Part of Oral Answers to Questions — National Finance – in the House of Commons at 12:00 am on 4th February 1993.

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Photo of Clare Short Clare Short , Birmingham, Ladywood 12:00 am, 4th February 1993

Is not the truth that in the 14 years during which the Government have been in power unemployment has risen from slightly more than 1 million to 4 million on the old method of counting and that that is a disastrous record for people who are unemployed? It is disastrous also because it leads to massive Government borrowing and it partly explains our balance of payments crisis. We need an apology, a U-turn and a Government who get unemployment down and investment up. Otherwise, the long-term future of our economy is deeply worrying.