|TOTAL NUMBERS REGISTERED AS UNEMPLOYED IN STANDARD REGIONS AT 12TH JUNE, 1967|
|Yorks and Humberside||…||…||31,772||1,086||5,908||806||39,572|
In view of the fact that last month the percentage of unemployment, seasonally adjusted, again rose, and that the Treasury, in Economic Trends, expressed the belief that it will continue to rise, does not the right hon. Gentleman think that in order to allay fears for the coming winter some estimate should be made, because the situation appears to he extremely menacing at present?
I am in no doubt as to the seriousness of the unemployment of the standard regions; and what estimates have been produced for the hidden unemployment in the South-East represented by the drift back of workers to the development areas.
As the answer to the first part of the Question consists of a table of figures, I will with permission circulate it in the OFFICIAL REPORT.
The answer to the second part is that no such estimates have been made.
Would not my right hon. Friend agree that to consider unemployment and development help in different regions of this type is useless and meaningless? Would he accept that what is needed is to consider each locality from the point of view both of its employment problems and its contribution to economic growth?
Will not the right hon. Gentleman give this matter further consideration? Does not he realise that with the seasonal trend moving as it is at the moment there is bound to be great concern? Does not he recall that my right hon. Friend the Member for Enfield, West (Mr. Iain Macleod), when Minister of Labour, helped to allay concern by making such a forecast, which proved approximately correct?
I have always been puzzled by that prophecy of the right hon. Gentleman. He was so accurate that it must have been an accident. I do not wish to run into that sort of accident.