HC Deb 16 December 1952 vol 509 cc150-1W
59. Mr. J. T. Price

asked the President of the Board of Trade if he is aware that unemployment at Hindley and Aspull, Lancashire has recently reached 11 per cent. and 16 per cent., respectively of the insured population; and what action he is prepared to take under the Distribution of Industry Act to bring greater industrial security to these areas.

Mr. H. Strauss

The numbers of unemployed in Hindley and Aspull increased earlier this year, but have recently fallen and are not as high as the figures mentioned by the hon. Member. Action under the Distribution of Industry Acts has already resulted in new industrial development in the Wigan district, of which these towns form part. We hope that more jobs will be provided by further developments in this area.