Lanark (Economic Position)

Oral Answers to Questions — Scotland – in the House of Commons at 12:00 am on 28th July 1959.

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Photo of Miss Peggy Herbison Miss Peggy Herbison , Lanarkshire North 12:00 am, 28th July 1959

asked the Secretary of State for Scotland if he has completed his consideration of the information about the economic position given him by the deputation from part of the Seventh District Council of the County of Lanark; and if he will make a statement.

Photo of Hon. John Maclay Hon. John Maclay , Renfrewshire West

I am sorry that I am not yet in a position to make a statement, but I can assure the hon. Lady that I am giving very careful consideration to the position at Shotts. If I am able to say more during the Recess, I shall write to her.

Photo of Miss Peggy Herbison Miss Peggy Herbison , Lanarkshire North

Has the Secretary of State, since he received that deputation, had serious discussions with his right hon. Friends the President of the Board of Trade and the Minister of Labour? Is he aware that in this area most of the unemployed, both men and women, are long-term unemployed and have waited a very long time for Government action?

Photo of Hon. John Maclay Hon. John Maclay , Renfrewshire West

Yes, I am very well aware of the problem in the area and I assure the hon. Lady that this matter has been very carefully discussed and considered.

Photo of Mr Thomas Fraser Mr Thomas Fraser , Hamilton

Is the right hon. Gentleman aware that the Ministry of Labour figures of unemployment, published yesterday, which show Scotland has the only region in Britain with an increase in unemployment in the past month, are further evidence of the lamentable failure of the Government to deal with unemployment in Scotland?

Photo of Hon. John Maclay Hon. John Maclay , Renfrewshire West

I do not accept that at all. I much regret that our figures are up by 300, but the hon. Member knows very well that efforts have been made and are having a measure of success at a difficult time in encouraging new industry to come to Scotland.