HC Deb 19 April 1978 vol 948 c147W
16. Mr. Donald Stewart

asked the Secretary of State for Scotland what plans he has to reduce unemployment in the Western Isles.

Mr. Gregor MacKenzie

A major objective of the Government's economic policies is to reduce unemployment throughout the United Kingdom, including the Western Isles. In recent years the Western Isles has benefited considerably from the Government's special measures for the unemployed, especially the young people. The new youth opportunities programme and special temporary employment programme schemes now started will, I believe, be of considerable benefit to the area.

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