HC Deb 16 July 1970 vol 803 c1699
4. Mr. Peter Mills

asked the Secretary of State for Employment and Productivity what is the present level of unemployment in the Okehampton area of Devon.

Mr. Dudley Smith

On 8th June, 159 people were registered as unemployed in the area covered by the Okehampton Employment Exchange and the percentage rate of unemployment was 4.2.

Mr. Mills

Does my hon. Friend realise the impossible position many small towns are in when they are just outside a development area? The have suffered considerably under a Socialist Government. Let us hope that under my hon. Friend's direction they will not suffer under a Conservative Government.

Mr. Smith

I know my hon. Friend's genuine concern for his constituents of that area. There has been a great deal of dispute over the past month whether the area should be included in the development area or should become an intermediate area. That is a question for my right hon. Friend the Minister of Technology, and I hope that my hon. Friend will address a question to him about it.

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