Planning and Development, North-East

Oral Answers to Questions — National Finance – in the House of Commons at 12:00 am on 9th April 1963.

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Photo of Mr Edward Milne Mr Edward Milne , Blyth 12:00 am, 9th April 1963

asked the Chancellor of the Exchequer his proposals in relation to planning and development in northeast England during 1963–64.

Photo of Mr Reginald Maudling Mr Reginald Maudling , Barnet

I would refer the hon. Member to my Budget statement.

Photo of Mr Edward Milne Mr Edward Milne , Blyth

Is the right hon. Gentleman aware that even the contents of his Budget statement are inadequate to deal with the problem of unemployment in the North-East, and that it is about two and a half years since he promised us that the solution to the problem was in sight? Unemployment figures have mounted since then. What does the right hon. Gentleman propose to do about unemployment in addition to what he has already done?

Photo of Mr Reginald Maudling Mr Reginald Maudling , Barnet

I think that the proposals which I have made will prove to be of very substantial benefit to these districts.

Photo of Mr Robert Elliott Mr Robert Elliott , Newcastle upon Tyne North

Is my right hon. Friend aware how very well received his Budget proposals were in the north-east of England, one of the areas which will benefit from them, and by the Press, by the public, and, in fact, by everyone other than the Labour Party?

Photo of Mr Douglas Jay Mr Douglas Jay , Battersea North

Is the Chancellor aware that, since his Budget statement, Dorman Long and Co. Ltd. has announced the closure of a large works on the North-East Coast? Do not the Government accept, through the Iron and Steel Board, any responsibility for decisions by iron and steel firms?

Photo of Mr Reginald Maudling Mr Reginald Maudling , Barnet

Questions on Dorman Long and Co. Ltd. should be put to my right hon. Friend the Minister of Power. However, in general, any closures in the North-East emphasise the importance of carrying through the Government's measures.