement.

No. Macro-economic forecasts are the responsibility of the Chancellor of the Exchequer. However, it has not been the practice of this or previous Governments to publish forecasts of unemployment.