HC Deb 15 June 1966 vol 729 cc277-8W
55. Mr. G. Campbell

asked the Secretary of State for Scotland why it was estimated in the White Paper on the Scottish economy that there would be 130,000 new jobs in Scotland in the six years 1965–70, since 157,000 new jobs were created in Scotland in the previous four years.

Mr. Ross

The figure of 157,000 quoted by the hon. Gentleman relates not to new jobs but to aggregate increases in employment in all these industries and services which, in the middle of 1964, had higher employment than in mid-1960. These gains were however partly offset by losses of 127,000. The net increase in employment between 1960 and 1%4 was therefore only 30,000. The Scottish Plan contemplates that this figure will be doubled over the next five years.