§ Mr. D. Price
Eighty-five industrial development certificates were issued, with a total area of 2.5 million square feet, and an estimated employment of 6,300.
§ Mr. Price
I recognise that the figures of unemployment in the North-East are high. However, over the year in question, the total working population of the North-East represented one-twentieth of the working population of the country as a whole and the new jobs arising from the issue of industrial development certificates in the North-East represented one-tenth of the new jobs created through these certificates in the country as a whole. If the hon. Gentleman follows that up with arithmetic, he will see that the North-East got twice as many jobs proportionately as did the remainder of the country.