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Poole, Bournemouth and Christchurch Area

Oral Answers to Questions — Employment – in the House of Commons at 12:00 am on 27th July 1959.

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Photo of Mr John Eden Mr John Eden , Bournemouth West 12:00 am, 27th July 1959

asked the Minister of Labour what evidence he has, in the form of factory closures and redundances, of a general contraction in employment in the engineering industry in the Poole—Bournemouth—Christchurch area.

Photo of Mr Iain Macleod Mr Iain Macleod , Enfield West

Major redundancies have been confined to the aircraft industry and defence establishments. Other small redundancies have been offset by increased employment in firms new to the area.

Photo of Mr John Eden Mr John Eden , Bournemouth West

Is my right hon. Friend satisfied that everything possible has been and is being done to find alternative employment either within the area or outside it for those who have been made redundant?

Photo of Mr Iain Macleod Mr Iain Macleod , Enfield West

We are doing everything we can. My hon. Friend does realise, of course, that this is not and cannot be, on these figures, a priority area. Subject to that, my right hon. Friend the President of the Board of Trade and I will try to help if we can.

Mr. Lee:

The Minister mentioned the aircraft industry. Is he aware that there is very considerable apprehension now about the future of the industry, and that de Havilland, A. V. Roe and Short Brothers are all declaring redundancies? Will the Minister see to it that, in the areas where people will be affected, a special effort is made to supply alternative work?

Photo of Mr Iain Macleod Mr Iain Macleod , Enfield West

Yes, I am aware of that anxiety, but we should recognise, also, the other side, that the Ministry of Labour has, on the whole, had more remarkable success in the placing of people made redundant in the aircraft industry—perhaps because of their skill and adaptability—than in any other sector of the economy.