North Lanarkshire

Oral Answers to Questions — Trade and Commerce – in the House of Commons at 12:00 am on 16th May 1963.

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Photo of Miss Peggy Herbison Miss Peggy Herbison , Lanarkshire North 12:00 am, 16th May 1963

asked the President of the Board of Trade if he is aware that Kingshill No. 2 Colliery is likely to close, that in the same area 14 collieries and mines and a foundry employing 600 men have been closed since 1948, and that there is already heavy unemployment in the Cleland, Newmains, Forth, Carluke and Wishaw area; and what proposals he has for providing work for the unemployed and those who will become unemployed in this district.

Photo of Sir David Price Sir David Price , Eastleigh

Projects already secured for North Lanarkshire and Shotts are estimated to provide nearly 6,500 new jobs, and my right hon. Friend will continue to encourage new industry in this area. But he cannot undertake to provide employment specifically to replace jobs lost as a result of a particular closure in a particular place. Travel-to-work is a recognised feature of life today.

Photo of Miss Peggy Herbison Miss Peggy Herbison , Lanarkshire North

Is the Minister aware that this question does not deal with a particular closure of a particular pit? Is he aware that this area has been the worst-hit area in the whole of Britain from the point of view of loss of jobs owing to declining industries? Is he further aware that this is an area where, according to the county plan, in the next few years there will be a great increase in population? Does he realise that none of the 6,000 jobs about which he talks is situated in this area, and that for many people none of these jobs will be in what could be called a travel-to-work area?

Photo of Sir David Price Sir David Price , Eastleigh

I do not entirely agree with the hon. Lady in the second part of her supplementary question. I agree with her about the need to bring many more jobs to this area.

Photo of Mrs Judith Hart Mrs Judith Hart , Lanark

Is the hon. Member aware that in considering this part of the County of Lanarkshire it is absurd to talk in terms of travelling to North Lanarkshire for jobs? Is he aware that there has been great neglect of the needs of this part of the county for new jobs, and will he take that fact into account in his considerations?

Photo of Sir David Price Sir David Price , Eastleigh

I am aware of the problems of people travelling from Forth to Carluke and beyond.