§ 30. Mr. Gourlay
asked the Secretary of State for Scotland whether he will take steps to reduce substantially the current 22.3 per cent. level of male unemployment in the Levenmouth area.
§ Mr. Younger
Unemployment on 12 February in the Kirkcaldy travel-to-work area, which includes Levenmouth, was 12.9 per cent. A lasting solution to the problem of unemployment here and elsewhere will be found only through the success of the Government's326W policies for reducing inflation and restoring competitiveness, but Leven benefits through its status as a development area and through the activities of the Scottish Development Agency, and the Government are expanding the programme of special measures for those unable to find employment.