§ 5. Mr. Willey
asked the Minister of Labour what was the number of unemployed in Sunderland at the latest available date; and what were the corresponding figures for 1959 and 1958.
§ Mr. Willey
We welcome the fall in unemployment over the past few months, but does the Minister realise that, if we compare the position over the last two or three years with what is happening now, we find that the employment position is very seriously deteriorating in Sunderland? Further, is he aware that we feel that we are being sadly neglected by the Government, in spite of the right hon. Gentleman's visit to Sunderland? When shall we have some signs that the Government are aware of the deteriorating situation?
§ Mr. Heath
The situation has been deteriorating overall for reasons which are well known to the hon. Gentleman, namely, the particular difficulties of the shipbuilding, ship repairing, and construction industries. The sign of the Government's interest surely is that the area is a development district, and, at the moment, from the various sources available, there are 639 jobs in the pipeline.
§ Mr. Willey
Will the Minister have a word with the Minister of Transport so that we may have a vigorous, active and positive approach to shipbuilding before matters become much worse?