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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 Mr Frank Haynes Mr Frank Haynes , Ashfield 12:00 am, 11th June 1991

To ask the Secretary of State for Employment if he will list the unemployment figures for 1979–80 and 1989–90.

Photo of Michael Howard Michael Howard Secretary of State for Employment

On the consistent seasonally adjusted basis, United Kingdom unemployment averaged 1,072,500 in the financial year 1979–80 compared with 1,702,200 in 1989–90.

Photo of Mr Frank Haynes Mr Frank Haynes , Ashfield

Does not the Secretary of State feel ashamed of himself? Is he aware that a Secretary of State not far from him is on his way, according to the newspapers? The whole House will agree that it is time he went.

Photo of Michael Howard Michael Howard Secretary of State for Employment

I hope that the hon. Gentleman, who has long experience of these matters and who has a particular contribution to make, will at least have a word with his right hon. and hon. Friends on the Front Bench and tell them how damaging their proposals for a minimum wage would be. The hon. Gentleman knows that Barbara Castle pointed out in 1969 how devastating such proposals would be. Why cannot he have a word with his hon. Friends and get them to see sense?