HC Deb 26 June 1962 vol 661 cc940-1
27. Mr. Willey

asked the President of the Board of Trade whether he will include Sunderland in the list of development districts eligible for assistance under the Local Employment Act.

Mr. N. Macpherson

No, Sir. The employment prospects in Sunderland are such that my right hon. Friend would not be justified in accepting further applications for financial assistance.

Mr. Wiley

Is the Minister aware that for five years we have had more than 5 per cent. unemployed, and that we still have that percentage? Is he further aware that no one in Sunderland can understand wily we have been divorced entirely from Government aid?

Mr. Macpherson

A large number of firms are constructing there and taking on workers. There are more jobs in prospect there than there are unemployed.

Mr. Willey

We shall have to wait until 1965 before we get this new employment, most of which will have been provided by the local authority. We are still awaiting aid from the Government. The prospects for our major industry of shipbuilding are such that we must expect more unemployment in the next few years.

Mr. Macpherson

What the hon. Member says is quite untrue. These firms have received considerable aid from the Government.

Mr. P. Williams

Is my hon. Friend aware that most of the people of Sunderland understand that the Government have done a lot for the town?

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