HC Deb 05 December 1972 vol 847 c355W
51. Mr. Dormand

asked the Secretary of State for Employment what proposals he has for reducing unemployment in the Easington constituency.

Mr. Dudley Smith

As a special development area Easington is well placed to benefit from the extensive measures we have introduced to encourage industrial and economic expansion. While I recognise the additional problems created by the closure at Shotton colliery, the underlying levels of unemployment in the area have reflected the recent favourable national trends.