HC Deb 30 October 1956 vol 558 c1241
39. Miss Herbison

asked the Minister of Labour how many persons were registered as unemployed at the Shotts Employment Exchange at the latest available date.

Mr. Iain Macleod

At 15th October, 1956, there were 246 unemployed persons on the registers of Shotts Employment Exchange and Youth Employment Office.

Miss Herbison

Will the Minister, who has some responsibility for finding work for these people, consult the Chancellor of the Exchequer and the President of the Board of Trade in an attempt to get them to reverse their policy about the building of factories in Development Areas? Is the right hon. Gentleman aware that the Scottish Council (Development and Industry) is considering building factories for rental because of the serious position in some of these areas?

Mr. Macleod

I am willing to have any consultations which will be helpful in that area or in any other area. I think the hon. Lady knows that the factory about which she questioned me before the Recess has now been leased and will in due course employ about 800 workers and thus make a very important contribution to employment in the area.

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