New Jobs, Bishop Auckland

Oral Answers to Questions — Technology – in the House of Commons at 12:00 am on 1 December 1969.

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Photo of Mr James Boyden Mr James Boyden , Bishop Auckland 12:00, 1 December 1969

asked the Minister of Technology how many new jobs are expected to be provided in the Bishop Auckland travel-to-work area in the next 12 months.

Photo of Mr Eric Varley Mr Eric Varley , Chesterfield

A total of 4,650 jobs, of which 3,620 are for males, are expected to arise within the next four years in the Bishop Auckland travel-to-work area in new industrial buildings for which industrial development certificates have been issued and in existing buildings taken over by manufacturing firms. I regret it is not known how many will become available during the next 12 months.

Photo of Mr James Boyden Mr James Boyden , Bishop Auckland

Can my hon. Friend say how the rate that he has given compares with estimates of the current year and the year before?

Photo of Mr Eric Varley Mr Eric Varley , Chesterfield

Not without notice, but I can tell my hon. Friend that good progress is being made in South-East Durham, and we hope that that progress, will continue.

Photo of Miss Irene Ward Miss Irene Ward , Tynemouth

In view of the really unsatisfactory position about new jobs on the North-East Coast—and I propose to give the figures if I catch the eye of the Chair during the next debate —would it not be better if the Minister were to get down to saying what the position is now? A lot of people will be dead in four years' time if we do not get on with getting more jobs into the North-East Coast area.

Photo of Mr Eric Varley Mr Eric Varley , Chesterfield

A great deal of progress has been made in the northern region, and I look forward to listening to the hon. Lady's speech in the debate to follow.