§ Mr. Callaghan
To ask the Secretary of State for Employment what discussions he has had with other EU employment Ministers on measures to reduce unemployment in the Greater Manchester area. 
§ Miss Widdecombe
My right hon. Friend, the Secretary of State and I regularly discuss employment matters with our fellow Employment Ministers at the Social Affairs Council. We consistently urge them to make job creation the first priority and not to pursue new restrictions and regulations which can only destroy jobs. Our aim is to improve employment prospects in all areas of Britain, including Greater Manchester.