§ Q19. Mr. Mike Thomas
asked the Prime Minister what is her estimate of the number of jobs lost in the North of England as a result of the Government's policies on shipbuilding, the steel industry, regional aid to industry and the cuts in local Government spending.
§ The Prime Minister
No such estimate can be made, but in each case the Government's policies are a realistic response to the state of the industries concerned and the needs of the country as a whole, including the need to contain the growth of public expenditure.