§ 6. Mr. P. Williams
asked the Secretary of State for Industry, Trade and Regional Development how many new jobs for males are in prospect in the North-East and in Sunderland, respectively.
§ Mr. du Cann
There are over 18,000 jobs in prospect for males in the North-East from new building and other projects known to the Board of Trade. Of these 2,100 are in the Sunderland, Pallion and Southwick Employment exchange areas.
§ 7. Dame Irene Ward
asked the Secretary of State for Industry, Trade and Regional Development whether he will make a progress report on development and industry on the North-East coast.
§ The Secretary of State for Industry, Trade and Regional Development and President of the Board of Trade (Mr. Edward Heath)
I shall be making two visits to the North-East in the next few weeks. This will give me an opportunity to assess the progress made on the programme for the growth and development of the region and I shall report my conclusions to the House.
§ Dame Irene Ward
While being absolutely delighted to hear that my hon. Friend is coming to the North-East—which is quite unexpected so far as I am concerned—may I ask if he is aware what a great welcome he will get there from all sections of the community, in view of the fact that we all have our tails right up? Is he aware that the latest Report of the North-East Development Council, which no one can call a Tory-inspired council, contains most glowing reports of the progress that has been made? I hope that my right hon. Friend will take the opportunity to emphasise in no uncertain terms what has been done by this Government.
§ Mr. Shinwell
When the right hon. Gentleman pays his visit to Peterlee—of which I have been informed and where he will be very welcome—and also to Durham, will he make inquiries about the industrial potential of the new town of Peterlee and about the persistent unemployment of miners in Durham County as a result of pit closures?
§ Mr. P. Williams
Is my right hon. Friend aware that the Answers to this Question and the previous one show that Government policies are beginning to work after the set-back in the shipbuilding industry in the last 12 months?
§ Mr. Williams
Is my right hon. Friend aware that the task which has to be carried out is one of partnership of management, unions and Government so as to restore the fibre and determination of the North-East to overcome its own problems and not for ever to blame other people?
§ Mr. Randall
Is the Secretary of State aware that, despite his efforts and the efforts of his predecessors, despite the Local Employment Act, the pipeline and jobs in prospect, unemployment in 566 the northern region is almost 75 per cent. more than it was in 1951? That is about 20,000 extra unemployed. What sort of progress is that?
§ Mr. Heath
The expected effect of technological change particularly in chemicals, coal mining and steel was taken into account, with other factors, in estimating the future level of employment in the region. But no separate figure for less of jobs due to increasing capital intensity and automation was calculated
§ Dr. Bray
Is the Secretary of State aware that 25,000 new office jobs are needed in the North-East if the average percentage of clerical and administrative workers in the North-East is to be brought up to the level in England and Wales or, far that matter, in Scotland? Will the right hon. Gentleman consider whether further particular measures are needed on office employment in the North-East to ease the situation?