14. Mr. Slater
asked the President of the Board of Trade if he is aware of the increase in unemployment in the Northern Region; and what steps are being taken by his Department, in accordance with the Distribution of Industry Act, to offset this increase.
§ Mr. J. Rodgers
My right hon. Friend is watching figures for employment in all regions and he will add to the list of places for which financial assistance is available, should the returns make this necessary. In the Northern Region, though there has been some increase in unemployment, there are no places, apart from Scarborough and Whitby where unemployment is so high and persistent as to justify including them on the list.