§ Mr. Jack Thompson
asked the Secretary of State for Employment if he will bring forward new proposals to reduce unemployment in the northern region and particularly mid-Northumberland.
§ Mr. Alan Clark
We are, of course, concerned about the high level of unemployment in the Nothern region. There are signs that the Government's policies are succeeding in establishing the economic conditions which will help industries in the Northern region and elsewhere to become more competitive and start to expand. In the meantime we are continuing to protect those hardest hit through our special employment and training measures.