HC Deb 09 July 1958 vol 591 cc380-1
25. Mr. Hayman

asked the Minister of Labour the numbers of persons unemployed at the Redruth and Camborne Employment Exchanges at the latest convenient date; and the percentages.

Mr. Iain Macleod

The numbers were 372 at Redruth and 270 at Camborne at 16th June. The percentage unemployed for Redruth and Camborne combined was 4.2.

Mr. Hayman

Will the Minister take into account the fact that this is about two and a half times the average for the South-West? Will he consult the President of the Board of Trade to ascertain whether something can be done to divert new industries to my constituency and Cornwall generally, because we are frightened when we see so many new factories going up between Reading and London?

Mr. Macleod

This is a long-standing problem made more difficult by the remoteness of the area. The area is one of those that we had in mind in connection with the recent Distribution of Industry (Industrial Finance) Bill. I am in touch with my colleagues, particularly the President of the Board of Trade, about the matter.

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