§ Mr. Cyril Smith
asked the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what estimate he has made of the effect of160W
(2) how many new entrants there were to coal mining in each of the four years ending in October 1973.
§ Mr. Anthony Grant
Removing present controls would be likely to affect some jobs. However, I would expect the affected areas to benefit from the selective industrial assistance available under the Industry Act My Department has already offered selective assistance for 97 projects which are likely to create some 7,200 new jobs and safeguard a further 1,000 in the North-West over the next few years ; applications in respect of an additional 135 projects offering approximately 8,200 jobs are under consideration. A significant proportion of these jobs are expected to be in areas where the textile industry is concentrated.