§ Mr. Prior
Will my right hon. Friend draw these figures to the attention of the Civil Lord of the Admiralty and, in view of the Navy Estimates, try to obtain more employment for shipbuilding 350 at Lowestoft? Will he also draw the figures to the attention of the President of the Board of Trade and point out to him that percentages are not the only criteria to go on when deciding on B.O.T.A.C. areas? Will he also take into consideration depopulation, which is causing some trouble for the whole of the East Suffolk region?
§ Mr. Heath
Fortunately, my hon. Friend the Civil Lord is present on the Treasury Bench and has heard what my hon. Friend has said. There has been a decline in the number of workers employed in this industry, but the figures of unemployment are not so high, because many of the men have obtained employment in other industries in other areas.