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Mr John Ainsley: Can the hon. Gentleman tell us where the figures come from? In 1960 we were promised jobs in the pipeline and we were told that there were projects which would bring work to a specific number of workers. There is not one figure from the Board of Trade to prove it.
Mr John Ainsley: The right hon. Gentleman has been trying since 1960.
Mr John Ainsley: asked the Postmaster-General what steps are being taken to improve television reception in the whole north-east area.
Mr John Ainsley: In view of that long statement from the right hon. Gentleman, may I ask if he is aware that one can liken it to old-fashioned railway coaches—first, second and third-class passengers? Is he aware that in the North-East we are now suffering increasingly from the fact that there comes on television the notice "Do not adjust your set. It is international interference over which we have no...
Mr John Ainsley: I could give my hon. Friend chapter and verse of a case in which a college is being closed down.
Mr John Ainsley: I do not want to follow what the hon. Member for Ross and Cromarty (Sir J. MacLeod) said about the problems affecting Scotland, though he has my sympathy. The Government have moved the boundary between England and Scotland and placed it somewhere in the Midlands of England. We in the North-East, therefore, have sympathy with the people of Scotland, for we face exactly the same sort of...
Mr John Ainsley: Out of five districts in my constituency, one is not vet scheduled, and it is the worst hit in the whole constitutency. But, because it comes in the Durham area, which is the administrative centre, the miners in that area are not taken into consideration. Therefore, that area gets no financial assistance. That is the problem which we face in the North-East.
Mr John Ainsley: Why did the President of the Board of Trade, in consultation with the Minister of Labour, put the whole Tyneside area into one employment exchange area for benefit under the Local Employmnt Act, leaving out one special part of the North-East—the Brandon Urban District Council area in mid-Durham—which forms the blackest spot for unemployment in the North-East?
Mr John Ainsley: asked the President of the Board of Trade if he will add the Brandon and Byshottles Urban District Council to the list of development areas, in view of the continued contraction of the mining industry.
Mr John Ainsley: The hon. Gentleman will be aware of visiting the neighbouring urban district on the occasion of the inauguration of an advance factory there. This urban district is contiguous, almost identical in size and population and is dependent on what were mining industries. Its only sin is that it does not come into the same employment exchange area. If it is unrealistic to deal only with parts of...
Mr John Ainsley: In view of the unsatisfactory nature of that reply, I beg to give notice that I shall raise this matter on the Adjournment at the earliest opportunity.
Mr John Ainsley: In view of the unsatisfactory nature of the reply, I beg to give notice that—
Mr John Ainsley: asked the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he is aware that the Durham County Police authority had to pay import duty on three identi-kits hired from the United States of America to improve the efficiency of the county police service; and if he will arrange for some remission of this fee by Her Majesty's Customs and Excise Department.
Mr John Ainsley: I had the honour of serving for many years on my county police authority's committee, and I watched it grow from consisting of an isolated village policeman to the efficient force that it is today in detecting national and international crime. We do not propose to accept this additional charge on the police on the advice of the Government, who should accept responsibility for their own...
Mr John Ainsley: I trust that the hon. Member for Oswestry (Mr. Biffen) will forgive me if I do not follow him but concentrate rather on the problems that face us in the North-East. As the Minister of Labour reminded us today, the North-East has 6 per cent. unemployment, which is more than double what we find over the average for the rest of the country. That, however, does not reveal the full extent of the...
Mr John Ainsley: In view of the figures which have been given for the Bishop Auckland area, which includes Crook and the whole of the West, will the Minister now reconsider his decision on the restriction at Tursdale to take in only 24 trainees when he can make full use of the Brancepeth Camp scheme, which could be enlarged and would meet the needs of the problem in the West?
Mr John Ainsley: asked the Parliamentary Secretary for Science, as representing the Lord President of the Council, what plans the Lord President has for solving the unemployment position now prevailing in the North-East.
Mr John Ainsley: asked the President of the Board of Trade the number of inquiries from firms wishing to come into the Brandon Urban District Council area of the north-west Durham constituency.
Mr John Ainsley: Is the Parliamentary Secretary aware that in this urban district over the last few years Hedley Hope Colliery, Esh Winning Colliery, Waterhouses Colliery, Ushaw Moor Colliery, New Brancepeth Colliery and ancillary undertakings have closed down and that the Government have brought nothing appreciable into the area to relieve the vast unemployment, which is not shown as far as the Local...
Mr John Ainsley: Mr. William Ainsley (Durham, North-West) rose—