§ 17. Mr. Hector Hughes
asked the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he is aware that unemployment in Scotland has risen during the past few weeks with consequent urgency in the need to attract new industries; and what special financial facilities he therefore plans to rectify these industrial and employment disabilities.
§ Mr. Barber
The hon. and learned Member will be pleased to know that he is in error. Unemployment in Scotland has been falling, not rising. Moreover, it is clear from the industrial development certificates recently granted that a large number of new jobs will become148W available. I am aware that still further improvement is needed. But I am confident that the best way to achieve this is by vigorous implementation of the Local Employment Act, and we do not contemplate any further special financial facilities to attract new industry to Scotland.