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.
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?