HC Deb 02 May 1972 vol 836 cc177-8
4. Mr. O'Halloran

asked the Secretary of State for Employment how many new jobs he estimates will be provided for school leavers in the Greater London area over the next four years.

The Minister of State, Department of Employment (Mr. Robin Chichester-Clark)

Such estimates are not made.

Mr. O'Halloran

Is the hon. Gentleman aware of the serious lack of opportunities in Greater London due to industry moving out and nothing taking its place? Would he treat this urgently by providing some new jobs in the coming years?

Mr. Chichester-Clark

The matter should be treated urgently, but there are more than two vacancies for every unemployed young person in Greater London and the number of vacancies has been rising.

Mr. Molloy

Would the hon. Gentleman be prepared to consider arranging a meeting between industrialists and trade unions in the Greater London area to make an assessment of the problem with his Department, because it is getting very serious?

Mr. Chichester-Clark

I should like to consider whether such a meeting would serve any useful purpose.