Job Creation

Part of Oral Answers to Questions — Scotland – in the House of Commons at 12:00 am on 13th February 1985.

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Photo of Donald Dewar Donald Dewar , Glasgow Garscadden 12:00 am, 13th February 1985

Will the Minister accept that, very sadly, he is sounding more and more like one of his press handouts? Is it not insufferable complacency for the Minister to appear at the Dispatch Box and claim that his Government's policy has been a success? Will he accept that more than 160,000 manufacturing jobs have gone since 1979, that the index of industrial production is about 11 per cent. below what it was in 1979 and that unemployment is at a record level, with 360,000 people in the dole queues? Surely the Minister ought to do a great deal more and look at the reality of the crisis in Scotland—for example, at the appalling potential job losses that are being faced at the BREL works in Springburn?