HC Deb 18 February 1976 vol 905 c707W
Mr. Peter Walker

asked the Secretary of State for the Environment if, in view of the high unemployment in the construction industry in the West Midlands, he will bring in a scheme similar to Operation Eyesore for that region to operate during the financial year 1976–77.

Mr. Freeson

The Government introduced a series of measures in September 1975 to alleviate unemployment including a substantial boost to public sector construction. The further set of measures announced last Thursday by my right hon. Friend the Chancellor of the Exchequer included an additional £50 million for public sector house improvements. This will help unemployment in the construction industry in 1976–77 more effectively than the reintroduction of Operation Eyesore.

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