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Oral Answers to Questions — Employment – in the House of Commons at 12:00 am on 11th June 1991.

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Photo of Miss Joan Lestor Miss Joan Lestor , Eccles 12:00 am, 11th June 1991

To ask the Secretary of State for Employment if he will give the unemployment figures for Eccles for (a) April 1990 and (b) April 1991.

Mr. Jackson:

On the unadjusted basis, there were 3,609 unemployed claimants in the Eccles parliamentary constituency in April 1991, compared with 2,919 in April 1990.

Photo of Miss Joan Lestor Miss Joan Lestor , Eccles

May I remind the Minister that every time the Government change the method by which they calculate unemployment and knock hundreds of people off the register, it does not alter the reality that the people who have been knocked off the register are still unemployed? Furthermore, will he recognise that we do not have a minimum wage in Eccles, in the travel-to-work area of Salford or in the north-west, but we have a growing number of unemployed people, particularly among those under 25? Does he think that that is more likely to be explained by a lack of investment and a lack of training than by anything else?

Mr. Jackson:

As the hon. Lady referred to the minimum wage, she must say whether it would help to improve employment prospects in Eccles.