HC Deb 26 July 1960 vol 627 c1281
25. Commander Kerans

asked the President of the Board of Trade what are the prospects for increased employment in The Hartlepools between now and 1962.

Mr. Maudling

In the area covered 133 the West Hartlepool-Hartlepool development district, there are ten al proved new buildings and extensions under construction or to be started. The firms concerned estimate that a total of 2,500 additional jobs will result from these schemes, of which approximately 2,000 should accrue by the end of 1962.

Commander Kerans

While thanking my right hon. Friend for that reply, may I ask whether he is aware that we still have 42 per cent. unemployed in that area and that we have a considerable acreage available for industrial development? Will he bear those facts in mind?

Mr. Maudling

The latest number of unemployed in the district was 1,340, so that 2,000 additional jobs by the end of 1962 should be a considerable help.