HC Deb 28 January 1971 vol 810 cc165-6W
Mr. William Hamilton

asked the Secretary of State for Employment how many redundancies there have been in Glenrothes and at each of the other new towns in Scotland in the last six months; and if he will institute an inquiry into the reasons for this increase in unemployment.

Mr. Dudley Smith

Comprehensive figures are not available as all redundancies are not notified to my Department. However, redundancies involving the following number of workpeople were notified as due to take place at Glenrothes and the other new towns in Scotland during the period 5th July, 1970, to 5th January, 1971:

Glenrothes 564
East Kilbride 93
Cumbernauld 124
Irvine 42
Livingston 88
Total 911

As the total numbers of persons registered as wholly unemployed in the areas in which the new towns are situated increased at much the same rate as in Scotland as a whole between July and December, 1970, I do not consider that a special inquiry is necessary.

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