Blyth

Oral Answers to Questions — Trade and Commerce – in the House of Commons at 12:00 am on 13th December 1960.

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Photo of Mr Edward Milne Mr Edward Milne , Blyth 12:00 am, 13th December 1960

asked the President of the Board of Trade what examination he has made into the possibility of scheduling Blyth as a development area under the Local Employment Act.

Photo of Mr Niall Macpherson Mr Niall Macpherson , Dumfriesshire

My right hon. Friend has considered this, but he does not think that the industrial prospects for Blyth at present warrant the inference that high and persistent unemployment is to be expected there. He will continue to watch the position in this as in neighbouring areas.

Photo of Mr Edward Milne Mr Edward Milne , Blyth

Does that reply indicate that the President of the Board of Trade is less interested in the situation in Blyth now than he was during the recent by-election campaign?

Photo of Mr Niall Macpherson Mr Niall Macpherson , Dumfriesshire

Not at all. According to a Press report, my right hon. Friend said that he would consider scheduling Blyth as a development area. As I have said, he has considered it, and he will continue to keep it in review.