HC Deb 04 December 1979 vol 975 c116W
53. Mr. Robert Atkins

asked the Secretary of State for Employment what is the current level of unemployment in the Preston area.

Mr. Jim Lester

At 8 November the number of people registered as unemployed in the Preston employment office area was 5,479.

65. Mr. Stan Thorne

asked the Secretary of State for Employment what plans he has to create more jobs in the Preston travel-to-work area.

Mr. Jim Lester

The creation of new real jobs in Preston as elsewhere is dependent upon there being a sound economic base on which industry and commerce can build and expand. The Government's policies, which inevitably will take some time to work through, are aimed at creating this.

In the meantime, all the facilities of the Manpower Services Commission will continue to be available to help those workers seeking new jobs or wanting to train for fresh employment.