HC Deb 04 March 1963 vol 673 c29
58. Mr. Wiley

asked the Parliamentary Secretary for Science, as representing the Lord President of the Council, when the 4,000 jobs in prospect for Sunderland will be available; and at what factories they will be.

The Parliamentary Secretary for Science (Mr. Denzil Freeth)

I take it that the hon. Gentleman is referring to the 4,000 industrial jobs in Sunderland to which I referred in answer to his Question last Monday. These will be provided, amongst others, by Hepworth and Grandage Ltd., David Brown Industries Ltd., Ericsson Telephones Ltd., and Perdio Ltd. The dates at which each will be available will depend on the plans of the individual firms. I understand that over 1,000 are expected to accrue during 1963, and at least 2,000 within the next two years. All are expected to accrue in the next four years.

Mr. Willey

It is a help to give more specific information but is the hon. Gentleman aware that the information he has now given us shows that the steps being taken so far are quite inadequate to meet the situation in Sunderland?

Mr. Denzil Freeth

As for the first part of the supplementary question, naturally I do my best to give all the information at my command. As to the second part, further Government decisions will be announced in due course.

Mr. P. Williams

In view of the major problem in Sunderland of finding jobs for men, how many of these jobs are for men and how many for women?

Mr. Denzil Freeth

For men, 2,600; 1,400 for women.