HC Deb 13 February 1967 vol 741 cc12-3W
Mr. Randall

asked the Minister of Labour what reply he has received from industrialists to his request for notification of the forward requirements for labour in the North East.

Mr. Gunter

I am always glad to receive employers' estimates of their forward requirements for labour but I am not aware of any special approach of the kind to which my hon. Friend refers.

Mr. Randall

asked the Minister of Labour what effect he estimates the shortages in some skilled engineering trades in parts of Tyneside and Tees-side will have on the development of the newer and precision trades in the North-East, in view of the fact that the area looks towards these new industries as possible growth points.

Mr. Fernyhough

There are acute shortages of instrument makers and precision fitters with certain specialised skills. Although I appreciate that these may cause difficulties to some firms, the shortages are less pronounced in the North-East than in most other parts of the country. Moreover, there are many possibilities of industrial growth which are not affected by them.

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