§ 26. Sir John Tilney
asked the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry where the 60 new jobs which have gone to the North-Western Region as a result of Common Market investment are situated : and whether any have gone to Merseyside.
§ Mr. Anthony Grant
These jobs will be created by a few small projects in different parts of the region but not in Merseyside.
§ Sir John Tilney
Will my hon. Friend bear in mind that unemployment on Merseyside is higher than in many special development areas? What action is he taking to stimulate employment on Merseyside?
§ Mr. Grant
Merseyside, nevertheless, has the full advantages of a development area. As my right hon. Friend the Minister for Industrial Development has explained, an operation called "Marketing Merseyside" has been set up, in conjunction 908 with local authorities, employers and trade unions, to improve the image of Merseyside. Although I recognise the difficulties of Merseyside, the plain fact is that the number of vacancies registered has increased and unemployment has dropped.
§ Mr. Heffer
Is not the hon. Gentleman aware that we still have over 40,000 workers unemployed on Merseyside? Is he aware that the rate of unemployment there is higher than in any special development area? Surely the time has come when Merseyside should become a special development area. Will the hon. Gentleman raise the matter again with his right hon. Friends in the Government so that more positive action is taken to help the people of Merseyside?