Northern Region

Oral Answers to Questions — Ministry of Labour – in the House of Commons at 12:00 am on 10th July 1967.

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Photo of Mr Michael Shaw Mr Michael Shaw , Scarborough and Whitby 12:00 am, 10th July 1967

asked the Minister of Labour what is the latest figure in total numbers and percentages for unemployment in the Northern Region; and how this compares with the corresponding month of 1962.

Photo of Mr Ernest Fernyhough Mr Ernest Fernyhough , Jarrow

The figures were 48,689 and 3·6 per cent. in June, 1967, and 42,143 and 3·2 per cent. in June, 1962.

Photo of Mr Michael Shaw Mr Michael Shaw , Scarborough and Whitby

Does not that Answer indicate that the concern that has been expressed, even as recently as today, about the likely unemployment figures—in this coming winter, for example—is fully justified? Moreover, does not the Answer make complete nonsense of the Prime Minister's statement, in which he referred to ironing out the inequalities that exist between the regions in respect of unemployment rates?

Photo of Mr Ernest Fernyhough Mr Ernest Fernyhough , Jarrow

It does not make nonsense of my right hon. Friend's statement. For example, the development areas have felt the impact of unemployment less, on a percentage basis, compared with other parts of the country generally. I would like the hon. Gentleman to understand that we were not hearing much from him and his colleagues in June, 1963, when the figure v as 56,000 and the percentage 4·3.

Photo of Mr Edwin Wainwright Mr Edwin Wainwright , Dearne Valley

Will my hon. Friend bear in mind that in some areas the migration of labour is easing the problem far too much? Is he aware that in, for example, the Yorkshire and Humberside areas, the migration level is rather too great; and will he do all he can to prevent this loss of labour from this and other areas?

Photo of Mr Ernest Fernyhough Mr Ernest Fernyhough , Jarrow

I have every sympathy with my hon. Friend in that respect. No area has suffered more from this problem than my constituency.