HC Deb 27 January 1959 vol 598 cc84-5W
Mr. Hector Hughes

asked the Secretary of State for Scotland if he is aware that for the first time since before the war the unemployed in Aberdeen exceed 5,000, which represents 5½per cent. of the working population; and, in view of this rise in unemployment there, what are his immediate plans to bring to the city new industries, to expand existing industries, and to stop the diminution in existing industries there.

Sir D. Eccles

I have been asked to reply.

I much regret the recent increase in unemployment in Aberdeen which I understand is attributable to severe weather and other seasonal causes.

My hon. Friend the Parliamentary Secretary to the Board of Trade earlier this month publicised widely the assistance available to firms which will set up or expand in areas of high unemployment, and the Board's Regional Controllers will continue to bring to the notice of suitable firms the advantages which are available in Aberdeen.

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