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 Mr Alan Fitch Mr Alan Fitch , Wigan 12:00, 29 January 1959

While thanking the right hon. Gentleman for that news, may I ask whether he is aware that the average unemployment figure for Wigan for the past twelve months has been around 5 per cent, and that that figure does not include married women who contracted out of the National Insurance Act but who are out of work owing to the recession in the cotton industry? Does not the right hon. Gentleman think it time that Wigan was scheduled as an area for special consideration under the Distribution of Industry Act?