Is it not the case that unemployment, at least in certain of the crofter counties, has been consistently higher; and if that is the case, can the hon. Gentleman say what the Government propose to do to reduce it?
Perhaps the hon. Gentleman would have a look at the figures. It is quite true, as he rightly says, that the position, particularly in the Shetlands, must cause my right hon. and learned Friend grave concern. He is watching the position very carefully.
|PERCENTAGE RATES OF UNEMPLOYMENT IN THE UNDERMENTIONED AREAS: MAY, 1951-MAY, 1952|
|Area||Number of unemployed persons on the registers of Employment Exchanges in the area named in Col. (1) expressed as percentage of the estimated total number of employees in the area of those Exchanges|
|21st May, 1951||13th Aug., 1951||12th Nov., 1951||11th Feb., 1952||12th May, 1952|
|Counties of Caithness, Ross and Cromarty, Sutherland, Inverness Argyle.*||5·4||4·4||6·5||8·7||5·7|
|* Owing to the fact that the boundaries of employment exchange areas do not coincide with county boundaries it is not possible to provide separate figures for each of these counties.|