HC Deb 23 November 1960 vol 630 cc1127-8
38. Mr. Woodburn

asked the Minister of Labour what are the prospects of providing employment for the increased number of school leavers in Stirlingshire in the next four years; and what proportion is likely to remain unemployed.

Mr. P. Thomas

The employment prospects for school leavers depend largely on the general employment situation, which has improved in Stirlingshire in the past year. I do not at present foresee that the county's additional school leavers in the next four years should have much difficulty in finding work.

Mr. Woodburn

Would the Parliamentary Secretary call the attention of his right hon. Friend the President of the Board of Trade to a part of Stirlingshire in the Slamannan Plateau which has not so far received any help in providing employment?

Mr. Thomas

Yes, I shall certainly convey that matter to my right hon. Friend but, as the right hon. Gentleman knows, his Question related to Stirlingshire as a whole. The unemployment figure in Stirlingshire is 2.3 per cent. of the insured population, which is certainly below the Scottish average. There are parts of Scotland that require attention before many parts of Stirlingshire.