HC Deb 13 November 1958 vol 595 c57W
10. Mr. Hale

asked the President of the Board of Trade whether, in view of the fact that the County Borough of Oldham, and the area immediately surrounding it, now has one of the highest figures of unemployment in England, he will make a visit to the town to discuss with the civic, trade union, and commercial leaders the question of joint and cooperative efforts to deal with the situation.

Sir D. Eccles

The rate for wholly unemployed in Oldham is less than the national average though there are a large number of temporarily stopped. I am watching the situation and if it appears to me likely that a meeting of the kind suggested would help either I or the Parliamentary Secretary will convene such a meeting.