HC Deb 19 February 1980 vol 979 cc127-8W
39. Mrs. Renée Short

asked the Secretary of State for Employment if he is satisfied with the present level of unemployment in the West Midlands.

Mr. Jim Lester

No. The dependence of the West Midlands on manufacturing industries has been its strength in the past; regrettably, however, these industries have been severely affected over the last five years. The Government's policies are designed to achieve a new climate favourable to industry and commerce; this will do more than anything to revitalise the West Midlands economy and so reduce the level of unemployment, provided we get a positive and wholehearted response from managements and work forces.