§ Mr. Arthur Lewis
asked the Secretary of State for Employment whether he is aware that since March, 1969 unemployment in the areas covered by the Stratford, East Ham, and Canning Town 231W Employment Exchanges has increased from 2,962 in March 1969 to 4,274 in March, 1972; what was the reason for this; and what action he has taken or intends taking to reduce this figure of 4,274.
§ Mr. Robin Chichester-Clark
I am aware of the rise in unemployment in these areas which is largely attributable to a lower level of economic activity nationally. Like other parts of London they are well placed to benefit from the extensive reflationary measures we have introduced. So far as my Department is concerned all the facilities of our employment and training services will continue to be available to help unemployed people to obtain jobs.