North Lanarkshire

Part of Oral Answers to Questions — Trade and Commerce – in the House of Commons at 12:00 am on 29 January 1959.

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Photo of Miss Peggy Herbison Miss Peggy Herbison , Lanarkshire North 12:00, 29 January 1959

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?