HC Deb 20 January 1959 vol 598 c20W
Dame Irene Ward

asked the Minister of Labour whether he now has anything further to report on the unemployment position on Tyneside; what are the present prospects in ship-repairing and shipbuilding; and to what extent there are prospects of additional industries being established in the area.

Mr. Iain Macleod

Yes. The number of workers registered as unemployed at employment exchanges in the Tyneside area declined slightly in December. The number of shipbuilding and ship-repairing workers included in the total also declined, but this does not indicate a permanent improvement in the industry. Factory building schemes approved or in prospect should provide up to 5,600 additional jobs.