§ Mr. Lomas
asked the Secretary of State for Employment why between April, 1970 and April, 1971 the total number of registered unemployed in Huddersfield has risen by 100 per cent. and the total number of those temporarily stopped has risen by 1,000 per cent.; and what action he proposes to alleviate the situation.
§ Mr. Dudley Smith
A main reason for the increase in unemployment in Huddersfield over the past year is redundancies and short-time working in the wool textile industry. All the facilities of my Department's employment services are available to those seeking fresh employment and my Department's Officers are doing all they can to help any who need assistance. The wool textile industry should benefit from the general economic measures taken by the Government to stimulate output.