§ Mr. Lamond
asked the Chancellor of the Exchequer what is his estimate of the effect of the proposed Budget measures on the level of unemployment in the North-West of England in the next 12 months.
§ Mr. Nott
It is not the practice to publish forecasts of unemployment, regional or national, but I am confident that the North-West should benefit from the general reflationary measures announced in the Budget. With other assisted areas the North-West should also benefit over the medium term from the new regional measures which will be contained in the Industry Bill shortly to be presented to the House.