§ Mr. Monro
asked the Minister of Labour what figure of unemployment he estimates there will be in south-west Scotland after allowing for reabsorption, redeployment and measures for regional 348W distribution, when the Government achieves the target of 14 per cent. to 2 per cent. unemployment nationally.
§ Mr. Gunter
An estimate of unemployment for this area cannot be given, but one of the main aims of the Government's policies is to reduce the difference between the rates of unemployment and the national average in areas where the rate has been persistently above average.