HC Deb 13 May 1987 vol 116 c265W
29. Sir Russell Johnston

asked the Secretary of State for Scotland what estimate he has prepared of reductions in unemployment in Scotland over the next two years; and if he will make a statement.

Mr. Lang

It has not been the practice of this or previous Administrations to forecast unemployment. Scottish unemployment fell substantially in February and March of this year. With the prospects for Scottish output, particularly manufacturing, better this year than last, employment prospects are now more favourable.

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