HC Deb 11 June 1964 vol 696 cc607-8
5. Mr. Boyden

asked the Minister of Power what was the total decrease in employment in collieries within eight miles of Bishop Auckland between 1st January, 1960, and 31st December, 1963.

Mr. Peyton

I am asking the Chairman of the National Coal Board to write to the hon. Member about this.

Mr. Boyden

Would not the Parliamentary Secretary agree that when the figures come, they will show that nothing like enough male jobs have been provided in the area to cope with this redundancy and the increase in the young population, and also with the decline in other industries? Can the hon. Gentleman give an assurance that in future when other collieries are to be closed in this area there will be a reasonable certainty that other factories will come to the area before the collieries are closed?

Mr. Peyton

The question of other jobs in these areas is one for other Departments than mine.

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