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Part of Oral Answers to Questions — Scotland – in the House of Commons at 12:00 am on 13th May 1987.

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Photo of Mr Michael Forsyth Mr Michael Forsyth , Stirling 12:00 am, 13th May 1987

Does my right hon. and learned Friend recall reading an article, in the Glasgow Herald in 1978, written by the hon. Member for Paisley, South (Mr. Buchan) predicting that unemployment would be well over 3 million in the next five years and pointing out that that would be due to the large numbers of new young people coming on to the labour market? Surely the hon. Gentleman was right. Is it not wrong for the Opposition to indulge in such double-standard electioneering and to seek to repudiate the figures that members of the Opposition predicted when they were in government?