HC Deb 28 November 1973 vol 865 cc159-60W
Mr. Cyril Smith

asked the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what estimate he has made of the effect of

(2) how many new entrants there were to coal mining in each of the four years ending in October 1973.

Mr. Emery

Following are the latest available figures for manpower wastage :

removing controls on the imports of cotton yarn on short-term or long-term unemployment in the North-West.

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.