§ Mr. J. Rodgers
The satisfactory level of activity in Newcastle-upon-Tyne has not called for special measures by the Board of Trade this year, but one small undertaking has moved to the City during this time.
§ Mr. Short
Again, the Minister's reply is nonsense. Is he aware that long ago the industrial pattern in Newcastle reached the maximum point of absorption of the men who have been paid off in the engineering industry? When will the Government do something about this matter? Is the hon. Gentleman aware that men who have been paid off in the engineering shops on Tyneside are being offered work in Liverpool at the moment? When will he do something about the position?
§ Mr. Rodgers
The rate of unemployment in Tyne, North-West, which includes Newcastle-upon-Tyne, was 2.2 per cent. in October, which compares with 2.3 per cent. for the average for Great Britain.