HC Deb 28 November 1963 vol 685 cc100-1W
51. Mr. Ross

asked the Secretary of State for Industry, Trade and Regional Development what were the amounts spent and number of jobs provided in Scotland under the Local Employment Act in each of the years 1960–61, 1961–62, and 1962–63; what is the estimate for 1963–64; and if he will state in respect of money and jobs in each. of. those years what percentage they bear to the respective totals for the United Kingdom.

Mr. Heath

In 1960–61 the amount spent in Scotland was £3.4 million, 29 per cent, of the total spent in Great Britain. In the following year it was £18.4 million, or 56 per cent. In 1962–63, it was £14.4 million, or 60 per cent. If expenditure for the remainder of 1963–64 is at the current rate it will amount to £7 million, or 52 per cent. I cannot give the number of jobs actually provided year by year which would in any case have resulted from expenditure in an earlier period. I hope to have available, within the next few weeks, figures of the total number of jobs provided up to March 1963.

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