HC Deb 31 October 1966 vol 735 cc37-8W
Mr. Gwilym Roberts

asked the Prime Minister if, in view of the fact that 3.5 per cent. of Bedfordshire workers are listed as unemployed, he will initiate steps to stimulate industrial growth and activity in that county.

Mr. Jay

I have been asked to reply.

The rate of unemployment in Bedfordshire increased in October because a number of workers were temporarily stopped on the day the count was taken. The rate of wholly unemployed was 1.1 per cent., and I do not consider any steps of the kind suggested are necessary.