Wales

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 Sir Raymond Gower Sir Raymond Gower , Barry 12:00 am, 10th July 1967

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

Photo of Mr Raymond Gunter Mr Raymond Gunter , Southwark

The figures were 36,159 and 3·6 per cent. in June, 1967, and 25,402 and 2·6 per cent. in June, 1962.

Photo of Sir Raymond Gower Sir Raymond Gower , Barry

Does the right hon. Gentleman feel that this position is likely to deteriorate still further, or does he hope that the worst has now been seen?

Photo of Mr Raymond Gunter Mr Raymond Gunter , Southwark

The hon. Gentleman must not ask me to prophesy in this matter. The position in South Wales, in particular, in the next three or four years, in terms of job availability, will, we hope, show a considerable improvement. As the hon. Gentleman knows, virtually the whole of Wales is now a development area; and from 4th September it will be attracting the regional employment premium.