HC Deb 09 November 1961 vol 648 cc87-8W
Mr. Mason

asked the President of the Board of Trade whether he will take steps to make special assistance available to those areas affected by colliery closures, in order to ensure continuation of employment.

Mr. Erroll

I am prepared to include as a devlopment district under the Local Employment Act any area in which I am satisfied that as a result of colliery closures high and persistent unemployment exists or is to be expected.