§ 22. Mr. Pardoe
asked the First Secretary of State and Secretary of State for Economic Affairs what advice he has received from the South West Regional Planning Council about unemployment in Cornwall.
§ Mr. Pardoe
Is the Minister's reply that he has had no response or advice from the planning council, an indication that he has as little confidence in the Bristol bureaucrats as we in Cornwall have? Will he continue to ensure that he gets no advice from this council, since it does not represent us in Cornwall and consists of the wrong men, chosen in the wrong way, making the wrong decisions in the wrong place about the wrong area?
In view of the Minister of Labour's welcome announcement yesterday of the setting-up of four new training centres and the fact that the siting of one of them has not yet been decided, will my hon. Friend consult the regional planning council as to the advisability of siting the fourth centre in Cornwall?
§ Mr. Bessell
Does the hon. Gentleman recall that the Economic Planning Council for the South-West has not yet submitted any report and the only recommendation it has made has been rejected by the Government? Will he therefore consider dismissing its present members?
Mr. Geoffrey Wilson
Does the hon. Gentleman appreciate that the unemployment rate in Cornwall is the highest we have had since the war? Are four new training centres enough? Something much more vital should be done.