HC Deb 02 July 1964 vol 697 c275W
76. Mr. Randall

asked the Secretary of State for Industry, Trade and Regional Development how many of the 2,000 jobs in prospect in the next four years in the Gateshead employment area have so far materialised; and how many are anticipated in 1964.

Mr. D. Price

The best estimate I can make is that between the 20th February, when I gave the figure of 2,000 jobs in prospect to the House, and the middle of May, at least 280 jobs materialised from projects covered by that forecast. Between mid-February and mid-May unemployment in the Gateshead and Felling area fell by 531. As I have already explained to the hon. Member, it is not possible to estimate how many jobs will materialise during 1964.