§ Mr. Marsh
As Houghton-le-Spring is within daily travelling distance of both the Felling and the Tursdale Government Training Centres, my right hon. Friend 945 does not propose to establish a Government training centre in the constituency. During the last 6 months 20 persons from the constituency have attended courses at the Felling and Tursdale Government Training Centres.
§ Mr. Urwin
I thank my hon. Friend for that reply. Will he bear in mind that there is continuing heavy unemployment in my constituency and the surrounding areas and that facilities for 20 people from my constituency are by no means adequate in comparison with the number who need training? Is he aware that this problem affects the whole northern region? Does he appreciate that I am fully aware that the facilities left behind by his predecessor were also inadequate?
§ Mr. Marsh
I think that my hon. Friend has misunderstood the point of my reply. I did not say that there were facilities for only 20 people in his constituency but that only 20 persons from his constituency were taking advantage of the facilities that exist. If there were necessity for further expansion we would consider it.
§ 29. Mr. Urwin
asked the Minister of Labour how many men, women, boys and girls were registered as unemployed within the constituency of Houghton-le-Spring at the time of the latest count; what is the gross percentage figure; and what is the comparison with the returns of 1961, 1962, 1963 and 1964.
|Employment Exchanges and Associated Youth Employment Offices where appropriate|
|Men||Boys||Women||Girls||Total||Group per cent. rate*||Men||Boys||Women||Girls||Total||Per cent. rate|
§ Mr. Marsh
I am afraid that it is not possible to give a valid percentage rate because our statistical calculations apply to a very much larger area than my hon. Friend's constituency. However, the Government training centres cannot merely serve areas of unemployment as such. The intention is that they should serve much wider areas and these facilities exist where my hon. Friend's constituents require them.
§ Mr. Godber
Will the Joint Parliamentary Secretary advise his hon. Friend the Member for Houghton-le-Spring (Mr. Urwin) to vote against the Budget tonight, because it does nothing whatever to help areas like his?
|Men||Boys||Women||Girls||Total||Men||Boys||Women||Girls||Total||Group per cent. rate‡|
|* The percentage rate relates to the travel-to-work area which comprises the areas of the Chester-le-Street, Birtley and Houghton-le-Spring Employment Exchanges.|
|† Figures for March, 1964, and March, 1965, are not strictly comparable with those for 1963, 1962 and 1961 since figures for boys and girls are not available for 1963 and earlier years.|
|‡ The percentage rate relates to the travel-to-work area which comprises the areas of the Sunderland, Pallion, Southwick and Washington Employment Exchanges.|