§ Mr. Will Owen
asked the Secretary of State for Employment and Productivity how many miners are unemployed in the Ashington district of Northumberland; and what steps her Department are taking to find new employment for them in the area.
§ Mr. Fernyhough
At 8th April there were 351 men and 2 boys registered as unemployed at Ashington who were last employed in coalmining. My local officers are doing all they can to help them to find other work and offer training facilities where appropriate.20W
As my hon. Friend knows, Ashington is one of the special development areas in which additional incentives have been made available to encourage new industry.