HC Deb 06 December 1961 vol 650 cc1378-9
28. Mr. Slater

asked the Minister of Labour how many are unemployed in the Sedgefield constituency; and how such figures compare with the 1960 figures.

Mr. Green

As the reply contains figures for five of my local offices, I will, with permission, circulate a statement in the OFFICIAL REPORT.

Mr. Slater

Can the hon. Gentleman say whether the unemployment figures have gone up since 1960, as sought in the question, in view of the fact that in just one factory 300 people have received notices terminating their employment and this is going to happen in other parts of the area?

Mr. Green

I think the basic figures for which the hon. Gentleman is asking are that there has been a rise compared with a year ago, in November of this year, of 1,618 in the numbers registered as unemployed. Of that number, 684 were temporarily stopped.

Mr. Short

In view of the unsatisfactory replies that have been given to all the questions about the North-East, I give notice that I shall seek to raise the matter on the Adjournment.

Mr. Speaker

The hon. Member must tie that notice to one specific question to avoid getting into difficulties about the rules of order.

Mr. Short

In view of the unsatisfactory reply given to Question No. 28, I beg to give notice that I shall seek to raise the matter on the Adjournment.

Following is the information:

The Sedgefield constituency is part of the area served by Billingham, Darlington, Stockton and Thornaby, Spennymoor and West Hartlepool Employment Exchanges and Youth Employment Offices. The numbers of unemployed persons on the registers of these Employment Exchanges on 13th November, 1961 and 14th November, 1960 were as follows:—

Employment Exchange 13th November, 1961 14th November, 1960
Billingham (formerly Haverton Hill) 200 141
Darlington 1,294 627
Stockton and Thornaby 1,197 1,047
Spennymoor 498 459
West Hartlepool 1,815 1,112
5,004 3,386

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