§ 32. Mr. P. Williams
asked the Minister of Labour what are the latest figures of unemployed in the North-East; and what is his forecast of the position in three, six, nine and 12 months' time.
§ Mr. Whitelaw
On 13th May the number of unemployed was 58,013, representing a rate of 5 per cent. My right hon. Friend cannot make precise forecasts, but he would expect the recent improvement to continue with the general revival of economic activity and as a result of the special measures already taken to assist the area.