§ Mr. William Hamilton
asked the Secretary of State for Employment how many new jobs have been created in Scotland in the last six months; how many have been lost; and what estimate has been made of the net change in the number of jobs up to the end of 1972.
§ Mr. Dudley Smith
My Department, as was the case under the Labour Administration, has no way of providing a complete record of jobs created and jobs lost. Employment prospects are dependent on prospects for output, and the hon. Member would not expect me to anticipate my right hon. Friend's Budget statement.