asked the President of the Board of Trade (1) what action he is taking to attract industries which could provide alternative work in the Shotts, Salsburgh, Cleland area for those miners who will be without employment in the coal industry when the proposed mass closures of collieries is proceed with;
(2) in view of the redundancy in the steel works at Gartcosh and refractory brick works at Glenboig, what steps he is taking to attract industrial concerns which would provide alternative employment in this area.
Is the Minister aware that for a number of years Lanarkshire Members have been warning the Government, and particularly various Presidents of the Board of Trade, what would happen in this very area when the pits closed? Is he aware that they have been urging the Government to take steps to plan beforehand? Since the Government have done just nothing at all in the matter, surely they must accept special responsibility for getting other industries into the area. Is the right hon. Gentleman also aware that this reply that the Government are encouraging industry has been given to us for years and it has been of no avail for these men who are now faced with unemployment?