§ 87. Mr. Leslie
asked the Minister of Labour whether he is aware of the large increase in unemployment in the Tees-side area, particularly in the shipyards and iron works; and what proposals has he to deal with the situation?
§ Mr. E. Brown
I regret the present unsatisfactory position with regard to unemployment on Tees-side and I would 1443 refer the hon. Member to the statements which have been made with regard to the policy of the Government in the matter.
§ Mr. Leslie
Is the right hon. Gentleman aware that the situation has become so serious that a conference of local authorities was held recently and an application has been made to the right hon. Gentleman to receive a deputation?
§ Mr. Shinwell
Is it not true that the policy to which the right hon. Gentleman referred is a long-term policy? What is he doing now?