Oral Answers to Questions — Cbi and TUC (Talks)

Part of the debate – in the House of Commons at 12:00 am on 20th April 1972.

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Photo of Mr Michael Foot Mr Michael Foot , Ebbw Vale 12:00 am, 20th April 1972

Returning to the Question, does not the right hon. Gentleman think that the most urgent matter for discussion with the CBI and the TUC, separately or together, is the still appallingly high unemployment figures published today? Is the right hon. Gentleman aware that, despite a most welcome slight reduction in the total, the most serious aspect of the figures is the fact that there is an actual increase in the numbers of wholly unemployed?

Does he agree that it would be absolutely shocking, because these figures have persisted for so long, if we were to appear to be becoming familiar with and accepting them? These figures are intolerable. When do the Government propose to tell the House and the people what effective measures they intend to take to deal with this problem?