HC Deb 22 January 1980 vol 977 c122W
28. Mr. Edward Lyons

asked the Secretary of State for Employment what steps he is taking to limit unemployment in Bradford.

Mr. Jim Lester

I am very much aware that the difficulties experienced by the textile industry have contributed to Bradford's current unemployment problems and in this connection the forthcoming redundancies at Associated Weavers are a matter of concern. We remain convinced, however, that the solution to unemployment lies in a positive response to the Government's economic policies from both management and work forces in seizing market opportunities and increasing productivity and quality of output linked with sensible wage bargaining. Only with the wholehearted co-operation of both sides of industry and commerce can we achieve a healthy economy which will provide the new jobs which are needed in Bradford and elsewhere in the country.