HC Deb 25 November 1959 vol 614 c341
5. Mr. I. Davies

asked the Minister of Labour if he will give the percentage figures of unemployed for the Gower rural, Pontardawe rural and Llwchwr urban districts, respectively.

Mr. Heath

Figures are not available for local government districts, but I am sending the hon. Member such information as we have.

Mr. Davies

Whilst thanking the Minister for that reply, may I ask him whether he appreciates that the percentage of pockets of unemployment in some of these districts is considerably higher than the national average? May I impress upon the right hon. Gentleman that he should try to encourage the Minister of State responsible for the Development Areas to induce new industries to go into these areas in order to secure these communities?

Mr. Heath

We will do our best.