HC Deb 19 June 1950 vol 476 cc80-1W
140. Mrs. Mann

asked the President of the Board of Trade if he is aware of growing unemployment in the heavy industries in Coatbridge; what are the reasons for this; and what prospects he anticipates for employment in this area in the future.

Mr. Rhodes

I am aware that unemployment among men increased in Coatbridge between April and May, due, I understand, to temporary short-time working in some branches of the iron and steel industry. The employment prospects of the area depend very largely on the future level of activity in the iron and steel, heavy engineering and coalmining industries, but work for a substantial proportion of those at present unemployed should be found in the two factories on the Greenhill Estate and in those on the Newhouse Estate.

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