§ Mr. Ernie Ross
asked the Secretary of State for Scotland if he will study the latest report by the Fraser of Allander Institute predicting a level of unemployment in Scotland of 300,000 by the end of 1981; and if he will make a statement.
§ Mr. Alexander Fletcher
Most independent forecasts, including that by the Fraser of Allander Institute, expect unemployment to rise further, although by varying amounts. The more quickly pay settlements can be moderated, the better will be employment prospects in Scotland as in the rest of the United Kingdom.