Unemployed Persons

Part of Oral Answers to Questions — Employment – in the House of Commons at 12:00 am on 23rd January 1979.

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Photo of Mr Albert Booth Mr Albert Booth , Barrow-in-Furness 12:00 am, 23rd January 1979

The figures that I have quoted represent a drop of 81,000 on the seasonally adjusted figures of last January and 94,000 on the crude total figure. They should be seen in that perspective. The numbers of unemployed school leavers—there is a slightly different pattern in Scotland due to the different school leaving age—have been declining rapidly, due to the success of the youth opportunities programme, of which my hon. Friend the Under-Secretary of State has just spoken. I could not agree more with my hon. Friend about the desirability of operating joint policies with the TUC and this is a matter of continuing discussion.